When Rappers Cry

Dan Gibson | April 15, 2009 1:30 am
I spend a somewhat absurd amount of time thinking about themed mixes, despite the fact that I haven’t made all that many in the last few years (and haven’t even started on a few that I’ve promised people earlier this year). Nonetheless, the one idea that every few months I kick around but never get around to putting to disc is a collection of depressing rap tracks. Not “depressing” in the sense of being of poor quality, or even emo-rap tracks by Atmosphere or artists of that sort, but just songs where the braggadocio slips away and the sensitive side shows for three or four minutes. Today seems like a good day to get a little help from this site’s hyperintelligent peanut gallery. The first songs I thought of to go with the Slick Rick classic “All Alone” (above) are behind the cut.

Wu-Tang Clan, “Tearz”:

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, “Crossroads”:

Jay-Z, “Song Cry”:

If the track you’re thinking of was originally on Def Jux, it’s probably not the sort of thing I was thinking of, but otherwise, let me know what track makes you want to see if your favorite rhymer might need a hug and a tissue.