Hip-Hop Love Songs That'll Make You Weak In The Knees
Hip-Hop started in the Bronx, New York City in the 1970s and continues to grow. Love songs with happy and sweet chord progressions abound in Hip-Hop. Here are just a few:
“Love Of My Life” – Erykah Badu ft. Common
A fusion of experimental neo-soul sounds, with the flute lightening the mood. The hip hop lyrics are loaded with metaphors that personify the genre whilst also applying to interpersonal relationships, with the final lyrics 'Love of my life, Yeah you know you rock my world and love of my life, you be boy and I'll be girl and love of my life yeah'.
“Angel of Mine” – Monica
A cover of R&B group Eternal's original that Monica made her own, with her deep, rich earthy voice and simple, sweet lyrics throughout that make it a classic.
“All My Life” – K-Ci & JoJo
A massive Hip-Hop power ballad with lyrics that can apply to all forms of love. A deserved Grammy nominated hit. 'I will never find another lover sweeter than you...'
“Happily Ever After” – Case
The lyrics explicitly reminisce about a man’s successful marriage proposal to the love of his life. Case joyfully sings his appreciation and admiration for his soul-mate and basks in the bliss of their future together.
“Spend My Life With You” – Eric Benet ft. Tamia
Nominated for a Grammy, “Spend My Life With You” with Benet’s irresistible falsetto perfectly complemented by Tamia has hip-hop lyrics that will make you weak at the knees.
“Have You Ever” – Brandy
Written by Diane Warren and David Foster, the lyrics tell a story of longing and hope for a happy ending. Brandy’s youthful voice is fragile and vulnerable, but she hits those power-ballad high notes with passion.
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” – Lauryn Hill
This cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” infuses a creative mix of hip hop elements into Frankie Valli’s 1967 classic. With great throwback background harmonies, the lyrics recount an infatuation. Sung as if being shouted from a rooftop.
“21 Questions” – 50 Cent ft. Nate Dogg
With a bitter-sweet guitar riff, gently reciting a list of questions to his significant other that range from cute and mellow to sobering, starting with “If I fell off tomorrow would you still love me?”
"Make Me Better" - Fabolous ft. Ne-Yo
This 2007 duet stands out as a favorite with both genders. Fab gives credit to his better half over a moody Raekwon sample while Ne-Yo almost makes us think he's not corny. "You plus me, it equal better math/Your boy a good look, but she my better half/I'm already bossin, already flossin/But why have the cake if it ain't got that sweet frosting?"
"Bonita Applebum" A Tribe Called Quest
The perfect marriage between beats, rhymes, and lazy Q-Tip flows. "I like to tell you things some brothas don't. If only you can see through your elaborate eyes. Only you and me hon, the love never dies."