Can I come there frequently? My favorite rap love songs

I’m old enough to remember when the idea made male artists hold their nose, which was horseshit.From LL Cool J’s seminal “I Need Love” through the mid nineties triumphs of Method Man and Mary J and Biggie Smalls, rap love songs provided the most crossover dough while allowing the artists to stretch their lyrical imaginations, with Lil Kim’s “the only way you’re seein’ me is if you’re eatin’ me” only one among many beautiful arrows to the heart. I suppose you’ll see some of these tracks on other lists (Black Star’s “Brown Skin Lady,” Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” Jay-Z’s “Song Cry”), but that’s why they’re standards; I’ve compensated with favorites by Angel Haze, Monie Love, and Slick Rick, and new favorites by Gucci and Future.

I don’t rank these in order of preference.

1. A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
2. 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg – 21 Questions
3. Ghostface Killah – Stay
4. De La Soul – Eye Know
5. Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
6. The Roots ft. Erykah Badu – You Got Me
7. Goodie Mob – Beautiful Skin
8. The Pharcyde – Passin’ Me By
9. Shabazz Palaces – A Treatease Dedicated to The Avian Airess from North East Nubis
10. Slick Rick – Teenage Love
11. Drake ft. Rihanna – Take Care
12. Monie Love – Monie in the Middle
13. The Notorious B.I.G. – Me and My Bitch
14. Kanye West – Family Business
15. Jungle Brothers – My Jimmy Weighs a Ton
16. Jay-Z – Song Cry
17. Angel Haze – Gypsy Letters
18. Biz Markie – Just a Friend
19. Noname ft. Ravyn Lenae – Montego Bae
20. UGK ft. Outkast – International Players Anthem (I Choose You)
21. Mobb Deep ft. 112 – Hey Luv (Anything)
22. Method Man and Mary J. Blige – I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By
23. Salt-N-Pepa – Whatta Man
24. Outkast – Slum Beautiful
25. Lil’ Kim – Not Tonight
26. LL Cool J – Doin’ It
27. Kendrick Lamar – LOVE
28. Future – Testify
29. Black Star – Brown Skin Lady
30. Gucci Mane ft. Monica – We Ride

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