Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! With love in the air, some may have gone the Ralph Tresvant route with the flower’s and candies. But I know BlackPlanet is a little bit more tougher than that. So, check out these Top 10 Most Gangsta Love Songs and be in the mood! Enjoy!
10. Tupac Shakur, “Me & My Girlfriend” –
Although this song was about his gun, ‘Pac’s conviction wooed plenty a lady who already had affinity for the West Coaster’s “thug passion.” On “Me & My Girlfriend,” ‘Pac cleverly displayed his wit, charisma and brute aggression… three things women still love to this day.
9. LL Cool J, “I Need Love” –
LL Cool J was the first to let his “sensitive” side show and in 1987 that was gangsta enough. Women already loved Mr. Smith’s casual delivery, confident bravado and the “LL” wasn’t for lackadaisical lame, if you know what I mean.
8. Lost Boyz, “Renee” –
The Lost Boyz held New York down with their creative beats, rhymes and life. Mr. Cheeks somber tale about “Renee” highlighted that ghetto love that we’re all trying to have in our lives. At the end of the day, you still gotta tell that one that you care for that you love ’em, you never know what’s going to happen.
7. 50 Cent, “21 Questions” –
50 broke Ja Rule’s heart so he could make women swoon with “21 Questions.” You can never go wrong with Nate Dogg on the hook and 50 capitalized on his massive buzz, biceps and street cred to get this song by without ruining his rep in the rap game.
6. Busta Rhymes ft. Janet Jackson, “What’s It Gonna Be?!” –
Heads flipped when they saw the Hype Williams video, but true heads flipped when they saw former LONS dungeon dragon, Busta Rhymes, all hugged up on Janet Jackson. The song did well for Bussa Bus, but certified Ms. Jackson as the one that made our hearts go pitter-pat.
5. Eminem, “Superman” –
Eminem has done his brand of “love” songs before, but they were more about offing his wife Kim if anything else. But with “Superman,” the Aftermath lyricist du jour wouldn’t buy life for a chicken and that’s priceless.
4. Apache, “Gangsta Bitch” –
When this song came out, I couldn’t believe that they could play this on the radio, but the charm was inescapable. Hell, I still want a gangsta b*tch, but she got to have Michelle Obama class and wit. Apache described New Jersey (and Brooklyn) to a tee with this ode to the rough-neck sistas we all know and love.
3. Notorious B.I.G., “Me & My Bitch” –
Biggie Smalls may have been “black, fat and ashy,” but that didn’t stop the girls from loving the way he talked about ’em. On “Me & My Bitch,” the girl who looks so good that he’d oral compensate her father for helping create her, may be a little bit much… But it was that charm that B.I.G. possessed that always made the ladies call him “poppa.”
2. Jay-Z ft. Beyonce, “Bonnie & Clyde ’03” –
If you didn’t know that Jay & B were together until she married the Brooklyn entrepreneur, then you MUST’VE been under a rock when this joint dropped in 2003. The chemistry the duo had may not have matched up to our #1, but they placed #2 on the fact that out of everyone on the list – they’ve been able to translate their musical partnership into some real love. Now that’s gangsta.
1. Method Man & Mary J. Blige, “I’ll Be There For You/All I Need” –
You couldn’t have anyone BUT Mef and Mary do this track. They were our Marvin and Tammi and a lot of folks are bumpin’ this song for they shorty right now! We can make war or make babies. The choice is yours!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! Snuggle up with that loved one and check out our Top 10 Valentine’s Day Movies!