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11 Rap Songs Dads Will Love

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Dads need love, too. Below are 10 great hip-hop songs about fatherhood. Happy Father's Day.

11. Ja Rule - "Daddy's Little Baby"

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"Daddy's Little Baby" is a rare moment of introspection from Ja Rule. Ja tells his daughter: "Degrade yourself never, 'cause I'm teaching you better/Life ain't all about cheddar, diamonds, and leather." He would know.

10. Atmosphere - "Yesterday"

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"Yesterday" is a standout track from Atmosphere's When Life Gives You Lemons. It finds Slug reminiscing over his late father and cherishing the precious moments he shared with his old man.

9. Common & Lonnie Lynn - "Pop's Rap"

The "Pop's Rap" series is a staple of Common's albums. It usually finds Lonnie Lynn Sr. offering words of wisdom to the younger generation on the closing song of every Common album.

8. NY Oil - "Father Father"

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Though NY Oil's "Father Father" incorporates Barack Obama's famous speech on parental responsibility, it's far more captivating than any political rhetoric on the issue.

7. Slick Rick - "It's A Boy"

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It would be convenient to assume that all of Slick Rick's lyrics are lewd tales. Buried within The Ruler's treasure chest, however, is this joyous celebration of fatherhood. [Watch the Video]

6. Game - "Like Father Like Son" (Feat. Busta Rhymes)

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Game delivers a message to his son on this bright gem from The Documentary. His message is straightforward yet crucial: Learning from your father's mistakes will reduce the chances of making ones of your own.

5. Royce da 5'9" - "Life" (Feat. Amerie)

Royce da 5'9" sets aside his combative side and gets philosophical on this solemn track which doubles as a life manual of sorts to his little man. The song's key message--perspective is reality--may have been too advanced for little Royce at some point, but he'll thank daddy for this heartfelt tribute someday.

4. Jay Z & Kanye West - "New Day"

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One of the great things about Watch the Throne is that Kanye West helped Jay-Z discover how human he can be when that royal veil is peeled back. On "New Day," for example, Jay and Kanye write a letter to their future son in the vein of 2Pac's "Letter 2 My Unborn." Both ended up with daughters, so maybe it's time for a gender appropriate sequel. Either way, "New Day" is emotive and powerful.

3. Will Smith - "Just the Two of Us"

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Will Smith transforms Bill Withers' "Just the Two of Us" to a father-son bonding anthem. Will's version must have resonated with many dads -- it soared to No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Songs chart.

2. Xzibit - "The Foundation"

Xzibit is no stranger to songs about father-son relationships. "Carry the Weight," from At the Speed of Light, dealt with his rough childhood and his father's role in his life. On "Foundation," though, X flips the table and lays down the law for his son. [Watch the Video]

1. Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs - "Be a Father to Your Child"

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One of Ed O.G.'s most significant contributions to hip-hop is this poignant plea for parental responsibility. As the title indicates, "Be a Father to Your Child" reprimands deadbeat dads ("Stop sittin' like a chair and having your baby wonder where you are/ Or who you are, fool"). The song urges all fathers to realize that their presence is more important the presents. An undeniable hip-hop masterpiece.
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