"Daddy's Little Baby" is a rare moment of introspection from Ja Rule's much maligned discography. 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.
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.
Will Smith transforms Bill Withers' similarly titled love ballad into a father-son anthem. Will's version must have resonated with many dads as it climbed all the way to No.2 on the U.S. Billboard chart.
Royce puts aside his more provocative side and gets philosophical on this moody gem which doubles as a guide of sorts to his little man. The song's message, perspective is reality, may be too complex for little Royce but he'll thank daddy for this heartfelt tribute someday.
"Yesterday," a standout cut from Atmosphere's When Life Gives You Lemons, finds Slug reminiscing over his father's days on earth.
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.
Game's message to his son on this track from The Documentary is straightforward yet crucial: Learn from your father's mistakes and you'll reduce the chances of making ones of your own.
One of Ed O.G.'s most important contributions to hip-hop is this succinct 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") and urges all fathers to realize that their presence supersedes the presents. An undeniable hip-hop masterpiece indeed.
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