Rappers love their mothers. Some of them have written a song or two in honor of the woman who gave them life. To celebrate Mother's Day, here are 10 hip-hop songs your mom will love. (If you decide to play any of these for Mom, be sure to seek out the not-so-explicit version. Ha!)
See also: 10 Hip-Hop Songs Dads Will Love
10. Saigon - "If...(My Mommy)"
Saigon ditches his guttural steez to affirm fondness for Mom on this beautiful reimagination of the R&B masterpiece "If This World Were Mine." Luther Vandross must be smiling in his grave.
9. Snoop Dogg - "I Love My Momma"
8. Beanie Sigel featuring Scarface - "Mom Praying"
Both Mom and Grandma get a lifetime achievement award from Beanie Sigel and Scarface in this applause-worthy mother appreciation tune. The heart-tugging strings, courtesy of Just Blaze, only help complement the emotional tales.
7. Brand Nubian - "Momma"
Lord Jamar, Sadat X, and Grand Puba (of Brand Nubian) take time off their busy schedules to thank Mom for all the love (and whipping) she provided in their younger days ("You might not like it now, but you'll thank me someday"). Yup, Mom was right after all.
6. Talib Kweli - "Momma Can You Hear Me"
You can almost hear the tear in Kweli's voice as he applauds Mom for her wisdom, strength, and sound advice. Kanye West lays the backdrop -- a pristine piano loop backed by booming drums. Kweli waxes poetic, "She showed me how to shoot for the stars until I put a hole in the sky." It's an emotion-laden tribute that Mom will truly cherish.
5. Jay-Z - "Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)"
4. Canibus - "I Honor U"
"I Honor U," a standout cut from Canibus' self-titled debut, narrates the story of a child whose birth was engulfed by drama. Some of us can relate to bits of the story, particularly the dramatic events that sometimes precede childbirth. This one honors all mothers for their strength and passion, even in trying times.
3. Ghostface Killah - "All That I Got Is You"
Ghostface delivers a heartfelt account of his rough childhood, while acknowledging those that made life easier: mom and grandma. Crashing in a congested apartment, drinking sugar water, and plucking roaches out of a cereal box is all good because of Mom's soothing presence. Mary's tear-jerk chorus adds a solemn touch.