Critics often charge that rap is synonymous with misogyny. Buried within the treasure chest of hip-hop, however, is a bottomless pile of songs that pay homage to motherhood. And for every "Biological Didn't Bother" there are 50 "Dear Mama"s. Not that anyone is complaining. (After all, fathers have enjoyed their share of hip-hop tributes) Moms absolutely deserve all the praise they get. Here are 10 hip-hop songs your mom will love.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.