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Highsnobiety / Josh Sobel

Before we even start, let me inform you all that I’m a woman. I’m a woman and I love rap songs. A lot. My entire aptly-titled “Bump & Grind” playlist consists of hyper-sexualized tunes with lyrics so vulgar that they would even cause Lil Wayne to blush.

But setting vulgarity aside, being a female fan of hip-hop is hard at times due to the sole fact that it’s a genre notorious for its frequent and over-the-top misogyny. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read pieces highlighting how un-feminist the genre is, or how reductive it is for respectable, self-loving women to actively enjoy music with such disregard for our own gender.

However, this doesn’t mean that all rap tracks are trash or built on messages that are morally questionable. Calling the genre beautiful and crafted with the intention to offend no one would be a blatant lie, but it definitely does not mean that there’s a lack of rap songs about love, romance, and softer sentiments. In fact, a slew of the best booty jams out there disguise their true intentions: they’re actually full of rappers pouring their hearts out in hip hop love songs for the ages.

This isn’t going to be the same traditional list of ’90s/early ‘00s gangstuh luv tracks you might be expecting (take a seat “What’s Love” and “21 Questions”). You’re about to be hit with rap lyrics about love and serious emotion disguised with mumbling, swearing, and a heavy dose of “oh shit Mom’s coming turn it down” vibes.

These are our picks for 10 hip hop love songs that are surprisingly romantic AF. Seriously.

A.CHAL – “000000”

Straight outta Peru, A.CHAL is bound to win your heart through your headphones (or AirPods if you’re one of those people now). You just can’t resist an artist with a voice sweeter than syrup, and this guy’s got it. And I dare you not to tap your toes and/or practice a little belly dancing to that melody.

Notable Lovey Dovey Lyrics: 

I could never be mad at you
Pussy remedy like a Tylenol
Remember being broke, I was eyein’ you
Now I have you

Stormzy – “Own It” ft. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy

I am not an avid fan of Ed Sheeran but, as one YouTube commenter eloquently put it, “Stormzy and Ed go together like chocolate orange.” This track is a darn vibe, don’t @ me because there’s no way you can argue otherwise. Stormzy on his own has sufficient panty-dropping power, but the vocals that Sheeran lends take it to the next level. And let us not forget Burna Boy, who turns this into a triple threat of audial goodness.

Notable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

Girl, I felt your presence when they let you through the door
Never had a bruddah give you everything and more
So I take a little piece and the rest of it is yours
Mi amor

Thug loving when I put you in your place
I can tell you love it just by looking in your face

Ty Dolla $ign & Jeremih – “FYT” ft. French Montana

There’s a very, very good reason this track off Ty and Jeremih’s collaborative album is aptly titled “Baby Making Music.” The beat, the vocals, the combination of artistic styles on one track; it’s a sweeter than syrup NSFW ode to modern chivalry that gets straight to the point.

Noteable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

He don’t give you anything, diamond rings
I could bring, tuh
And I put you on the team, that should mean that
I’m fucking you tonight (bring a friend then another one)

Make decisions, I wanna play with your permission
Gimme that kitty, girl, wash the dishes
Now spread them legs, call it long division
That pussy taste like woah, woah

J Hus – “Sweet Cheeks”

If you haven’t yet heard of J Hus, chances are you probably live on the opposite side of the Atlantic from the London MC. The man “so ugly that he’s sexy” is one of the UK’s most invigorating artists right now and is doing his own unique Brit ting with every track he drops. His debut album Common Sense is pure gold (and a fave here at HS Music), and “Sweet Cheeks” is a highlight. It’s also a great way to hear some distinctly British rap songs about love complete with a crash course in UK slang (bunda = booty, FYI).

Noteable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

I’m her main squeeze, that’s my sweet cheeks
Bunda so big it can’t fit in the selfie
She loud and boujee, won’t shut her mouth until I fuck up the coochie
Most of pretty gyaldem are mouthy
All up in my business she’s nosy

MANILA GREY – “Lava Walk”

Yet another option from an international artist – thank me later for broadening your horizons – MANILA GREY are from Vancouver but have Filipino roots, and their vibe is one that anyone, anywhere can appreciate. If you love rap songs but need to spice up your regular rotation of rappers, this duo will definitely do it for you.

Noteable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

You know I love it rare you flawless
Gleaming like diamonds, stare wild’n
Burn through drama in your dress like lava
God bless every curve, I love all your angles

Dave – “Location” Burna Boy

I’ve already got Burna Boy on this list once but you know I had to do it to ’em again – the man adds pure value to any track he graces. Dave was my most played artist of 2019, and this particular  track was replayed approximately 2,917,603 times. Sure, they’re talking about adoring multiple females simultaneously but I never said this list was an homage to monogamy.

Noteable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

If you send me the location
Then I’ll be right there
Let me come, come check you, my baby
Send me the location
This year ’bout vacations, flight catching, train taking
Your boyfriend’s on a waiting ting
Look, playboy, I don’t need a Carti
I’m captain, I lead the army
Bad ratio, I leave the party
Your ex wavy, we tsunami

Travis Scott – “COFFEE BEAN”

Travis is usually all about the autotune (IT’S LIT, anyone?) but when he’s not busy falling into Drake’s stages, he’s out there being an undercover romantic. He hid this gem of a track right at the end of Astroworld, but it’s not to be missed – it’s a beautiful but brutally raw insight into his relationship with less-famous-than-egg Kylie. It’s also a huge switch-up from the Travis we know—no autotune and no extras. Just a slow beat and honest bars worthy of entrance into the pantheon of rap love songs.

Noteable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

How would you feel if I had you?
Trust me, you’d be mad too
But shawty, we can be mad cool
Just hit me if anything past due

Ty Dolla $ign – “Or Nah” ft. The Weeknd & Wiz Khalifa

Admittedly, this one is a little iffy on the romance front considering it’s a pure sex track, but sometimes pure sex is the most romantic thing somebody can get. Inviting your partner to utilize your head like a motorcycle is pretty damn affectionate.

Notable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

Do you like the way I flick my tongue or nah?
You can ride my face until you dripping cum
Can you lick the tip then throat the dick or nah?
Can you let me stretch that pussy out or nah?

AJ Tracey – “Butterflies” ft. Not3s

Let AJ Tracey and his musical genius transport you to a tropical island upon which chivalry is 100% not dead. It may be the dead of winter (in the Northern Hemisphere at least) but this track is bound to get it heated. The British artist has been on the come up for a minute now, and him teaming up with fellow Englishman Not3s is the blessing we didn’t know we needed.

Noteable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

She don’t spread it for them wasteman there
Oh no, ’cause she knows that’s mine
Them other tings, man they don’t compare
She’s the only one that gets my shine

I wanna get you home and give your ting a thumping
I carve the pussy up like I’m cutting pumpkin
Pussy like the English channel every time I jump in (splash)

Young Thug – “Take Care”

I can’t seem to come to a solid conclusion about how I feel about this Thugger fellow. While he often tries to show off his most manly persona with rough beats and even rougher lyrics (“Old English” anyone?), the man also has a far softer side that would fit seamlessly next to Usher and Ne-Yo in a “Hip Hop Love Songs” playlist. Despite rapping about sex more often than not, he revealed in an interview with his fiancée Jerrika Karlae that he doesn’t actually “care for sex that much.” Quite hard to believe, but at least he’s devoted.

Noteable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

You got me stopping at the green light
I’ll set you good, I’m off a bean right
And I know you want a savage to give you a ring right 
Sexin’ on drugs, 
Leave a little money on the counter
You remind me of Erykah Badu
Thinkin’ ’bout masturbating to your nudes

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