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Before we even start, let me inform you all that I’m a woman. I’m a woman who likes rap. 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 even setting vulgarity aside, being a female fan of hip-hop is at times hard 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 soft 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.

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 serious emotion that’s disguised itself with mumbling and swearing and injected with a heavy dose of “oh shit Mom’s coming turn it down” vibes.

These are our picks for 10 rap songs that are surprisingly romantic AF.

Gucci Mane – “We Ride” ft. Monica

Put me on nachos and call me cheesy but Gucci Mane’s “We Ride” featuring none other than Monica has got me swooning like there’s no tomorrow. Rappers spitting verses about actually being monogamous instead of going on about one of the numerous asses they’ve tapped is a pretty serious turn on – having a guy completely scrap that lifestyle for one special gal is as good as it gets.

Noteable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

Built a house for 10 mil on your own land
And showed your best friend how to build her own brand
Have you ever seen a street n**** slow dance
In a white tux with a live band playing?

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 U.K.’s best upcoming 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 learn some 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

YG – “Down Bitch”

Ah, good ol’ YG… He never fails to express himself through excessive swearing. This one’s for those of you out there who prefer your affection delivered in the roughest way possible; a bit of lyrical BDSM if you will.

Noteable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

I need me a down bitch, a fuck up stick around bitch,

I need me a proud bitch, a proud to be around bitch
This ain’t every day, she knows it’s a blessing bein’ around this
She with it long as I come with this dick
I remind her of her oath, now she reminisces
She chocolate like Hershey, Hershey’s kisses
I’m the ride or die type
I put your life before my life

Future – “Testify”

Whoever has wandered into Future’s life and filled up the Ciara-sized hole in his heart needs a serious shout-out because dang girl – you are doing some good work. HNDRXX as a whole is basically Future unwillingly tossing us all onto a beautifully tragic emotional rollercoaster – a mix of retrospective apologies to his baby mama and heartstring-pulling affection towards his new flame. This track sticks out thanks to the tireless line “commit to me and I’ll commit.”

Notable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

So you wanna fall for the bad guy?
So you wanna fall and get mad high?
Confess your love for me, testify
Anytime I’m with you, gotta testify
Can you be the one who love me all the time?

I wanna be confident when I say you my lady
I wanna be arrogant when I say you my lady
I know I embarrass you, I simply violate it

Tyga – “Supawifey”

T-Rawww created this number when he was cozying up with Kylie Jenner. Their now-dead romance is something few of us could possibly care about, but the music that came out of Tyga’s questionable relationship is something we can all be grateful for. He is yet another example of a rapper who very starkly oscillates between the most misogynistic lyricism out there and being oddly affectionate, so his rare sentimental words are all the more appreciated. Kylie sure did change him for a bit, which was likely due to all the time they spent sitting around realizing stuff.

Notable Lovey Dovey Lyrics: 

Got a pretty face, she a real savage
And that ring on her finger sink the Titanic
Yeah, that ring on her finger’s gigantic and that’s all me
When she pull off them panties, yeah that’s all me 
Supa wifey to the rescue when she landed in my sheets like a speedin’ bullet

Seen a lot of 10’s
But you the 1

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. Despite rapping about sex more often than not, he revealed in an interview with his fiancee 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

Aminé – “Caroline”

In our modern day and age, there are a substantial amount of words that 10 years ago would not have been affectionate in any way, but are now right at the top of the “take me now“ vocabulary list. “Bad” and “thick” are two of these. Aminé manages to talk his lady up in the best way possible while still serving up a beat that’ll have your toes tapping. Also, being told that your oral game is A+ (“blowin’ the pipe”) is quite butterfly-inducing.

Notable Lovey Dovey Lyrics: 

Bad thang, fine as hell, thick as fuck
Oh my god, that’s my baby
Caroline, you divine
Mighty fine
Shawty really blow the pipe 
Like a pro

Kendrick Lamar – “LOYALTY.” ft. Rihanna

For the most part, Kung Fu Kenny goes hard and takes no prisoners (see both “HUMBLE.” and “DNA.” from his 2017 Grammy award winning album DAMN.). However, “LOYALTY.” shows his slightly softer side. With the help of none other than Rihanna, he waxes poetic about loyalty in platonic, and of course romantic relationships, and we’re extremely here for it.

Notable Lovey Dovey Lyrics: 

Ain’t no other love like the one I know
I done been down so long lost hope
I done came down so hard I slowed
Honestly forever, all a real n**** want

Big Sean – “Jump Out the Window”

Big Sean evokes all the memories of that ‘one we never even had’ with this melodic banger. Its tune is upbeat but the lyrics hit pretty deep if you’re paying close enough attention. Plus, if you’ve ever wanted to watch Sean Don transform into a pixelated superhero, this video is your chance.

Notable Lovey Dovey Lyrics:

Remember when you used to come through and hit the Mario Kart

And you always picked the princess
I realized you was princess way back then
We the best thing that never happened

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

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?

For more like this, take a look at our ranking of the top 10 A$AP Mob posse cuts right here.

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