Check Out These Bedroom Bangers
Valentine’s day is right around the corner and if you get down with Valentine’s Day you’ll probably find yourself gettin’ down on Valentine’s day. So when it comes time for that V-day freak, you might find yourself in a position you didn’t expect… DJ. Those of us who are into hip-hop have probably found out by now that your standard gang-bangin classic just doesn’t really fit in with the whole “romantic Valentine’s day evening” vibe. This doesn’t mean you need to dip into your auntie’s collection of old Teddy Pendergrass or Lou Rawls to set the mood though (both are still great options) – it’s possible for hip-hop to be romantic without aggressively snapping your neck out of place.
Eric B. & Rakim “Mahogany” (1991)
Produced by Eric B, “Mahogany” tells the smooth story of the girl of Rakim’s dreams: “You got the look, I wanna get to know ya better/I had to let her know, but yo, I didn’t sweat her.”
Translation: “you got it going on but I’m can’t pressure you too hard into dating and I respect your individuality.”
Valentine’s Day slam dunk.
LL Cool J “I Need Love” (1987)
Look, it was 1987 so a lot of these lines are going to be really corny. Take this classic example of LL’s chivalry, “You can scratch my back, we’ll get cozy and huddle/I’ll lay down my jacket so you can walk over a puddle.”
Cuddle puddles aside, this was widely regarded as one of the first rap love songs to really splash so it deserves its due.
Tribe Called Quest “Bonita Applebum”
“Bonita Applebum” is one of the most underrated tribe songs off their debut album “People’s Instinctive Travels and The Paths of Rhythm”. While Q-Tip hadn’t really perfected his signature flow at this point, he still went for those big words and killed them… albeit softly, “If only you can see through your elaborate eyes/Only you and me hon, the love never dies.”