Hip-hop gets a bad rap for being overly macho. That's true in large part, but that doesn't mean plenty of rappers aren't intensely sensitive. Putting aside how easily they get their feelings hurt and jump into beefs, there's the socially conscious crowd, the baby-making-music crowd, and even a whole heap of breakup songs recorded by famous rappers.
Unsurprisingly, when rappers are willing to drop their defenses and be vulnerable for a moment, it can yield some pretty awesome results. The emotional weight in words like Ghostface Killah's famous "Jamie verse" on Wu-Tang Clan's "Impossible" is incredible, carried even further by the verbal workout of his flow.
Hip-hop actually contains some of the best kiss-offs and breakup songs ever recorded, despite how incongruous it might seem for our macho rap stars to admit they're heartbroken. These are my picks for the best of the bunch.