Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Delo, Mac, hasHBrown, Roosh Williams, Fat Tony, KAB, Renzo, Kyle Hubbard and more.
Not Invited: Dads
This Week's Prompt: What is the greatest rap song about mothers of all time?
Paul Wall: My song "Daddy Wasn't Home" is my favorite because it's about my own mom. It's the most personal to me and holds the most meaning.
Delo: Come on, son: Tupac, "Dear Mama." Every male can relate. Mothers can comprehend. No one can outdo the words in that song.
Mac: "Dear Mama" by Tupac, hands down. No debate. That was raw emotions on paper put into song form.
Slim Thug: "Dear Mama," Tupac. It was one of the realest songs.
hasHBrown: Easy. Tupac's "Dear Mama" is the best song ever... ever. The honesty in the lyrics are unmatched.
Roosh Williams: I'm gonna have to cop and say "Hey Mama" by Kanye. First off, it's a feel-good song and it's pretty clean, so you can actually play it for your mother. Second, the lyrics and hook directly remind of my own mother and how hard she works every damn day.
Kyle Hubbard: I want to be funny and say Eminem's "Cleaning Out My Closet," but I love my mother dearly so of course my answer is Tupac's "Dear Mama." But that's the obvious, hands down, favorite, right? Kanye's "Hey Mama" is also worth noting, right up there.
Scooby: "Dear Mama," Pac. That's life as a youth. The song relates to my upbringing more that "Mama I Love."
Yung Truth: I know the Tupac answer is cliché, but the tone of the track coupled with the picture painted by his passionate delivery of the story line is enough to make your soul cry.
Free: "Hey Mama." By far the best and most genuine song. He's really talking to his mom and not tryna be so "Cool Rapper Guy" about it. That one and "4 Moms" by ACTQ. It's just an instrumental track, but it's incredible. Good song to give mom to dance to.
H-Kane: Tupac, "Dear Mama." Just listen to it. It wasn't even about making a hit. He really wrote it for his mama.
Renzo: I'm going with "Cleaning Out My Closet" by Eminem. Even though he was pissed and roasting her, you could tell he really loved her. Even if your mama screws you over your whole life, you'll still want her to be a part of it. At least, that's how I see it.
Thurogood: The mother of all mother songs is "Dear Mama" by Tupac, which is also my favorite. Runner-up: "Dance" by Nas.
GT Mayne: Hands down, to me, has to be Tupac's "Dear Mama." He wrote it how the average street dude would write to his mother.
Preemo: And even as a crack fiend, mama, you always was a black queen, mama. Tupac, "Dear Mama." I bet Tony Pizarro still gets checks.
O.N.E.: "Dear Mama," by far. It put what's important in life in perspective. Despite any and all flaws, mama is still queen.
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Fat Tony: The song about mama on E-40's latest album is pretty throwed. It's honest, sentimental, funny without being corny at all.
KAB: Tupac, "Dear Mama." 'Pac put his heart and soul into that record.