The Dopeness: Great Hip-Hop ‘Tribute to the Fallen’ Songs

These might evoke some emotion that you might not want to feel until after tomorrow.  But Sadderday is based on love relationships and things of that nature so I’ll just go ahead & do this today anyway.  WARNING!  Some of these songs are beautiful tearjerkers.

Since he has the most,  Let’s begin with the Notorious B.I.G.

“We’ll Always Love Big Poppa” – The Lox

This next one is a song dedicated to Trouble T Roy from the group Heavy D and the Boyz.

“They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)”  – Pete Rock & CL Smooth

This next song was for Big L made by 3 of the members of the group Big L was a part of, the Diggin’ In The Crates Crew (D.I.T.C)

“Tribute” – O.C., A.G. & Lord Finesse

Keeping this in Harlem.  Next up, a song for Harlem World’s Huddy 6

“Tribute To Hud 6” – Cam’ron

Since Cam used an Eminem beat, I’ll go right ahead and post this next song.  It took a while for Em to make a song for his deceased best friend Proof of D12, but he finally did.  Here’s his ode to Proof.

“You’re Never Over” – Eminem

Oh look. Another segway.  Joe Budden is signed to Shady so…this next song was his tribute to his friend and also Jim Jones’ associate, Stack Bundles.

Send Him Our Love” – Joe Budden

Back to Big.  Here’s the most recent tribute to Christopher Wallace.

“Letter To B.I.G.” – Jadakiss Ft. Faith Evans

You can’t mention Big without mentioning Pac.  But to be honest, the best 2Pac tribute songs are by the man himself.  He would always make songs about how it would be to die.  Biggie did too, but the songs made for Big were actually good.  I’m sorry but Bizzy Bone’s tribute to Pac was fucking horrible.  So i’m gonna have to go with Treach & em.  Song might not be GREAT, but Pac was.  So I have to include him.

“Mourn You Til I Join You” – Naughty By Nature

I ‘ll tell you this though.  Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s tribute to Eazy-E was one of the better tributes in general.  The original “Crossroads” was good too, but it wasn’t for Eazy.  They later remade it and birthed what’s probably their biggest song, a song dedicated to Eazy.  Here it is.

“Tha Crossroads” – Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Up next, Mr. Cheeks made a song for his fellow Lost Boyz member and friend, Freaky Tah.

“Till We Meet Again” – Mr. Cheeks Ft. Stephen Marley

Here’s a trill tribute Bun B made for his partner Pimp C.

“Angel In The Sky” – Bun B

This next one is Raekwon’s tribute to ODB.

“Ason Jones” – Raekwon

This song ends @ 5:48. Idk why it says 7:25. But anyway, here’s T.I.’s tribute to his best friend and assistant Philant “Big Phil” Johnson.

Almost done guys!  So far, these songs have basically been for friends and other rappers…but Nas made one for his mother who died of cancer in 2002.

“Dance” – Nas

Everybody knows this one.  This song was HUGE.  Another tribute to Biggie.  The album version with Puff talking on the intro is even more incredible.

“I’ll Be Missing You” – Puff Daddy Ft. Faith Evans & 112

*sigh*

Last but certainly NOT least….. “baby girl”.  I left this for last because it’s one of my favorites, by my favorite artist.  Not only is this song dedicated to Aaliyah, Jay-Z sticks up for her on it and disses Star from Star & Buckwild for dissing her.  A tribute with a diss in it.  Who else can pull that off? Of course, Big & Pac get a verse, but Jay also remembers to acknowledge a lot of names.   There’s plenty more songs out there, but I think this is the perfect way to end this post.

“I Miss You (Remix)” – Jay-Z & Aaliyah

Peace & Love.

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