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10 Rappers Who Have Gotten Caught Crying

We might be dating ourselves a little bit here. But, remember Tom Hanks' memorable quote in the 1992 movie, A League of Their Own? "There's no crying!" he yelled at one player (played by Madonna) who started to tear up in the middle of a game after he yelled at her. "There's no crying in baseball!"

Well, the same can be said for rap. There's no crying in rap! Rappers are supposed to be tough, macho manly men, not sniffling little crybabies. And yet, every now and then we catch one of them crying. The latest one to get caught? Soulja Boy, who had tears streaming down his face during the Whitney Houston tribute at the 2012 BET Awards on Sunday night. We can't necessarily fault him for it—after all, there were plenty of watery eyes all across the nation at that moment—but never in a million years did we expect to see Mr. Tell 'Em showing so much emotion out in public.

Soulja Boy is far from the first rapper to get caught crying, though. In fact, there have been a number of rappers who have turned on the waterworks over the years. So, after seeing Soulja Boy's outburst, we decided to put together a list of 10 Rappers Who Have Gotten Caught Crying. We can only imagine what Tom Hanks would have thought if he'd seen these guys bawling their eyes out.—Chris Yuscavage

The Rapper: Kanye West
Where He Cried: On Jay Leno's primetime show in September 2009
Why He Did It: A couple weeks after he interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, 'Ye sat down with Leno to apologize to Swift, to explain his actions, and to talk about the passing of his mother. "Obviously, I deal with hurt," he said, before shedding a few tears, "and so many celebrities, they never take the time off. I've never taken the time off to really [grieve]."

The Rapper: Young Buck
Where He Cried: On a phone call with 50 Cent in June 2008
Why He Did It: While discussing his ouster from 50's G-Unit clique, Buck broke down in tears and couldn't control his emotions. "I don't know what to do," he said. "A n---- just want that same family feel like it's always been. I know I'm outta line, I don't want you to dismember me from the crew, honestly…I'm just trying to make you happy." To make matters worse, Fif then leaked the conversation to the media.

The Rapper: Game
Where He Cried: During a video interview about his song dedicated to Sean Bell in July 2008
Why He Did It: The Compton MC was upset that all of the rappers he reached out to to appear on "911 Is A Joke" refused to be a part of the song. "Nobody wanna stand up and be a man," he said. "We don't have a problem putting out a mixtape dissing each other, but…the situations that render us helpless like police brutality, excessive force, people using the shield to really deal the wrong way with human beings, you know, like nobody wanna stand up for that except me."

The Rapper: Kid Cudi
Where He Cried: On Twitter in December 2011
Why He Did It: Okay, so we didn't actually see Cudi cry. But, after one of his biggest fans Ben Breedlove died shortly after uploading a series of videos that showcased how much he loved Cudi, the Ohio rapper got on Twitter and shared a message of his own. "I am so sad about Ben Breedlove," he said. "I watched the video he left for the world to see," he tweeted. "I broke down, I am to tears because I hate how life is so unfair."

The Rapper: Big Sean
Where He Cried: Before a concert in Toronto in January 2011
Why He Did It: Not all rappers cry because they're sad. Sean let out a few "tears of joy" after he received an overwhelming response from fans at a meet-and-greet. "I came in here and started shedding tears because I was so happy," he said. "You don't even understand, man."

The Rapper: Kanye West
Where He Cried: At a concert in London in November 2007
Why He Did It: Just about a week after 'Ye's mother passed away, he did a show during his European concert and tried to perform "Hey Mama." But, he couldn't get through it and started crying midway through the song.

The Rapper: Maino
Where He Cried: In the middle of a concert in New York in May 2009
Why He Did It: Just a few days after his brother got shot in the back by police, Maino decided to share the info at a show. That resulted in him shedding a whole bunch of tears. "The police shot my best friend in the back," he said. "They tellin' me he might not walk again.

The Rapper: DMX
Where He Cried: On the show, Couples Therapy, in April 2012
Why He Did It: He tried to get his mother to explain why she never told him that she loved when he was younger. "Why?" he asked her. "I just wanted to say…I just wanted to say, 'Mommy'…" That's all he could get out.

The Rapper: Lil Mama
Where She Cried: On the Power 105.1 morning show, "The Breakfast Club," in July 2011
Why She Did It: Male rappers aren't the only ones who shed tears! In the middle of a sit-down with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne tha God, Lil Mama started crying when Charlamagne took some shots at her music and her physical appearance during the course of the interview. "When I was 17 years old, I put out an album while my mother was dying of cancer," she said. "That right there alone is a struggle. That's hard. That's tough for anybody."

The Rapper: Kanye West
Where He Cried: On stage at the Coachella festival in April 2011
Why He Did It: Kanye really cries a lot, huh?! While performing songs off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, 'Ye suddenly broke out in tears while talking about the process of recording the album. "When I made the album, I was in a really dark place in my life…losing everything that was dear to me," he said. "To still love me after everything you've seen me say on TV…to still have fans…I really appreciate you all tonight, because I'm only trying to say and do what's right."

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“The title of the album was Worthy for a couple of years before I had any songs,” she revealed. “I love that word. It’s so potent and encompasses so much [in terms of being] deserving of regard and respect. I always have a favorite word. For a while, it was resilient then authentic.

“When I did the interview with Oprah, she asked me how long unworthiness had been my calling card,” Arie continued. “I realized that I didn’t feel unworthy inside but I could see how I could be giving off that energy to others. It made me double-down on wanting to call this project Worthy and explore why she asked that question.”

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Megan Thee Stallion’s Southern Rap 'Fever' Dream

Hot Girl Meg is already an urban legend. You can see her on the cover of Fever, looming over a luxury auto in skin-tight leopard print as flames and horses erupt behind her. It’s the undeniable movie poster aesthetic of blaxploitation icons like Pam Grier’s Coffy. It’s a perfect fit for rapper Megan Thee Stallion, whose music channels a Southern rap tradition full of larger-than-life figures like Trina, Gangsta Boo, and her hero Pimp C.

The 24-year-old born Megan Pete started rapping in childhood after accompanying her mother, Holly Thomas aka rapper Holly-Wood, to recording sessions in Houston. Megan’s career began with freestyles at college parties, and she released three mixtapes in three years with her mother as her manager, building her buzz while still completing courses. The rapper is slick and authoritative on the mic as she channels alter egos like Hot Girl Meg, who she calls “the party girl, the polished girl, the turn-up queen.” Her debut album Fever, released last week, is a showcase for this alter ego. Hanging with Hot Girl Meg makes for a fun 40 minutes.

Though her profile has risen to the level of Drake Instagrams and Khalid features, Megan Thee Stallion does not make pop music. She raps, she’s excellent, and she knows it. “I’m a real rap bi**h, this ain’t no pop sh*t,” she ad-libs victoriously on her first song “Realer.” Sure, pop music has eagerly siphoned from rap this decade, but rappers have been drawing lines in the sand since Q-Tip said “Rap is not pop, if you call it that then stop” in ‘91. Nowadays, the A Tribe Called Quest auteur is still pushing rap forward as an executive producer for Fever.

“Sex Talk,” the album’s lead single, is a showcase for Megan’s bars. “I’ma bust quick if your lips soft,” she raps in short bursts around distorted bass and snaps. “Rock that ship ‘til ya blast off.” In her second verse, she accents the offbeat to boast, “I should be in museums because this body a masterpiece.” Though the song’s popularity was eclipsed by the video release for last summer’s more bombastic “Big Ole Freak,” it’s a fitting introduction to Thee Stallion: her range of staccato to elongated flows is catnip for heads like her who grew up on freestyle DVDs, paired with a blown out beat riding the minimalist wave that’s subsumed parties across the country.

Sex is the main concern in Megan Thee Stallion’s work, followed closely by money. Such confident sexuality from a black woman has unfortunately drawn criticism and retrograde questioning from some in the media, but she’s undaunted. “You let the boys come up in here and talk about how they gon’ run a train on all our friends and they want some head and they want to shoot everything up, and they want to do drugs,” she told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “Well, we should be able to go equally as hard. I don’t want to hear none of that ‘That’s offensive!’ or ‘All she talk about is p***y.’”

Megan’s mercenary demand for her pleasures is a refreshing gender swap of rap tropes. On “Running Up Freestyle,” she raps, “He say I should be nicer, well your d**k should be bigger.” She’s blunt enough to make me clutch my pearls on behalf of my gender before I burst out laughing. Later in “Sex Talk,” Megan kicks a would-be lover out when she cues up trap music and he asks “Girl, you tryna trap me?” She’s offended by the insinuation she needs to keep a captive, when she doesn’t need anyone she doesn’t want in the moment. It’s a role reversal that plenty of female rappers have executed previously, but few with the same raw skill.

“Hood Rat Sh*t” opens with a sample of a 2008 viral video, a 7-year-old explaining his desire to do “hoodrat stuff” with his friends. The uptempo drums bounce around cavernous piano chords with gleeful menace like a gaggle of unsupervised kids. Megan’s rhymes launch into double time in the lead-up to the chorus, which she spits like a playground taunt. In the third verse, she gives an evocative example of the title: she’s at the strip club drinking Henny from a champagne glass, “eating chicken wings with a thick bi**h” who’s dancing like the diamonds in her necklace. Her swaggering flow sounds like the reincarnation of Pimp C, with the tall tale verses to match.

Rising Charlotte rapper DaBaby adds a verse over bellowing 808s on “Cash Sh*t.” When Megan says “That’s my dog, he gon’ sit down and listen,” DaBaby describes fixing his partner’s weave during sex and incorporating headlocks into new positions. On its own, his verse might be too direct, like a stranger leering from the end of the bar. It’s perfectly absurd on Megan’s album. He works as a foil to the main attraction, like he’s just trying to keep up.

 

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The only other guest on Fever is Juicy J on “Simon Says,” where he also supplies a beat that sounds like a house party in the middle of a home invasion. “Simon says bust it open like a freak,” Megan raps like a nursery rhyme, a fitting match for the originator of “Slob On My Knob.” The song was the center of a minor controversy over the album release weekend when singer Wolf Tyla implied she had a writing credit and drew an indignant response from Megan. The facts became harder to parse from there. Maybe Tyla wrote the hook, or maybe Juicy did and asked her to record a reference track. (A just okay hook to go to bat for as an unknown ghostwriter, frankly.) In an era where the world’s biggest male stars snipe at each other about fragments of songs they’ve written for one another, this shouldn’t be a story, but a rising female rapper can’t allow any question of her bona fides.

Even if “Simon Says” is entirely ghostwritten, the Three 6 Mafia homage is far from an aberration in Megan’s catalog, or even on Fever. Juicy J produced two other album cuts, future strip club anthems “Pimpin” and “Dance.” Fellow co-founder Project Pat contributes to “W.A.B.,” built around a sample of the group’s “Weak Azz Bi**h.” Three 6’s influence is apparent in so many strains of modern hip-hop, but on Fever Megan places the Memphis collective alongside Houston and New Orleans in a firmly Southern context. The album concludes with Megan declaring herself “Hot Girl Meg from the motherf**kin’ South,” and it doesn’t feel like a conclusion, just a tantalizing cliffhanger promising further misadventures.

Fever is not perfect. “Best You Ever Had” strays a little too close to pop. Halfway through an album of knocking beats, it’s jarring to hear Megan’s voice coated in electronic sheen, sharing space with a recorder loop. In headphones the project becomes a bit repetitive in the back half, but it won’t be noticeable blaring out of club speakers. Given how quickly she’s befriended so many other stellar young female rappers, it would have been great to hear her spar with some of them on her debut.

Nevertheless, Megan Thee Stallion is picking up the baton for Southern hip-hop with a quick tongue and trunk rattling beats optimized for twerking. She inherited the legacy from her mother, as well as an unstoppable work ethic, the kind that kept her from cancelling shows even after her mother’s tragic death this spring because “I know she wouldn’t want me to stop.” Not long ago, a buzzy mixtape rapper signing to a major label like 300 Entertainment was a one-way ticket to clunky albums overstuffed with radio bait. Fever’s cohesion is a testament to Megan’s talent and dedication. Look forward to partying with Hot Girl Meg all summer.

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Megan Thee Stallion is truly prepping for a hot girl summer. Following up the highly-anticipated release of Fever, the Houston-bred rapper has officially released the visuals for the project's opening song, "Realer."

Red-headed Meg and her friends brandish toy guns, high karate kicks and body rolls as she talks her sh*t. And, much like her project's artwork, there were flames—both literally and figuratively—to be had all around.

Even some of her celebrity peers have expressed excitement over her video's release.

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— TRINA (@TRINArockstarr) May 21, 2019

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— Wale (@Wale) May 21, 2019

Watch Hot Girl Meg's spicy "Realer" video up top.

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