Cee-Lo - “Fuck You”Although Cee-Lo stated that this song was aimed at the music industry, at first listen it doesn’t sound that way. It sounds like the woman of his dreams left him for a man with heavier pockets. The “F” bomb was dropped 17 times during this song, just in case you had questions about how he felt. Although in the song he mentions that there are some things he should’ve made up for, that still doesn’t excuse her trifling behavior.
Method Man, D’Angelo - “Break Ups 2 Make Ups”This late '90s jam featured an unlikely collaboration between Method Man and D’Angelo and feels more like a letter that was never supposed to see the light of day. With lyrics like “It's always you and your crusty ass crew, be acting new/Let me find out that you fucking with Boo, and y'all gon' feel it.” Shots Fired.
Nas - “Bye, Baby’Leave it to an introspective rapper to rap about something introspective. Although Nas’ relationship with Kelis failed (and was dragged in public), "Bye Baby" places most of the blame on her. “Hate you so much right now, should’ve saw the meaning, angry black woman/Actions of a demon, I’m leaving” lets us know that Nas will not go out like a simp, even if you take him to the courthouse.
Usher - “Papers”This song is about serving divorce papers to someone you’ll be paying child support to for the next 18 years. And for that reason alone, it'll make anyone feel scornful, even if you have more than enough money to do it. The song has a nice bounce to it, which makes you feel petty for jamming to it.
Justin Timberlake - “Cry Me A River” Justin Timberlake has no problem letting his emotions be known. He also has no problem making you look like a blubbering fool. “Cry Me A River” tells the story of a man who's been slighted after his last girlfriend cheated. When Justin hits his dance sequence in the video, he kicks a photo off the shelf and in slow motion we can see that it’s an old photo of him and Britney Spears. Shade.
Ghostface, Raekwon, Carl Thomas - “Never Be The Same Again”Ghostface is known for being one of the greatest storytellers in rap. In this, we hear a scorned Ghost letting everyone know how his woman demanded to smell his boxers when she was the one committing wrongs. Carl Thomas provides strong vocals and reminds us that he wishes he never met her. Again.
Kanye West - “Devil In A Red Dress”We could pick "Heartless" or "Paranoid," but sometimes calm rage has the best effect. Kanye lives inside his emotions so it's through his songs that we get to enter his mind and see how he truly feels about his prior actions. On “Devil In A Red Dress,” we’re taken on a visual journey and we can imagine a couple having a feast at a Jamaican restaurant and seeing the bickering start for another round.
Drake - “Marvin’s Room”This song is the epitome of the light-skinned saga. As Drake provides a drunken audio thinkpiece to let his ex-girlfriend in on how he feels, he has no reservations about spilling his feelings on her new boyfriend. Many rappers wouldn't have the courage to write such an emotional song. But drunk dialing isn't the best way to get your point across.
Fred The Godson - “I Don’t Give A F**ck”When the chorus of a song screams, “I don’t give a fuck about you anymore. Girl,” your side eye is bound to roll uncontrollably. Just tweet through it.
Eamon - “I Don’t Want You Back”When this song came out, it was everywhere and solidified Eamon's place in history as a one-hit wonder. It's the one man-scorned anthem that might actually get you out of your emotions and into some actions. Like in the video, when Eamon rips a photo into pieces and and throws a wine bottle at the camera. Over it.