We all know R&B songs about loss and heartbreak from women—Mary J. Blige’s discography to Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan, and yes, even Mrs. Carter—but how many songs do you know from men that have us wondering, “yo, who hurt you?”
While we can put a name to the “she” in most of these tunes, others leave us guessing, giggling and shaking our heads at some of these hip-hop records by a few of our favorites who laid their heartache down on wax.
10. Big Sean “I Don’t F*ck With You (IDFWU)”
Glee superstar, Naya Rivera did serious damage to G.O.O.D. Music’s, Big Sean. Sean paid no mind to the story of Naya keying her ex, Mark Salling’s Lexus for revenge and proposed to the actress after only six months of dating. Six months later, the rapper calls off his wedding and Naya finds herself in the arms of a new man, now her husband. Yeah he says it was written before they broke up, but do we believe him?
9. Chris Brown “Deuces”
It was a hit, but Breezy was hurt. Chris called his ex a vulture, Tyga got curved and gave up on love, and Kevin McCall calls himself a penis. What a shame. And the remix? Double the hurt, with two of the saddest artists, Drake and Kanye, on the track rapping about waiting in hotel rooms and tossing around the b-word, instead of calling his ex by her name.
8. Outkast “Roses”
Poor André Benjamin! That Caroline character whoever she was, was supposedly the reason for the word, b*tch, and Three Stack wished that she crashed her car into a ditch. It was that real? Well, damn.
7. Justin Timberlake “Cry Me A River”
12 years ago, he bared his soulful bruises to the world on his solo debut album, Justified. Before he got all smooth on us, JT broke into his ex’s house, destroyed her property, before recording him and another woman in the his ex’s bedroom, just to get her back for cheating. Before Jessica Biel won his heart, Britney Spears broke it. Justin’s heart break made a memorable video.
Ghost is trying to resolve his issues on this season’s Couples Therapy and we see why. “Back Like That”should be a smooth track with Ne-Yo on the chorus. However with the Wu-rapper talking about taking shorty’s whole finger because the ring won’t come off and having his “girl cousins rock” his ex, it’s quite the opposite. The lyrics prove that women aren’t the only ones who will turn up at the sight of their ex moving on.
5. Joe Budden “Ordinary Love Sh*t”
Yes, the whole thing. It hurt Joey so bad he had to make a series off of the hurt. From Esther to Tahiry, the Love & Hip-Hop star has had girl problems for years now and it looks like it won’t end anytime soon. Maybe the rapper needs to take to Andre 3000’s advice and “keep his heart.”
4. Kanye West “Blame Game” (and entire 808’s and Heartbreak album)
We loved Amber Rose and Kanye together, but when they split, our world’s collapsed and we drank Hennessy in honor of one of the greatest Kanye moments ever—the infamous ’09 MTV VMAs red carpet with him and Amber.
808’s is one of my favorite hip-hop albums ever with a broken Mr. Kardashian spitting his woes out on “Heartless,” “See You In My Nightmares,” and “Coldest Winter” dedicated to the infamous, Alexis Phifer.
3. Drake “Marvin’s Room”
There’s a heap of songs that could go here and it was hard to choose just one, but let’s just wind it down to “Marvin’s Room.” Saddest thing ever. Drake is whining and we’re wondering why this song ever happened. This was the start of emo-Drake memes and hurt-men-that-can’t-let-go anthems. Yet, this track is more creepy than anything.
2. Eamon “F*ck It (I Don’t Want You Back)”
He used the f-word twenty times in one song. The name of the song is self-explanatory.
1. Eminem “Kill You” & “Kim”
Marshall is angry and Marshall is yelling. Marshall ends the track named after the mother of his daughter (“Kim”), in a very disturbing way, placing her body in the trunk of a car. “Kill You” goes after Kim (again) and doesn’t leave out the subject of many of Eminem’s songs—his mother. Em’s turned a different leaf in his new music but we’ll never forget what started it all and gave meaning to #WhoHurtYou.