Rap&#39;s sad robot adorably is head over heels in love with his dream girl. The problem? He hasn&#39;t met her. &#34;I wanna tell the world about you just so they could get jealous/And if you see her before I do tell her I wish that I met her,&#34; Future raps.<p>C&#39;mon, now. No lovey-dovey playlist is complete without the prince of love rap songs himself <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/maria-bello-talks-a-history-of-violence-2420748" data-inlink="QLpczAzFFZc0zPETbKvu7w&#61;&#61;" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">Ja Rule</a>. The Vita-assisted &#34;Put It on Me&#34; was a ubiquitous hit during Ja&#39;s 2000s reign.</p>After her split from Jennifer Lopez, Diddy made the song cry on 2002&#39;s &#34;I Need a Girl&#34;: &#34;I had a girl that would&#39;ve died for me/Didn&#39;t &#39;preciate her so I made her cry for me/Every night she had tears in her eyes for me/Caught a case, shorty took the whole ride for me.&#34; Moguls need love, too.After two verses of self-congratulatory rhymes, Kane &#34;takes a few minutes to mellow out&#34; and salute the ladies. &#34;You&#39;re best scooped like ice cream,&#34; he cheers. &#34;Smooth Operator&#34; is the closest we&#39;ll ever get to a Big Daddy Kane love song.<em>&#34;A ghetto love is the law that we live by/Day by day I wonder why my shorty had to die.&#34;</em> &#34;Renee&#34; is a tragic tale of loves lost, made even more tragic by the death of Lost Boyz MC/promoter Freaky Tah in 1999.Big Boi and Andre 3000 came up in a misogynistic rap climate, but they had no problem expressing affection for women, or saying sorry. <em>Stankonia</em> standout &#34;Miss Jackson,&#34; for instance, found them apologizing to a baby mama&#39;s mama. The same album spawned &#34;Slum Beautiful,&#34; a sleeper tune that dotes on the ghetto fabulous.Forget dinner and a date, M-A-Dollar-Sign-E is giving you the key to his pad: &#34;In a year or two, girl, I could see you with my kids/Girl, you make a thug want to get a legal gig/It&#39;s only right we spend our lonely nights/Gettin&#39; crazy biz till we awake the kids.&#34;&#34;One love, one love, you&#39;re lucky just to have one loooove.&#34; Yes, those are the actual lyrics. You&#39;re more likely to find Big Foot than find a mainstream rap song with a similar message today. Still, this song has survived over the years, thanks to Nas&#39; 1994 version of the same name. As further proof of the song&#39;s lasting power, the phrase &#34;one love&#34; is now considered hip-hop lingo. True classic.Her royal Barbieness flexed some hip-pop flexibility on this Annie Lennox-inspired smash. It marked a rare moment of vulnerability for Minaj. &#34;You&#39;re like a candy store and I&#39;m a toddler/You got me wantin&#39; more.&#34;Drizzy used this summer smash to describe his ideal woman: &#34;Sweatpants, hair tied, chillin&#39; with no make up on.&#34; This song caught fire and sent Drake to the top of the charts. And that was before he even signed a major deal.<p>Wale is a ladies&#39; man. Miguel is a ladies&#39; man. Put them on the same track and the outcome is a heartwarming collaboration. I saw Wale perform &#34;Lotus Flower Bomb&#34; live and almost got trampled by a stampede of adoring ladies rushing towards the front stage.</p>Are you into good conversations? Do you like herbal tea? Are you a fan of poetry? Then you&#39;re the girl M-1 and Stic.man had in mind when they wrote the appropriately titled &#34;Mind Sex.&#34;Long before Future told us to &#34;Turn on the Lights,&#34; LL Cool J hit the streets in search of his own &#39;round the way girl (&#34;I want a girl with extensions in her hair/Bamboo earrings, at least two pair&#34;).Something about &#34;Passin&#39; Me By&#34; makes me want to grab a Heineken and lounge in the sun.<p>Not your standard groupie love fare, De La&#39;s candy-coated &#34;Eye Know&#34; over lush samples (notably from <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/mercy-otis-warren-biography-3530669" data-inlink="7ah1zMh33XCotWfnt1qWfA&#61;&#61;" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">Otis Redding&#39;s</a> &#34;(Sittin&#39; on) the Dock of the Bay&#34;) made it cool to declare sweet affection for that &#34;special someone&#34; without sounding corny.</p>Sometimes playful, sometimes treacly, &#34;Brown Skin Lady&#34; is always beautiful. Cocoa butter sales probably spiked after Kweli rapped, &#34;Your skin is the inspiration for cocoa butter.&#34; Smooth.Most love songs entail guys teasing girls with wild promises. 50 Cent turned the tables on &#34;21 Questions,&#34; which takes the form of a relationship interview. &#34;I&#39;m asking questions to find out how you feel inside,&#34; he raps. Oh, and you can&#39;t question the genius of &#34;I love you like a fat kid loves cake.&#34; After dropping that line, Fif went on to bag Vivica Fox, Ciara, and Chelsea Handler.<p>It&#39;s just a fly love song. Common spits game to his lady and vows to &#34;do the best that I can do, cause I&#39;m at my best when I&#39;m with you.&#34; What girl doesn&#39;t want to be told, &#34;I see the God in you&#34;? The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v&#61;dbbRrNHJ4Lg" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="externalLink" data-ordinal="1">music video</a> wasn&#39;t too shabby, either.</p>Golden words from the greatest storyteller in rap: &#34;If it&#39;s not true love, you shouldn&#39;t deal wit it.&#34; The best part is that the message is always in season.You really have to see Rakim play this one live to fully understand why it&#39;s such a cult classic. Nothing like seeing hundreds of Rakim fans—male and female—stan over a romantic tune.<p>The Roots struck gold with this smooth gem off <em>Things Fall Apart</em>. Jill Scott wrote the R&amp;B part but the label picked <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/conservative-hollywood-celebrities-3303669" data-inlink="3Metp2FiFOleipHTmQdP7Q&#61;&#61;" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">Erykah Badu</a> to bring exposure to the record. With all respect to the wonderfully talented Scott, Badu made the suits seem like prophets.</p>&#34;Bonita Applebum&#34; was the first single off Tribe&#39;s debut, <em>People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm</em>. Word has it the song was an ode to a high school shawty. Bonus points for safe sex: &#34;I got crazy prophylactics.&#34;There&#39;s so much going on here: J. Dilla&#39;s steady drums, James Poyser&#39;s pristine keys, that indelible Bobby Caldwell sample. Oh, and we haven&#39;t even gotten to the rhymes. Common puts it down, matching Dilla&#39;s potent production with his own poetic bagel.Hip-hop&#39;s original loverboy made this classic back when lovey-dovey rap was deemed a novelty. Today, it&#39;s still one of the best hip-hop songs ever -- love or otherwise.Every rap and R&amp;B collaboration released in the 1995 owes a royalty check to Method Man and Mary J Blige. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.