There are a million things to love about rap. The catchy beats you can’t help but dance to and the sometimes-humorous lyrics to name a couple, and seriously, we’d never get through a solid cardio session without rap and hip-hop in our earbuds. But romantic? No way, right? Wrong! All the non-rap fans out there like to believe the musical genre is only about hoes and money — but sorry haters, that just isn’t true.
P. Diddy is actually on par with John Keats, Nicki Minaj is right up there with Emily Dickinson. And Drake? He’s practically the 21st century version of Willy Shakes himself (that’s William Shakespeare’s rap name, FYI.)
OK, OK, we kid, But if you really don’t believe us when we say that there are actually a ton of rap lyrics that are sweet and even tender, check out these quotes from popular songs as proof.
Originally published October 2016. Updated September 2017.