7. Brand Nubian – “Momma”

Lord Jamar, Sadat X, and Grand Puba (of Brand Nubian) take time off their busy schedule to thank their moms for all the whooping they endured in their early days. (“You might not like it now, but you’ll thank me someday.”) I guess momma was right after all.

6. Talib Kweli – “Momma Can You Hear Me”

You can almost hear the tear in Kweli’s voice as he commends mom for her wisdom and sound advice on this precious gem that was originally recorded for Ear Drum. Kanye West lays the musical ground work — a pristine piano loop backed by booming drums. Kweli waxes poetic, “She showed me how to shoot for the stars until I put a hole in the sky.” It’s an emotion-laden tribute that mom will truly cherish.

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