8. Common f/ Lauryn Hill "Retrospect for Life" (1997)
Album: One Day It'll All Make Sense
Producer: James Poyser, No I.D.
Rarely is abortion discussed in hip-hop, and especially not to the extent that Common does on this single. He appears to have mostly come to terms with the decision, but a somber tone of regret lingers. It makes for a sad story, but knowing that the unborn child's nonexistent life may be better than the circumstances into which it would have been born is oddly satisfying.