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The 25 Most Depressing Rap Songs

8. Common f/ Lauryn Hill "Retrospect for Life" (1997)

Album: One Day It'll All Make Sense
Producer: James Poyser, No I.D.
Label: Relativity

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.

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