Producer: Dream Team

"Dear Mama" is one of the most sentimental rap songs ever. It's the type of record that even hardened hip-hop fans aren't ashamed to admit they're moved by. The original version of Dave Hollister's "Loving You" lacked that emotional pull musically (though not lyrically), so he got a boost from a loaded sample that Makaveli had already made famous. —Insanul Ahmed

Inspiration: 2Pac "Dear Mama" (1995)

Producer: Tony Pizarro, DF Master Tee, Moses