From: Tupac "Brenda's Got a Baby" (1991)

Who they were: In 1991, 'Pac reportedly read a news story about a 12-year-old girl who had gotten pregnant by her cousin. The girl killed her own baby shortly after she had it by throwing it into an incinerator. So he created Brenda to represent that girl and all of the other young girls out there like her. But he also took Brenda's story a step further by showcasing how things like teen pregnancy, drugs, broken families, and poverty were affecting certain pockets of America. It certainly wasn't pretty—sadly, the song ended with Brenda getting killed while working as a prostitute—but it was a very real look at a bunch of problems that were and, frankly, still are affecting this country.

Where are they now? Brenda is long gone. But rappers like Game, Kendrick Lamar, and Papoose have kept her memory alive by referencing her in songs.