So what if Kanye fought back on tears on Jay Leno's new show last night? Whether or not he was truly apologetic about pissing on Taylor Swift's parade, Leno asked the dude WHAT HIS DEAD MOTHER WOULD SAY. What type of peanut butter and jelly ratings-starved ethically questionable type of bullshit is that? We're lucky Kanye was feeling emotionally vulnerable, otherwise today we'd all be talking about how Yeezy beat Leno all in his enormous chin with a well-placed black Timb.
The thing is, there's a long history of crying in rap, from Ghostface's verse on "Impossible" to DJ Yella shedding a tear when Eazy E announced he had AIDS, but consider this: The 2000s, more than any other time, has been a high point for lachrymose rappers. We don't know if it's that every concertgoer is armed with a flipcam, or that people are just that much more comfortable with their emotions, but we think overall it's a good thing. Besides, ain't nothing wrong with letting it run down your eye (ayo!), even if you're the hardest of the hardrocks (ayo!). We took a quick look through the past decade to find a few of your favorite rappers getting emotional like Carl Thomas...
REASON FOR THE TEARS: The bitch just did him so wrong. Plus, it's hard to make a song fantasizing about killing your baby's mother without really getting yourself worked up. Don't believe us? Listen to our mixtape, I TOLD You to Stop Fucking the Mailman, Vol. 1.
THE GAME, MUSIC CHOICE'S "THA CORNER"
REASON FOR THE TEARS: When he tried to rally rappers to appear on a track about the 2006 Sean Bell shooting, people weren't interested: "Hip-hop didn't used to be like this, man. I just get so angry that hip-hop is in the state of emergency that it's in, because people just don't care anymore." That's real talk, sniffles!
YOUNG BUCK, ON THE PHONE WITH 50 CENT
REASON FOR THE TEARS: "I done got out of line a little bit with you. I'm wrong. A nigga just get confused." Man, we feel bad even rehashing this, so check our girl's recap of the fuckery.
KANYE PERFORMING "HEY MAMA" ON HIS EUROPEAN TOUR
REASON FOR THE TEARS: YOU try losing your mother unexpectedly and then having to perform a song DEDICATED TO HER a week after her death. Even being asked manipulative questions by a bitchass talk show host pales in comparison to that.
MAINO BREAKING DOWN IN CONCERT
REASON FOR THE TEARS: While the big homie was out on tour, his man 80 got shot in the back by the police and had been paralyzed ever since. Ten years in the bing, now that? Even if we didn't fuck with his music, we'd be cosigning Maino just off the strength of what he's been through.