Feelings on Fatherhood: 10 Songs About Dads

With Father’s Day approaching this Sunday, AllHipHop.com has compiled a list of songs that discuss fatherhood from all different perspectives.  Some are more favorable and respectable circumstances than others, but they all potentially lead to the same conclusion inBoyz_n_the_Hood_Laurence_Fishburne the minds of listeners.  That conclusion being what Furious Styles told his son in the 1991 masterpiece, Boyz n the Hood, “Any fool with a d*** can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children.”

Salute to all the real fathers around the world!

The Pride and Joy of Being a Father; Ja Rule featuring Ronald Isley “Daddy’s Little Baby”

Ja Rule, with a solid assist from Ron Isley on the hook, expresses his love for his daughter and shows his support while also providing guidance and telling her not to become discouraged when  facing adversity.

A Message to a Future Child; 2Pac “Letter to My Unborn”

Atop a sample of Michael Jackson’s “Liberian Girl,” 2Pac speaks to his hypothetical child in the event that he is not around to see the child grow up.  Tragically, he was murdered and never did have children.

Fathering a Child in an Unfaithful Relationship; Usher “Confessions Part II”

Usher sounds very emotional as he sings about impregnating a woman he barely knows and jeopardizing his relationship with a woman he truly loves.  In his mind, it’s a no-win situation for everyone as he sings, “Third thing [that comes to mind] was me wishin’ that I never did what I did/How I ain’t ready for no kid and bye bye to our relationship.

Men Without Children Imagining Fatherhood; Jay-Z and Kanye West “New Day”

At the time of this song’s release, Jay wasn’t yet a father and Kanye hadn’t yet become a father-to-be.  It’s fascinating to hear these two discuss how their life experiences shaped them and what affect that would have on them raising a family.  Props to RZA as well for helping craft the beat to one of Watch the Throne’s most memorable records.

The Impact of Being an Absentee Dad; Big Mike featuring Scarface “Daddy’s Gone”

Track 13 on Somethin’ Serious has Big Mike and Scarface discussing the affect of a father’s absence from a few angles.  Big Mike speaks on the enormous responsibility of single parenthood for young people and Scarface discusses the resentment of growing up as a fatherless child.

When a Daughter Gets to be of Dating Age, Nas “Daughters”

Like many fathers, Nas is anxious when his daughter starts to show an interest in boys.  But what makes this song particularly powerful is that Nas recognizes that he wasn’t always the perfect father figure.  Therefore, he is able to acknowledge that even if her daughter falls for a bad boy, he’d still see a bit of himself in him.  It makes for a complex situation, but it’s clear that Nas’ love for his daughter trumps all.

Planning Parenthood, Common featuring Lauryn Hill “Retrospect for Life”

On one of Common’s deepest songs, he tackles the subject of his love interest’s abortion.  And to make it even more powerful, Lauryn Hill’s vocals sample “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer” by Stevie Wonder.

Biology Doesn’t Always Define a Father, DMC feat. Sarah Mclachlan “Just Like Me”

After learning that he was adopted, DMC reached out to Sarah Mclachlan (who he found out was also adopted) for his take on Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle.”  The resulting song and video is a touching presentation recognizing that there is just as much love in adoptive families as there are in biological ones.

Be Responsible for your Offspring, Ed O.G. & Da Bulldogs “Be a Father to Your Child”

The title says it all.

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side, Shaquille O’Neal “Biological Didn’t Bother”

In the beginning of the song, Shaq explains that his biological father had a drug problem and so him and his mother left him.  Then he goes on to pay homage to Mr. Philip Arthur Harrison, the step father who really raised him from a boy to a man.

What’s your favorite “Dad song”?  Sound off in the comments section below!

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  • johnblacksad

    “If they got money to blow, a blow job is a sure go
    And sure enough don’t see a dime of dirty dollars
    She give all to her daddy but she don’t know her father, that’s ironic” -Kendrick

    • Dunt Wilson

      u a dick rider…

      • johnblacksad

        what the fcuk?! You sayin that sh!t to me when your mama is the proven dick rider? that’s fcuked up…


      • hoeyuno

        The guys name is dunt!! Who picks up there new baby and says “dunt!! That’s what we will call it”… And now after being picked on for his whole life he logs on to his mom’s computer when she goes to bingo to throw random insults at people.. and by the way at 48 he only still lives at his mom’s house to help her out.. he could get a place anytime he wants, welfare will even give him a damage deposit.

  • Dunt Wilson

    obvious choices is Watch The Throne and Shaq…

    • johnblacksad

      your faggot daddy obviously chose your slutty mama talkin bout Watch The Throne and Shaq… get the fcuk outta here

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  • BibatheDiva

    This Can’t be Life from The Roc la Familia, “Dynasty,” album was a great dad song to me.

  • Crisstyle Crississippi

    Mac father’s day is a good song

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  • Ike’s Mood

    kiss of the black widow pts 1 & 2!!! mostly part 2…

  • Eli Pinilla

    Nas- pappa was a playa…..thats madatory!!!! ……don trip-letter to my child….how these songs were missed idk

    • andone

      i co-sign the don trip drop!

      • Eli Pinilla

        Little brother- all for you…….phontes verse(second in the song) damn near changed my views about my dad…one of the realest songs ever…

      • Eli Pinilla

        I was looking at your photograph amazed how I favored you/ remember being young wanting to play with you/Cause you was a wild and crazy dude/And now I understand why my momma couldn’t never stay with you/From the roots to the branches to the leaves/They say apples don’t fall far from the trees/I used to find it hard to believe/And I swore that I would/Always hold my family as long as I could/But damn,Our memories can be so misleading/It’s misery,I hate to see history repeating/Thought you were the bad guy/But I guess that’s why/me and my girl split,And my son is leaving/I did chores, did bills, and did dirt/But I swear to God I tried to make that shit work/’Til I came off tour to an empty house/With all the dressers and the cabinets emptied out/I think I must’ve went insane/Thinking I was in love, but really in chains/Trapped to this girl through the two-year old who carried my name/I tried to stop tripping/But yo, I couldn’t and the plot thickened/That shit affected me, largely/Because I know a lot of people want me/To fail as a fatherAnd the thought of that haunts me/Especially when I check my rear-view mirror,And don’t see him in his car seat/So the next time it’s late at night/and I’m laid up with the woman I’mma make my wife/talking ’bout how we ‘gon make a life/I’m thinking about child support, alimony, visitation rights/Cause that’s the only outcome if you can’t make it right/Pissed off with your children feeling the same pain/So, Pop, how could I blame cause you couldn’t maintain/I did the same thingThe same thing…..

      • hoeyuno

        Yea that song real as fugg. gotta love phonte for always tackling issues everyone can relate to..I love that “last day” track

      • Eli Pinilla

        Phonte, to me, is the most underated rapper ever.

      • Jayce Cabell

        I actually know him. Most Humble dude in hiphop!

      • andone

        another dope track and i hear u on dat… not to mention big k.r.i.t’s “rich dad poor dad” should have made the cut… but yea, this list is not as good as the mothers day one and could have been better!

      • Eli Pinilla

        I was gonna say rich dad poor dad too lol…..def not as good…these songs shouldve def been mentioned….think krit dropped a video for it today

      • Jayce Cabell

        Classic Phonte. That song strikes a chord with me.

    • hoeyuno

      Check out ra the rugged man’s “daddys halo” off his new album legends never die.. my wifey came across it yesterday, it’s dope.

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  • hoeyuno

    “You can drive a car with your feet that don’t make it a good fuccin idea”.. Chris rock talking about woman havin babies with no plans on having th the dad around.

  • Slaughtr

    My man Ed O put it down the best.