39 Hip-Hop Memorial Songs – Saluting Rap’s Fallen Soldiers

Although most people are enjoying a much-needed day off with barbeques and fun in the sun today, Memorial Day is supposed to be a holiday that commemorates U.S. men and women who died while serving in the military. With that in mind, XXLMag.com decided to pull together a list of songs dedicated to hip-hop’s fallen soldiers. We wound up with classic R.I.P. tracks for rap superstars, obscure joints for family and crew members, and a couple for the homies that’s passed away. To make it easier, we broke them down into different categories and allowed you the chance to vote for your favorite memorial track. Without further ado, here are 39 Hip-Hop Memorial Songs for Memorial Day.

DEDICATED TO THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.

LOX “We’ll Always Love Big Poppa”
Jada, Styles and Sheek profess their undying love for Biggie and make a hip-hop classic in the process. Nearly broke down four times watching this clip.

Puff Daddy & Faith feat. 112 “I’ll Be Missing You”
Sauce Money may have penned the rhymes, but Puff’s words, backed by Big’s widow vocals, made for a worthy send off for the nicest MC.

Jadakiss “Letter To Big”

Kiss pens a personal kite to to Christopher “Frank White” Wallace and shares it with the world.

Jay-Z feat. Blackstreet “The City is Mine”

Although not a full-on dedication, Jigga was clearly speaking to Big and promised him that in his absence he’d hold down the Brooklyn crown.

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  • http://xxlmag.com Wyzard of Hip Hop

    We always miss Big Poppa, the greatest of all time! FIRST!

  • Fuerte

    I guess Bun B never made a Pimp C tribute . . . . Right

    • Paula

      yes he did.It is on the cd with the song”That’s gangsta” and “Pop it for pimp”.I think it’s the last song on the cd.

      • Paula

        The name of the song is called “Angel in the sky”.It is 2 or 3 songs from the last.

  • styles11

    You cant fuk with bone thugs, that shit was from the heart, but hey can you hear me was pretty deep as well. i felt fab on that one

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  • Funkadelikk

    EPIC FAIL!!!!!,How in the F’IN world do u Lames at XXL 4get ICE CUBE-DEAD HOMEIZ pretty much set the blueprint for all these tributes.So what if he aint rappin about a certian rapper.Voted 4 the Cormega joint check the remix wit the Alchemist.

    “How strong can u be when u see your pops Crying” CUBE.

  • MB

    Where is Richie Rich “Do G’s Get to Go to Heaven?” for Pac.
    Where is “Smile” from Scarface?
    Where is Master P feat Pimp C “Miss my Homey”

    Good list though. A lot of miss Biggie songs.. Should have expected that though

  • Pro9het

    ‘Can’t Stop This’ & ‘T.R.O.Y’….. End of ,man.

  • Q461

    What about Nas- We will Survive and Joel Ortiz-Too Soon… those both were dedicated to both Biggie AND Pac..

  • LuNaTiks2Cents

    they shoulda put that Master P RIP track he did with Pimp c..that shit was classic and used to get hella airplay

  • Afrika

    R.I.P. Soulja Slim, Pimp C, Fat Pat, Big Hawk, Biggie, 2Pac, Big Moe, Camoflauge. How the fuck yall dont put Master P “Miss my homies”? Pimp C, and Fat Pat should have 1 up here too cuz them niggas was H-Town legend especially Pat. Dis shit stupid to me, most of the videos talking bout Biggie.

  • matty21

    all good stuff XXL :)

  • murK

    cormega should have more votes

  • matty21

    n damnn dats a tough vote…

  • http://xxlmag BZ

    Scarface smile and MasterP miss my homies should have def made the list.Voted for Pac cause that song is classic lots of good tracks though

  • SKS

    NO DJ SCREW??? BIASED ASS BULLSHIT

  • Wedge

    Cam’Ron Feat. Tom Gist – Kill My Dog

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    1. Crossroads
    1. We always love big poppa
    2. T.R.O.Y.
    3. Live in the sky
    5. The city is mine

    Crossroad went hard for years.

  • 3263

    You did miss a lot of songs but you did good with the ones you had. I voted Crossroads cuz that video put that song on another level

  • Wack Ass Site

    How are you going to leave out Richie Rich’s Do G’s Go To Heaven?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6o3178CGzs

    Or the whole Bay Area’s tribute to Tupac?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4gyf5UBqpU

    You all got some wack shit on that list. LOL @ your wack ass list.

  • Anonymous

    Man I know it isnt actually a tribute but it is about dyin.How in the hell did you forget
    UGK and the sone ” One Day” off of ridin dirty that song is right up there with Life Goes On by Pac.

  • Anonymous

    OH AND BIGGIE BEIN THE BEST IS A MATTER OF OPINION,WHY DO ALL THE EAST COAST THINK HE IS THE BEST EVER?SHIT KILLS ME, HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST NOT THE BEST.

  • audio tech

    this article is pretty insulting to those that have died in WAR ZONES, not no bullshit ass rap beef or unhealthy lifestyles..regardless RIP to them

  • RED ALBUM 2010

    WTF IS THIS? HOW DID GAME NOT MAKE THIS LIST? HE REPS 2PAC AND BIGGIE IN LIKE HALF HIS SONGS! NEVER SAY GOODBYE OFF OF LAX IS SOLELY DEDICATED TO PAC BIG AND E. rip

  • Jerm

    wheres the Bun B – Angel In The Sky or Chamillionaire’s – One Day, let alone UGK’s as well.

  • slurm

    game? never be friends or never can say goodbye

  • Corey_88

    Even though it’s not listed, my favorite tribute song would have to be Joe Budden’s tribute to Stack Bundles. “Send Him Our Love”. The last verse on there was sick.

  • Fireforreal

    What about the sond 50 dedicated to killing Cam’ron’s career ? that should have been on there. Oh yeah also the video of him crying at the terrible sound scan for fatjoe’s album lol that shit was hilarious.

  • fatt_boy

    TROY and Can’t Stop This are the two ebst no doubt.

  • dookiedroppa

    the list cool. BUT ITS BLASPHEMY that u dont have “i miss my homies” or “one day”. Matter fact how bout, ” How long will it last” by UGK.

  • tnt

    nice list but ugk had nice one with the isley brothers “one day your here”. or pacs pour out a little liquor. shit half of pacs songs were a tribute.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

    I soooo wanted to vote for ‘Rockafella’.

    youtube.com/watch?v=o8EB3rKcGy8

    ^ RMX

    But I’ve been bumpin’ ‘Ason Jones’ for months zonin’ out to it. Beyond the noted omissions I do commend them trying to get a vast lineup out there.

    That tribute song that RA The Rugged Man just did was cool too.

  • el

    B.I.G.G.I.E aka BIG, get it BIGGIE.
    the nicest mc ever. no doubt about that.

  • Caino

    How Long Will they Mourn Me – Thug Life !!

  • ToMeK

    Wheres Nas – Just A Moment Feat. Quan

    XXL fail sometimes….

  • Anonymous

    Not, Rakim is the slickest, Big was just a student who blossomed and never got to realize his full potential.BIG one of the best, not the best.

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    @Caino. I agree, but that song was more about himself wondering.Its not a tribute song.

  • beaver

    Good Die Young Is A CLASSIC..
    RIP..BUGZ, BIG PROOF, Big L, Pac, Kadafi, And Every1 else.

  • GAME RED ALBUM

    nigga what about of all the diss songs GAME did to fuckin demolish 50s career nigga lol. get some wooo. GAME fuckin toasted 50 and any other gunot faggot including that queer GAYZ. get some GAME!

    • TYBO2020

      SHROOM HEADS I PRESUME??

  • Eric

    Got some good stuff on here, but how can they miss ‘I Miss My Homies’? Everybody was singing their hearts out to that shit! “Crossroads” gets my vote though…

    Shit, No Limit had a whole bunch of “RIP” songs… and all of them were good songs.

    And if you were going to include a Kanye song, it should have been “Coldest Winter”.

  • Southernbreed

    Richie Rich “Do G’z Get 2 Go 2 Heaven” which was dedicated to 2pac, it’s one of my favorites.

    2pac “How Long Will They Mourn Me” which is dedicated to Kato.

    Napolean from Tha Outlawz, Val Young and Johnny J “Never Forget” dedicated to 2pac.

    Master P, Silkk Tha Shocker and Pimp C “I Miss My Homies” dedicated to Master P’s older brother.

    The Game “Never Can Say Goodbye” dedicated to 2pac, B.I.G. and Eazy E

  • Southernbreed

    Damn I forgot UGK – One Day, that’s my shit

  • Anonymous

    My bad I forgot it was dediceted to Kato.So yeah I guess it was a tribute song.A damn good one too.

  • kyle

    Man what is wrong with you people? D12′s song is the best one on here! most people probably didnt listen to it cus its d12 but its the best on here!

  • Chris S

    Kanye’s Grammy performance was one of the greatest i’ve ever seen

  • Shane R

    I agree Chris, Kanye’s performance for his mom brought me to tears and made feel so thankful to have my mom still.

  • islappedkatstacks

    Bun B .. Take your Time . Tribut to Pimp C .. UGK !!

  • http://free1600microsoftpoints.net alex

    nice read bun b ok

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see how more peeps did’nt vote for Naughty’s Mourn you….song! That was and still is the best Tupac tribute made, and the realest. Remember…”damn i wished they knew how much u loved New York..” That’s shit the media and FAKE fans needed to hear.

  • BIG POPPA

    RIP BIG

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