If there's ever an acceptable time for rappers to let their guard down and show a sensitive side, it's been in the line of honoring their mothers. From introspective rappers like Mos Def to goofballs like Mac Miller, emcees from all walks of life have partaken in bigging up the most important woman of their life. And rightfully so. So join us, as XXL takes a look back at some of the most heart warming tribute songs for mom. — XXL Staff (@XXLStaff)

Nas "Dance," God's Son (2002)

Nas Dance

Ghostface Killah "All That I Got Is You," Ironman (1996)

Ghostface All that i got is you

Mos Def "Umi Says," Black On Both Sides (1999)

mos def umi says

Tupac "Dear Mama," Me Against The World (1995)

PAc Dear mama

Jay-Z "Momma Loves Me," The Blueprint (2001)


Warren G "My Momma (Ola Mae)" I Want It All (1999)

Warren G My Momma

Beanie Sigel featuring Scarface "Mom Praying," The Reason (2001)

Mom Praying Beanie

Tech N9ne "Mama Nem," All 6's And 7's (2001)

Tech 9 mama nem

Kanye West "Hey Mama," Late Registration (2005)

kanye hey mama

Mac Miller "I'll Be There," Best Day Ever (2011)

mac miller ill be there

Canibus "I Honor You," Can-I-Bus (1998)

Canibus i honor you

Saigon "If (My Mommy," Warning Shots (2004)


Snoop Dogg "I Love My Momma," No Limit Top Dogg (1999)

Snoop Dogg I Love My Momma