It’s all too common to play a sultry, bluesy ballad that oozes sweet nothings to your significant other on St. Valentine’s Day. Sure, R&B songs make great for holding hands at recess, but there’s nothing like the perfect verse over a tight beat. Although propagandized more and more each year, Valentine’s Day really is about doing something different for and being a little extraordinary to your person, if only as reminder of what he or she means to you all year round.

Like all the great genres, hip-hop transcends barriers by being able to speak to the human emotions, including that of amor. Here are 14 rap songs that can help you to romanticize the person you’re with.

14. “Cherry Wine” Nas featuring Amy Winehouse

Album: Life Is Good (2012)

Sweet Nothings: “I want someone who like the champagne I like / My a-alike, someone to talk me off the bridge any day or night/ She teach me how to live, she ain’t afraid of life / Not easily impressed with the rich and famous life”

13. “You Got Me” The Roots featuring Erykah Badu And Eve

Album: Things Fall Apart (1999)

Sweet Nothings: “Time passed, we back in Philly now she up in my spot / Telling me the things I'm telling her is making her hot/ Starting building with her constantly round the clock / Now she in my world like hip-hop”

12. “The Light” Common

Album: Like Water For Chocolate (2000)

Sweet Nothings: “Queen, I ain't seen you in a minute / Wrote this letter, and finally decide to send it / Signed sealed delivered for us to grow together / Love has no limit, let's spend it slow forever”

11. “Gotta Man” Eve

Album: Let There Be Eve… Ruff Ryders’ First Lady (1999)

Sweet Nothings: “EVE the apple in his eye / Us together ain't no stopping snatchin' pieces of the pie / Us together in our own world, what's his becomes mine / Exceed eternity with him we'll stand the test of time”

10. “Poetic Justice” Kendrick Lamar featuring Drake

Album: Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City (2012)

Sweet Nothings: “Love is not just a verb and I can see power steering / Sex drive when you swerve, I want that interference / It's coherent, I can hear it, mmhmm / That's your heartbeat / It either caught me or it called me, mmhmm”

9. “Happy Valentine’s Day” OutKast

Album: The Love Below (2003)

Sweet Nothings: “I know I love her / But act like I don't want her / Surrounded by the lovely / But yet feel like a loner / Could be an organ donor / The way I give up my heart”

8. “All I Need” Method Man featuring Mary J. Blige

Album: Tical (1994)

Sweet Nothings: “Word life, you don't need a ring to be my wife / Just be there for me I'm a make sure we / Be livin' in the fucking lap of luxury / I'm realizing that you didn't have to fuck with me / But you did, now I'm going all out kid / And I got mad love to give, you my nigga”

7. “21 Questions” by 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg

Album: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2003)

Sweet Nothings: “We only humans, girl, we make mistakes / To make it up, I'll do whatever it takes / I love you like a fat kid love cake / You know my style I say anything to make you smile”

6. “Never Been In Love” Talib Kweli

Album: The Beautiful Struggle (2004)

Sweet Nothings: “Don't get it confused I'm trying to get religious with you / I never thought I feel like this its like a miracle you / You You stole my heart like a crook in love / Crossing the bridge to the Brooklyn love”

5. “Bonita Applebum” A Tribe Called Quest

Album: People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm (1990)

Sweet Nothings: “Satisfaction, I have the right tactics / And if you need 'em, I got crazy prophylactics / So far, I hope you like rap songs/ Bonita Applebum, you gotta put me on”

4. “Your Love” Nicki Minaj

Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2010)

Sweet Nothings: “'S' on my chest cause I'm ready to save him / Ready to give up on anybody who plays him / And I think I love him, I love him just like I raised him / When he call me mama, lil mama, I call him baby”

3. “Make You Better” Fabolous featuring Ne-Yo

Album: From Nothin’ To Somethin’ (2007)

Sweet Nothings: “You plus me, it equals better math / Your boy a good look but she my better half / I'm already bossin, already flossin / But why have the cake if it ain't got the sweet frostin”

2. “Beautiful” by Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell

Album: Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss (2003)

Sweet Nothings: “Long hair, with ya big, fat booty / Back in the days you was a girl I went to school with / Had to tell your moms and sister to cool it / The girl wanna do it, I just might do it”

1. “I Need Love” LL Cool J

Album: Bigger And Deffer (1987)

Sweet Nothings: “You can scratch my back, we'll get cozy and huddle / I'll lay down my jacket so you can walk over a puddle / I'll give you a rose, pull out your chair before we eat / Kiss you on the cheek and say ooh girl you're so sweet”