61 Sad Rap Songs; All Very Depressing

Sad Rap Songs; All Very Depressing

Sadness has been a very prevalent emotion in rap music ever since its inception, with many famous artists opening up about their struggles within their music. All different kinds of rappers have made deeply saddening songs over their careers, so this list is compiled of popular sad rap songs.

Warning, many of the following songs contain very depressing lyrics and mentions of self-hate.

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“Jocelyn Flores” By XXXTENTACION

Song Year: 2017

“Jocelyn Flores” is one of the saddest rap songs ever made. Made by the late artist XXXTENTACION, it was dedicated to a friend of his that committed suicide in 2017.

Jocelyn Flores was a friend of XXXTENTACION who struggled with many of the same mental issues that he did. After visiting the artist on May 13th, 2017, she committed suicide soon after. XXXTENTACION was deeply disturbed by her death and dedicated this song to her.

“All Girls Are The Same” By Juice WRLD

Song Year: 2018

“All Girls Are The Same” is one of the most popular rap songs in a very long time, despite being a depressing, heartbroken track. Juice WRLD raps over a very somber and mellow beat about his struggles with women and relationships.

Juice WRLD broke through to listeners with his brutal honesty about his own emotions following a difficult heartbreak. The artist raps about his alcohol addiction, drug abuse, and self-hatred in “All Girls Are The Same.” Many fans love the song because it’s the polar opposite of the common stereotype that rappers are showered in love and affection from women.

“Love Scars” By Trippie Redd

Song Year: 2017

“Love Scars” was one of Trippie Redd’s first big hits as an artist. The entire song was recorded on Trippie’s raw emotions in a dark room with no pen or paper. After going through a heartbreak, Trippie Redd was discouraged about relationships and the time that he could’ve spent working on himself.

Trippie Redd said, “I made this song, so y’all can vibe to it… Don’t play yourself…. If she don’t want you, she don’t want you. Period… don’t fall in love…”

“D.T.B.” By A Boogie Wit da Hoodie

Song Year: 2016

“D.T.B.” is an acronym for Don’t Trust Bi*****. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie raps about his previous relationships and how they’ve led him down a dangerous path of distrusting most women.

He is seemingly drowning in the sorrow caused by his lack of a relationship. He deeply wants a relationship for himself, but he can’t bring himself to open up and be vulnerable again after his past experiences with women.

“Lesley” By Joey Trap

Song Year: 2019

“Lesley” is an ode to an ex-girlfriend of his from Joey Trap. When writing the song, they are two years removed from the relationship, but Joey Trap still can’t get over it. He is finally able to see that his own bad actions and unfaithfulness are what caused their relationship to fail.

He reminisces about their past and wishes for her back, but he knows that he hurt her too severely ever to get her back.

“Held Me Down” By NAV & Metro Boomin

Song Year: 2017

“Held Me Down” is a mellow rap song in which NAV raps about a previous relationship of his that was soured by his newly gained fame.

He reminisces about how faithful his ex-girlfriend was to him and how she held him down (supported, loved, and didn’t leave) even when he struggled. But after NAV started to gain fame due to his newfound rap career, their relationship started to spoil. They grew apart due to different lifestyles and ultimately couldn’t make it work.

On this track, NAV opens up about how much he misses this woman and how he regrets losing her.

“Do Better” By Lil Donald

Song Year: 2018

“Do Better” is an extremely heavy song by Lil Donald about a close friend of his (woman) that calls him after being physically abused by her boyfriend.

Lil Donald opened up about the making of this song, saying, “…a friend of mine who was going through a situation of an abusive relationship… she always called me for advice… I ran out of words to say to her… and I decided to make the song for her.

“Love Is Poison” By YoungBoy Never Broke Again

Song Year: 2018

“Love is Poison” is an angry yet sad rap song by NBA YoungBoy about his ex-girlfriend hiding an STD and transferring it to him. NBA YoungBoy was self-proclaimed in love with this woman, but they eventually broke up after the rapper found out that she knowingly hid an STD and he got it from her.

He felt extremely betrayed and hurt by this, and the STD affected him physically for a while. While recording “Love is Poison,” NBA YoungBoy was struggling with the pain from the disease.

“Institution” By Kodak Black

Song Year: 2015

“Institution” is a song by Kodak Black made while he was in prison (the institution). He recorded his verses over the jail phone, and his producers made the track with his vocals.

Kodak Black is singing directly to his girlfriend about how lonely he is without her. He raps about his worries about her leaving him, but he promises to make it up to her once he’s out of the institution.

“Suicidal” By YNW Melly

Song Year: 2019

“Suicidal” was one of YNW Melly’s breakout hits that went viral across the United States, but it is incredibly sad. The focus of the lyrics is on YNW Melly’s last relationship, his ex-girlfriend, and his struggles with the breakup.

YNW Melly raps about his struggles with the alcohol, Hennesey, after their breakup and compares their relationship to hard drugs. He raps about his own suicidal thoughts following the separation and how hard he’s finding his life to be without her.

“12 Stout Street” By Rx Papi

Song Year: 2021

“12 Stout Street” is the address of the rapper Rx Papi’s childhood home in New York. Many consider this track the saddest and most depressing rap song released in 2021.

On this track, Rx Papi opens up about all of his struggles that are pushing him to commit suicide. He raps about his rough upbringing, which included selling drugs at a young age, an abusive mother, personal drug addictions, and joining a gang for safety.

“No Sense” By Baby Keem

Song Year: 2021

“No Sense” is an introspective track from the upcoming rapper Baby Keem. Baby Keem raps about the struggles of relationships with his newfound fame, as well as fake friends using him for his influence.

Despite being one of the more energetic beats on this list, Baby Keem’s lyrics describe a confusing and vulnerable experience for a relatively young 20-year-old man.

“Marvins Room” By Drake

Song Year: 2011

“Marvins Room” is a reference to Marvin Gaye’s studio, which was famously known as Marvin’s Room. Drake recorded this somber track within Marvin Gaye’s studio, hence the name.

The lyrics of the song capture an intoxicated Drake calling up an ex-lover of his and rambling on about his problems, insecurities, and memories. Within the track, Drake drunkenly asks this ex-lover to leave her new boyfriend for him and vents about his own loneliness.

“ball w/o you” By 21 Savage

Song Year: 2019

“ball w/o you” is one of 21 Savage’s most introspective and emotional tracks he’s ever released. He’s seemingly at a turning point in his life, where he has come to certain conclusions about himself and his relationships.

21 Savage raps about how love doesn’t mean anything to him anymore, mainly because people who love you can and will deeply hurt you. The rapper says he would rather have loyalty than love because loyalty is an action, whereas love is a feeling. He goes on to explain that loyalty is an explicit choice, in which someone loyal can hate you but won’t hurt you.

“PRIDE.” By Kendrick Lamar

Song Year: 2018

“PRIDE.” is a heavily religious track from Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed album, DAMN. Most of the song is about Proverbs 11:2 from the Bible:

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”

“Gorgeous” By Kanye West ft. Kid Cudi & Raekwon

Song Year: 2010

“Gorgeous” is what Kanye West ironically calls the United States of America. Within the track, Kanye describes all of the ugly aspects of America and the social injustice within it. Some of the social injustices that Kanye West references in the song are:

  • Hollywood/LA Directors are abusing their power over media to sleep with women.
  • Gang Violence
  • Wrongly rewriting history to be biased against certain groups or individuals.
  • Drugs
  • Cancel Culture (Way before the term was coined and popularized)

“Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares” By XXXTENTACION

Song Year: 2017

“Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares” is a depressing rap song by the late XXXTENTACION. The young rapper talks about his inability to comprehend his own emotions and how it’s hurting him. He describes how unhappy he is with “love” but also explains how he feels that he needs “love” to live.

“Lucid Dreams” By Juice WRLD

Song Year: 2018

“Lucid Dreams” is a post-breakup rap song by the late Juice WRLD. Juice WRLD references lucid dreaming as a metaphor for his own mental state. He feels that he can only control so much in his life, so part of that is replacing dreams of his ex-girlfriend with other things. The rapper is incredibly heartbroken and distraught throughout the track, coming through in his lyrics and voice.

“Romeo & Juliet” By Trippie Redd

Song Year: 2017

“Romeo & Juliet” is an ode directly to his girlfriend by the rapper Trippie Redd. He compares their own relationship to the famous Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet. Trippie Redd references suicide and his “need” for her, both themes of the famous play.

“Still Think About You” By A Boogie Wit da Hoodie

Song Year: 2016

“Still Think About You” is a sad rap song in which A Boogie Wit da Hoodie opens up about a specific past relationship he had. The song gives perspective to the fiery and angry emotions that follow a rough breakup but juxtapose it with the softness and compassion that comes from the chorus, saying he still thinks about her.

“Wya?” By Wifisfuneral ft. Ugly God

Song Year: 2017

“Wya?” is an acronym for “Where You At?” and Wifisfuneral released the song featuring Ugly God in 2017. The rappers open up about the loneliness and insecurity that stems from finding out their partner is cheating.

“The Way Life Goes” By Lil Uzi Vert ft. Oh Wonder

Song Year: 2017

“The Way Life Goes” by Lil Uzi Vert is a rap song that could be described as depressing but also hopeful. On the track, Lil Uzi is heartbroken but tries to reassure himself that he’ll be okay.

“Let’s Start Over” By A Boogie Wit da Hoodie

Song Year: 2017

“Let’s Start Over” is an ode from A Boogie Wit da Hoodie to his (at the time) girlfriend. He is trying to admit all of his wrongdoings so they can start new.

“I Fall Apart” By Post Malone

Song Year: 2018

“I Fall Apart” is a heart-wrenching song by Post Malone that describes the pain that follows breakups. The song was extremely popular at release due to the deep emotion that comes from the song, in both the lyrics and Post Malone’s voice.

“F*** Love” By XXXTENTACION ft. Trippie Redd

Song Year: 2017

“F***Love” is one of the most listened-to songs released since 2015, notably on the SoundCloud platform, where it set records with 245 million listens.

The lyrics are depressing memories of the two rappers’ painful past relationships and their newfound hatred for “love.”

“Teenage Fever” By Drake

Song Year: 2017

“Teenage Fever” by Drake is a mellow rap song in which Drake raps about the struggles of his past relationship with Rihanna and his newfound struggles with his current (at the time) girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez.

The title of the song references the fact that Jennifer Lopez was Drake’s celebrity crush when he was a teenager.

The beat of the song also samples Jennifer Lopez’s “If You Had My Love.”

“CLOUT COBAIN” By Denzel Curry

Song Year: 2018

“CLOUT COBAIN” is a sad rap song in which Denzel Curry describes the self-destructive process of chasing fame (clout). The song’s lyrics heavily reference suicide and self-harm as consequences of chasing fame or clout.

“Leave Me Alone” By Flipp Dinero

Song Year: 2018

“Leave Me Alone” is a distressing track by young rapper Flipp Dinero. He raps about the struggles of relationships and fame, hence the title telling people to leave him alone. He raps about the pain that a girl is causing him and how badly he just wants to get away from it.

“XO TOUR Llif3” By Lil Uzi Vert

Song Year: 2017

“XO TOUR Llif3” is an all-encompassing track about Lil Uzi Vert’s relationship issues with his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Byrd. The track is heavily focused on suicide, self-harm, and depression resulting from substance abuse and breakup.

“Angels” By Chance the Rapper ft. Saba

“Angels” By Chance the Rapper ft. Saba

Song Year: 2016

“Angels” is an ode to Chicago by Chance the Rapper and Saba. They rap about how great the people of the city are but how bad the city can be, especially with murders. They bring “angels” to life on the track to protect their fellow brothers and sisters in Chicago.

“Blue World” By Mac Miller

Song Year: 2020

“Blue World” is a track off of Mac Miller’s first posthumous album following his tragic death. Mac Miller somberly raps about the struggles he’s had in life, ranging from emotions to relationships to his drug addictions. Fans of his were incredibly struck by this song because he could see his own demise coming so soon, as shown in the song.

“Exchange” By Bryson Tiller

Song Year: 2015

“Exchange” is a depressing rap song released in 2015 by the popular Bryson Tiller. Bryson reminisces about a specific past partner, and he describes the love he still has for her. He wants to reignite the flame they once had, although he seemingly knows that it’s impossible.

“It Takes Time” By Trippie Redd

Song Year: 2017

“It Takes Time” is a song in which Trippie Redd is trying to describe the future for himself and his (at the time) girlfriend. Trippie Redd’s lavish lifestyle has his girlfriend worried about their future, but Trippie is just trying to explain that “It Takes Time” to grow true love, and he believes they will.

“Hurt Me” By Juice WRLD

Song Year: 2018

“Hurt Me” is a depressing yet fast rap song by the late Juice WRLD. He raps about the extreme depression that has led to him coping with hard drugs to try to numb the pain. He describes how the drugs give him a feeling of invincibility, and he’s since developed a dangerous lifestyle.

“Slipknot” By XXXTENTACION ft. Kin$oul & Killstation

Song Year: 2017

“Slipknot” is a sad song by the late XXXTENTACION in which the rapper wallows in self-hatred. XXXTENTACION raps about his past and how he’s ashamed of his past actions. He describes a complicated relationship with his mother, in which he hates her for her inability to take care of him but also loves her deeply for everything she did to provide for him.

“Serenity (Letter To X)” By yvngchris

Song Year: 2022

“Serenity (Letter To X)” is an ode to XXXTENTACION, the rapper from yvngchris, who was tragically killed in June 2018. To hear the impact that XXXTENTACION had on the next generation of youth, even though his life was wrongfully cut short, is so impactful.

“WAIT FOR U” By Future ft. Drake & Tems

Song Year: 2022

“WAIT FOR U” is an emotional track from an unexpected trio of artists, Future, Drake, and Tems. The two rappers, Future and Drake, rap about their failed relationships and past addictions while the amazing vocals of Tems are sampled in the background.

“R.I.C.O.” By Meek Mill ft. Drake

Song Year: 2017

“R.I.C.O.” is a depressing rap song by Meek Mill featuring Drake. The song's focus is the fear that they are in danger of going to prison due to R.I.C.O. charges. The two rappers share trust in their brothers and don’t want to see anyone they love go to prison.

“Alone” By Rod Wave

Song Year: 2022

“Alone” is a somber and mellow song by Rod Wave where he expresses self-hatred following a rough breakup. The rapper talks about trying to fill his time to get his ex-girlfriend off his mind, but it ultimately does nothing. He feels like the pain he’s suffering isn’t going to end, and he is having trouble dealing with it.

“Left 4 Dead” By LUCKI

Song Year: 2019

“Left 4 Dead” is a real story in the form of a rap song by LUCKI. The rapper tells a vivid story about a previous incident where a girlfriend leaves him to die. He recounts a traumatic experience in which he was in danger due to gang activity, and his girlfriend betrayed him, getting him severely hurt.

“Feel The Love” By KIDS SEE GHOSTS & Pusha T

Song Year: 2018

“Feel The Love” is depressing because the song is from the perspective of an individual feeling positive about life, but throughout the song, there are gunshots and signs of death.

“Keisha's Song (Her Pain)” By Kendrick Lamar

Song Year: 2011

“Keisha's Song (Her Pain)” is one of Kendrick Lamar’s most beautiful yet sad pieces of art. Kendrick is instructing his little sister never to be a prostitute in the form of a rap song. The rapper tells of how much pain the women in the industry have to endure, he feels great for those women, but he doesn’t want his sister to fall victim to the same pain.

“Beautiful” By Eminem

Song Year: 2009

“Beautiful” is a song written by the infamous Eminem while he was in rehab for his drug addiction. The song features dark lyrics about his battle with depression and addiction at the same time. Many fans consider this song to be one of Eminem’s greatest songs ever.

“Suicidal Thoughts” By Notorious B.I.G.

Song Year: 1994

“Suicidal Thoughts” is considered one of the greatest rap songs ever by many, featured in Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album, Ready To Die. The rap song is a cinematic masterpiece, as it depicts a depressing phone call between Biggie and Puff Daddy. In the phone call, Biggie is telling Puff Daddy that he’s about to commit suicide while Puff Daddy is trying to convince his friend to stay.

“65th & Ingleside” By Chance the Rapper

Song Year: 2018

“65th & Ingleside” is a depressing story from the perspective of Chance the Rapper. 65th & Ingleside is the old address of a home he lived in with his then-girlfriend, now-fiancée. At that home, Chance couldn’t pay any rent or support his girlfriend in many ways. He fell into depression, and this song delves into the struggles it put on their relationship.

“Brenda's Got A Baby” By 2Pac

Song Year: 1991

“Brenda's Got A Baby” is a classic song by the late and great 2Pac. The song tells a depressing story of a twelve-year-old girl who got molested and impregnated by her older cousin. The song tells the struggles that this girl goes through and how the system (government) fails her. It ends with the depressing note that the twelve-year-old was forced into prostitution at such a young age and consequentially killed.

“Slippin” By DMX

Song Year: 1998

“Slippin” is a song by DMX where he is rapping from rock bottom. The rapper was struggling with addiction to crack and cocaine when he made this song, and he gives vivid details of how brutal his life was.

“I Feel Like Dying” By Lil Wayne

Song Year: 2009

“I Feel Like Dying” is considered to be one of Lil Wayne’s most introspective and real songs he’s ever released. The rapper usually raps about the highs of drugs, but this song is a stark difference. Lil Wayne raps about the struggles of addiction and how seemingly depressing life is when the withdrawals kick in.

“4 Your Eyez Only” By J Cole

Song Year: 2016

“4 Your Eyez Only” is an ode to J Cole’s childhood friend, James McMillian Jr., who was killed. J Cole raps about the harsh realities of living in the hood and the dangerous temptations that come with it.

“U” By Kendrick Lamar

Song Year: 2015

“U” is a self-admitted depressing song for Kendrick Lamar himself. The song is supposed to be a view into all the dark thoughts within his mind.

In a Rolling Stone interview, Kendrick Lamar said, “That was one of the hardest songs I had to write. There are some very dark moments in there. All my insecurities and selfishness, and let-downs. That s*** is depressing.”

“Chicago Freestyle” By Drake ft. Giveon

Song Year: 2020

“Chicago Freestyle” is a song by Drake and Giveon that focuses on the two rappers’ past failures in relationships. Both rappers are presumably talking about ex-girlfriends from the city of Chicago, hence the title.

“Close Friends” By Lil Baby

Song Year: 2019

“Close Friends” is a direct reference to the main content of this song. Lil Baby raps about the importance of becoming close friends with a woman before getting into a committed relationship with her.

Although, Lil Baby is also talking about his personal life within this track. He raps from the position of asking for his lover’s trust back after he was unfaithful. The song is fully about Lil Baby’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his child, Jayda Cheaves, after Lil Baby cheated on her in April 2018.

“The Man Who Has Everything” By Chance the Rapper

Song Year: 2018

“The Man Who Has Everything” is a mellow rap song in which Chance the Rapper uses his platform to address multiple issues he sees. He talks about his new marriage and the problems they’ve encountered so far, as well as tackling political issues like racial profiling.

“PTSD” By G Herbo ft. Juice WRLD & Lil Uzi Vert & Chance the Rapper

Song Year: 2020

“PTSD” is an impactful track by four popular rappers, G Herbo, Juice WRLD, Lil Uzi Vert & Chance the Rapper, that struggle with PTSD from their experiences in the inner city. The four rappers take turns addressing their mental state and the causes of it.

“You Lied” By Rayy Dubb

Song Year: 2016

“You Lied” is a track that was made following a viral clip on Twitter of a 14-year-old kid (Rayy Dubb) freestyling this verse. At such a young age, Rayy Dubb became an internet sensation for his incredible voice, but also due to the pain he was suffering from at such a young age.

After the clip went viral, Rayy Dubb made the verse into a whole song, and he didn’t disappoint. The raw emotions coming from a 14-year-old are such a moving experience.

“Feelings Mutual” By Lil Uzi Vert

Song Year: 2017

“Feelings Mutual” is another song from Lil Uzi Vert talking about his past relationship with Brittany Byrd. The song features Lil Uzi trying to cope with heartbreak by saying he doesn’t “need” her either.

“Numb” By 21 Savage

Song Year: 2017

“Numb” by 21 Savage is an emotional track where the rapper tries to open up about his emotions, but all he can come up with is feeling “Numb.” He struggles with his complicated past and dealing with his emotions, leading to a feeling of numbness overtaking him.

“Betrayed” By Lil Xan

Song Year: 2018

“Betrayed” is Lil Xan’s most famous song, as it deals with his extreme Xanax addiction and consequential struggles. The song shows the strong effects of addiction and how an addict's mind operates while serving as a mellow rap song.

“Lust” By Lil Skies

Song Year: 2018

“Lust” is an up-tempo song where Lil Skies raps about the struggles of dating and finding a partner when you’re famous. The rapper notes that he can’t develop genuine relationships because girls seemingly only want him for his fame and money, hence the name “Lust.”

“And To Those I Love…” By $uicideboy$

Song Year: 2020

“And to Those I Love… Thanks For Sticking Around” is a depressing rap song where $uicideboy$ are rapping about their only perceived solution to their problems, suicide.

The rappers open up about their struggles with depression even though they have fame and money. The rappers still have problems that seem unsolvable to them, and they don’t see any other viable options to escaping their pain other than suicide.

“Self Care” By Mac Miller

Song Year: 2018

“Self Care” is Mac Miller’s message to his audience on how to love yourself and take care of yourself. He slowly raps over a somber beat about his struggles in life and relationships, the biggest one being his inability to keep himself okay. He stresses the importance of taking care of your mental health because you can’t expect anyone else to.

Sad Rap Songs, Final Thoughts

Many people think of very aggressive styles when they think of rap music, but clearly, there is an abundance of emotional and sad rap songs as well. Emotion and sadness have always been a big part of rap music, starting with 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G. back in the 90s, and growing more significant than ever in the 2020s with artists like Juice WRLD.

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