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As I escaped work for the holiday season here in the states, I turned on my mobile music device and started randomly picking songs to play. No, not setting the playlist on “random”, I mean I manually would scroll while other songs are playing based how I felt, and my eagerness to hear certain artists. I reflected for a moment and realized that I have a lot of songs I’ve listened to for different inspiration and in certain moods. My homie Reecie rocks out in this lane, so I have to respectfully bow to her of course! I figured before we all prepare to inhale turkey and other good foods, let’s go over some mood music.
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A song to get me out of bed and start my day:
This was my computers wake up alarm in college for a semester. I got sick out it after a while but then like hypnosis, if I played it while feeling sleepy I would instantly wake up. Full of energy and Lupe killed it!
The song when I need to articulate a thought:
I call this “Mission statement Music”. This was like the Aim and Goals of all Queens Representatives in 96! It’s a lyrical, to the point, and clear of what a dude is about and his aspirations. It Was Written was a VERY DOPE album and underrated solely because of a creative change and it had to followup Illmatic, just like everything else in Nasir’s catalogue.
The song that helped me refocus after a breakup:
2005 was a GREAT year! Don’t judge me. I copped my V, and hit the road. The World was not enough. Shout to Strong Island Alphas! Couldn’t tell me nothing. I’m going to write a post about that one day. Man listen….
The song that releases my inner P.I.M.P.
My favorite rapper fo all time. One of my favorite rap songs ever. If Biggie is baggin chicks, I gotta win too, LOL! This man had G!
The confidence builder
Aint no one better at making you think and feel like you the sh* like Hov. I especially needed this when mad people were talking behind my back and I found out. I was tight at first, but then I listened to this, and realized that the shyt was superficial. Verse 2: internalize that when you have “critics” getting @ you.
The Get Hype Track
This thing right here….. Let me tell you!! I’m ready to lift 50000000lbs in the gym, box for 40 rounds, and play a 7 game NBA finals series in one day! I stanned for double R back in the day, and this posse cut is IT when you need to get hyped!
My West Coast Shyt
This song was it! East/West beef aside, Doggystyle and this song brings me back to a golden era. Probably one of the reasons I love Cali and feel at home their for real!
I could go on and on, but I want you to share in the fun. What songs get your through the day? Which ones are the goto for certain situations? Who’s cookin on Thursday and gonna hold me a plate! I be hongry…. n sh*
Gobble Gobble B*tches!
What songs get your through the day?
^^^Joss Stone "Color Me Free" Album has been balm to my soul lately….before her was Jill Scott "The Real Thing" Album.
Which ones are the go to for certain situations?
^^^B.O.B "The Adventures of Bobby Ray" is my "get happy" album. India.Arie "Testimony Vol. 1" got me through one of the hardest points of my life. When i needed a pump me up/I gotta teach them a lesson sentiment, i listed to Jasmine Sullivan's "Bust your windows"…it wasn't a relationship thing but i was in the biggest battle of my life the last year & 1/2 at UA…and i won! I have so many different playlists & albums but i can't think of all of them.
Who’s cookin on Thursday and gonna hold me a plate!
^^^If mom cooks, i gotchu.
Streetz? I know me and you have our differences. I'm happy for you and all. I was feeling your list up and down.
50 Cent – Just a little bit helped you get through a breakup?
Who were you dating the Fat Joe?
I'm clowning with you my ninja. But you are going to have to tell me what it is about you, road trips, and 50cent one day.
Me and music are funny. I don't know if I have a mood for music. But I get these weird cravings like a pregnant women at night. no teflon. Some days, I'll just want Prince. others I want some New Found Glory. Most of the time I am just looking for something new, I get so sick of what is on the radio. Sometimes LaLa or Reecie will suggest a song on their blog and I will spend the entire wknd just re-listening to music from that artist, than music from that artist's era, the artist who that artist inspired.
Streetz? I know me and you have our differences. I’m happy for you and all. I was feeling your list up and down.
50 Cent – Just a little bit helped you get through a breakup?Who were you dating the Fat Joe?
You sound like the Iron Sheik. Hahaha! Nah it didn't really "help me through" it was the soundtrack to me being back on the market and well…you know, lol.
Id also throw on G-Unit mixtapes when the ex pissed me off. Aggressive content talking about harsh realities soothes the soul, especially when you have a "Eff these chicks' moment
I'm sad I'll be missing this event…especially since I share the same last name as one of the Honorees: Pierre. I'm guessing Haitian, and as a fellow Haitian, with a passion for medicine, I'm triple sad I wont be there.
I'm currently out of the country in med school, and will be in NYC between the 14th and the 27th for the holidays. Are there any similar events (arts, music, plays, fundraisers, etc) that a mid-20s woman would enjoy during my visit?
Oh and Streez, I believe u mentioned being Haitian also a while ago (long-time lurker), so if you know of any Zouk parties in the NYC/NJ area, do tell!
I need it for my soul.
Ou konan deja!
I'll alert to any happenings occuring either here, at streetztalk.net or on twitter (all my info is above in the "about box" at the end of the post 🙂 )
Mwen Mem Ayisien, but Im not THAT Ayisien….lol I don't be heavy on the Zouk circuit but #ibeknowin lol more like #ibehearingboutit so if I do I'll put that info out too
Keep doln your thing in med school!
No, I completely feel you. I used to shun Kompa, Zouk and Meringue growing up, in favor of the popular radio hits of the time! I feel ashamed, now. Because non-Haitians know way more than me.
I'm nontraditional also…oh well…I figured this is a good a time as any to embrace my Haitian culture.
Merci pour les felicitation, mon ami. Bonne chance. 🙂
Oh I dont shun it as much as im not immersed in it you know? I just wished I spoke more creole as a kid so Id know it better. Im gettin there though! 🙂
I use to listen to Touch the Sky every morning too. You cant go wrong with a lil westcoast in your life either. 😉
I just post on tumblr some mood music. But here's some.. I definitely got all sorts of moods
like your moody Scorpius @ss. You probably flip through moods like ppl did with vinyls. I be knowing all too well.
Any BMore club music mix gets me amped.
Some of my workout music (when I used to) or just random mood music include:
Allergic to Losing – Jadakiss
I'm Back – T.I.
Protect Ya Neck – Wu-Tang
Squeeze First – Lloyd Banks
Invasion Freestlye – Charles Hamilton & Joe Budden
Last Call – J. Cole
Fall Again – Glenn Lewis
Special Delivery – G. Dep
Ain't My Type Of Hype – Full Force
Stop Being Greedy – DMX
C*ck It Up – Beenie Man
Ante Up (original and remix)
Prayer – Celine Dion
Yeah. Glenn Lewis, Celine and Kenny G make me sway. But running and swaying never worked out 🙁
"Its Not Fair" by Glenn Lewis is my shat!
I had to go on a SERIOUS hunt a couple years ago to find Aint My Type of Hype for the ipod. as a youngin, I respect your mention of it 😛
I can see the house party dance moves in my head right now…
damn that feel good rap music was so good.
Once my comment leaves Moderation:
The playlists on my computer are done by moods. I love that I have it set up that way.
When I'm thinking- "I saw sparks"- Coldplay, Crash and Granny- Dave Matthews Band
When I wanna feel s*xy- The whole Love Jones soundtrack. Also, "Come on in my kitchen" – Cassandra Wilson and "Easy Conversation"- Jill Scott..
When I want to dance- almost ANY 80's hit. Although Hall and Oates and Huey Lewis are UP THERE!
When I'm feeling sad.. (melancholy maybe) "this time"- John Legend. Again- Janet Jackson
And my happy music is-
Inner Smile- Texas
Coming around again- Simon Webbe
Stephane Pompougnac- Hotel Costes: Etage 3
In the Rain- Estelle
Everyday is a holiday- Esthero
Sumthin sumthin- Maxwell
Take off the blues- Foreign Exchange
Semi charmed life- third eye blind
Slide- Goo Goo Dolls
The whole soundtrack of 500 Days of Summer
I got too much to list.. Music is everything..
– Organized Konfusion "Stress"
– Public Enemy "Welcome to the Terrordome"
– Ras Kaas "Nature of the Threat"
– Erica Badu "Next Lifetime"
– Eric B and Rakim "Paid in Full"
– Biggie "Hypnotize"
– Jay-Z w/ M.O.P. "U Don't Know rmx"
When I need inspiration at work:
David Bowie – Cat People
When I 'm driving on a road trip to an AAU game:
Fleetwood Mac – Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter, Moonlight Mile, Sympathy for the Devil etc.
When I'm in the gym:
Follow Me – Aly-Us
Right Above It – Lil Wayne
Follow Me- Aly Us is a good one!!
I also like Love We Had- Alexkid…
it has that same feel to it..
Anything by any of these artist at anytime. Regardless of my mood I like to listen to a lil bit of everything.
Earth, Wind & Fire
Frankie Beverly & Maze
ummm…I could go on for days so I will stop here.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
My motivation/Grind music:
Go Getta – Lil' Wayne
Diamonds of Sierra Leone (NOT the remix) – Kanye West
Hustlaz Ambition – Young Jeezy
Tell 'em I Said That – T.I.
I Put On – Young Jeezy
Number One Spot – Ludacris
On top of the world music:
The Emperor's Soundtrack – Lupe Fiasco
Picture Me Rollin' – Tupac Shakur
Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z
Champagne Life – Neyo
Can't Stop Me – Jada Kiss
Eff the world music:
F*ck All Ya'll! – Tupac Shakur
No Love – Eminem
My general relaxed mood music:
Two Marques Houston albums (Veteran and Mattress Music) and the new Donell Jones album (Lyrics), throw in a mix of John Coltrane and Kenny G and I'm GOOD!
First of all I love that you put the Ruff Ryders Anthem Remix on your list. That song gives LIFE.
Well you guys know me – I have a Mobb Deep song for everything. But I'm gonna disqualify them for this comment.
My "I'm the wickedest" song:
Kiss the Ring – Raekwon
The Bluepring – Jay-Z (I get choked up when his voice cracks on "kitchen table/that's where I honed my skills")
Eff the world:
I Dare You – Black Rob
I want some a$$:
A Night Off – Drake
I need to write a post and I have nothing to say:
Father Time – Saukrates
Can't get going in the morning:
Creep Slow or She Was – Big Black Lincoln
I dare you was the SHYT!!!!!
Also that Chain Gang Freestyle with him and LOX! WHEW!!
Theme song (music that plays in my head when I'm feeling my sexiest) – "Lady", Lenny Kravitz
Gym / Rocky song – "Takeover", Jay Z
Broken heart song – "Ex Factor", Lauryn Hill
Ready to go to the club song – "Whatever", Remi Ma
Current club song – "No Hands", Wacka Flacka Flame
Depressed song -"Six Feet From the Edge", Creed
I think everyone got a artist to relate too. I'm not to keen with some of the hiphop songs that come around theses days. Its a lot of fantasy rolling in them. But those that stay hungry usually hit my playlist cause they talkin bout something I can relate too. My list for my moods consist of:
Joe Budden- not his title album dat bombed but it was sort of slept on. But Mood Muzik 2,3,4 is a go.
Masspike Miles- beantown can stand up for this cat, he really makes some good hip hop/r&b. Good look for street level cats, I got "Love Drunk" on replay.
Wiz Khalifa- just some feel good music, I can ride wit that all day.
Creed- dayum what happened? They use to have me mellow on real stressful days.
Linkin ParkY I admit I had every album, till i t got stolen, had me soome good times gettin "wyte boi wasted", lol
I recently just did a post on my Mood Music…but this music was more so in reference to when LaLa is ready to choke a bish….
"Brooklyn Zoo" ODB
"Release Yo Delf" Method Man
"Hail Mary" Tupac
"Thuggish Ruggish Bone" Bone Thugs
"She's Not You" Raheem Devaughn
"Out my mind, just in time" Erykah Badu
"She Needs Me" Marvin Gaye
"Harlem Blues" Cynda Williams
"Hey Love" Delfonics
"Maybe Tomorrow" Jackson 5
"Get Me Bodied" Beyonce
"Through the Wire" Kanye (that last line: I'm a champion so I turn tragedy to triumph make music that's fire spit my sould through the wire…gets me EVERY TIME"
"Brooklyn We Go Hard" Jay-Z
"Notorious Thugs" Biggie ft. Bone Thugs
On My Love Shit
"I Believe in You and Me" Whitney Houston
"Because I love You" Lennie Williams
"If I should die tonight" Marvin Gaye
"Heaven Can Wait" Michael Jackson
And one more for good measure….when I'm feeling sexy, Beyonce's "Speechless"
I can sit up here and talk music all day…seriously.
I listen to way too much music to try to narrow down single songs but a few stand out.
Down for my N***as – Snoop Dogg (yes its Snoop's song originally, not too many people know this) If you are an Alpha in AL you already know how it goes down.
Bananas – Travis Porter
Dope Boyz – T.I.
Trap or Die – Young Jeezy
Cudi Zone – Kid Cudi
Kingofdasouth – T.I.
What you Know – T.I.
preciate the mention, twin.
I have different playlists for different moods. Because of this I keep my ipod with me at all times.you never know when you need some inspiration. I won't name them all but some of them are real "in my feelings" type of emo stuff, but it works. music is my therapy.
like Cheekz said I sometimes get in the mood for a particular artists and rock out that way too. Like right now I'm listening to all Mary J. Blige. this playlist is 4 and a half hours long and I will prob go ahead and play the entire thing…
one of my favorite start my day right songs is Get By by Talib Kweli. the remix goes hard too!
Get By Remix is still the best Kanye verse of all time in my mind…
"If music gets you choked up this is the tree and the rope"
Are you kidding me??
Him and Kweli were on their ish back than.
Talib gets a little swallowed by the beat a little, so you might have to read the words while the song is playing to catch everything. Can you believe that song was originally for Mariah Carey? Can you imagine?
I never knew that! and no, I can't imagine.
Kanye's verse is my favorite on the song.
Music soothes my soul on so many different levels, my taste in music is all over the place so depending on the genre I am feeling that week (rock, disco, heavy metal, r&b soul, etc.) when a certain mood hits me I have a GoTo song.
About to Shank Someone/Emotional/Feeling Pink:
Aerosmith – Crazy
Guns N Roses – November Rain
Whitesnake – Is this Love
Karyn White – Superwoman
The Bee Gees – How Deep is Your Love (just to name a few)
Prince….. too many tracks to list (Gold Experience and Musicology album)
Maroon 5 Songs about Jane Album
Jay-Z – Song Cry
Fat Joe ft. Rico Love – No problems
Getting Ready To Hit the Streets:
Mcfadden & Whitehead — Ain't no Stoppin Us Now
Johnny Kemp – Just Got Paid
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Prince – Let's Go Crazy
Janet Jackson – Rythem Nation
Donell Jones (Where I Wanna Be Album)
Bettye Wright – Tonight is the Night
Prince – Future Baby Mama
I could go on and on but I WON'T. *DropsE-Sharpie*
HAPPY TURKEY DAY!!!!
I don't have any particular songs that fit my various moods throughout the day. I do have times where I only want to hear one genre of music. Some days are a GreenDay/RHCP/Everclear/SmashingPumpkins type of day. Then, there are the times I'm feeling sexy, and I want to hear all the freaky r&b/soul music in my library. And I have a lot of sexy music… When I'm hyped, all dirty south everything. Texas to Memphis to ATL to Florida, and everything in between.
Nice post, Streetz.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!