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The last few topics that I have blogged about have been serious in nature. So today, I’m going to change the pace a bit. I am going to talk about MY top 25 Songs that have kept me motivated throughout this year. There are a lot of different genres thrown into one that I like to call, my favorite. I will do my best to keep it under 25, but I’m sure I will get over zealous and go beyond the set number of 25.

I will not post more than 50 songs, just because it’s time consuming. Lazy way, you may say, “Shoulder shrug”. A lot of the songs you may know and there are those that you don’t know. I challenge you to look up the Artists on my list that you don’t know and give them a listen.

The majority of the songs complied in this list helped me get through 2013. A lot of these same songs have been on my Top 50 since the day they were released, with some of them being released in 2000 or earlier. The “rank” or “order” that I have the songs in, doesn’t stay in this order all the time. It all depends on the type of mood I’m in.

What are your favorite songs, or what songs helped you get through this past year? Don’t click the exit button just yet, give my list a once over and let me know what you think.  Here we go.

Rank Song Title Album Artist Album Title
1 Ali Bomaye (feat. 2 Chainz and Rick Ross) Game Jesus Piece
2 Type of Way Rich Homie Quan Still Goin’ In – Reloaded
3 Left Turn (feat. Traxx Trigga) SneakerBox Chock Left Turn (feat. Traxx Trigga) – Single
4 Walk Hard John C. Reilly Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
5 That Lowend (feat. Nipsey Hussle) Dorrough Music Gangsta Grillz: Silent Assassin (Hosted by DJ Drama
6 Dis Ain’t What U Want Lil’ Durk Dis Ain’t What U Want – Single
7 Til’ The Last Shot’s Fired Trace Adkins X (Ten)
8 Go Get It T.I. Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head
9 My City (feat. Dallas Blocker and Yo Gotti) Paul Wall Heart of a Champion
10 Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d city
11 Trials & Tribulations Ace Hood Trials & Tribulations
12 So Dope (feat. Wrekonize, Snow tha Product & Twisted Insane) Tech N9ne Something Else (All Access Edition)
13 The City (feat. Kendrick Lamar) Game The R.E.D. Album
14 Nah Never SneakerBox Chock Nah Never – Single
15 Winning (feat. Bueller Da Don) SneakerBox Chock Winning – Single
16 No Guns Allowed (feat. Cori B and Drake) Snoop Lion Reincarnated (Deluxe Version)
17 Bama Anthem 63 Boyz Give’em Hell
18 You Don’t Want Drama 8Ball & MJG Living Legends
19 Daddy’s Lambo Yelawolf Trunk Muzik 0-60
20 The Kill 30 Seconds to Mars A Beautiful Lie
21 Young Mula Cory Gunz Son of A Gun
22 Long Live A$AP A$AP Rocky Long Live A$AP
23 Who Are We (feat. Bone Crusher) Theodore Unit 718
24 Didn’t I Montgomery Gentry We Were Soldiers Soundtrack
25 Ready for Whatever T.I. Paper  Trail
26 Slap Ludacris Release Therapy
27 Salute da Gods Busta Rhymes Anarchy
28 American Soldier Toby Keith Toby Keith: 35 Biggest Hits
29 U See Us Nipsey Hussle Crenshaw
30 Kush Cloud (feat. Krayzie Bone and SpaceGhostPurrp) Freddie Gibbs Baby Face Killa
31 In God We Trust Meek Mill Dreams and Nightmares
32 8th of November Big & Rich Comin’ to Your City
33 This Sh*t is Lit (Remix) [feat. Meek Mill] SBOE This Sh*t is Lit (Remix) – Single
34 Taylor Gang (feat. Chevy) [Bonus Track] Wiz Khalifa Rolling Papers (Deluxe Version)
35 Always Love Thy Family Busta Rhymes Catastrophic Occurrence
36 Weathered Creed Creed Greatest Hits
37 Trillionaire (feat. T-Pain) Bun B Trill O.G.
38 BK to LA (feat. M.O.P.) Xzibit Man vs. Machine
39 Worldwide Choppers (feat. C eza, JL B.Hood, Uso, Yelawolf, Twista, Busta Rhymes, D-Loc, & Twisted Insane) Tech N9ne All 6’s & 7’s
40 Hail Mary Tupac The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
41 Smokin’ Wit My Stylist Nipsey Hussle Smokin’ Wit My Stylist – Single
42 A.D.H.D. Kendrick Lamar Section.80
43 Verbal Intercourse Raekwon Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
44 Killa Cam Cam’ron Purple Haze
45 What You Know T.I. King
46 Tool In da Pocket Big Kuntry King My Turn to Eat
47 Pressin’ Them Buttons (feat. Lil’ Keke) Paul Wall Fast Life
48 Pac Man Freestyle (Chopped & Screwed) Mike Jones Ballin’ Underground
49 Still Tippin’ (feat. Slim Thugg & Paul Wall) Mike Jones Who is Mike Jones?
50 Yeah Ya Know (Takers) T.I. Yeah Ya Know (Takers) – Single

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How many of you out there are able to use music as an outlet? I do. It all depends on my mood. I don’t know what it is about music, but it stimulates my brain and takes me to a different level mentally. Almost every time I write a Blog Post I have music playing; whether it be playing from the computer or my phone. Some individuals see music as a distraction, especially while trying to focus on certain tasks that requires your full attention.

My wife can drive the car in silence. I can’t. If I don’t have any music playing, I get frustrated. While I drive, the music I play depends on my mood or my destination. I know that sounds weird, but let me explain it to you. If my wife asks me to go to the store for a certain item, I’m more than likely playing Rap. It can’t be any type of Rap, the song has to paint a picture for me. While I’m driving, I’m subconsciously painting the picture from the lyrics that the artist is trying to paint. It puts me in the zone and helps to keep me focused, alert and I feel that my senses are heightened and reflexes are quicker. There are certain songs that I listen that get my adrenaline pumping and I’m ready for anything. So I keep a playlist of that sort on my iPhone or  an mp3 disc. The reason I said I keep a playlist on my iPhone or mp3 disc is because it all depends on the vehicle I drive. If I am in the BMW I use the bluetooth feature to listen to music from my iPhone, but if I’m driving the Kia it has to be on an mp3 disc. A plus to driving the Kia is that I have 2 12 inch speakers in the back.

If I am going on a short trip with my family, I try to put together a playlist that everyone enjoys, but if I know that I’m going to get on the interstate then I have to listen to my playlist that pumps me up and keeps me alert. I feel that I have to do this is because some people can be real butt-holes while trying to merge or change lanes. My wife always tells me that I need to calm down, but YOU will not come up speeding behind me while in the left lane and I change lanes to let you pass and you jump in the middle lane in front of me and slow down. That’s a big muthafuckin’ NEGATIVE! That’s one thing I hate, wanna be speed demons. If you’re going to speed go ahead, do your thang, but don’t get in front of me and slow down. While on the interstate I usually drive 10 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. That’s why I get upset, I’m already going 80 mph and you speed up behind me just to get in front of me and slow down. KILL YA SELF! (Just Kidding).

While cleaning the house, I have to listen to some good ol’ old school R&B. You know, Johnny Gill, Anita Baker, Jodeci, Mint Condition, Shai, Boyz II Men, I could go on for days. The reason I play R&B while cleaning is because I grew up that way. On Saturday mornings while growing up, my mother would turn on the radio or put in a tape (yeah, a cassette tape, I’m old I know it!) of some good ol’ R&B and everyone commenced to cleaning. I guess I do it out of habit. I really don’t listen to the new-age R&B because some of it, well, a lot of it is not appropriate for children’s ears. I don’t want my girls listening to you sing about taking your time while you rub oil your lady’s body, trying to get her in the mood! I know when they get older, they will listen to different types of music and once they are grown, I can’t and won’t control the type of music they listen to. Don’t get me wrong, but I know that some of the old school R&B is the same way, but I make sure that I know the song and make sure if they are talking about sex or something of a sexual nature, it’s hidden. The only way you know it’s of a sexual nature is because you pick up on keywords.

When I was able to run and workout, it all depended on my mood. If 1SG was on my ass I would listen to some alternative, Green Day, Creed (Christian Rock, I know. It’s my Blog so I can put them in any category I want.), 30 Seconds to Mars, Nirvana, Linkin Park, No Doubt, as with R&B I could go on for days. Now if I’m having a decent day, I usually listen to a playlist of nothing but Rap while working out or running.

I do listen to Country Music. My Grandmother would listen to music while I was growing up and I thought she was crazy. I believed she was crazy was because I thought only individuals of a lighter pigment listened to Country. Now that I have grown up, I said let me give it a chance before making a judgement. I love it. I always thought that every Country artist sang about somebody killed their dog, their wife left them and they lost their job, but that’s not the case. Country music also has to have good content just like the other genres of music listed above. I’m sure people have the same opinion on Rap & R&B.

I love music and when I listen to it, I let it take me to another place, mentally. The great thing about music, in my opinion, is that no matter what type of mood you’re in, there is something that you can listen to that will bring you out of a funk or get you amped up. Music isn’t just for specific ethnicities, it’s for everyone. Sometimes Music gets a bad rap, no pun intended, because some of the media, some parents and some of the big businesses automatically blames the artist for the lyrics of their song or the Vibe their music puts out when something catastrophic happens, i.e. school shootings or a massacre that kills a good number of people. Yes, I believe that music affects all individuals in certain way, but I don’t believe that because N.W.A. made a song that says F*** Tha Police, that I will rebel against law enforcement. Music is an expression of the artist that writes the lyrics, produces the music  and should not be taken literally. Only if we could get everyone to understand that. As with anything you do in life, be careful and don’t let music influence you to do something that you will regret. You’re an “adult” so you should already know how to be responsible, right?

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I like to listen to a lot of different genres of music. My favorite genre is Rap/Hip-Hop of course. This list doesn’t stay in this same order all the time. One day I might say Cam’ron is number one. It all depends on the type of mood I’m in that day. I know everybody has their own “Top 10” list of Rappers. Here is mine:

1. Jay-Z/ T.I.

2. Mos Def (Yasiin Bey)/ Talib Kweli

3. SneakerBox Chock

4. The Game

5. Tupac/ Notorious B.I.G.

6. Busta Rhymes

7. Cam’ron

8. Lupe Fiasco

9. Eminem

10. J. Cole/ Kendrick Lamar

(Honorable Mention: Wiz Khalifa)

I know you noticed that on number 1, 2, 5, and 10 there are two artists. Don’t ask me why, it’s just what I felt like doing. If any of these artists happen to change up their style instead of being themselves and start trying to be apart of what’s trending, they fall off my list.

Some of you are thinking why don’t I have certain artists on my list? I’m a big fan lyricism. If you don’t have positive content or you are trying to tell me a story in your music, then what’s the point? A lot of new Artists ease their way into the music industry by some catchy trend or some new dance. Hip-Hop has changed so much since the eighties. Yes, it has become a lot better due to technology, but there are a lot of artists that continuously speak about the same boring content on every single album they put out.(I got 500 cars, I can go into a club and make it rain, I pop bottles, etc.) You get my point. Hip-Hop is constantly changing and I’m not against that, but some artists just throw some crappy lyrics together and put a banging beat behind it and it becomes a hit. How does this happen? Have we forgotten about the 4 Elements of Hip-Hop? If you don’t know the 4 Elements of Hip-Hop I will let you know what they are: 1. MC’ing; 2. DJ’ing; 3. B-Boying (Break dancing); 4. Graffiti.

This is what I believe the definition of Rap is: it is one of the elements of hip hop as well as the distinguishing feature of most hip hop music. It is a form of rhyming lyrics delivered rhythmically over a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. Originally, rapping was called MCing and accompanied by a DJ. Real MC’ing and the need for a DJ is a dying art, but One hit wonders are popping up everywhere. Its crazy! If you look over my “Top 10” list you can see that every one of those artists are TRUE lyricist.

Rap/Hip-Hop isn’t the only genre of music I listen to. I happen to listen to Country and Classic Rock also. First, I’ll start of with my “Top 5” Country Artists:

1. Trace Adkins

2. Toby Keith

3. Darius Rucker

4. Big & Rich

5. Craig Morgan

(Honorable Mention: Tim McGraw)

I know readers out there that don’t listen to country are like “who the hell are they?” Before I started listening to country all I thought it was about was, somebody killed my dog and my wife left me now I’m sad, I just bought me a brand new truck with a 10 inch lift (I know that’s extreme, but you see where I’m coming from). That’s a very ignorant way of thinking, right? Once I started listening to the content that the country music artist was trying to convey, I was intrigued and wanted to hear more. My Classic Rock list could be a lot longer, but here are the main 5 that I listen to:

My Top 5 Classic Rock Band/ Singer:

1. Bon Jovi

2. Europe

3. AC/DC

4. Survivor

5. White Snake

(Honorable Mention: Jimi Hendrix)

Eighties rock was awesome and that’s why I still listen to it today. I guess because I grew up in the eighties, maybe that’s the reason why I like to listen to it. Since I’m on my music kick today I will also give you my Top 5 Alternative Bands.

1. 30 Seconds to Mars

2. Green Day

3. 311

4. Breaking Benjamin

5. Disturbed

(Honorable Mention: Drowning Pool)

The reason why I also listen to Alternative is because to ME, you may think differently, but I feel it’s because no band or artist is the same. I feel that each band brings their own uniqueness and that appeals to me.

I could go on and on about music because I love music. While listening to music you can mentally go where ever you want. Just like my Blog, music is an outlet for me. I can’t play any instruments or anything, but if I put the right song on, its able to calm me down or if I am trying to get my workout on or just cleaning around the house. It’s crazy how music can affect your mood. It has a lot of power. I don’t believe that if you listen to music that talks about negativity that it makes you do bad things. I think that is an excuse that the media and sometimes parents use all the time is bull crap! It’s the way they were raised and how they are treated at home. Bullying at school could also be a reason, but I’m not trying to get into all that. I wanted to share with you some of the music I listen to. If you don’t know any of these artists on either of my lists, I suggest you give them a try. You never know, you might like it. What type of music do you listen to and who are your favorite artists? I would love some feedback from you guys. I’ll be patiently waiting!!