My Playlist: Hip Hop and R&B Music to Motivate You

May 27, 2016

Even though I listen to a wide variety of musical genre’s, I enjoy listening to hip-hop and r&b music as much as I do rock. Unfortunately hip-hop gets a bad rap (no pun intended) due to the assumption that it is filled with nothing but vulgar, misogynistic, angry, and violent lyrics. While there are some songs which fit that description to the tee, there are also a lot of rock songs that fit that mold as well. Yet only one genre gets the really negative reputation. However once you move past the mainstream and begin digging deeper into the genre, you’ll find some amazing artists with great lyrical content.

So I wanted to share some of those artists and songs with you all today and hopefully you’ll see a different side of Hip-Hop. Some of these artists you’ve heard of and others you haven’t. If you’re not a hip-hop fan, maybe you’ll take a quick listen and experience something new. Or if you’re an old hip-hop head, you might add some to your playlists.

The Fire – The Roots
The World Is Yours – NAS
We Run This – Missy Elliott
Alright – Kendrick Lamar
i – Kendrick Lamar
Golden – Jill Scott
Hate On Me – Jill Scott
Sissy That Walk – RuPaul
Juicy – Notorious BIG
Just Fine – Mary J. Blige
Work That – Mary J. Blige
Good Life – Kanye West
Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing – Stevie Wonder
Blue Sky – Common
Hate It Or Love It – The Game
Stronger – Kanye West
Everything is Everything – Lauryn Hill
Thieves In The Night – Black Star
Q.U.E.E.N – Janelle Monae
Sunshine – Atmosphere
So Fresh, So Clean – Outkast
Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
Control – Janet Jackson

Often people dismiss other musical genres without really giving it time, its easy to revert to songs and artists we know and love. Once a month or so I choose a different genre/station on spotify to listen to all day long at work. It allows me to discover new artists and music, besides there is no point in having an unlimited musical catalog if you aren’t going to use it right?! What are you favorite genres? Let me know below.


  • Reply Karen M May 27, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    It has been so long since I’ve updated a playlist…to show you how long, I still use/have my MP3!!

    on that MP3, is a huge variety some examples…Christian, Toby Mac, Matthew West…Oldies, Heart and Ike & Tina, Lynard Skynard…Country, The Band Perry…Michael Buble, even one Lindsey Lohan (I like that Rumurs song she did) , Ke$ha , Showtunes like On My Own from Les Mis…

    I think to update, I would add…some Celtic Hymns, Hillsong United…newer Newsboys…

  • Reply LisaDV May 30, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I can find songs in each genre that I like. But I totally stink at names of songs and groups. My hubs rocks at this and has worked his pandora to be a really great mix of music. I have a few songs on a playlist in youtube. Yeah, I’m lame.

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