Favorite Songs: REUP Edition

First I was going to bore you with my favorite song & why I think every song an artist puts out should have some type of SUBSTANCE to it. Then it sparked an idea to reach out to fans, artists & bloggers to learn of their favorite songs and why. So here you go…

My favorite song is Talib Kweli – Get By.
First off when you hear the beat drop, you instantly head bob. The sample of Nina Simone that Kanye used is genius. The song is about struggle for everyone and doing what you gotta do to get by. Any nerd would appreciate the opening lines of the song as he references Star Wars.

We sell, crack to our own out the back of our homes
We smell the musk of the dusk in the crack of the dawn
We go through episodes too, like Attack of the Clones
Work til we break our back and you hear the crack of the bone

He follows up touching on we have evolved from survivalist to ego mania consumers. Then asks God why do we have to struggle, why do we do foul things? He speaks on his grandmother raising 3 kids alone & he uses that as motivation for his own personal demons because her struggle was much worse than his own. He finishes the first verse references a fan favorite & rap legend Kool G Rap! Then on to my favorite part which Talib has explained was the main purpose of the song… to give fans a chorus that will make an impact to make you memorize and relate to and sing along when it’s on.

This morning, I woke up
Feeling brand new, I jumped up
Feeling my highs and my lows
In my soul and my goals
Just to stop smoking and stop drinking
I’ve been thinking, I’ve got my reasons
Just to get by, just to get by
Just to get by, just to get by

He makes it catchy and just radio friendly enough but still keeps the message there! The second verse is about the minority struggle, people altering their bodies, being Sat sinners & Sunday repenters, then goes on to give a nod to The Beatles.

Catchy hook, perfect production, relate-able lyrics…. this song has been my favorite song since the first time I heard it.

This is hard slick vick because there are so many songs. But one my favorites is Tupac “Changes” because he exposes the truth about the agenda behind the influx of drugs and guns in the black community, he addresses racism, self-hate and how its degraded the black community. He also talks about how we need to change, come together as one and love one another. Even though his message in the song refers a lot to the black community, his core message transcends colors lines and is relevant to everybody.

Vice Grippz
“Crossroads” off East 1999 Eternal by Bone Thugs N Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. It’s my all time favorite song. It’s just perfect. The instrumentation, the emotion, the story, the philosophy that’s within that song… it’s just art and it’s so hard body. It has a message based off real life transformed into flawless music that is just the essence of what rap music is.

Of course for me it’s any Joe Budden song but I will point out one of my favorites, Joe Budden “All Of Me” off of Mood Musik 3: For Better or For Worse. It kinda give you a look into his life, and his problems in life… Which in turn helps you out with the problems you are having.

I have to say “Dear Mama” by Tupac. It relates to my childhood growing up without a father and mom working 2-3 jobs just to make ends meet and put food on the table. Every word of that song (except the crack part) reminds me so much of 1988-1995 for us.

I got a story to tell
It’s a whole story in an extended verse where you feel like your part of the story

30 seconds to mars ” Night Of Hunter ” just raw lyrics and a catchy hook. I love when they perform this song live.

Ed E. Ruger
I gotta give you 2.
Ice Cubes It Was A Good Day & Red Hot Chili Peppers Under The Bridge…both because they are timeless classics that make me feel good no matter what is goin on. They also both represent how much they love their cities through good & bad. I can relate to both alot but couldnt choose btwn them for a favorite.

Love At First Sound
Ma$e – Feel So Good

Jay Lee
Jay Z regrets

The Isley Brothers – Voyage To Atlantis

In all honesty, my favorite song changes all the time and I have tons. But as of right now, “Happy” by Pharrell…it’s so simple, but it has so much meaning as well. If more people wouldn’t let the little things in life get them down, there would be so much more friendliness and caring instead of bitterness, sadness, and hostility toward others. The song literally makes you feel that happy whilst listening to it!

Currently, Roc Marciano – Not Told. Cuz, the game is to be sold, not told.

Nothing But A G Thing – Dr Dre

K Sparks
Da Bush Babies – Remember We

Confusion (of Pigeons&Planes)
Neutral Milk Hotel – “In An Aeroplane Over The Sea”

Hip Hop Authority
Jadakiss – Times Up

A.K. of (freshprinceatx)
My favorite song I’d have to say its “Triumph” by Wu-Tang Clan. The beat for starters is just infectious and even tho ODB doesn’t have a verse on the track he sets the tone for the song coming in with his banter. But I like the song for the simple fact it showed the each member of Wu Tang were just pure lyricist for anyone that ever doubted.

Incubus – Warning

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