Rap is a powerful medium for expression. As an art form it can tell a stories of triumph, success, life, death, struggle, and happiness. With the help of some friends, I created a collection of some of my favorite rap songs that give you the butterflies in your stomach. You can download this playlist on Apple Music and play it in the car with your shorty for best results. The cover art for this article is a detail of a beautiful work by contemporary Nigerian painter Abe Odedina, it captures my sentiment for this post perfectly, check out more of their work here.
- Caroline – Aminé
- Tribe – Bas ft. J.Cole
This song inspired me to create this entire playlist with bars like “A daily reminder to holla a God, like ‘Where did you find her?’ Good lookin’ my nigga” and “I think I made I made, it cause I’m always smiling and you are the reason now” Bas and J. Cole are a perfect on this song.
- Prototype – Outkast
- Int’l Players Anthem – UGK ft. Outkast
- Loyalty – Kendrick Lamar
- See You Again – Tyler, The Creator ft. Kali Uchis
- Meditation – GoldLink
- You Got Me – The Roots
“Baby don’t worry, you know that you got me”
- Yung’n Blues – Lil Wayne
- Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Lauryn Hill
- Smoke Break – Chance the Rapper
- Feel It – Young Thug
- Youforia – Mac Miller
“I can’t do no wrong, no you are an angel, with you by my side, you are my euphoria”
- L$D – A$AP Rocky
- LOVE. – Kendrick Lamar feat. Zacari
- South Central Love – Dom Kennedy
95% of the reason this song made the playlist is due the way Dom says “She pinch my cheeks, say I’m her pumpkin” …Adorable.
- Can I – Drake feat. Beyoncé
- She’s Mine Pt. 1 – J. Cole