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    5 Feel-Good Hip-Hop Tracks For Surviving The Holidays

    Hip-hop songs can be a good source to find reasons why you should keep your head up. Here are some cheery songs to ease those wintertime blues.

    “Keep Ya Head Up” by 2Pac

    Society is better for everyone when we cherish our women. 2Pac advises us expertly in his classic pump up jam. The song also samples “O-o-h Child” by Five Stairsteps, which is a song fit for your mom to play for you after a hard day at school. In it, 2Pac addresses neglect and cyclical poverty. He empathizes with us. He knows it is hard, but we have to keep our heads up. According to, listening to sad songs can make people who are sad feel better because it allows for emotional catharsis and for the listener to practice empathizing with the songwriter’s story.

    “Jeeps, Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz” by Lost Boyz

    Here is another old school jam calling for us to use our mental strength to overcome our struggles. “Concentrate, to get my sh*t straight.” Like 2Pac, Lost Boyz specifically advise us to keep our heads up no matter what. “To all my ladies and my men/to all my peoples in the pen’/keep your head up.” Sounds like pretty good advice, especially considering that Lost Boyz “only deal with the real deal street life.”

    “Sunshine” by Mos Def

    Here is another hip-hop song that samples music your mother would listen to. This iconic hip-hop optimism jam samples “Let the Sunshine In” from the musical, Hair. Mos Def commands us to “be good to your family, y’all…’cause everybody need family, y’all.” What great advice, and it can be applied beyond biological and nuclear families. We can all choose to treat each other like one big human family. From this perspective, none of us are ever all alone during the holidays.

    “Lemon” by N.E.R.D., Rihanna, and Pharrell Williams

    This 2017 hype jam also contains some sage advice that can be applied to surviving the holiday season. “The truth will set you free, but it may anger you initially,” cautions the song’s intro. This is a fun bop to dance around the kitchen to with a family member who understands.

    “Hey Young World” by Slick Rick

    In this classic, Slick Rick reasons with us. He acknowledges that he knows what we know. “(Love means happiness) that once was strong (but due to society) even that’s turned wrong.” But, he does not want us to use the evils of society as justification for our own unsavory behavior. “Society’s a weak excuse for a man.” Instead, he asks us to embrace the righteous way of God. “Believe it or not, the Lord still shines on you, he (guides you) and he watched you as you grew.” I believe it.


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