Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Music to kick start the revolution

Let's take a darker turn on BnB Music Week.

Every mood needs music to match. And speaking of matches, sometimes you just gotta set it off. Whether it's getting in a workout or getting your head right before work, every now and then you need some music that says I have a gallon of gas and a Bic lighter… try me. Personally, I can't work out to passive music. I need a banging angry beat to match my mood (hate working out!). I mean, I don't need to Cardio-Box to Maxwell.

Sometimes your environment sets your musical taste. There was one entire year that I drove to work at a job I hated with my fist balled up and teeth on perma-clench. [Blogger's Note: It's not a good idea to listen to P.E.'s Can't Truss It on repeat on your way to the Paycheck Plantation. You spend all day daring somebody with your eyes to say something stupid… anything.] Moving on, these songs aren't necessarily about positivity. A good revolutionary "might catch a case today" anthem is angry, has a beat you can punch repetitively to and a chorus that you can mutter under your breath or scream at the top of your lungs. So I present in no particular order some tunes from my Set It Off playlist:

  1. Made You Look by Nas: Any song with gunplay in the chorus is a guaranteed firestarter
  2. Uptown Anthem by Naughty by Nature: This song breaking, bashing and smashing things, nuff said.
  3. Enter Sandman by Metallica: Scary song. This band is the devil disguised as musicians. But this song rocks.
  4. Public Enemy (defy you to pick only one or two): Fight the Power and 911 is a Joke to start and the list goes on
  5. Up in Here by DMX: Just burn your office down now. (unless you work at home, in which case go with the neighbor whose dog can't find their lawn – their house will do)
  6. Slap by Ludacris: It's a slower tune but how can you go wrong with a chorus like, "I feeling like slapping somebody today?"
  7. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana: The only grunge song that was 100% okay by me
  8. I don't give a/Only God can judge me by 2Pac: Pac was a revolutionary, it's only fair he kick start the revolution
  9. Break Stuff by Limp Bizkit: All in the title
  10. Rising Up by the Roots featuring Chrisette Michele: I almost twisted something jammin' to this yesterday. Damn those Roots can play!
  11. Rompe by Daddy Yankee: Rompe means Break in English, say no more
  12. NWA/Dre/Ice Cube there are enough songs to fill box sets for the revolution
  13. We Takin' Over/Out Here Grindin' by DJ Khaled: Yes, my bougie butt loves songs about folks hustlin' in the streets. Probably cuz I ain't out there with 'em
  14. Welcome to the Jungle by Guns n Roses: Monster guitar riffs and crazy vocals keep this perennial stadium banger on my list
  15. Bring 'em Out by T.I.: Dirty South rappin' about mayhem and mischief making, what's not to love?
  16. Just to Get By by Talib Kweli: I spent a year wearing this song out. Listening to it again right, makes you want to Just.Do.Better.
  17. Steady Bounce by KRS One: Deep Cut, if you don't know… ask somebody
  18. Green Day – pick a song, any song, they pretty much own the rock anthem these days, the first sixteen bars of Holiday are enough to start a riot
  19. Can I get a by Jay-Z: Get your bounce on!
  20. B.O.B. (Bombs over Baghdad) by Outkast: Frenetic beat with lyrics to match, this one makes me weary trying to keep up on the treadmill

And for my femme anthems, these still make me want to kick some a! but with pumps on:

  1. Fighter by Christina Aquilera
  2. Latifah's had it up to here by Queen La
  3. You Oughta Know by Alanis Morrissette
  4. Karma (the Reggaeton Remix) by Alicia Keys
  5. Just a Girl by No Doubt

Okay, let's hear it… what song makes you want to go all Rock-Star-In-the-Four-Seasons and tear a place apart? If the revolution starts tomorrow, what's on the playlist? What songs do you work out to? What the heck is Convict Music? And after reading this post are you worried that I'm going to set something aflame? Hey, no one said Bougie can't be a little militant.


Aisha said...

lil wayne " Fireman"
Damian Marley " Move, In 2 Deep"
50cent "get up"
lily allen " Oh My God"
T.I You dont know me

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AppleBerryMIA said...

Wow Chele, I would have bet money that you had no clue who DJ Khaled is. This is one of those bougie but hood moments? HA! I'm going Tennessee by Arrested Development

OneChele said...

Yes you would have lost that bet

OneChele said...

Can never go wrong with Mayfield and Gaye

Violet Rose said...

I do an Eminem/50 Cent mix starting with Lose Yourself to get on the treadmill. Hate working out too, gotta do it though.

ASmith said...

Oh Chele... how I love you. That list is fantabulous.

My 5

1) Rawkfist - Thousand Foot Krutch
2) Revolution - Kirk Franklin & Nu Nation (just listened to this this morning)
3) Get On My Level - Trillville
4) Let's Go - Shawnna
5) Bring 'Em Out - T.I. (my hometown gets a shout out in this song so I get super unnecessarily hype)

Honorable Mentions:
Best of You - Foo Fighters (seriously, I don't know why this one gets me all up and going, but it does)
That's What's Up - Yo Gotti

natural nubian said...

T.I. er'yday, all the way:
(i) you don't know me
(ii) ASAP

thinklikeRiley said...

To work out, I gotta get CRUNK! Dirty South - Luda, Lil Wayne, Juvie, Lil Jon, Geto Boyz, Ying Yang, TI

Jay said...

More Dirty South - Ridin' Dirty Chamillionaire

LZP said...

Cool post. Hot Boys and Goodie Mob

JaymeC said...

Well thanks to you Chele, I have all the crunkalicious stuff you burned for me so Speedin' by Rick Ross and Get Low by Lil Jon replaced my Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and Aerosmith workout tunes

Foxy Brown said...

my top five:
knuck if you buck--crime mob
get on my level--trillville
move b*tch--ludacris
we some head bustas--lil scrappy
stilettos--crime mob

OneChele said...

Whatcha know about the Dirty South? Ha! 504 Boyz - Wobble, Wobble - shameful song but can't deny the beat

OneChele said...

I like a good hair band as much as the next person but um, yeah - you needed to step your inner gangsta up

derek love said...

Reppin' for the WestSide! Tupac FOREVER - Amerikaz Most Wanted, Hit Em Up, Picture me Rolling

derek love said...

I am stunned by your ghetto-fantabolous side. I like it though.

Greg said...

First time on the blog - I am done that you have Metallica on this list - they ROCK! System of a Down, Anthrax, Pantera - revolution ready!

Suzie S said...

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Higher Ground

OneChele said...

great list. Move by Luda is a classic. First few bars are enough to get me going

jake said...

Bring the Noise - PE and Slam by Onyx

Carey Jackson said...

I love this list, sometimes you just need music to kick ass to.

Carey Jackson said...

Oh my favorite riot song - Straight Outta Compton by NWA, made the whole country scared of 8 city blocks. LOL

Mack said...

Puddle of Mudd- Psycho, Control

Man's World said...

69 boys too

JSuavecito said...

Good look on the Daddy Yankee on the list. Viva Reggaeton - Gasolina!

Diana said...

Know your enemy - Rage against the Machine

Man's World said...

Can't have this list without some Wu-tang - Protect Yo Neck! RZA - Battle without Honor

OneChele said...

Welcome back Jake, good picks. Love Onyx

OneChele said...

Hey, I lived in LA for 2 years and deliberately never rolled through Compton.

OneChele said...

I do like a little Reggaeton.

OneChele said...

Seriously that Bring Em Out needs to go into the fight song hall of fame!

Sasha Stiletto said...

Only a little though. After 20 minutes it all blurs together for me

Sasha Stiletto said...

Busta Rhymes - Woo Hah! Got you all in Check!

Graham said...

back in Black - In Living Colour's version

ChicksRule said...

Kick Ass girl tunes - I love Rock n Roll, Joan Jett and Barracuda by Heart, trouble by P!nk

AppleBerryMIA said...

I'm going to go def jam artists:
Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn
Joe Budden - On Fire
Run DMC - King of Rock
LL Cool J - Mama said knock you out

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rapLuva said...

Great List! Your really could've put any DMX song on here and it would've work ;-)

BB Waite said...

Public Enemy on repeat with a little Tribe Called Quest mixed in

LikeLena said...

You listed all of mine! Love Green Day

Penny said...

We're a Winner - Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions
People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions
Inner City Blues (with emphasis on the chorus of "Make me wanna holla-throw up both my hands!) - Marvin Gaye

Guess I am showing my age, so I will add

Yall Gon Make Me Lose My Mind DMX

Had to stop listening to "Fight the Power" on the way to work-need I say more

ASmith said...

"Knuck if You Buck" is a great add... that song surely did set off some stuff at many parties I attended in high school. "We Some Head Bustas" too.

Your list is the business.

ASmith said...

I have really excellent memories of undergrad associated with "Kryptonite" and that song got a party crunker (crunker?) faster than anything.

Reads4Pleasure said...

World War 3 - Ruff Ryders featuring Snoop, Scarface
Keep Rollin' - Limp Bizkit (but it must be the remix w/ Method Man, Redman & DMX)
Jockin' - JayZ
Kryptonite - Purple Ribbon All Stars
Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue
Murder Rap - Above the Law

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