Songs That Should Be On Your Workout Playlist [Vol. 2]

Royce Da 5’9″ – Gun Harmonizing f. Crooked I

If you’re playing this in order you should be getting down to the nitty gritty, this is when the extra effort really matters. Hopefully Royce’s fiery attitude will give you that extra effort to keep going along with his awesome gun sounds on each hook. This song lives on Royce’s 2010 LP Street Hop and if you’re listening through the album, this is bound to stand out. It’s actually the intro to the project and it demandingly sets the tone of the record from the first second. It’s a very unique track that simply goes hard. There’s no better way to describe it. Royce has a penchant for bringing intensity into his verses even if the lyrics are mediocre. This is one of the best examples of that intensity. Royce’s intensity rubs off on Crooked I and he sounds as hungry as I’ve ever heard him on this one.

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Nas – One Mic

I’d like to thank Nas and this song specifically for getting me into hip hop. I was approximately 10 years old and I fell in love with this song in 04. It’s a definitely staple in Nas’ extensive catalog and this song just seemed to click with me instantly. I can’t pinpoint a reason but it just caught me with each verses slow mellow start which quickly escalated, adding layers as it went on and then to come to a sudden end at the chorus. It’s really a brillant design and nobody could execute better than Nasty Nas. I didn’t grow up in that typical suburban white neighborhood being sheltered, I grew up right around the corner from Stack Bundles home, Redfern housing in Far Rockaway. Although the messages being told to me by Nas were still fairly new to me. I still bump this song to this day and it’s a workout essential for that person who desires the boom bap.

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