Listen if you W O K E (Part 2)

We’re back with our next top 15 picks of “Woke” tracks. Click here if you missed part 1 of our series.

Millennials made being “woke”, connected and informed a thing, so it’s only right that we give you a few rhymes and rhythms that come at you with socially or politically driven messages. Find our next picks of “Woke” tracks and a brief description on what makes these socially- and politically-charged tracks masterpieces.

  1. Notorious B.I.G – Suicidal Thoughts (1994)
    Intense track reflecting Biggie’s thoughts, continuation of aggressive album Ready to Die.
  2. Gang Starr – Above the clouds (1998)
    A song about death and heaven.
  3. Blackstar ft Common – Respiration (1998)
    Poetic lyrics illustrating the image of the city (Houston), thoughts on humanity.
  4. Gang Starr – Moment of Truth (1998)
    A track about judgment and facing the ‘moment of truth’.
  5. Aesop Rock – Daylight (2001)
    Childhood memories, life experiences and conflicting emotions.
  6. Twista ft Faith Evans – Hope (2004)
    A song about staying hopeful when you’re in bad situations and Twista’s views on the War on Terrorism.
  7. Eminem – Mockingbird (2004)
    A song about Eminem’s relationship with his biological daughter, adopted daughter and wife.
  8. Kanye West – Roses (2005)
    A song reminiscing about times with his grandmother, while she isn’t doing well after a surgery.
  9. Eminem – Beautiful (2009)
    Written in rehab, “Beautiful” touches on depression along with other hardships.
  10. K’Naan – Take A Minute (2009)
    Autobiography of K’Naan, his artistic inspirations.
  11. Lupe Fiasco – Bitch Bad (2012)
    A song that tackles the use of the word “bitch” in hip hop and views about women in general.
  12. Lupe Fiasco – Deliver (2015)
    Criticizes ghetto stereotypes.
  13. Todrick Hall ft Jordin Sparks – Water Guns (2016)
    A track highlighting serious issues surrounding gun violence and being Black in America.
  14. Wale – Black is Gold (2016)
    Inspirational track highlighting the beauty of Blacks.
  15. Chance The Rapper – Same Drugs (2016)
    Not about drugs. A song about lost love and changes in relationships with others – the journey of growing apart.

Let us know which track is your favourite in the comments below! Make sure to follow VYB3 on Twitter and Instagram @__VYB3 and on Facebook @VYB3.

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