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.
- Notorious B.I.G – Suicidal Thoughts (1994)
Intense track reflecting Biggie’s thoughts, continuation of aggressive album Ready to Die.
- Gang Starr – Above the clouds (1998)
A song about death and heaven.
- Blackstar ft Common – Respiration (1998)
Poetic lyrics illustrating the image of the city (Houston), thoughts on humanity.
- Gang Starr – Moment of Truth (1998)
A track about judgment and facing the ‘moment of truth’.
- Aesop Rock – Daylight (2001)
Childhood memories, life experiences and conflicting emotions.
- 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.
- Eminem – Mockingbird (2004)
A song about Eminem’s relationship with his biological daughter, adopted daughter and wife.
- Kanye West – Roses (2005)
A song reminiscing about times with his grandmother, while she isn’t doing well after a surgery.
- Eminem – Beautiful (2009)
Written in rehab, “Beautiful” touches on depression along with other hardships.
- K’Naan – Take A Minute (2009)
Autobiography of K’Naan, his artistic inspirations.
- Lupe Fiasco – Bitch Bad (2012)
A song that tackles the use of the word “bitch” in hip hop and views about women in general.
- Lupe Fiasco – Deliver (2015)
Criticizes ghetto stereotypes.
- Todrick Hall ft Jordin Sparks – Water Guns (2016)
A track highlighting serious issues surrounding gun violence and being Black in America.
- Wale – Black is Gold (2016)
Inspirational track highlighting the beauty of Blacks.
- 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.
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