When looking for life advice from someone successful, even the most notable rappers seem like they would be last on the list. Then again, in the midst of taking pride in murder, misogyny, money laundering and the many other dicey accolades, many MCs manage to offer honest to goodness life lessons.
WeÔÇÖre not talking tactics for hustling or ways to pick up chicks either. Many rappers deliver concepts that, when taken at face value, offer messages meant to help make people better. Since we live in times where people are way too tightly wound and have trouble seeing eye┬áto eye, we felt these twelve rap songs could send some positive vibes that could help people both grow and get on the same page.
ÔÇ£The message is in the music. I hope you get it.ÔÇØ
Chance The Rapper feat. BJ The Chicago Kid and Ty Dolla $ign – ÔÇ£Blessings 2ÔÇØ
While the religious aspects of Chance The RapperÔÇÖs well-received Coloring Book mixtape were strong, thereÔÇÖs nothing debatable about preaching the power of treating others with the same blessings you hope to receive in return.
Gucci Mane – ÔÇ£WeirdÔÇØ
Even Gucci LaFlare knows not to take himself too seriously. The second you stop being weird is the second you stop being cool.
Devin The Dude – ÔÇ£AnythangÔÇØ
ThereÔÇÖs a good chance youÔÇÖll realize how many things you take for granted the moment you hear Devin use his delicate voice to deliver the lyrics ÔÇ£anything is plenty maneÔÇØ on this empowering stand-out from his flawless To Tha X-Treme album.
Kool G Rap and DJ Polo feat. Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie – ÔÇ£Erase RacismÔÇØ
Considering we fought a civil war to give everyone equal rights around 150 years ago and still see racismÔÇÖs ugly face on the reg, this one is pretty self-explanatory. WeÔÇÖre better than this, yÔÇÖall.
Young Jeezy feat. Kanye West – ÔÇ£Put OnÔÇØ
This smash single from the once young Jeezy and a warbled Kanye West let everyone know they should be repping for their city at all costs and, if they do, success is inevitable. Remember, if you canÔÇÖt get love in your own backyard, you canÔÇÖt get love anywhere.
Lil Wayne – ÔÇ£No WorriesÔÇØ
Listening to this poppinÔÇÖ single from WeezyÔÇÖs I Am Not a Human Being II project is one thing; actually putting the songÔÇÖs carefree message into practice is another thing altogether.
Snoop Dogg feat. Kurupt, Warren G and Nate Dogg – ÔÇ£AinÔÇÖt No FunÔÇØ
Sure, this Doggystyle party jam happens to harp on passing around tail between homies. But the real message here is that if you get a win, share the celebration with loved ones — no matter the context.
Eminem – ÔÇ£BeautifulÔÇØ
All corniness aside, sometimes people need to feel they look good on the outside, just to feel good inside. On the only somber moment from EminemÔÇÖs zany Relapse, the Detroit icon reminds everyone theyÔÇÖre stunning in their own way, whether they realize it or not.
UGK – ÔÇ£ThatÔÇÖs Why I CarryÔÇØ
This one may get some side eyes, but peace is hard to come by these days and packing heat is a borderline necessity in many parts of the country. If youÔÇÖre living in fear, you can probably appreciate this highlight from UGKÔÇÖs classic 1996 album Ridin Dirty. Be easy, people.
Kanye West feat. Jay Z – ÔÇ£Never Let You DownÔÇØ
Being dependable is maybe the most important trait a person can have. ThatÔÇÖs why the first collaboration from The Throne off College Dropout still stands so tall.
Tupac – ÔÇ£Keep Ya Head UpÔÇØ
We can try to stay worry-free all we want, but sometimes carrying some weight on our shoulders is inevitable. On this vintage track from Tupac, the passionate rap poet let people know thereÔÇÖs always a light at the end of the tunnel. Keep this one readily available.
Nas – ÔÇ£The World Is YoursÔÇØ
Sure, this Nas classic can be rattled off by 90% of true Hip-Hop heads word for word, but how many of them actually live out the message of this jazzy Illmatic single? Once people realize the only constraints holding them back from their dreams are self-imposed, anything becomes possible and the world really will become exactly what they make of it.
Never Let You Down: Rap Songs To Live Your Life By : UPROXX