Video by Rapper T.I. - Live Your Life
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Positive Rap Songs
The majority of people that listen to Hip Hop music are younger people and the "old school people" that grew up on Old School Hip Hop music. Many people are becoming conscious about the rap songs they listen to; they want positive rap songs instead of negative or subliminal rap music. Rap songs in the 1980s were mostly party songs, and some rap songs of the 80s were popular with Break Dancing Crews. The rap music of the 1990s was primarily made for Disco Jockeys (DJ's) to play in Clubs to keep the Clubs jumpin. And there was a coming-out of Gangsta Rap music in the early 90's with Hip Hop Artist such as: NWA, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Mac 10.
Also more people are adding rap songs to their list of music genres. Rap music may make people feel cool, hip, confident, sexy, knowledgeable, and fun. But all rap music is not of good substance, the lyrics to any songs are very important because words to songs can stay in your subconscious memory for many many years. Negative rap song influences can be blocked out of your memory by listening to songs of any genre that's positive.
When there is positive energy flowing through you, and even by the positive messages you listen to in Hip Hop music; all positive energy of the universe is attracted to you like a magnet. Most Hip Hop music is here to put materialistic images in people's mind and behavior: the jewelry, diamonds, cars, loose women, liquor, drugs, etc. It takes a person with a strong mind to block out the subliminal images of mainstream Hip Hop. Although there is nothing wrong with having the best things in life, but once that's all the person's thinks about then something is wrong; idolatry takes over.
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List of Positive Rap Songs
Tupac Shakur was labeled a conscious Rapper and usually had a positive message in some of his songs. Tupac also new about subliminal messages in most Rapper's music. Tupac stated in an interview, "Don't just bob your head to the beat of rap songs, but listen to the lyrics of what they are saying."
Hip Hop music is not just songs but it's also a culture, the clothes, lingo, dance, and swag. At least if someone wants to be cool with Hip Hop music, they can choose 'quality" over 'quantity.' Everyone knows that words are powerful because the words you hear often can actually become your thoughts and actions.
Positive Rap Songs - then and now
- T.I. - "Live Your Life" and "Whatever You Like"
- Wyclef Jean, Eve, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Missy Elliott, - "Wake Up Everybody"
- Jadakiss - "Why"
- Common - "Universal Mind Control"
- Will Smith - "Just the Two of Us" and "Summer Time"
- KRS One - "Blackman in Effect"
- Kanye West - "Good Life"
- Lupe Fiasco - "Fighters"
- Tupac Shakur - "Changes" and "Dear Moma"
- Slick Rick - "Young World"
- Dougy Fresh - "Keep Rising to the Top"
- The Game - "Dreams" (Explicit)
- Run-DMC - "It's Like that"
- L.L. Cool J - "I Need Love"
- Black Eyed Peas - "Where is the Love"
- Missy Elliott - "Wake Up" (Explicit)
- Talib Kweli - "Get By"
- Biz Markie - "Vapors"
- MC Hammer - "Pray"
- Mos Def - "Sunshine"
- De La Soul - "Eye Know"
- Nick Cannon - "Can I Live"
- Nas - "Daughters"
- Lauryn Hill - "Rapping Compilation"
- Public Enemy - "Fight the Power"
- Wiz Khalifa - "Work Hard Play Hard"
Mostly teenagers have a huge list of Hip Hop music in their possession than any other type of music. Some schools are having classes on learning Hip Hop Dancing, and the classes would have to play rap songs in order to learn Hip Hop dancing. Young adults are listening to positive rap songs in a few different ways: MP3 player, iPod, television, cell phone, computer, radio, CD player, etc.
At times even positive rap songs will have explicit lyrics while pushing a positive message, but when choosing rap songs there is sometimes an option to select "non-explicit" language on devices or internet radio stations such as Pandora Radio.
Disc Jockeys play new school and old school rap songs to blend different styles of music and keep a good party vibe. The rap music people choose doesn't always have to be negative, and your selection of rap songs can have positive lyrics to equal nice clean fun.
If you feel negative rap music is cheating your "intellect" and it's causing you to "dumb yourself down," avoid listening to it at all cost. It all boils down to this, "Get to know better to do better."
Big Daddy Kane - "I rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I'm not."
Video - "Can I Live" by Nick Cannon
Positive Rap Songs Poll
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© 2013 Ann810
Ashley B on March 13, 2017:
I love this!!
Anna Christie from London, United Kingdom on December 17, 2015:
Thanks for this list of positive rap tunes Its great you have the videos as well
Ann810 (author) from Sunny Cali on January 08, 2014:
Hi Lybrah, thank you. Some people try to listen to positive hip hop music when they can find it.
Lybrah on January 07, 2014:
You've included some good songs in here. Good job!
Ann810 (author) from Sunny Cali on February 18, 2013:
Hi, thanks for the compliment and comment. I hope people remember the positive rap songs forever. Thanks again.
beautiliciousgirl from Houston, Texas on February 18, 2013:
I just wanted to say you chose a Great list!!! Those picks people will remember, and sing the lyrics to forever. Songs like the "Birthday Song" are hot temporarily, and will be forgotten in a month.
Ann810 (author) from Sunny Cali on February 18, 2013:
Hi Hrymel, Glad you like this article, I agree some people rather chose positive in most things of life than negative. Thank you.
Haley from Baltimore, MD on February 17, 2013:
I love this. It irritates me when people only focus on negative aspects of anything, but especially art. Voted up and interesting!