Last week I gave you my top 5 jams that put me in just the right space to get and remain super hype.
This week, I bring you my last 5 jams! These are in no such order, as I love them equally… enjoy!!
6. Electric Lady x Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae creeped up on me from out of nowhere. I have no idea when or where or why I started listening to her music, I must’ve just gotten curious one day and fell in heavy like with Cindi Mayweather. Janelle and Electric Lady are so fun, so funky, so relatable and oh so unapologetic. This song truly gives me feelings. I feel unstoppable when I hear Electric Lady. The song has a sex appeal while still being funky enough to rock out super hard to. The lyrics make me feel strong, powerful and proud. There is no reason to question who you are or why you are, just accept that you’re too bomb and keep it movin! Janelle Monae is like, the girl in my mirror that reminds me that I am awesome as I am and I don’t have to try to be me, I just am. This deserves 1000 yaaaaaaaaaaas’
Fave Lyric: Electric lady, you’re a star/You got a classic kind of crazy/But you know just who you are
Classy, sassy, put you in a razzle-dazzy/Her magnetic energy will have you coming home like Lassie/Singing, “Ooh, shock it, break it, baby”/Electro-, sophisti-, funky, lady
7. Bitch Better Have My Money x Rihanna
There are several songs of Rih Rih’s that I could’ve chosen, but BBHMM is a frequent in any playlist I play to get hype. I HATED this song when I first heard it and would turn it off furiously if ever I heard it. But, somehow Rihanna, as usual, punched me in the head with her new single so many times I had no choice but to listen to it. Let me be clear, I don’t really like this song, I just enjoy the feeling I receive while listening to it.
This is a song that will push me to do an extra 15 on the ellipitical, go to the grocery store after work when I’m tired and get to work on time on a regular basis. BBHMM combines all of my favorite musical traits: ratchet, easy to memorize/understand, hype enough to sing along to, ability to be enjoyed alone or with others, able to turn me up for years to come. So, I may not be in love with Rih Rih’s single but I definitely can’t not listen to it for a little extra pep in my step.
Fave Lyric: In a drop top, doin’ hundred, y’all in my rearview mirror racin’/Where y’all at? Where y’all at? Where y’all at?
8. I couldn’t decide – Khia
Thug Misses is for the truly ratchet at heart, mind, body and soul. If you are faint of heart or stuck up, Khia may not be for you. But, if you are anything like me: an alleged embodiment of clatchet, Khia is 110% for you and your trap music loving ears.
I couldn’t choose between two of my top Khia jams so I had to list them both… my affinity for her knows no bounds.
Don’t Trust No Nigga – Khia is simply letting you know that you cannot and should not trust a FB. He has come into your life, ravaged it and re-entered your life and Khia is here to let you know that he means you no good and you shouldn’t trust him. Hella cursing and slightly offensive to sensitive ears lyrics aside, Khia is giving really great advice here. Don’t just put your trust in any dude, girl! This rocks so hard in the earbuds.
Fave Lyric: Cause you’ll see I’m a queen in the end though/You see where your gonna be in the end broke/Knowing nothing with nothing stuck in the hood/While I’m straight lookin lovely living real good/So trust a nigga f*ck a nigga get your own sh*t/To let him know that he’s f*cking with a raw b*tch/With her head own her shoulder knows how it goes/And when its time to let a motherf*cker get gone
Pay Yo P*ssy Bill – Now, before you go judging me, remember that you have probably thought about using what you got to get what you want at least once in life. Khia just wants to let you know that if you are tossing that box, that you might just deserve for the recipient to break you off a couple dollars and cents in the form of paid gas bills and thank you cards (I guess). Not only can I not stop dancing when this is on (yes, I’m seat shimmying as I type), I am fully enthralled by Khia’s confidence in verse two. We should all be so confident in our Junior Mints* and what we can do with them.
Favorite Lyric: There is nothing in life for free/so give me my tips please
Ratchet or not, I have to have my Khia but if my Gramma ever asks me who the heck Khia is, I’ll pretend I’ve never even heard one rap song before!
*Yes, Junior Mints are a random slang term for the cooter that I created back in February 2016. Yes, you can use it, your friends will think you’re cutting edge!
9. Without Me x Fantasia, Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliot
Here we have three super duper talented women, two of which rarely ever make me dance, causing me to groove so hard that I am 98% sure I’m the one that actually dumped the dude this song is about. But that’s not what I love so much about this song, which is an awesome kiss-off to a non-specific FB.
Without a doubt, one of the most motivating and uplifting themes for me is “you wouldn’t be shit if wasn’t for me.” I am not the type of person to take credit for what another person has done or how great they have become, but I have definitely been in some dating-ish situations where I cared for a dude that I knew I could upgrade if I wanted to. Of course, I would never do this because I don’t have time, effort, energy and money to spend making some dude a better him. However, I do enjoy the theme because it reeks of arrogance, another one of my favorite musical traits.
Favorite Lyric: You should tell ’em what you really like/Tell em you aint bout that life/I put you on and let you shine
10. The Real Thing x Jill Scott
I should really just make a list of my Top 10 Jill Scott songs, maybe I will some other time…
The Real Thing is one of those tunes that gives off such a smooth, funk & jazz vibe that you can’t do anything but body roll to it. Jill pumps me up because she is a beautiful, confident and talented woman. She seems so down to earth and real and she has no qualms about letting you know what she is –everything and worth everything. That’s what I love so much about The Real Thing, Jilly from Philly is letting you know that she is real, she deserves to be treated well and if you act right, you can get it all. I may not jam to this at the top of my lungs but this song is probably one of the most relatable on this list for me. I feel the truth of Jill’s realness connect with my spirit, if that isn’t motivational, I don’t know what is.
Fave Lyric: You gotta do right by me/It’s mandatory baby
If you missed Part 1, check it here!