Happy rap

This surprises a lot of people who don’t know me very well, but I really like rap and hip-hop music.

Here’s the problem with rap, though: it’s not the most…shall we say…uplifting music to listen to. Rap and hip-hop music often objectifies women, promotes violence, and has an exorbitant amount of cursing. It’s hard for me to get past that sometimes.

So here’s a list of a few of my personal favorite singles in the genre of rap and hip-hop with a minimun of disagreeable elements.

1. “Magic” by B.o.B from B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray


This song is short, sweet, and snappy. Its lyrics typify the typical cocky, confident music star without seeming obnoxious. The main reason I like this song is because of the music. It has electric guitar, sound effects, and a great beat – perfect for a dance party with your friends.

2. “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas from The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies)


Let’s get one thing straight: I love the Black Eyed Peas. Period. This whole album is fantastic. “I Gotta Feeling” is classic fun music. Who doesn’t want to dance when they hear it? The music is great, the lyrics are fun, and this is an awesome song. Next question?

3. “High” by Lecrae from Rehab


It was really hard for me to pick just one Lecrae song, because I pretty much like them all. I chose this one because it has an awesome beat. My car is really old, but the one thing it has going for it is a good bass system, and this song is perfect for that. The lyrics to this song are about as uplifting as you can get, too, which is awesome.

4. “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz from Rokstarr


Okay, so this isn’t exactly rap, but I would classify it as hip-hop so it makes the list. Not many hip-hop songs use piano, which is why I like this one. It’s nice when music artists get creative. It’s perfect for dancing and singing along with, so you can also add it to your party playlist.

5. “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars from Doo-Wops and Hooligans


Again, this song isn’t rap, but it’s definitely hip-hop. This is the first thing by Bruno Mars that I’ve ever really liked. This song has great use of drums and the lyrics are refreshingly optimistic. Instead of celebrating a girl’s body like it’s a piece of meat, this song encourages a girl that she’s “amazing just the way you are.” I wish more songs were like that.

Those are just a few of my favorite songs of the rap/hip-hop genre that I don’t feel awkward if my dad hears them. Maybe I’m a little old-fashioned, but I still prefer songs that don’t make me cringe when I hear them.

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