Regardless of what you hoped the outcome of last night’s presidential race would be, it’s safe to say that a large portion of the country would’ve been freaked out either way.
No matter your beliefs, it’s important to remember that power still rests within the people, and that love and kindness can and will prevail at a time when nobody seems to agree on anything.
With that in mind, we’ve crafted a “survival playlist” of sorts, some tracks to remind you that the human spirit is indomitable, and no matter what, music is here to help.
Adam Vida (fka A-1) - “This Year We’ll Be Better”
San Francisco emcee Adam Vida was still known as A-1 when he wrote this powerful track to kick off a new year with an emphasis on improvement of self and community (which we wrote about in a spotlight of his music last year). The underlying themes of acceptance and moving forward with love and compassion are a great note on which to kick off this playlist.
Kendrick Lamar - “Alright”
This standout cut from Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly quickly became a song of protest for the Black Lives Matter movement due to it’s poignant and uplifting tone. Hopefully, its core message can continue to be used by hip-hop fans of all walks of life to unify around the idea of hope.
Mick Jenkins - “Spread Love”
The message of spreading love is prevalent in Mick Jenkins' work, especially his latest album The Healing Component. On this standout selection the message is clearer than ever: stop the hate, spread the love. We could all use a little more love right now.
Oddisee - “Belong To The World”
A practicing Muslim, Oddisee has a unique perspective on living in America, one that has certainly changed with this election. On “Belong To The World,” Oddisee details a global mentality focused simultaneously on individuality and unity, two concepts that must prevail to ensure a brighter future for everyone.
Chance The Rapper - “Interlude (That’s Love)”
At the end of the day, our strongest tool is love. This track is much more than an interlude from Chance’s hugely popular Acid Rap project, it’s a declaration of love; a celebration of the one thing no one can ever take away from us. As the young Chicago artist says in another Acid Rap standout, everybody’s somebody’s everything. Nobody’s nothing.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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