I’ve been seeing this trend circulating on the internet recently of specifically artists sharing the music that influenced them through the years. I think it would be fun to chime in, so in no particular order here are the top ten songs that are on the soundtrack to my life:
No 1. Practice – Drake
So back in middle school/high school, I got exposed to parties, and I mean like sweaty basement parties. And everyone knew it wasn’t party if “Back that Ass Up” by Juvenile didn’t come on. Prior to hearing “Practice” however, I was not a Drake fan at all. I thought he was trash and over hyped. But with the Nostalgia and replay-ability of “Practice” in addition to the song’s contrast from it’s source material, I was hooked. Because of this song, “Take Care” became my favorite album of Drake’s and the reason why he is one of my favorite artists period.
“I’m just what you made, God not many I trust
I’ma go my own way, God, take my fate to wherever you want
I’m out here, on my son, won’t stop ’til I get me some
Club-hoppin’, tryin’ to get me some, bad bitches wanna get me sprung”
OH MY GOODNESS!
The first time I heard this song, it was my junior year in high school and I was with my close friends at the time smoking for the very first time. This was a big deal because I was a prick back in high school. So for me to loosen up and be willing to get high, showed gradual growth. The people who I smoked with would always have this song on rotation at some point during the session and all I could think about is the melodic beat, how Kid Cudi came on to it, and the chorus. Everything about this song spoke to me, even more now that I’m older.
Funny story about this song. This is the song that made me a belieber, and at the time I had a lady friend. So when I first heard this song I showed it to her and told her how much I enjoyed it. I told her it could be our song. Me not paying attention to the lyrics at the time did not realize it was a breakup song. a week later we stopped talking, so in the end I guess it was our song LOL.
No 4. Irreplaceable – Beyoncé
I was and to a much lesser extent now still am a huge Beyoncé fan. That being said, it was not an instant love affair. As a matter of fact prior to Beyoncé there Alicia Keys. I was a huge Alicia Keys fan until she and Usher came out with “My Boo”. I remember watching them perform it on TV at some awards show and being fed up with her.
My young self thought she was actually cheating on me when in reality, she had no idea of who I was (I had mommy issues back then, see “A Letter to My Mother” for more insight). Funny thing is, I did not like Beyoncé’s debut Album “Dangerously in Love”, which had been out for about a year at the time. It was not until “B’Day” and specifically “Irreplaceable” that I became apart of the Beyhive.
My birthday is in September and the title of the song is “September”. Not much else needs to be said on this one.
I went to a PWI (Predominantly White Institution) for undergrad, and my freshman year, EDM/House was all the rage. Come to find out, that the party boy also liked to rave. This was the first song that introduced me to that world. I remember my freshman year going to my first rave party and getting the full experience of this song with the strobe lights, bumping base, the beat drop, people jumping and dancing all around me, it was euphoric! Oh how I’d love to relive that moment, not a care in the world.
The main memory I have about this song is that it came out a few weeks after “Novacane“. I did not get on to “Novacane” until later but my friends at the time were on it from the jump. I remember when “Thinkin’ Bout You” came out I was on it pretty early, and I asked my friends if they heard it/what they thought about it. They said that they weren’t actually fans of Frank Ocean, and that they just liked “Novacane”. Not a big deal but in hindsight definitely a sign of false friendship/acquaintanceship. Real friends at the very least should have similar music taste.
My cousin actually put me on to this one. Prior to hearing this song I was not the Jay Z fan that I am now. I remember Being in the car with my cousin, this song coming on the radio, and she going in. That experience definitely revealed to me the diversity of Jay Z and made want to explore his catalog. He is now one of my favorite Rappers, and definitely on my Top 5 (topic for a later entry).
My Best friend put me on to Uzi early in college back when he was just a SoundCloud rapper. At the time however, Uzi was not really on my radar (for the most part my taste is very trendy/pop/billboard top 100). It was not until song came out and became a big hit that I became a huge Uzi fan.
No 10. With You – Chris Brown
Before I die, I want to learn how to sing. Since I was young I always thought that if I tried hard enough I could sing a song relatively well. I’ve gotten better at singing and started taking lessons but when this song came out, you couldn’t tell me nothing! I thought I sang it just as good as Chris!
Check out the full playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/coolkid021/playlist/7oim7tWfa83leFFdIdOSAR?si=LGP2mj8wSFachU4quI8RFQ
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