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Black Music Month: Hip Hop/R&B Playlist

Black Music Month: Hip Hop/R&B Playlist

Black Music Month Playlist

African American Music Appreciation Month, also dubbed as Black Music Month, was first commemorated by President Jimmy Carter on June 7,1979. Since then we celebrate how our culture uses music throughout the month. Even though music is a universal language, black music is especially potent because our beats do more than just make you sing, dance, or spit a bar. Our music often talks about deep racial and social economic struggle, as well as faith. Artists like Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson became icons as they created memorable hits that made us dance or talk about social injustice. Whitney Houston wowed us and became a mega superstar with songs like “I Will Always Love You” and “I’m Every Woman”. 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G reigned the 90s (and their west coast and east coast, respectively) by changing the game in the world of hip-hop. Missy Elliott and TLC gave us songs on black female empowerment. All of these artists’ legacies paved the way for new artists today in the hip-hop & R&B genre. To celebrate Black Music Month here’s a playlist featuring  the best of Hip Hop and R&B, past and present:

  1. Notorious B.I.GHypnotize
  2. Tupac Shakur- Dear Mama
  3. Stevie Wonder- That Girl
  4. Prince- When Doves Cry
  5. Michael Jackson- Rock With You
  6. Marvin Gaye- Sexual Healing
  7. Earth, Wind & Fire-Reasons
  8. Al Green- Let’s Stay Together
  9. Usher- You Wanna Make Me
  10. TLC- Creep
  11. Destiny’s Child- Say My Name
  12. Xscape- Just Kickin It
  13. Lauryn Hill- Doo Woo (That Thing)
  14. Eve feat. Gwen Stefani- Let Me Blow Your Mind
  15. Aaliyah- We Need A Resolution
  16. Salt N Pepa- Push It
  17. Alicia Keys- If I Ain’t Go You
  18. Boyz II Men- End of the Road
  19. Sade- No Ordinary Love
  20. A Tribe Called Quest- Scenario
  21. D’Angelo- Brown Sugar
  22. En Vogue- Hold On
  23. Salt N’ Pepa feat. En Vogue- Whatta Man
  24. P. Diddy feat. Miss Evans- I’ll Be Missing You
  25. House of Pain- Jump Around
  26. Mary J. Blige- Be Without You
  27. Jay-z- Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
  28. Blackstreet- No Diggity
  29. Kendrick Lamar-HUMBLE
  30. BeyonceFormation
  31. Nicki Minaj- Superbass
  32. 50 Cent- In Da Club
  33. Nas- NY State of Mind
  34. Genuwine- Pony
  35. Outkast- Ms. Jackson
  36. Missy Elliot- Work It
  37. Kelis- Milkshake
  38. Montell Jordan- This Is How We Do It
  39. Monica feat. Brandy- The Boy Is Mine
  40. Tweet- Oops (Oh My)
  41. Fugees- Killing Me Softly With His Song
  42. Coolio-Gangsta’s Paradise
  43. Snoop Dogg- Drop Like Its Hot
  44. Kc & Jo Jo- All My Life
  45. Brian McKnight- Back At One
  46. Sir Mix A lot- Baby Got Back
  47. Wu-Tang Clan- C.R.E.A.M
  48. Nelly- Hot in Herre
  49. Will Smith- Get Jiggy With It
  50. Pharell- Happy



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