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7 Songs To Get Your Morning Up, Up On The Down Stroke

I don’t know about you folks, but sometimes its hard to wake up in the morning. Folgers doesn’t quite do it. Some of you get your K-cup on. Some of you think K-cups are Aretha Franklin’s bra line. It matters not, the point is mornings can be a drizzag.

And if you ain’t get no zig zag, then you aint’ gettin’ no drig drag. <—— name that movie.

Well this morning whilst draggin’ a bit and after making my way through the urban jungle that is dropping my kid off at her school in the morning and ducking and dodging bad fashion, tattoos, and way-too-young-to-be-carrying-that-baby muvas, I ventured to my favorite place while in my car: XM Radio. Well this morning BackSpin was on some other stuff. It’s like God sent the auto DJ to play whatever would wake me up, help me hop up out of bed and turn my swag on (never mind that I was already on my way to work).

And then it happened. A song that made me realize that there are certain songs that are so hype, that even at 8am or 6am, if it comes on…you are going to be as hype as possible and will set your day off properly. The song? Glad you asked…

1. Luke – I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)

This song is ONLY rivaled by its kissin’ cousin “Scarred”. When “don’t stop, pop that p***y, let me see you doo doo brown//i wanna rock i wanna rock i wanna rock…” came on I rolled down my window to let in the crisp 50 degree September air and serenaded my SE DC neighborhood with “face down, a** up…” Well you know the rest. Point is…if this song was my (or your alarm) how much easier would it be to wake up and get your Insanity on right before you passed out from getting your Insanity on. Don’t end up in the hospital people. Shaun T isn’t real. Don’t die. Moving on….

2. Black Sheep – The Choice Is Yours Remix

Honestly, while I love this song, the most hypest part is the “engine engine number 9, on the New York transit line, if my train jumps off the track, pick it PICK it PICK IT UP…BACK ON THE SCENE!….”

True story…I HATE IT WHEN DJS PLAY THAT PART AND THEN SEGUE INTO THE DAMN FATMAN SCOOP F*CKERY. I hate it like Bernie Mac hated the back of Forrest Whitaker’s neck. And Black pepper. I’m mad about it right now. If you ever want to piss me off…play that at your party. Seriously, I need to go take a seat somewhere and have a talk with my self about myself.

3. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit

F*ck what you heard, this song is a great unifier for a few reasons. It’s so unbelievably hype that you can’t help but want to jump up and down. I’m jumping up and down right now adh;fajdlkj’agjfldfakld’faldk’gh08rqeij

See? I couldn’t type properly while I did it. When I heard this song in the morning the other day, I sh*t you not, I forgot I lived in the hood. My neighbor looked at me like I was crazy…I was like this lady….

Then she asked if I had any O-Town. F*ck out of here.

4. Master P – Make ‘Em Say Ughhh

The entire “No Limit” catalog could probably do this for me with special shout outs to Kane & Abel’s “Gangstafied”. I really should make this my alarm music.

5. Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack

One of the greatest songs in the history of the Earth. Seriously, doth thou know a single individual who DOESN’T like this song? If they do, you shan’t trust them for they art enemyeth.

6. B.o.B. featuring T.I. and Juicy J – We Still In This B*tch

It’s the most subdued hype song ever. Real spit, this used to be my morning go to…every.single.morning. Just to get my life together.

7. Boston – More Than A Feeling

You may judge me. I’m okay withat. Boston’s self-titled debut album is sonically beautiful. But this song will have you ready to go pick a flower and holler at that chick you procrastinate on every day. Speaking of which, I went to a screening for a fairly terrible movie the night before last. Well Anika Noni Rose is in it and she was there. I didn’t go speak to her because, well I was drinking, and if there’s one thing I do well, it’s drink (see my Instagram page: @panamajackson), but after seeing the movie I half wanted to go holler just to see if I could pull her because she looked that good in it. She’s also 41 (!!!!!!!). I thought Princess Tiana was like 22.

Well that’s 7 songs to get your morning started off right. It’s been quite a week for me so music has been carrying me through. What songs do you think will get the morning started off right?

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka lower.case.p aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3

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Damon Young

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

  • Sahel

    “SHAWTY GOT A BIG OLE BUTTTT OH YEAHHHHHHHH” Wale – Clappers is my current wake up song.

  • NicknotNikki

    So… from the land of booty shake, I appreciate your homage to Luke…

    These are the songs that get me hype…

    1. Sweet Disposition- The Temper Trap..
    This song appears on 500 Days of Summer.. and I’ve been jammin it ever since Sane (hey boo) got me the soundtrack.. THREE YEARS AGO… This song has EVERYTHING!

    2.Toma- Pitbull
    Only Miss TLee knows and can understand my love for this song… This shows up every week in my Spotify as the most played artist.. not that I like Pitbull, but this song HERE!! Yes, he did his job.. The “oye loca, ven PACA!” gets me ready… by the time he hits the “muevelo, muevelo sin PARAR!” I’m already up and posin.. cuz I’m bout to BRUCK UP SHOP!!

    3. Sunday Morning- No Doubt..
    You can’t help but jump around when Gwen hits that chorus.. Also, Sunday Morning by Maroon 5 does the job for me too..

    4. I Can’t Wait- Outkast, Sleepy Brown.
    Nuff Said.

    5. Right Now- Van Halen.
    That’s classic, “top of my lungs” wailing right there.. And it reminds me of a Coke commercial back in the 80′s..

    6. She Wants to Move- N.E.R.D.
    Basically, the title says it…

    7. Poison- BBD
    The way I act when this song comes on should be documented… to show my future children I was once cool..

    I’m sure I got more.. but you only asked for 7..

    • Yoles

      toma is the best pitbull song of all time!!!!!!

      Muevelo, muevelo sin parar!
      Si tu quiere’ que te coma toda,
      Si tu quiere’ que te coma toda,
      Si tu quiere’ que te coma toda,
      Abre las pierna’, y dale Toma!

      seeing my moves to that song, changes the world for a brief moment in time…

      that.is.all

      • miss t-lee

        YES!!!! TOMA!!!!!
        And if I’ve had a few drinks? Mayne hol’up…

        • LMNOP

          pues, si estas tomando… claro

          • miss t-lee

            !!!!!

            • LMNOP

              lol. I just meant tomando like drinking.

    • http://EdotReed.blogspot.com/ E Reed

      Oh yeah! I appreciate this list!

      My list is very TEXAN! lol…. I’m not sure if anyone has heard of the songs I’m about to list, but they are as follows:
      -”Diabolical” by Mr. Lucci
      -”Drank Up In My Cup” by SwishaHouse
      -”Walk it Like a Dog”(Monkey on a Stick) by DJ Jubilee
      -”Tops Drop” by Fat Pat
      -”Tear It Up” by Yung One and DMX
      -”Chunk Up the Deuce” by Paul Wall & Lil KeKe
      -”Rodeo” by Crucial Conflict

      And mostly ANYTHING by George Clinton & Parliament

      • kidvideo

        Lil Keke’s “Southside” is always a party starter round here.

        • http://EdotReed.blogspot.com/ E Reed

          ***hits Southside jig in my mind*** heck yea!!
          I forgot about that one! And “Jiggalate” was hot for a minute. Ain’t nothing like a Texas house-party!

      • Keisha

        Man, THIS LIST THOUGH!!!! I think I am in love!
        Just thinking about Swishahouse and Bun B/UGK made me smile, start singing songs(in my head), and rock in my chair. :-)

      • miss t-lee

        As a Texan, I appreciate this list. *thumbs up*

      • Tx10inch

        My name is Tx10inch and I approve this message.

      • PhlyyPhree

        Walk it like a dog????
        ANDDD chunk up the deuce????
        Thank you for sponsoring my spotify lists for the day

      • sharitaatx

        Get it ready! Get it ready! Get it ready ready!I still show out and do all the moves when this song comes on! One time I busted a pair of too tight jeans trying to “monkey on a stick” i finished the dance then left the club! :P

    • Rachmo

      **cues “Toma” and shimmies in her chair**

    • miss t-lee

      Yes Nick, you know I understand about Sir Pitbull. :)

    • Asiyah

      “Sweet Disposition” is one of my favorite songs of the past 10 years. True story.

  • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

    Any 7 tracks off of Donuts.

    • NomadaNare

      Hey Yo!

  • NipseysKlub

    House of Pain – Jump Around
    Theme from Rocky movie
    Lil’ Jon tracks

  • Tia_Sunny

    1. Master P feat. Mia X- I’m bout it bout it
    2. Chief Keef- Everyday
    3. Biggie Smalls- Warning
    4. Nicki Minaj- Come on a Cone
    5. Rick Ross- Hold Me Back
    6. Azealia Banks- 1991
    7. Kid Cudi- REVOFEV

    • Sahel

      After 1991,did Azealia ever live up to the hype

      • Tia_Sunny

        She is suppose to still be coming out with a album.

    • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

      Are you a Sosa fan in general or just that song?

      • Tia_Sunny

        Just like three songs.

    • Yoles

      i will admit that chief keef… i don’t like has me in it’s tight grasp

      • Tia_Sunny

        Lol me too its so hood though have you seen the video?

        • Yoles

          i didn’t even know music videos were still being made… i am going to the youtubes to check it out!!!

    • GirlMelanie

      REOFEV is everything!

      • Tia_Sunny

        Yes!!!!

  • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

    S.exy Lady— UCB
    Ain’t Nobody—- Chaka Khan
    Still Not a Player—- Big Pun
    Back Dat A#@ Up— Juvenile

    • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

      +1 on Big Pun

      • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

        +2 on Pun but i would go with Twins Deep Cover

    • Todd

      Still Not a Player by Big Pun makes me think of nice spring and fall Saturdays at Rutgers, thinking about how to kill time before the big party pops off. Wonderful. :)

    • McNairian

      That Chaka…good one!

      • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

        Chaka stays in my rotation. Really anything from the 70′s. That’s my favorite era for for favorite genre of music!!!

    • Sigma_Since 93

      So Fresh, So Clean is my son’s theme music when he comes out the bathroom; I can smell the Axe before I see him. LOL!

    • Rachmo

      I just involuntary started moving when I read “Sexy Lady”

      • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

        One of the few Go Go songs I can actually stand. I play this on the highest volume possible in the car with all the windows down.

    • PhlyyPhree

      +2000 for Sexy Lady
      I need to know who/what sings the “Keep it Gangsta” song. I heard that one night while I was in Zanzibar and I feel like I could find the cure for AIDS if I had that in regualar rotation

      • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

        TOB or Backyard idk which version you’re talking about though. I love Zanzibar’s rooftop.

    • SuperStrings

      Outkast is always a winner. Atlien is my favorite cd of theirs.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    “A mulatto, an albino, a mosquito, my libido…” Teen Spirit is one of my favorite songs but that line always pis*es me off.

    I don’t listen to hype music in the morning. I like to ease into my day. But, when I’m going out in the evening, that’s another story. That’s when I listen to hyped up music. Here are 10 that I listen to.

    01. Din Daa Daa – George Kranz
    02. Trans Europe Express – Kraftwerk
    03. Bombs Over Baghdad – OutKast
    04. Don’t Make Me Wait – NYC Peech Boys
    05. U Know What’s Up – Donell Jones
    06. Is It All Over My Face – Loose Joints
    07. Paper Planes – M.I.A
    08. The Show – Dougie Fresh/ Slick Rick
    09. La Gasolina – Daddy Yankee
    10. The Seed (2.0) – The Roots

    • Sahel

      7 not 10

      • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

        I don’t follow instructions very well.

    • Geneva Girl

      Yes to #2! That got me through college!

      • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

        Kraftwerk was way ahead of its time.

    • http://missrosen.wordpress.com/ esa

      oo that No. 6 brings me back to tha Piers

      • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

        Do they still hang at the piers or has gentrification shut it down?

        • http://missrosen.wordpress.com/ esa

          i dont know. the Two Potato is long gone but Julius lives on ..

    • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

      #7 and #8 are everything. EVERYTHING.

      • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

        Paper Planes gets me going every single time.

    • Rachmo

      #9 is a favorite

      • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

        Go Reggaeton!

    • Asiyah

      ¡DAME MAS GASOLINA!

  • Yoles

    i love to get hype and as i have said many times before i mostly listen to the highest quality misogynistic lyrics with the bangingest beats or plain hubris with banging beats cuz i’m classy like that

    1- quiet storm remix– mobb deep feat lil kim

    2- shorty wanna ride— young buck

    3- burn— meek mill & big sean

    4- da rocwilder— method and redman

    5– gimme the loot— notorious glorious big honorable mention to flavor in your ear remix

    6– hard- rhianna (i love the fact that my name fits right into the song… yo-landa what’s my name)

    7- nissan, honda, chevy– joel ortiz

    as yall know my favorite rapper is Lil Wayne and almost everything he speaks on has me stopping, dropping popping and locking… rich as fvck, duffle bag boy, stay strapped, party like a rock star, stuntin’ like my daddy, a milli, pop bottles, fireman, i’m going in, hyfr, 6 foot 7, faded…. the list goes on and on… VIVA TUNCHIE

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      Weezy > this tunechi character of whom you speak

      • Yoles

        i love em both!!!!!

    • Todd

      “i mostly listen to the highest quality misogynistic lyrics with the bangingest beats…”

      So you have a major case of self-hatred! What about the female positive stuff? Folk rock anyone? ;-)

      • http://missrosen.wordpress.com/ esa

        female positive = MC Lyte

        • LMNOP

          why does it say -2 next to the up arrow and -1 next to the down arrow of this comment. What does that mean???

      • LMNOP

        I was having a female positive 90′s music day on youtube yesterday with Queen Latifah, TLC, Salt n Pepa, it was good. Also noticed famous women wore a lot more clothing back then.

    • WIP

      6 foot 7 foot is my cryptonite. that beat puts me in a trance.

    • Asiyah

      that quiet storm remix gets me hyped each and every single time! love it!

    • Shamira

      LOL I just added the quiet storm remix didnt realize you had it!

  • kidvideo

    I guess its gonna be one of those kind of post…lets dive in.
    Lay it Down— 8Ball & MJG
    Armed Robbery–8Ball & MJG
    The Man Right Chea–Mystikal
    Benz or Beamer–Outkast
    Back 2 Life– Soul 2 Soul
    Meal Ticket–Master P/ 8Ball & MJG
    Hit’em Up–2PAC
    Give it Away–Red Hot Chilli Peppers

    • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

      GIVE IT AWAYYYYY GIVE IT AWAYYYYYY GIVE IT AWAYYYY NOWWWWWWW!!!! Ughhh I have such a soft spot for Flea.

      • http://missrosen.wordpress.com/ esa

        he is soo attractive in person ~*~

        • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

          0_o You met him?! I’d do all types of nasty things to him…..

          • http://missrosen.wordpress.com/ esa

            a few years back i was with my boy having lunch at Souen, the best macro spot in New York, and there was this fly guy sitting there, low key but lookinn good. and my boy knows the guy and goes to say hello and im all jelly like melted like butta and when he comes back i ask, “who is that? he looks soo familiar” and my boy says, “Flea” and i was long gonnn ..

            • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

              Did you offer your soul and your body to him?! I’m so jealous :-(

      • Rachmo

        I have been Stanning for Flea since I was little and found out we had the same bday. That was enough for first grade Rachmo

    • Rachmo

      Thought @ Work is tied with “Boom” for my fave Roots’ songs

    • WIP

      Not Lay It Down! LOL!

    • kidvideo

      A few more…
      Ice Cream–Raekwon
      In Bloom–Nirvana
      Call Me–Blondie
      Groove Me–GUY

      • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

        *pulls up chair next to kid video*

        So, I’m enjoying your musical selections….

  • http://TripSixes.com/ Trip

    I’m up way too late, but let me leave this for the mornin’ crew

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUokHi8xdHk