Top 10: Workout Songs [Hip Hop Edition]
Classes are back in session for universities and colleges around the country. With this new school year, college students like to utilize this fresh start for self-improvement. Some students desire to become more social or improve their GPA. But one of the most crowded spots on your campus the first weeks of classes will more than likely be the recreation center, filled with students temporarily determined to get fit.
Whether you are one of those temporarily determined students or an exercise guru, here are some hip hop songs (in no particular order) that will inspire you while you perspire.
Stronger – Kanye West
Once that workout becomes so intense that you want to give up, this record’s chorus will give you the motivation to continue to work through the pain. Plus Kanye samples Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” throughout the song, giving you that electronica fusion as you boost your cardio.
Workout – J. Cole
Although rap legend Nas wasn’t too impressed by this 2011 J. Cole record, “Workout” serves as a good song for exercises like squats or rear leg extensions. The record is slow enough to fully complete the exercise, while still maintaining your workout mentality.
Headsprung-LL Cool J
This LL Cool J classic is a great song to get hype to as you boost your heart rate, during boxing and kick-boxing exercises.
Hold Me Back-Rick Ross
Not only should you be inspired to shed pounds by this hefty hit-maker, alone, but this is a great, motivating song that will get you through that extra mile on the treadmill.
Play – David Banner
Okay, maybe the song is more about sexual stimulation that it is necessarily about exercising, but do 100 sit-ups to this song and you’ll appreciate it.
The New Work Out Plan – Kanye West
Kanye gives women workout tips, “1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and get them sit ups right and tuck your tummy tight and do your crunches like this,” and pointers on how to land a rapper or pro-athlete. Resourceful, right? It’s a fun song with hilarious “testimonials,” giving your serious workout a funny bone.
B.O.B. – OutKast
A classic, “B.O.B.” is another heart-racing , get-you-hype song that no workout playlist is incomplete without.
Let’s Go – Lil Jon
Lil Jon‘s reign as the Crunk King may have ended years ago, but the effects of this song will not. Just while you’re working out, make sure not to randomly elbow someone in the eye. This song is an awesome workout track, but can also instill the urge of random violence.
Work Hard, Play Hard – Wiz Khalifa
Wiz‘s “Work Hard, Play Hard” track offers a motivating song for athletes. Soccer, basketball and football players have appreciated this track since its release.
Hero – Nas
Shed those pounds listening to the legendary bars of Nas with hot vocals from Atlanta native Keri Hilson.