26 Songs, From A To Z, To Add To Your Playlist

26 Songs, From A To Z, To Add To Your Playlist

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." ― Plato

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Music single-handedly embodies an authentic medium through which we find ourselves reflecting on a version of us. I believe music and its artform provides us with a mechanism to explore elements of our personal selves. Influential yet detrimental at times, music is one of the most vital instruments we have available to us. Although tastes vary by individual, exploring novel music has expanded my mind to measures I never thought.

Below, I have curated an a-to-z list of music that I think everyone should listen to.

A - "Algiers" by The Afghan Whigs

The Afghan Whigs - Algiers [OFFICIAL VIDEO] YouTube

One of my favorite bands across the board, The Afghan Whigs are an amazing American alternative band that continues to inspire me every time I listen to their music.

B - "Brother" by Lord Huron

Lord Huron helps provide all of those dreamy-wanderlust vibes that swirl in your head. Anytime I daydream, I find myself lost in their melodies and lyrics. 100 percent on my summer beach playlist.

C - "Cigarette Daydreams" by Cage The Elephant

If you have not already listened to Cage The Elephant at some point in your life, I recommend that you do immediately. They stand as an all-time classic for me. "Cigarette Daydreams" is the ultimate Sunday-cruise-with-the-windows-down song.

D - "Down In The Valley" by The Head and the Heart

An indie folk band that blends together Americana, rock, and some Beatleseque pop poetically forms songs through strong use of instrumentation and vocals. This song follows the story of a narrator longing to fulfill his dreams.

E - "Elegy" by Leif Vollebekk

Leif Vollebekk - Elegy (Official Video) YouTube

Leif Vollebekk explores a realm of melancholy, capturing a yearning desire. "Elegy," a more reflective song, looks into Leif's journey on the verge of big life changes.

F - "Fire Eye to the New Sky" by Lost Under Heaven

Lost Under Heaven's spiritual songs, specifically "First Eye to the New Sky," pour in novel emotions through dynamic and dramatic build-ups, culminating into an intense finale.

G - "Godspeed" by Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean curates introspective narrations throughout his music. "Godspeed" takes us into the helm of an individual's teenage life, a wild journey which leaves listeners exploring more of Frank Ocean's poetic creations.

H - "heroin(e)" by DeYarmond Edison

DeYarmond Edison includes the famously known musician Justin Vernon (a.k.a Bon Iver), whose music will always find itself on my playlists.

I - "Idaho" by Gregory Alan Isakov

The collection of strings and ambient instrumentation in Gregory Alan Isakov's music poises introspective musical creations. "Idaho" delves into the nomadic lifestyle through Isakov's narration.

J - "Just the Same Way" by Journey

Journey is one of those bands that you just have to listen to. All of their music is easy to listen to and boosts elation.

K - "Kaya" by Bob Marley

Every individual should explore reggae and include it in their life. Point made.

L - "LOVE." by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar - LOVE. ft. Zacari YouTube

Kendrick Lamar is one of the only modern-day rappers that I will listen to. Each of his songs swells with emotion and stories.

M - "Master & a Hound" by Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov's music delivers impeccable passion in his smooth and elegant songs. "Master & a Hound" is no exception. It is a marvelous masterpiece you'll want to check out.

N - "Nights" by Frank Ocean

Another poetically formulated piece by Frank Ocean entices listeners with an incredible and smooth syncopation. Veering from soulful elegance to a narrative exploration of Frank Ocean's life, "Nights" create a peaceful aura for any listener.

O - "Otherside" by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside [Official Music Video] YouTube

One of the most notorious rock bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers, redefined music of their time and is still a must-listen today.

P - "Probably Nu It" by Tree

Tree, a hip-hop and rap artist, is unlike similar contemporary artists. He employs melodies and beats that are similar to reggae. "Probably Nu It" is a song that can easily uplift your spirit and energy even though it has moderately sad lyrics.

Q (L) - "Lost in The Light" by Bahamas

I do not know of any thrilling songs that begin with Q, so I offer you another one of my favorites in its place. Bahamas does more with less, allowing soulful vocals and guitar to lead the pathway of its indie-folk melodies.

R - "Re: Stacks" by Bon Iver

Bon Iver - Re: Stacks - Live @ Hollywood Forever Cemetary 9/27/09 in HD YouTube

Easily my all-time favorite song by Bon Iver.

S - "Sedona" by Houndmouth

"Sedona" will surely deliver nostalgia with its smooth melody and vocals. An easy-listen that is perfect for lazy afternoons.

T - "The Heart of Life" by John Mayer

John Mayer is known as the modern-day swooner. Although he holds a pretty mainstream reputation, his music backs up his recognition.

U - "Unites" by Lost Under Heaven

I had to include another song by Lost Under Heaven solely due to their repeated success in every song. Although a unique band that many may not like, their spiritual songs like "Unites" continue to inspire me.

V - "Vide Noir" by Lord Huron

What I love about this song specifically is its differentiating characteristics compared to Lord Huron's previous releases. On their new album, and in "Vide Noir," we find many more rock and electric characteristics that I have found myself loving.

W - "While Oceana Sleeps" by Sparta

"While Oceana Sleeps" is a song that boasts ecstasy and will have you inspired in no time.

X - "XO" by EDEN

EDEN covers all realms of well-known EDM music. All of their music boosts bliss and is perfect for those long road trip drives. Although "XO" is categorized closer to pop, it reflects much of EDEN's other incredible songs.

Y - "Yellowstone" by S. Carey

S. Carey pulls all the power of good indie-folk music but in a more simplistic nature. Using few instruments to weave poetic instrumentation, his main focus is on vocals. S. Carey can also be heard as the drummer and supporting vocalist alongside Bon Iver.

Z (D) - "Dirt" by WU LYF

Z is another letter which holds no important songs to me, so I offer another one of my all-time favorite songs. WU LYF, in all of their music, urges revolution upon the individual. "Dirt," among their other songs, follows an indie-rock genre that represents the movement of WU LYF.

I hope you enjoy listening to new songs and continue to hold an open mind to contemporary music. I'd love to hear which songs resonate most with you or ones you think should be added. Feel free to reach out!

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10 Rappers Whose Lyrics Will Take Your Instagram Captions To The Next Level

Make your life easy by choosing a caption that's already been written for you.

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Finding the perfect caption for you Instagram post is something everyone struggles with. On the contrary, the best rappers in the industry right now seem to have no problem with it. Whether it be Cardi B or Kanye West, you can always count on fire captions. Taken from the rappers themselves, here are the best rap lyrics for Instagram captions.

1. Travis Scott

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  • "It's summertime, why they tryna throw shade?"
  • "Rollin' rollin' rollin' got me stargazin'"
  • "I got 'em stage diving out the nosebleeds"
  • "Anything can happen at the night show"
  • "This right here is astronomical"
  • "Valet park when I pull up in the ride"
  • "Pick up the phone, baby, I know you're home, baby"
  • "Oh my, what a wonderful time"
  • "She said 'where we goin?' I said 'the moon'"
  • "I been up sleepless late nights"
  • 2. Migos

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    • "Walk it like I talk it"
    • "In the kitchen wrist moving like a stir fry"
    • "Put my mind on it, put my grind on it"
    • "We live like sopranos"
    • "Diamonds on my wrist stay drippin"
    • "Addin' up checks, no minus"
    • "I can buy that car, I know that you can't"
    • "No human being, I'm immortal"
    • "Walk in the buildin', they start applaudin'"
    • "Versace, Versace, Versace, Versace"

    3. Cardi B

    Cardi B be careful

    • "I like texts from my exes when they want a second chance"
    • "I went from dollar bills, now poppin' rubber bands"
    • "Why would I hop in some beef? When I could just hop in the Porsche"
    • "You know where I'm at, you know where I be"
    • "These expensive, these is red bottoms"
    • "I don't dance now, I make money moves"
    • "It's not a threat it's a warning, be careful with me"
    • "Poured out my whole heart to a piece of sh*t"
    • "Karma for you is gon' be who you end up with"

    4. Drake

    Drake

    • "This a Rollie, not a stopwatch, sh*t don't ever stop"
    • "I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry"
    • "I get it how I live it, I live it how I get it"
    • "No new friends"
    • "Drinking every night because we drink to my accomplishments"
    • "This sh*t got me in my feelings"
    • "With your phone out, gotta hit them angles"
    • "My ex asked me, 'Where you movin'?' I said, 'On to better things'"
    • "My team good, we don't really need a mascot"
    • "Got new money, got new problems, got new enemies"

    5. Nicki Minaj

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    • "Imma keep it moving, be classy and graceful"
    • "In my kingdom, with my Timbs on"
    • "Uh, yo, watch your man, then you should watch your mouth"
    • "At least you took an L off your bucket list"
    • "Defend my honor, protect my pride"
    • "But to live doesn't mean you're alive"
    • "She just mad 'cause he never bought her ice like me"
    • "I fly with the stars in the skies"
    • "They paintin' me out to be the bad guy"
    • "All these b*tches is my sons"

    6. Mac Miller

    Mac Miller

    • "My regrets look just like a text I shouldn't send"
    • "Driving with my eyes close, missing all the signs"
    • "I'm a monster with the heart of a lion, divide and conquer"
    • "I got a bone to pick like roses"
    • "I'll do anything for a way out of my head"
    • "Your love is not too kind to me"
    • "Yeah, I got a bad attitude"
    • "No matter where life takes me, find me with a smile"
    • "Imma give you what you came for"
    • "I don't know 'bout you, but me, I'm important, I'm so gorgeous"

    7. A$AP Rocky 

    A$AP Rocky

    • "Same shit, different day"
    • "I got three phones: business, conversation, and relation"
    • "What the face say to the fist?"
    • "I look for ways to say 'I love you', but I ain't into makin' love songs"
    • "Paranoia got me losing all my z's"
    • "Make no mistakes, it's all a leap of faith for love"
    • "She ain't a stranger to the city life"
    • "Can't forget that I'm golden, can't forget where I'm going"
    • "Riding by the rules, I'll abide by it soon"
    • "Ain't a killer so don't kill the vibe"

    8. Kanye West

    Kanye West

    • "Yeah u so mother thick"
    • "Ball so hard, let's get faded"
    • "That sh*t cray"
    • "I'm tripping off the power"
    • "All of my kindness, is taken for weakness"
    • "I'm lookin' for the one have you seen her?"
    • "Don't let me get in my zone"
    • "Let's get lost tonight"
    • "Sun don't shine in the shade, bird can't fly in a cage"
    • "Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud"
    • "No you're not perfect but you're not your mistakes"

    9. A$AP Ferg

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    • "Gucci down to the socks"
    • "My jewelry glistening why I'm always chilly"
    • "I'm a one night savage"
    • "Put in work, put 'em in the dirt"
    • "Fergy be mobbin' all day"
    • "Ferg is the name"
    • "I'm on a new level"
    • "Don't pray for me pray for the weak"
    • "I was only 8 years old, watching Nick at Nite"
    • "I was fly like a bird"

    10. Lil Wayne 

    Lil Wayne

    • "Real G's move in silence like lasagna"
    • "I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to y'all"
    • "Okay you're a goon, but what's a goon to a goblin?"
    • "I got some weight on my shoulders, to me it's like feathers"
    • "I am more animal than the zoo allow"
    • "Money talks, bullsh*t walks"
    • "Every night's a long night, every day's a holiday"
    • "I'm a cool cat, but I'm on life nine"
    • "Haters can't see me, nose bleed seats"


    No matter what the occasion, it's always good to have creative Instagram captions on hand. Nobody knows how to make clever captions than rappers themselves. Whether you need creative caption for throwing shade at someone, or you have used only emojis for your past 5 Instagram pictures, rap lyrics make the perfect caption.

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    The Truth About Coachella: My Experience

    Because all those Instagram posts you've been seeing don't exactly capture the whole picture.

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    Whether I was ready or not, Weekend 1 of Coachella came around like an overwhelming tornado ready to snatch up bodies and throw them into the desert dust. It was my first time going to Coachella, or even Palm Springs. I was in for quite the ride.

    Let me start by saying I was not prepared for this weekend at all. I knew who I was going with, I had my ticket, we had a place to stay, but I had very little understanding of what the heck was going on or how to survive this event.

    Day 1 started out exciting. My friends and I got ready fairly quickly, and boy did we look good (no shame).

    It was when I walked outside in the sun I understood this experience would be a struggle.

    IT WAS SO HOT. So, so hot. I made sure to consistently sip on a water. I wasn't going to let dehydration ruin this weekend for me. Dehydration has no room in an event where the tickets are $500.

    We walked down our street to order a Lyft.

    The Lyft driver was kind enough to drop us off as close as possible to the nearest security check. We got in line, separated by boys and girls, so that no one felt uncomfortable being patted down.

    Waiting in line is never very fun, but our excitement to get into the festival carried us over. Unfortunately, the line was just the beginning. We had to walk so much further (in the heat) to get to yet ANOTHER security checkpoint. I was not feeling this whole festival thing by the third line I had to wait in, in order to get in.

    Finally, we got in right as one of our favorite artists was playing at the stage closest to the entrance. Upon entering the campgrounds, it took about 0.2 seconds for me to realize every human at this damn festival looks the exact same.

    Girls wore the same black hat with the same sunglasses and wavy pants. Boys wore jerseys, bandanas, Hawaiian shirts, and camel backs. Everyone seriously looked the same. It was pretty funny.

    In the festival, we saw a bunch of amazing artists. I was impressed with every set I saw. It was in the moments I was watching the performances that I understood the whole appeal of these festivals.

    It was after the party was over, though (catch that Billie reference, cool people), that this appeal completely disappeared for me.

    My squad regrouped at the last set of the night to head on out together. We followed the mass crowds out of the festival onto a pathway we believed would take us to an Uber.

    My feet were so blistered I had to keep taking my shoes off, but eventually a gravel road forced me to put them back on. My feet started bleeding. So did my soul.

    We walked all the way to a parking lot when we were informed by staff that the Uber pickup was all the way on the other side. Of the whole festival. I am not kidding.

    Our group of five girls was not doing well. We managed to walk all the way back, but we were so sober and so in pain. We were then told to follow a different crowd down a different path.

    Once we did so, we were formed that we had gone the wrong way YET AGAIN. At this point, I was soooo over this Coachella shit.

    Let me out of the damn festival!!

    We ended up catching a free ride on a bike carrier to a place where we could order a Lyft.

    Oh, and I forgot to mention at this point in the night it was freezing. The heat became an intense cold, and I got to say, the wind really made me realize I would rather be dehydrated in the heat then be lost at this festival in the cold.

    That night, I was pretty disappointed with the organization of the music festival. Seriously, what the hell? Why didn't any workers know the correct way out?

    I went to bed thinking I would never return to another Coachella.

    Saturday, made up for that. The artists we saw, once again, were absolutely amazing. We understood the distance and time it would take to get in… and get out. We ended up staying to the very end of the festival and took shuttles to a hotel, where we easily obtained an Uber. Thank God!!

    If it hadn't been for Bazzi, Juice Wrld, Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, and Kid Cudi, I would definitely not go back to Coachella next year. But the music of Coachella is some powerful shit, and you never realize how beautiful it is to see your favorite artists in person until you actually do with thousands of other drunk humans.

    Like Billie told the audience, "We only have this moment right here, right now. Let's enjoy it."

    Here's the truth about Coachella: It's a pain in the ass. But it's so worth it. You should definitely plan ahead as much as you can, but remember the best part of the experience will always be the performances that keep you in the moment.

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