Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.
When I tell people that I am the baby of my family, there is always a follow-up question asking if I am spoiled. As I was a child, perhaps the situation was a little different because I did not receive material things but instead got my way or rarely was punished. I was most likely spoiled rotten in that sense, especially by my grandparents. Fast forward to the age of 19 and I can say that my parents give me everything that I need, not necessarily everything that I want.
But I still don't think I'm spoiled.
I might legally be an adult, but my parents still provide for me. I may live at school during the semester, but my parents don't charge me rent or utilities when I am at home. My mom still does my laundry. They pay my phone bill monthly. When my mom goes grocery shopping, she doesn't have me chip in to help. She will make sure the bathroom is stocked with tampons or shampoo so I don't have to worry about it. The both of them make sure I have the sufficient needs to not be hungry, cold, or without shelter.
They do all of these things because they want what is best for me.
While they pay my student loans, I give them money to cover it as well as a little extra each month for different expenses. If we go out to eat, I do offer to pay but often get shut down and end up leaving the tip instead. I help around the house and sometimes make trips to the store for food or cleaning supplies, not asking for money to be paid back.
I have a job that gives me decent hours, but my parents understand that money for a college kid is tough.
I pay for my own luxuries such as makeup, cute clothes, even to get my hair cut. Spoiled is typically defined as "damaged by having been given everything they want." Do I want another dog? Yes. Do I have one? No. Do I want a swimming pool in my backyard? Yes. Do I have one? Again, no. That is because both my mother and father still believe in working for what you want and even their daughter doesn't get a free pass unless it's her birthday or Christmas. Do I still have everything I could ever need? Yes.
My parents do the exact same thing for my brother and sister who are older than I am.
I know if I have a problem, whether it be financial or crucial, I can turn to them for help. A lot of people my age don't have parents like I do and I am extremely grateful for them and everything that they do. Thanks, Mom and Dad.
Below are ten songs that will give you that adrenaline rush for your workout routine. It's a mix of all genres ranging from heavy rock to rap to electronic with artists such as Brockhampton, Grimes, Show Me The Body and Vince Staples. Some tracks will throw that extra punch into your weight lifts, some tracks will help you run that extra mile you've been wanting to achieve.
1. "Camp Orchestra" by Show Me The Body
A great way to start out this playlist is with this insane track. This song starts out slow but my god does it build and build and BUILD. The build-up is extremely motivating and, by that two-minute mark, the song starts to get absolutely insane. It lights a fire under your ass which is what everyone needs when they're just about to workout.
2. "New Orleans" by BROCKHAMPTON
"New Orleans" first few seconds will already get your blood pumping through any type of workout. Whether it's running, lifting, legs, literally anything will fit the criteria for this song to pulse through your veins.
3. "We Appreciate Power" by Grimes (feat. HANA)
This industrial-pop nu-metal track by Grimes is such a sick female-empowering anthem. It's from the perspective of an A.I. girl group, and it will surely fuel your entire routine. It's a glossy machinery dream with Grimes pixie voice accenting a hard-hitting industrial instrumental.
4. "Vox Turned D.E.D" by Liars
This synth-heavy track will awaken all the physicality in your workout, especially if you're going for a 6 a.m. run. The drops are bass-filled and heavy, the voice is ambient and daunting. It's a mile run into an electronic dimension, with such a catchy hook.
5. "Mehanizam" by Ontal
Do you ever imagine what it would be like to work in an alarming refinery? Well, this song embodies that completely. It's a ringing alarm of a song to help get you through the sweat and tears of an intense workout. It's tar-like, electronic and the most intense wake-up call.
6. "Talkin Greezy" by Cakes Da Killa
Queer rapper, Cakes Da Killa, is one of the most talented rappers right now. His flow is insane, his beats are energetic and this track is definitely an example of that. "Talkin Greezy" will give you all the attitude and confidence you need during your workout session, it's a spotlight track right on you.
7. "Opps" By Vince Staples, Yugen Blakrok
This song was amazing in "Black Panther," and it's amazing when you're running miles after miles. "Opps" has such an infectious rhythm, its a full-fledged fight scene at its highest potential. The lyrics are fantastic, and will only make your blood pump faster to the beat.
8. "Dead Weight" by White lung
Just like all the other tracks on this list so far, this one starts out just as wild and ready. The vocals on this track are banshee-like but soft at the same time it's an insane fusion. This song is FAST... it's like a shot of lightning to your core especially as the song progresses.
9. "212" by Azealia Banks (feat. Lazy Jay)
Azealia Banks is one of the most exceptional lyricists in the rap game. Her classic hit track "212" checks off everything you need in an upbeat song that packs the ultimate punch. Her flow, range, smug talk, singing, and jaw-dropping yells make the entire experience for "212" a fierce one.
10. "Get Got" by Death Grips
This playlist has now come to an end with the experimental rap group Death Grips. This electronic lo-fi-fried punk-rap track is an aggressive piece of pure intensity. "Get Got" is a great way to end your workout session, it's just as hard-hitting as most of these tracks and an overall rapid track to workout too.
Check out this playlist on Spotify here.