10 Of The Best Storytelling Rap Songs

10 Of The Best Storytelling Rap Songs

Yes, Funky Cold Medina made the list.
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Story telling has been a staple in hip hop songs for a long time. Although it is not commonly done in many of today's radio hits, songs that tell a whole rounded story are always fun to listen to. Here are my picks for ten of the best rap storytelling songs.

1. Keisha's Song - Kendrick Lamar

The story in the song is about a “fancy girl” or a prostitute flagging down flashy cars. Focusing on the trauma inflicted on her on a daily basis by her usual clients, Kendrick never looks down on this girl for her work but instead recognizes her pain. In the second verse, he describes a scene with an undercover cop that she knows is wearing a wire, but doesn't care because jail may be a better place for her than the boulevard she spends her time.

The third verse switches the focus to a new girl, Keisha. Keisha is inspired by a real 17-year-old girl that Kendrick knew. After he saw her on a block selling her body, he went home and wrote this song. Kendrick takes his personal connection to this story even further by describing playing this song for his little sister.


2. Dreams - J. Cole

One of the more lighthearted stories on this list is about a man who has become infatuated with a special girl who must be from his dreams. Constantly delving into crazy scenarios the speaker envisions about his new love, this song makes you worried for the mental health of the speaker and at times the safety of his love. He eventually musters up the courage to talk to her and asks her out to a concert, to which she respectfully declines, telling him that she has a boyfriend. But this does not stop his constant planning to win this girl over, and in the last verse, he describes one last plan to get rid of her boyfriend and console her.


3. Stan - Eminem

Told from the perspective of a crazed fan through a series of letters and one tape recorder until switching to the perspective of Eminem for the last verse replying to the letters he received. Stan is a fan that takes every Eminem lyric to heart, which is something that even Eminem wishes wouldn't happen, saying “he was just clowning.” Whether it's just a sad story about a crazed fan or one with more meaning looking down on artists such as himself for condoning the graphic scenarios that are portrayed in music today, this is a truly compelling story to hear unfold.


4. I'm Sorry - Joyner Lucas

This is one of the deeper songs on this list. Starting from the perspective of a depressed person battling suicidal thoughts and eventually taking their own life and then switching to the perspective of a close loved one grieving the loss. This song is an emotional roller coaster for those who have battled with suicidal thoughts or anyone who has lost someone to suicide.


5. It Was A Good Day - Ice Cube

In this song Ice Cube describes all the things that make up a good day in the city of Compton. Although I do think he may set the standard for a good day pretty low when he says no one one he knows died in south central LA today and he didn't even have to use his AK. Other than that, the song talks about a clear smog-less day in LA, where the Lakers beat the Supersonics, and Yo! MTV Raps was on air. If your curious the only day that all of this happened and Ice Cube had no prior filming commitments was January 20, 1992.


6. Runaway Love - Ludacris

Probably the darkest song on this list comes from someone named for being quiet the opposite. Runaway Love tells the stories of several young girls growing up in broken homes, being abused, and the struggles that they face in impoverished areas. We hope that all of these stories are not based on true events, but unfortunately, they are not to far fetched to be fictional and as each story progresses there is never a break from the harsh reality that these girls are living in.

7. Part of Me - Royce da 5'9"

This is the story of your run of the mill sleazy guy at a club looking for a one night stand. The beginning tone of the song at first appears to be a love song with the chorus saying that when the woman left she took a part of him with her. This story is not for the faint of heart with a twist based on the chorus and very explicit descriptions of a sexual scene. Despite this Royce demonstrates a mastery of storytelling through the use of the medium, switching the flow to signify someone else is talking and using the ad libs as his responses. This song may be my personal favorite on this list if just for the execution of the song. “oh word”

8. Funky Cold Medina - Tone-Loc

Another song about a guy looking for action in a bar, Tone-Loc isn't getting any attention from the women there. He then asks this other guy how he gets so many girls and the guy replies Funky Cold Medina. In this song, Funky Cold Medina is used as a love potion that will make anyone who drinks it fall in love with him. He first tests this on his dog and then later on two potential dates. In the end, while all of the potential love interests do fall in love with him, each attempt at using the love potion ends poorly for Tone-Loc who then advises the audience not to use the Funk Cold Medina.


9. Children's Story - Slick Rick

The intro to this song sets up a frame story of a child being read a bedtime story. The song then tells the story of two young boys who devise a plan to start robbing people in their neighborhood. The two are successful at first but then one is unable to stop robbing innocent people until one day this escalates into a police chase.


10. Kick, Push - Lupe Fiasco

In this song, Lupe Fiasco uses the imagery of kicking pushing and coasting on a skateboard as a metaphor for a large amount of time passing. The story is about a boy who was given a skateboard at the age of six and from that moment the sport was the love of his life. As he grows up he becomes better at performing tricks on his skateboard and meets a girl who shares his passion.


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60 Country Songs To Soothe Any College Girl's Soul

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Country music, either you hate it or you love it.

When you love it though, you really love it.

Something about a good country song can soothe your soul. So whether you are drinking beer, at the beach, driving with the windows rolled down or in the "feels" here are 60 country songs, old and new, to soothe your soul:

1. "Die a Happy Man" by Thomas Rhett

2. "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt

3. "In Case You Didn't Know" by Brett Young

4. "I Could Use a Love Song" by Maren Morris

5. "What Hurts The Most" by Rascal Flatts

6. "Song for Another Time" by Old Dominion

7. "From the Ground Up" by Dan + Shay

8. "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker

9. "When I Was Your Man" by Thomas Rhett

10. "Road Less Traveled" by Lauren Alaina

11. "You Look Good" by Lady Antebellum

12. "Every Time I Hear That Song" by Blake Shelton

13. "Small Town Boy" by Dustin Lynch

14. "What Ifs" by Kane Brown ft. Lauren Alaina

15. "Love Triangle" by RaeLynn

16. "Any Ol' Barstool" by Jason Aldean

17. "That's My Kind of Night" by Luke Bryan

18. "Chicken Fried" by Zac Brown Band

19. "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice

20. "Break Up with Him" by Old Dominion

21. "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town

22. "Craving You" by Thomas Rhett ft. Maren Morris

23. "Drinkin' Problem" by Midland

24. "God, Your Mama, And Me" by Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys

25. "May We All" by Florida Georgia Line ft. Tim McGraw

26. "Colder Weather" by Zac Brown Band

27. "Boys 'Round Here" by Blake Shelton ft. Pistol Annies & Friends

28. "Break Up in a Small Town" by Sam Hunt

29. "First Love Song" by Luke Bryan

30. "Toes" by Zac Brown Band

31. "H.O.L.Y." by Florida Georgia Line

32. "Somewhere On a Beach" by Dierks Bentley

33. Sunshine & "Whiskey" by Frankie Ballard

34. "Beachin'" by Jake Owen

35. "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" by Luke Bryan

36. "Sun Daze" by Florida Georgia Line

37. "Beautiful Drug" by Zac Brown Band

38. "Like I Loved You" by Brett Young

39. "Different for Girls" by Dierks Bentley ft. Elle King

40. "Make You Miss Me" by Sam Hunt

41. "Blue Ain't Your Color" by Keith Urban

42. "Do I Make You Wanna" by Billy Currington

43. "Flatliner" by Cole Swindle ft. Dierks Bentley

44. "Woke Up in Nashville" by Seth Ennis

45. "Mercy" by Brett Young

46. "Making Memories" of Us by Keith Urban

47. "Saturday Night" by Sam Hunt

48. "How Not To by Dan" + Shay

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50. "She's Country" by Jason Aldean

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52. "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart" by Old Dominion

53. "Drunk On a Plane" by Dierks Bentley

54. "My Girl" by Dylan Scott

55. "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood

56. "Yours If You Want It" by Rascal Flatts

57. "All-American Girl" by Carrie Underwood

58. "Running' Outta Moonlight" by Randy Houser

59. "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line

60. "House Party" by Sam Hunt

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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

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I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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