'Spotify Wrapped' Reiterates The Personal Relationship We Have Between Our Music And Our Emotions

'Spotify Wrapped' Reiterates The Personal Relationship We Have Between Our Music And Our Emotions

Spotify was literally with us through our highs and lows. We don't see this kind of data collection as creepy or invasive, it's endearing, like an old friend sending a text asking about how we're doing.

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Never has anyone wanted to switch to Spotify from Apple Music more.

If you're like me, you have probably either heard people talk about their most played songs in 2018. My roommate's #1 song was "Lucid Dreams," which she proceeded to play on repeat after seeing her Spotify Wrapped list. 12 times.

You're either me or you're my roommate: someone who has Spotify or someone who uses someone else's Spotify playlists. It's leaving us all reminiscing on the songs that we spent most of our car rides jamming to, or at every party dancing to, or in our dorms crying to.

But why do we feel such a strong connection to an automated list?

The answer has something to do with how we use Spotify. It's different from any other commonly used apps, such as Instagram, Snapchat, or Twitter. It's not really a social network, and we mostly use it personally. When we turn to music, it mostly acts as a source of comfort or is deeply attached to our emotions. I listen to Jorja Smith when I'm feeling angst or pain, I listen to Drake before the gym, I listen to Kanye before I go out. And yes, I listen to Mozart while studying for exams (it helps, I swear). Spotify is in my car, in my room, in my shower, in the library.

This is intensely personal. Although our friends can name some of our favorite songs, Spotify was literally with us through our highs and lows. We don't see this kind of data collection as creepy or invasive, it's endearing, like an old friend sending a text asking about how we're doing.

At a time when we feel so disconnected with busy work schedules and mounting assignments, it feels nice to have something as simple as a list of songs that we forgot we played, and something else to keep track of that for us.

Want to have this effect on someone? Next time you give a card for someone's birthday or special occasion, make lists! It could be their favorite songs of the year, or movies they loved, or restaurants you both couldn't stop going to. Maybe we can all learn how to connect to one another again, ironically, from an app.

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80 Nicki Minaj Lyrics Perfect For Instagram Captions

"Yo, you seen my last pic, go double-tap that for me."
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Nicki Minaj lets the world know about her amazing Instagram skills in Beyonce's "Flawless," when she raps "Instagram another flawless pic." Do you have a #Flawless Instagram picture but need a clever caption to go with it? The Queen of Rap has plenty of Insta-worthy song lyrics.

*(Some lyrics have been edited to keep this article "PG". Feel free to look up the real Nicki Minaj lyrics if you hate the radio edit.)


When you want to diss a hater:

    1. "You couldn't get a fan if it was hangin' from the ceilin."
    2. "I'm throwing shade like it's sunny."
    3. "I'm in my own lane, you ain't in my category."
    4. "These (girls) couldn’t test me even if their name was Pop Quiz."
    5. "Yo, people will love you and support you when it's beneficial. I'ma forgive, I won't forget, but I'ma dead the issue."
    6. "Not that I don't got good vision, but I don't see competition."
    7. "I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. Come on (girl), you see where Brad at."
    8. "I look like "yes" and you look like "no"."
    9. "But if you're ugly it's a no text zone."
    10. "If you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal."
    11. "Shout out to my haters, Sorry that you couldn't faze me."
    12. "Trash talk to 'em then I put 'em in a Hefty."
    13. "Like I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give up, it's me, I win, you lose."
    14. "All these haters mad because I'm so established."
    15. "Competition? why yes I would love some."

















When you want to tell people how awesome you are:

    16. "If I'm fake I ain't notice, cause my money ain't."
    17. "You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I'ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle."
    18. "Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business."
    19. "I'm feelin' myself."
    20. "Excuse me honey, but nobody's in my lane."
    21. "Put me on a dollar cause I'm who they trust in."
    22. "I don’t say “Hi”, I say “Keys to the Benz.”"
    23. "I've been hot since flip phones" "Running this game for 5 years. Guess that's why my feet hurt."
    24. "Hotter than a middle eastern climate."
    25. "My money’s so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
    26. "No, I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, yes."
    27."I ain't gotta compete with a single soul."
    28. "'X' in the box, cause ain't nobody checking me."
    29."Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm really such a lady."
    30. "Honestly I gotta stay as fly as I can be."














When you're hanging with your clique:

    31. "Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel."
    32. "I’m with some hood girls lookin’ back at it."
    33. "We dope girls, we flawless. We the poster girls for all this."
    34. "Pretty gang, always keep them (boys) on geek."
    35. "The night is still young, and so are we!"
    36. "If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D, ’Cause we A-listers, we paid sisters."
    37. "Pretty (girls) only could get in my posse."
    38. "Cause we the mean girls, y-yes we so fetch."
    39. "We fresh to death, down to the shoes."
    40. "Ain't at no wedding but all my girls cake tops."
    41. "Got a whole bunch of pretty gang in my clique."
    42. "Clap for the heavyweight champ, me, But I couldn't do it all alone, WE."
    43. "Put your drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up."
    44. "I'm with some flawless (girls) because they be mobbin' pretty."


















When you're hanging with your significant other:

    45. "He tryna kick it like a ninja."
    46. "He could tell that I was wifey material."
    47. "Ayo, I just wanna be your first go to."
    48. "You got spark, you, you got spunk. You, you got something all the girls want."
    49. Find me in the dark, I'll be in the stars, Find me in your heart, I'm in need of your love."
    50. "They holler at me, but it's you, you."
    51. "I'm not living right, I’m not living if you’re not by my side."
    52. "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan, too."
    53. "I just wanna be your favorite."
    54. "He was the realest, I was the baddest, we was the illest."
    55. "I know you can save me and make me feel alive."
    56. "Yes I'll be your girl, forever your lady, You ain't ever gotta worry, I'm down for you baby."
    57. "Baby you my everything, You all I ever wanted."

















When you're single and loving it:

    58. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!"
    59. "Thats why I'm crowned queen, and I ain't looking for the prom king."
    60. "I like independent, like July 4th."
    61. "I ain't never need a man, to take care of me."
    62. "He be like, "Yo, you so legendary", But he can tell just by my face he ain't getting any."
    63. "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin."
    64. "I don't even brake when I'm backing up, I'll swerve on a (boy) if he acting up."
    65. "So many boys in here where do I begin?"











When you're just living life:

    66. "I never worry, life is a journey. I just wanna enjoy the ride."
    67. "Tonight is the night that I'ma get twisted."
    68. "I’mma keep it movin', be classy and graceful."
    69. "So make sure the stars is what you aim for, make mistakes though."
    70. "And we gon' hangover the next day. But we will remember this day."
    71. "My only motto in my life is don't lose."
    72. "Take me, or leave me, I'll never be perfect. Believe me, I'm worth it."
    73. "I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive."
    74. "I wish that I could have this moment for life."
    75. "If I scream, if I cry, It's only 'cause I feel alive."
    76. "I can't believe it, it's so amazing. This club is heating, this party's blazing.""
    77. "It's so amazing, I figured out this world is ours for the taking."
    78. "I am not a girl that can ever be defined."
    79. "I got next, I'm gonna shine."
    80. "This is my moment I just feel so alive."















Cover Image Credit: Nicki Minaj

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Janelle Monáe Is The Sci-Fi Loving, Queer, Black Queen Speaking For Women And Sexual Expression

Over the course of all her albums Monáe's explosion of self-expression is culminated in her album "Dirty Computer."

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At just 21, the seemingly self-assured and beautiful Janelle Monáe released her first EP, "Metropolis," detailing the troubles of the android Cindi Mayweather. In the album Mayweather fell in love with a human, Anthony Greendown, and is on the run from the futuristic authorities as the love of a human and android is forbidden in this world.

The intriguing futuristic and sci-fi based world created by Monáe is only built upon more in her albums "The ArchAndroid" and "The Electric Lady." "The Arch-Android" adds more to the story behind Cindi's love of Greendown and her flight from the authorities. The album features some wonderful orchestral suites that only add to the futuristic adventure. "The Electric Lady" features more orchestral overtures and interesting radio interludes that offer the perspective of the other androids on the issue of capturing Cindi Mayweather.

Monáe's latest album, "Dirty Computer," is a little bit different.

Although the album still features the futuristic world reminiscent of Monáe's past albums, Cindi Mayweather is now Jane and the love the album focuses on primarily is Jane's love of a woman, not a man. In the film, Janelle created for the album, what she refers to as an "emotion picture," sex and love of anyone are very prevalent.

The explosively colorful scene Janelle creates with her album is bolder and more out-there than any of her previous albums. Her songs "Pynk" and "Make Me Feel" are blatantly sexual.

Janelle has compared her use of android oppression to the oppression people in the black and L.G.B.T.Q. communities are currently facing, oppression Monáe herself has probably faced by being a woman and a member of those aforementioned communities.

However, Janelle is no longer hiding behind her android persona.

The subtle messages Monáe alludes to in her albums come fleshed out in the open in "Dirty Computer" along with the whole identity of Monáe herself. "Dirty Computer" is clearly an album where the lyrics speak to Monáe's personal experience, whereas Monáe's previous albums have spoken more to the story of Cindi Mayweather.

Although I am usually more of a fan of subtlety than bold in-your-face messages, I believe that Janelle's boldness is appropriate. This is especially because she has built up to this brash boldness with albums full of subtlety. The message is so effective because Monáe has stayed in the shadows behind the subtleties of Cindi Mayweather for so long. This is her way of pronouncing to the world that she is here, and she is different, but that does not mean that she belongs any less than any person.

She shows that we are all the same at the core, we are all "pynk" inside.

I admire Janelle a lot for boldly pronouncing who she is with this album. This album made me realize how strongly I identify with the female gender and made me proud to be a woman.

This album is an anthem for women, for queer people, for all minorities, and essentially for all people in general.

We need more bold proclamations like this in 2019. This album pushes everyone to accept those who have been oppressed. With Janelle's raw and exposed album perhaps the world will begin to learn that love and acceptance are for everyone, not just a select few.

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