Stay Woke:7 Playlists for Moods During the Revolution
Anger. Frustration, tears, hopefulness, confusion, and passion don't even BEGIN to describe the emotions we've felt since the unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
And just like many of you, we've cried, protested, called and emailed government officials, while contemplating our next moves.
We are in the midst of a world-shifting revolution, and it will go down in history.
As you take part in this monumental moment, you're going to have ALL the feels. So, The Femtourage has crafted an ultimate selection of playlists to match your moods during this time.
Our top seven soundtracks are comprised of songs, speeches, and melodies from artists such as: Snoh Aalegra, Angela Davis, Sounds of Blackness, Erykah Badu, Ginuwine, and much more.
Playlist: Revolution Playlist
Created by Rachel Cargle, the Revolution Playlist has over 7 hours of persuasive speeches from notoriously impactful Black leaders. It also pays homage to the resilience and power of Black people with songs from soulful artists like Jamila Woods, Beyoncé, and Solange.
With featured titles like, "The Ballot or The Bullet," "We're Threatening the Oppressors," and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," the beginning of the playlist is guaranteed to get you supercharged before a protest. And towards the end, deep soulful songs like "Black Girl Soldier," makes the perfect tune to reflect on the car ride back home.
Playlist: For the Lovers
A playlist curated specially for the lovers who can talk about police brutality over tonight's dinner. The whole one-hour and 18-minute playlist is a blend of lively and calming love songs that'll start with heated convos but is sure to end with passion.
Playlist: We Gon Get Through This
The featured title is probably the same words you tell yourself as you flip through the news. Ironically, this 4-hour and 12-minute soundtrack, curated by Briana D, is just what you need for that extra push when you feel like nothing is going to change.
Also, can we just say we stan music with a message? The playlist is described as "an electric mix of hopeful tracks to get you thru hard times, push you forward, and remind you that your life has an extreme purpose."
Playlist: Verzuz Erykah Badu & Jill Scott
With over 3 hours of music, Spotify gives us ALL the bangers, including "You Got Me" (BOTH versions), "Gettin In the Way," "Fool's Gold," "Next Lifetime," and dozens more.
Sometimes, you just need good music to lift your spirits. And there's no discussion that these two are some of the greatest soulful, eccentric singers out there. Turn the TV off. Grab some wine, and play this soundtrack.
Playlist: True Life: Surviving COVID 19 Vol. 1
24 Bucks kept it quite a buck (read: real) with the title of this soundtrack. If you're here fighting amidst all this corona craziness, this COVID mix makes you want to let loose.
Remixed songs from artists like Ginuwine and Roddy Rich get creatively altered. The songs in this mixtape are refreshingly new, but familiar enough for an occasional head nod.
Mood: Black & Boujie
Playlist: High Maintenance
Apple came through for us sis! High Maintenance features a mix of hip-hop and R&B songs that epitomizes being a bad bitch.
"My Type" by Saweetie, "Vibe" by Cookiee Kawaii, and "Yikes" by Nicki Minaj are just a few of the flashy, empowering songs you can find on this soundtrack.
Mood: Black Excellence
Since this playlist, curated by Joe Kay is regularly updated, we can't tell you what will be on there by the time you check it out. However, we can tell you to expect "a collection of future beats, electric soul, forgotten gems, and timeless sounds."
We couldn't have said it better ourselves. The Soulection playlist consists of songs that seem best suited for deep reflections or when you have the crew over for in-depth convos.
It's been a trying few weeks, months, and year, but we know through community, connection, and even music "we gone get thru this," just like the playlist said.
Enjoy your new list of soundtracks, and be sure to let us know which ones set it off for you. Stay safe & woke!