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10 Rap Songs to Add to Your Workout Playlist

Songs that will get you moving

Credit Sacha Maric 

Sweat drips from your forehead onto the ground, as you hold your body in a plank. The timer that your eyes have been glued to for the past minutes seems to be going at its slowest, which is torturing you physically and mentally. Suddenly the one motivational song you’ve been playing over and over agin stops and you remember have a cup of ice cream waiting for you in your fridge. The sweating, the pain, and frustration all comes to an end and instead you devour a whole carton of ice cream. What if you kept working out? What if you had more motivational songs that helped you through a whole workout? 

Research shows that listening to music while working out can actually improve one’s workout. As someone who loves creating playlists, creating my workout playlist is really fun, but it takes time because I have to find songs that have energy and will keep me going. So here are 10 songs you should definitely add to workout playlist. Also these songs are in no particular order. 

1. "Slob on my Knob" | Three 6 Mafia

I wouldn’t recommend this song to someone who doesn’t like bad words, but the overall vibe of this song is really high energy and will keep you going. 

2. "Praise the Lord" | Asap Rocky ft. Skepta

I would recommend using this song when running or jogging due to its upbeat tempo. Its also really easy to rap along to after you listen to it a few times. 

3. "151 Rum" | JID

This song is very high energy in terms of how fast JID is rapping and there is a good 45 seconds of beginning of the song that can be used as a break in between exercises. This song would go great with some HIIT or extreme cardio. 

4. "QUE" | OG Bobby Johnson

This song has to be one of the most intense of my 15 choices. QUE is practically screaming over the very hardcore beat so it’s very hard to just lay on the ground when this song is playing. I’ve also noticed that this song sounds way louder through my headphones compared to my other songs. 

5. "Bubblin" | Anderson Paak

This, like the others, has a lot of energy. Anderson’s confidence that is heard through the record is quite motivating. Not to mention he also took home the Grammy for best rap performance for this energetic song. 

6. "Return of the G" | OutKast

This track is a classic and you might want to consider just listening to it first before you workout just so can absorb the greatness of Andre 3000’s verse. The second Andre raps, “It’s the Return of the gangsta,” I usually do sprints because of how fast paced his style is on the track.  

7. "Bahamas" | Asap Mob

With the different amount of voices switching on this high tempo beat this is a great song for a workout. 

8. "Last time that I Checc’d" | Nipsey Hustle ft YG

First off I want to start off by saying Rest in Peace Nipsey Hustle, and my prayers go out to his friends and family. Out of all of my choices this one is definitely one of the most motivational songs on my playlist. There isn’t a second in this song that doesn’t motivate me to workout harder, or just work harder in life in general. I would recommend putting this one to the top of your playlist 

9. "Imma Be" | The Black Eyed Peas

This is one of those songs that just don’t get old and one of my favorite songs by the Black Eyed Peas. This song is at the end of my playlist so it’s more of a cool down playlist. 

10. "Knuck if You Buck" | Crime Mob

Last but not least "Knuck if You Buck" by Crime Mob. This is a song that will definitely make you push through those last few burpees or sit ups. If this explosive and classic track can’t motivate you then I don’t know what can. 

In order - "Slob on My Knob", "Praise the Lord", "151 Rum, Bubblin", "Return of the G", "Bahamas", "Last Time That I Checc’d," "Imma Be", and "Knuck if you Buck"

I hope I’ve persuaded you to listen to these songs and incorporate them in your workout. Listening to music while exercising is not for everybody, but if it is for you then I would recommend adding these songs to your playlist to intensify your workout. 

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