When The Going Gets Rough

Everybody has his or her rough days, weeks and even years. When friends and family can’t help you through tough times the way you would like them to, I’m sure you turn to music (or weed, or some Ciroc, etc). Music calms the savage hood nigga, unless said hood nigga is listening to M.O.P. I’d like to know what album you play the most or song you keep on repeat to get your mood right. If you’re going through a fucked up day or after a terrible 9-to-5 shift, what do you have bumping? What’s your go to album or song?

When shit gets hectic for me, I usually ring up some J Dilla beats or Tribe sounds (the first three albums are usually in rotation). I get a lil’ heated, I’ll rock some Onyx (BacDaFucUp is playing right fuckin’ now!!!) or NWA’s West Coast Classic mixtape.

BTW, for the cats that left comments yesterday about the new music they listen to, leave me some links to check so I won’t be all over the net trying to find your submissions. I’ve got some good gear to send to the ones I like. -DT

  • Arrogant_Al

    the 1st track off of mood muzik 2……when Joe Budden was actually droppin some hot shit.

  • geico lizard

    I listen to Al Green when I need to relax.

  • ri067953

    Yo, Train of Thought (Reflection Eternal) is a mainstay and always gets me through the day.

    • nycboy

      I co-sign that, even Tupac’s Me Against the World, or any ATCQ album….then again the music has to fit the mood i’m in

  • Pierzy

    If I need to get hyped, I’ll listen to Onyx’s “Shut Em Down” or “Ante Up”

    If I need to be focused, I’ll play some ‘Pac, LOX or old Lloyd Banks for that hunger

    If I’m having a shitty day, I like to hear somebody with ridiculous confidence so I’ll probably play some Jay or Kanye or Fab or somebody like that…

    And just to chill? It could be Roots or Common…

    • Chris Cash

      Cosign there’s no artist that can help you boost ur confidence like Hov

    • Chris Cash

      Cosign there’s no artist that can help you boost ur confidence like Hov

    • Chris Cash

      Cosign theres no other artist that can boost ur confidence like Hov.

      I think im a bit younger (23) than most the other commenters, and although I like Onyx,MOP and NWA, thats really not my generation. So the albums I bump to get me motivated are a bit newer. College Dropout came out when I was 17 and it made me feel like i had a spot in hip-hop not only as a fan but also as a individual. Also Late Registration and Graduation. I also love ATQC and Midnight Marauders is my shit, but also The Renaissance really motivates me.

      Here’s a link to Fashawns last mixtape through onsmash.
      http://content.onsmash.com/archives/9511

  • giantstepp

    Tupac, Me Aginst The World!

  • og bobby j

    if im headed…its MOBB, PAC or LOX – namely “get away” by Mobb and “when we ride” by PAC and anything from “we are the streets”

    If i need some relief…i fux with lost boyz “legal drug money”…take me back to a time when life was simple….

    If i am looking for some good music…i throw in “capital punishment” or “it was written”

    Thats just how i fucking get down…

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    WHEN IN NEED OF A CRUNKFEST (HYPED UP) I BUMP LIL JOHN CRUNK JUICE; ANY PASTOR TROY; WELL THATS ACTUALLY WHEN I FEEL LIKE KICKIN ASS ASS

    FOCUSED: LOVE BELOW; AQUEMINI; OR US (A.Dd+)

    FUCKED UP DAY: DAMN NEAR ANYTHING FROM AL GREEN TO CURTIS MAYFIELD TO JAY-Z TO PAC TO ANYBODY

    ON SOME FUNNY SHIT….. DOWN HEAR IN DALLAS I WOULD LISTEN TO A SUCKY ASS DSR CD…… OR MANNIE FRESH: MIND OF MANNIE CD…. THAT HOE WAS NICE WITH THAT REMAKE OF MAKE IT LAST FOREVER AND THEM 2004ish WaYNE TAKEOVERS

    • DV8

      Co-sign that Mannie album. That shit was slept on hard.

  • http://quebishop.deviantart.com qp

    Right now it’s mostly HerFavColour by Blu. That tends to ease me out when the day is going rough or either The L Word by Charles Hamilton. I usually listen to a lil bit of Nina Simone, Buddy Guy, or Common’s Like Water Chocolate everyday.

  • Bobo D

    I was pissed off yesterday, so had some Metallica songs on repeat(harvester of sorrow, disposable hereos etc.) and DMX-Some X Shit.

    PS: What’s up with the Scratch blog ya’ll still need some submissions?

    • http://www.xxlmag.com DT the Kingpen

      I’m playing that Blu mixtape as well qp. I heard he did the beats on there himself.

      Bobo D. Send some blogs playboy. I’m just waiting on y’all.

  • Chris Cash

    I think im a bit younger (23) than most the other commenters, and although I like Onyx,MOP and NWA, thats really not my generation. So the albums I bump to get me motivated are a bit newer. College Dropout came out when I was 17 and it made me feel like i had a spot in hip-hop not only as a fan but also as a individual. Also Late Registration and Graduation. I also love ATQC and Midnight Marauders is my shit, but also The Renaissance really motivates me.

    Here’s a link to Fashawns last mixtape through onsmash.
    http://content.onsmash.com/archives/9511

  • KSA1001

    chill out = Sade

  • http://www.get2knowpro.com LeonTheProfessional

    when i’m feelin’:

    deeply [whether upset, depressed, or in the mood w/ shorty], the nod goes to Portishead “Dummy”

    hiphop-wize it’s Das EFX “Hold it Down”

    hype/shower/wakin’ up = M.O.P “Warriorz”

    chillin’ = Digible Planets “Blowout Comb”

    …and just on the daily Blu and Exile “Below The Heavens…

    yup! these are the most i tend to repeat..!

  • Chris Cash

    Hey I peeped those artist u recomended yesterday and 38 special and Jon Conner are dope, I preety much knew of the others

    Here’s a link to Fashawns last mixtape through onsmash.
    http://content.onsmash.com/archives/9511

  • Chris Cash

    I think im a bit younger (23) than most the other commenters, and although I like Onyx,MOP and NWA, thats really not my generation. So the albums I bump to get me motivated are a bit newer. College Dropout came out when I was 17 and it made me feel like i had a spot in hip-hop not only as a fan but also as a individual. Also Late Registration and Graduation. I also love ATQC and Midnight Marauders is my shit, but also The Renaissance really motivates me.

  • http://1290wmcs.com “The Party Killa”

    Any Hip Hop from Circa 94-96. Luther & Stevie also always work 4yoBoi! The Foreign Exchange album & That Marsha Ambrosius – Yours Truly. All those are mainstays in the MP3player

  • Detroit Draper

    As I blow a B on my way home from work I listen to Curren$y I believe its 09 or Fin…

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Pete Rock’s “Petestrumentals” is currently cooling me down after beating Kimbo Slice’s ass on the street for a 3rd time.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • MONEY ME

      DAMN THAT WAS NOT FUNNY WACK CRACKER

  • DA TRUTH

    Joe Budden Mood Muzik 1 (i think) “All for a reason
    Tupac “Unconditional Love”
    Outkast: to many tracks to name
    Common “BE Album”

    • Chris S

      Be is probably the most relaxing album of all time…especially the intro. “never lookin back, or too far in front of me/the present is a gift, and i just wanna BE”

  • mario

    i throw on some Andre Nickatina:
    “Stress Factor”
    “Fears of a coke Lord”
    “The Show”
    or some Mac Dre:
    “Feelin like that Nigga”
    “Dipped when they see Me”
    “Doin what I Do”
    “Be About your Doe”

  • Zulu1925

    “Dirty Old Hip Hop” by the Visioneers. It’s 15 tracks of cool daddy hip-hop instrumentals. Came out in 2006.

  • Moving Sideways

    People Under the Stairs – O.S.T.
    Blockhead – Music By Cavelight

  • Lowedwn

    Black Rob – Life Story
    Consequence – Don’t Quit Your Day Job
    Curren$y – Indenpendent’s Day

  • yoprince

    savane or niafunke – ali farka toure

    the soft bulletin – the flaming lips

    the blueprint – hov

    illmatic – nas

  • Chris Cash

    Here’s a link to Fashawns last mixtape through onsmash.
    http://content.onsmash.com/archives/9511

  • Where is Hip-HOP

    I have a mix of Nas that i listen too, from the 1st album to present….and every now and then i throw in some RnB.

  • Jhon da Analyst

    IllKraft – video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7309040250667880464

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  • iGotOnMyBackpack79

    Radiohead – Amnesiac

  • BIGNAT

    when i need to relax madlib shades of blue there are couple cuts on there. that wll settle you down. also some cuts off free at last man freeway had some good beats on that album. bilal musiq jill scott floetry all of that soul music. dwele’s last album sketches of a man will settle you down.
    when i wake up in the morning over the years i have been stuck on alot of songs. public service announcement by jay-z the grey album version. long kiss gooodnight by biggie. long live the game by T.I. the song i played every morning for almost a whole year was so fresh and so clean by outkast. that song make you feel good man. i was on do the right thang off luda’s last album for a couple months. i went back to long kiss goodnight by biggie.

  • Apollo-T

    “point of no return” immortal technique

    “Hailee’s song” Slim shady

    “Survival in the city” the lox

    “Thugs mansion” Tupac

    “juicy” biggie smalls

    “It’s a hard knock life” Jay-z

    “Ante up” MOP ( it gets me going crazy son!!)

    Today was a good day” ice cube

    joell ortiz, DMX, Nipsey hussle , outkast,ice cube, damn theres so so many more… but i like to right my own rhymes to get shit off my chest. hell imma post it up here on xxl sometime to show ya’ll… PAIN MAKES MUSIC

  • http://xxlmag.com Ben

    Cam’ron “Purple Haze” track 4 off the second disk of Diplomatic Immunity.

  • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

    Yo, was this only limited to hip-hop? Cuz I fux with that Smokey Robinson “Quiet Storm” (even though I’m just 22) and “Let Me Know” by Maceo.

  • Jesus Martinez

    One Day-UGK
    Also listen to dudes like Curtis Mayfield and The Doors.

  • Chris S

    808s and Heartbreak. the production is out of this world and it really calms me down

  • $ykotic

    I dusted off the InI-Center of Attention CD like a month ago and been steady rocking it daily. Some zone off to quality music with intelligence. Pete Rock on it helps too.

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Illkraft – http://www.myspace.com/illkraftsimplexity

    Follow this cat on Twitter……..Peace

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  • Jhon da Analyst

    IllKraft – Follow this cat on Twitter

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    This are my joints @ present that get me breaking my neck 2 tru tuff times.

    Gym Class Heroes – Cookie Bar
    Papoose – Alphabetic slaughter
    MOP – Ante Up
    Busta Rhymes – Put ur hands were my eyes can c
    Eminem – Criminal

    I just can’t bump the whole album if my life kinda messed up, i need supa singles,weed & a jumpoff if that’s possible lol.

  • MrBlack

    Chill = Marvin Gaye’s “Here, My Dear”
    Amped = Dead Prez “Revolutionary But Gangsta” (I’mma slang my baseball cap to tha back and get bizzy!)

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    JADAKISS> KISS OF DEATH has great mood music. i’m going back, shoots out, k.i.s.s. ft. mariah, bring u down, by your side. all dem shits is what i listen 2 when i need a lil pick me upper. (listen to that in addition 2 getting blowed)

  • LEO

    DMX-Its Dark And Hell Is Hot…The whole joint
    DMX-Slippin…
    Joe Budden-All his shit…

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Follow IllKraft on Twitter!!!

  • benjamin bixby III

    OUTKAST’S LIBERATION, GIT UP GIT OUT, IN DUE TIME,

    T-PAINS SONG SOUNDS BAD

    HALL AND OATES SARA SMILE

    MAN I GOT A MILLION SONGS

    • Zulu1925

      @ benjamin bixby III

      Whatchu know ’bout dat “Liberation?!”

      “Can’t worry ’bout what another nigga think/Now that’s Liberation and baby I want it!”

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    I stay bumping Little Brother’s “Chitlin Circuit 1.5″ and ATCQ albums (mainly “The Love Movement” and “Midnight Marauders”), they get me thru the day 9 times out of 10. “The Renaissance” from Q-Tip and that “Hard To Earn” album by Gangstarr has been included in the rotation as well…that Q-Tip album go hard, very underrated IMO…

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  • shootin some b-ball outside of da school

    word, dere go da link underneath me

    http://www.myspace.com/dominoflowconnection

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  • BlackBoxCEO

    Drake – So Far Gone
    Jay-Z – The Black Album
    DJ Danger Mouse- The Grey Album
    Kanye West – Graduation

  • http://xxlmag.com NOR CAL MUFUCKAS

    Blu & Exile not sure the name of the album but its got some soulful beats that make everything all right. I definitely agree with you on the J Dilla beats. Also check out Count bass D if you dont already know about him.