Where Do You Listen to Music?

The ways in which people listen to music always fascinates me. Everyone has his or her own ritual. Some people still only get a chance to find out what’s going on by turning on the radio. Others live on the Internet, downloading all of the latest leaks while at work or school, and giving everything a preview on their lil’ computer speakers

Some of us, though, literally plot out our listening experiences. If there’s a new disc dropping that I’m really looking forward to, you better believe I make sure I give it the attention it deserves. And the best way for me to fully digest new records is on the train. People constantly hit me during work hours to find out my thoughts on the recent offerings of the day. “Gotta give it the headphone listen,” I’ll say.

I have a nice 45-minute ride on the R Train back to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn during the workweek. That gives me plenty of time to soak up the sounds pouring out of my rotating cast of affordable ear buds. (Anyone wanna buy me a pair Beats By Dre?) Yeah, I’m that guy sitting in the corner seat, zoned the fuck out, bobbing my head, tapping my feet, drumming along with my fingers on the railing or whistling (out of tune) to the melody. At times I’m even laughing to myself or mouthing along to the lyrics. Yeah… I know, but if the music is that good, I could care less (don’t worry, I’m not as bad as that dude in the picture).

Another way I really enjoy connecting with music is at the gym. When you find that right record that puts you in the necessary mind state, it can undoubtedly make your workout that much more intense. It can motivate you as you begin your first set, drive you to finish those last few reps and cool you down as your heart rate begins to return to normal.

The shower listen is always fun, too. Since I was 13 years old, I always had a radio in my bathroom. Selecting the right playlist can sometimes be a tedious process, but hey, these are important decisions.

Now it’s your turn: what’s your favorite way to listen to music? —Jesse Gissen

  • Jordan

    I listen to music whenever I get the chance. Most of the time it’s on the bus ride to and from school. I also jam when I’m working out. The best time to listen to music is when my girlfriend is watching her ridiculous tv shows. I just plug in my Beats By Dre, and float away!

  • jonny bizness

    Mine’s is in the car to work i got a 30 min drive on the motorway (freeway) i DL the night before and let that shit bump on my Set connected to my Iphone right now my playlist Got Kendrick feat Gucci,Wiz on my level and Tity boy and Cyhi Stand still to name but a few

  • http://yahoo.com Yung Virse

    Man I feel yu on all dat shyt I b zoned out on my musik like I dont have a care in tha world its like walkin around wit ur own soundtrack 4 lyfe

  • Bama Boy

    when i get some new. i like to get me a good L, and get sumwhere i ny myself with my music, ear buds, and high. enjoy the music.

  • Spriggs

    I love listening to music whenever i can, whether it be during my workouts, at home trying to find new songs to download on my mp3 player, i love listening to music everywhere and anywhere possible.

  • MC Shan

    I Follow Terrence Hanton, On Facebook & Twitter! He Seems To Get All The Right Records! He Has DJ’s, Calling Him, To Find Out, What’s Hot (Especially In The West & The South).

  • kwabs

    When I first check ish out, its on the computer. If its someone I support and like the music I go kop it. To really listen to something though I have to listen to it in the whip, with the 10 speaker Infinity, that’s usually to appreciate the production and beats. Then it also has to get a listen when I am smoked out, alone and got the headphones on, that’s when I focus on the lyrics. After at least 3 straight through listens is when I can really judge a song or album.

  • http://www.therealshyt.com/ THE INFAMOUS JCITY™

    I BUMP MUSIK WHEN IM FUCKIN BEATING OFF. NEO SOUL FOR A COOL COMFORTABLE EUPHORIC ORGASM :)

    WHEN I BUST IN A BITCH FACE I MUST BE HEARING SOME GANGSTA RAP IT MAKES ME FEEL SUPERIOR

    OH AND IF YOU WANT TO SMASH SOME WHITE CHICKS THEN YOU HAVE TO STEP YOUR TOP 40 GAME UP THEY LOVE THAT SHYT AND GETS THEM MOIST

    AND WHY IS THERE A WHITE GUY LISTENING TO MUSIC ON XXL? DUDE SHOULD HAVE USED A BLACK GUY PIC, ITS BLACK HISTORY MONTH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.

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  • http://www.power92chicago.com MicJonez92

    My favorite place to listen to music is in the Car I got a 30 to 45 min drive to work (Power 92 Chicago) and thats were I digest most of my new music. Its to the point where I hate getting calls while driving & I even take the long way home sometimes just to get a full listen. Its just something about driving and listening to music that go perfect 2gether.

  • http://sportsbeermusic.com Sports Beer Music

    I listen to music in the car and when I get to work. Most of the people in my office have headphones in and jamming all day.

  • anutha_level

    sittin on da shitta releasin my guts…

  • alderman j

    In the caddy, system outta control, when i buy a new album, i get a HONEY OPTIMO, kush or diesel, sit in the back seat, i got two six by nines and a 10 in the trunk, put the volume on 15 and let it play. My first time doing this was with KING t.i., and now everytime i cop i dont really judge the music till i do this. IPODS dont do it for me, i gotta feel the base!!!

  • jesterdxxl

    I got music with me 24/7 it’s my Escape (Route) from reality I’m fortunate to even be able to listen in work. I understand what cha saying about giving an album your full attention just like I did yesterday with The Greatest Story Never Told… I shit in my front room blinds down, curtains closed & sit back an pay attention.
    I don’t fuck with radio same shit different that’s what I say, I avoid it like the fucking plague last time I tuned in was when shit went down between Game & 50!

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    you wanna hear that creative original out of this world black music??? click on my name and let your ears go through a musical journey

  • This Article A Crime

    Everywhere man, my addition to music is worse than Dave’s for marijuana real talk. At that I recently bought a new base and Dre beats doesn’t make it better. Lol. But yeah I listen as much as I can. Everything from these new cats Wiz, Lupe, K-Dot and J Rock to the Wu, N.W.A, Rakim, Em’, Pac, Immortal Technique, Vinnie Paz, Snoop Doggy Dogg and fucking D.O.C. Lmao