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Happy Songs

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When I was in college, it seemed like too many mornings I woke up and was not pumped up for class. Even if my first class of the day wasn’t until noon, it took some serious motivation some days to get my very unmotivated body out of my too-cozy bed. I finally figured out a great way to pump myself up for the day was by creating a “happy” playlist of songs with good beats and inspirational or funny lyrics.

If you dread getting ready to start your day, let me show you my playlist of feel good songs. Couple them with the windows rolled down on your drive to campus, or a warm coffee on your walk, and you’ve just set the day up to be a good one!

1. “Good Day” – Greg Street featuring Nappy Roots

With a bouncy beat and a catchy chorus, you’ll be tapping your toes and wanting to organize a campus flash mob.

2. “Best Day Of My Life” – American Authors

Even if you’re convinced it’ll be the worst day, this song will change your thinking around!

3. “On Top Of The World” – Imagine Dragons

Similar to “Best Day of My Life,” inspirational lyrics will remind you that you are unbeatable.

4. “I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James Brown

Listening to these lyrics will make you feel good. It’s all about positive thinking!

5. “Don’t Worry About A Thing (Three Little Birds)” – Bob Marley

I dare you to try not to sing along to this classic.

6. “New Shoes” – Paolo Nutini
One of my personal favorites, I have played this song to the point where it’s in my Top 25 list on iTunes. Who knew a song about shoes could do that?

7. “Roar” – Katy Perry

This song has been everywhere, obviously because it’s such an upbeat song. Play this to remind you of the “fighter” you are.

8. “Say Hey (I Love You)” – Michael Franti & Spearhead

Again, another great beat that will make you want to have a car dance party or dance along the sidewalk.

9. “Smile” – Vitamin C
One of those songs everyone denies liking even though it’s super good! Bring yourself back to the age of those middle school dances! Vitamin C is good for you after all.

10. “It’s a Beautiful Day” – Michael Bublé

“It’s a beautiful day and I can’t stop myself from smiling.” Words you want to hear first thing in the morning!

Do you have a playlist of go-to feel good songs? Share with us in the comments!

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3 Hip-Hop Artists Every College Student Must Know

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We are hitting that stressful point of the semester where classes are starting to wrap up and now everything is getting crammed in at once. From papers, to group projects, to presentations, and the not-to-be-mentioned final exams – it is understandable to be feeling pressure right now as a college student. When I am starting to feel the heat, I like to listen to music to reduce stress and have a little fun. Here are three hip-hop artists that I am enjoying and that you may be too. If not, these are three you must find out about:

1. Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar is perhaps one of the hottest artists in the genre right now. After releasing four mix-tapes and two albums, he has now skyrocketed in popularity. It seems like every other rapper who wants to make waves at the moment features Kendrick in their songs. He has collaborated with several big names such as A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Drake, Pusha T, and even Eminem and Dr. Dre. His lyrics are intelligent and emotionally charged that paint a picture of a dangerous life living up in the projects of Compton, Los Angeles, and his struggle to rise above it. Deeply personal, as well as lyrically masterful, Kendrick Lamar is on his way up to the top.

Hip Hop Music Artist Kendrik Lamar

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2. A$AP Rocky

When A$AP Rocky hit the scene, he hit it hard and hit it fast. After joining the group A$AP Mob (Always Strive and Prosper) his hit single “Peso” was leaked and received some national attention. Soon after, he released a mix-tape titled Live.Love.A$AP and shortly after started his own record label and was named BBC’s Sound of 2012. This Harlem rapper is unique because his music, though popular, doesn’t fit the mold of most New York City rap. The pairing of slow tempo, melodic effects with a pounding, rhythmic base is masterful in quality and mesmerizing in effect.

Hip Hop Music Artist A$AP Rocky

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3. Cal Scruby

With two mix-tapes out and a modest but growing YouTube following, Cal Scruby is one of the freshest and most talented hip-hop artists right now. Hailing from Ohio, some would consider his music to be pop or “frat rap” (white rappers imitating “real rap”) but don’t let that skew your judgment. Cal Scruby’s music can range from hype to relaxing, but his flow is seamless and his hooks are catchy. His lyrics are full of pop culture references and vary between celebratory and positive messages to content regarding the darker sides to life. In my opinion, Cal Scruby is the next Mac Miller and deserves his recognition as Ohio’s rap prodigy.

Hip Hop Music Artist Cal Scruby

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Hopefully you check out these three artists if you don’t know who they are already. Or, if you are not into hip-hop, listen to whatever music genre you do like to help you relieve stress during this crazy time in the semester.

What are some of your favorite artists right now?

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Top 4 Summer Music Festivals

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Summer is a great break from college and is the best time to travel for music festivals and if you’re like me then you love going to them. Sure getting there and setting up your tent is a pain, the traffic is bad, and usually the weather is sweltering hot – but the memories you will have and the people you will meet is all worth it. Here are four of the best summer festivals you should check out.

1. Vans Warped Tour

Warped Tour started in 1994 as an event to pair extreme sports and punk music like 3OH!3, August Burns Red, Automatic Loveletter, Bowling For Soup, Hawthorne Heights, Motion City Soundtrack, Reel Big Fish, Relient K, Run DMT, Silverstein, and The Used (just to name a few). This year the tour goes on from June 15th to August 4th. Along with the music there is also live extreme sports demonstrations involving BMX Bikes and skateboards on half-pipes and street courses. Motorcycle stunts and human cannonballs have been included recently. The merchandise booths are also a great way to find exclusive merchandise and even chat with the band members who often staff the booths when they aren’t on stage.

Vans Warped Tour Music Crowd

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2. Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza was a tour until 2005 when it settled in Grant Park, Chicago, IL. This year it will be held from August 2nd through August 4th and will be featuring Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend, Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Tegan & Sara, Lana Del Ray, and many more. It has always hosted a wide array of rock music of all varieties, this year seeming to be mostly alternative/indie rock. Lollapalooza is one of the most ecologically conscious festivals of all time with hundreds of recycling bins, composting stations, and a hired waste management team on the grounds. Local vendors are hired to set up stations between stages and provide games and entertainment as well as promoting local businesses.

Lollapalooza Concert Stage and Crowd Tour

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3. Outside Lands

Outside Lands takes place at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for 2 days starting August 9th. Outside Lands lineup features rock and alternative bands such as Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Lights, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, and Band of Horses. Outside Lands is also one of the most green festivals you will ever go to. In The Eco Lands, you will find the famous Panhandle Solar Stage which is entirely powered by alternative and solar energy and you will find a farmer’s market, locally sourced food vendors, refillable water stations, and a recycling store.

Outside Lands Outdoor Music Stage

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4. Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot takes place late in the summer, from August 31st to September 2nd, in Seattle, Washington. Also featuring a large alternative rock line-up like Death Cab for Cutie, Fun, Heart, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Tegan and Sara, Matt and Kim, Icona Pop, Ra Ra Riot, and The Mowgli’s. Bumbershoot adds in some hip-hop/rap, pop, classic rock, and comedy. You can go watch your favorite bands and musicians play as well as get a glimpse of Bumbershoot’s Regional Theatre Program. Setting itself apart from the rest, Bumbershoot will certainly be a great end of the summer trip for festival goers looking for a unique combination of music and art.

Bumbershoot Music Festival Crowd

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What festivals or concerts are you going to see this summer? Leave us a comment below!

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