Rhyme Junkie editor Joye Pruitt has compiled several tracks to highlight her Twerkin’ Tuesdays Hip-Hop Playlist.
Hip-Hop has the power to dictate a mood and there’s nothing like a City Girls track to get the day started. Artists like Megan Thee Stallion and Saweetie are examples of a trend in all women that requires them to be true to themselves in life and especially in the moment.
The early part of the week can be a drag and with Monday just behind us, it’s hard to stay excited for what’s ahead until the weekend. Let this playlist be a reminder to have a little fun and remain motivated.
Old School Shake
Songs like “Back That A&& Up”, released 20 years ago, are officially classified as old school twerk music. Yet, when you hear Juvenile’s voice echo through speakers, there’s a bum-rush to the dance floor. The classic which featured Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne remains a crowd-pleaser especially when it’s time to liven things up.
Not an oldie, but still a goodie.
Premiering in 2009, “How Low” by Ludacris is not yet an oldie, but it’s not going to get much spin on the radio nowadays. Yet, the vibe when it comes on is all the same. This is true for songs like “Booty Me Down” recorded by Kstylis and “Bring It Back” released by Travis Porter both after 2010.
That’s the beautiful thing about music. At least the good music. Music intended for a good time forces that feeling even 10 years down the road. Nicknamed by Child’s Play films, Lil Chuckee introduced fans to “Da Wop” in 2012 with the assistance of a sample from Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti”, and it’s never failed to be a rump-shaker.
Women in hip-hop have created multiple avenues to express themselves in the game. Artists like the City Girls and Saweetie have a tongue-out, strong-willed approach to their bars. “My Type” celebrates Saweetie’s unwillingness to reduce her standards and she’s completely unapologetic about it.
“Twerk” by the City Girls which features Cardi B and “Believe Dat” performed by LightSkinKeisha are both songs that drag women to the floor. “Young Keisha, I’m on fire you betta’ believe dat” blares over the speakers on top of a “Back that A&& Up” sample and the music almost travels through you.