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10 Songs That Speak to the World Changer in All of Us


public_enemyThe written word is powerful and some may say that the spoken word is even more powerful but when you put powerful words to melody there is no denying the impact a song can have. In an era where twerking has become a verb, people want to be fresh as hell if the feds are watching, and gold is all in someone’s chain, it’s great to look back on songs that had some possible life changing content.  Some songs make you want to fight against the system, some want to make you analyze what is happening around you, and others just make you believe in the absolute wonder of  you.  These are 10 songs that made you want to “Get Up, Get Out, and Get Something.”

10.Tomorrow – feat.

tevin campbellThis song was literally the graduation song for anyone graduating in the early 90’s. With the simple lyrics, “Tomorrow will bring a better you a better me, you know that we’ll show this world we got more we could be..” It made many kids believe in themselves. “Tomorrow (A Better You, a Better Me)” is the title of a song originally recorded by The Brothers Johnson as an instrumental in 1976 on the album Look Out for #1. In 1989, Siedah Garrett wrote lyrics to the song, and it was recorded by Quincy Jones featuring Tevin Campbell on vocals for the album Back on the Block.


9. Fight the Power –

public_enemyMan this song used to get me amped up! “Fight the Power” is a song by American hip hop group Public Enemy, released as a single in June 1989 on Motown Records. It was conceived at the request of film director Spike Lee, who sought a musical theme for his 1989 film Do the Right Thing. First issued on the film’s 1989 soundtrack, a different version was featured on Public Enemy’s 1990 studio album Fear of a Black Planet. My favorite line from this song is “Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant sh*t to me you see, straight up racist the sucker was simple and plain, mother f*ck him and John Wayne.” Enough said.

8. Get Up Stand Up- Bob Marley

1007349-bob-marley-617-409“Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your rights” is all you need to hear from Bob Marley and you are ready to hit the streets to protest. Either that or smoke a joint then go protest. Relax…I kid I kid!  “Get Up, Stand Up” is a reggae song written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.
The song originally appeared on The Wailers’ 1973 album Burnin’. It was recorded and played live in numerous versions by The Wailers and Bob Marley & The Wailers, along with solo versions by Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. It was later included on the compilations Legend and Rebel Music, as well as Live recordings such as Live at the Roxy among others.

7. A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

sam cookeAs soon as hear, “I was born by the river…” You can’t help but feel the emotion Sam Cooke put into this song and the message he was conveying that spoke to the moment. “A Change Is Gonna Come” is a 1964 single by R&B singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, written in 1963, first recorded in January of 1964, and released under the RCA Victor label shortly after his death in late 1964. Though only a modest hit for Cooke in comparison with his previous singles, the song came to exemplify the 1960s’ Civil Rights Movement. The song has gained in popularity and critical acclaim in the decades since its release, and is #12 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

6. Self Destruction – Various Rappers

selfdestruction“Funky fresh dressed to impress ready to party, money in your pocket, dying to move your body.” Those particular lyrics are not that inspiration but they are memorable as MC Lyte dropped a few jewels in her verse for the collaborative effort with her fellow rhyme sayers to help stop the violence in hip hop and the black community. “Self-Destruction” was produced by KRS-One and D-Nice of Boogie Down Productions (Hank Shocklee of the Bomb Squad is credited as an associate producer), and featured the following:

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Hassahn is no stranger to the power of words. Just as Lebron took his talents to South Beach, the Chicago native has taken his talents to Hollywood and beyond. His ability to manipulate the English language has led to a career using his gift. He currently writes songs for TV/Film; he has co-written a book alongside Dr. Kerby T Alvy Ph.D; Hassahn produced and wrote DEMOs documentary film, and of course he scribes for Radio Facts on the daily.

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