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Artists To Add To Your Playlist This Black History Month

With Black History Month underway, there’s no better way to celebrate than with music. Black history started and still lives on through music and has deep roots in all genres. Here is a list of artists you should consider adding to your playlist.

1. Musiq soulchild

Musiq Souldchild is an early 2000’s artist. His music is generally associated with Neo-soul. Songs like “Halfcrazy,” “Love” and “Girl Next Door” are a must when relaxing after a long day.

2. India.arie

Similar to Musiq Soulchild, India.Arie debuted in the early 2000’s as well. She’s another Neo-soul artist with a hint of funk. Her entire album “Acoustic Soul” features hits geared towards healthy love with oneself, partner and community.

3. Bone thugs-n-Harmony

This group was a staple in the 90’s that everyone should listen to. They came straight out of Cleveland, Ohio, and they rap about the struggles of growing up in Cleveland and what it was like. The most popular songs are “Thuggish Ruggish Bone,” “Tha Crossroads” and “Foe Tha Love of $.”

4. Lil durk

Lil Durk has been around since the 2000’s, and every year he’s become increasingly popular. He’s another rapper that speaks on coming up from the struggle, as well as his love for his girlfriend India. Best listens include “Hellcats & Trackhawks,” “Still Trappin'” and “3 Headed Goat.”

5. Trina

Trina could be the mother of new age female rap. She started the wave of women taking back their sexualities and putting them out there to the public. She’s the best to listen to when tapping into hardcore feminine energy. Example songs are “Hot Commodity,” “You Ain’t Nothing” and “Clear It Out.”

6. Jill scott

Becoming popular in the 2000’s, Jill Scott is a sweet vibe to listen to. Her voice is beautiful and smooth with a mix of Neo-soul and 70’s funk. With songs like “Crown Royal,” “Golden” and “Hate On Me,” she’ll empower you on a more relaxed level.

Aja Jones

Bradley U '25

Hi, I'm Aja and I am a Psychology and English double major. I'm spontaneous and I love to be on the go especially when I'm in my hometown of Cleveland. Even though I have an outrageous personality, I enjoy chill things the most such as watching anime, reading, writing (in all forms) and sleeping.
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