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Top Blazin' Hip-Hop Songs You Need in Your Running Mix

I've been running for 4 years now. And trust me, before that, the only time you would have seen me run was from danger. But as I've grown as a runner, I've learned the right music can push you beyond your (mental) limits. This list is a compilation of some of my favorite hip-hop songs to listen to while running. Why hip-hop? Because there's something about someone telling you to stay on your grind that will inspire you to give that extra effort. Some are included because the beat is a good running rhythm, and others also include some great words of inspiration. If you're a runner, try them out. If you're not, well I just made you a pretty good mix tape.

Also: These songs are in no particular order. They could work on shuffle, you could arrange them to fit with the type of run you are planning to do. It's up to you!

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    DJ Khaled We Takin Over

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    THIS SONG IS THE BEST!! WHICH SONG??? THIS ONE!!! Okay, so Khaled might be ridiculous, but this song is fire. And it features every rapper that put out a song in 2007.
    I think he sent an email or group text out that was like COME TO THE STUDIO?? WHICH STUDIO?? MY STUDIO!! And then everyone showed up and laid down a verse. And then I think there's a remix that features every other rapper in the universe, just so he can actually cover every city, since they're taking over one city at a time. This is a another great "cockiness" builder song. And you'll want to run from Lil Wayne since he wants to feed on rappers or beats.
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    Outkast BOB

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    Ranker isn't letting me edit this so it's "B.O.B." (Bombs Over Baghdad) not "BOB". Whatever. Anyways, this is a great song to run too, the fast beat will push you to run a little bit faster, and the steady back beat will keep you on pace. It's also a great song to use if you're doing speed work.
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    Young Jeezy I luv It

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    "You gotta drink a red bull, you can't sleep on life". Talk about being on your grind, this song will push you to keep going. I recently saw Jeezy in concert and I'm convinced that I want to hire him as my life coach. When you look in the sky, you might see clouds, Jeezy sees opportunity. This song is all about focusing on your goal and letting all the other stuff fall to the side. Just you know, Jeezy's goals might differ slightly from yours or mine. But, still, open your eyes, you're a blessing in disguise.
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    Talib Kweli Get By

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    The Nina Simone sample is what makes this a great track. Plus it's amazing all around, and one of my favorite songs. Find the strength in yourself as you let this song inspire you to push through.
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    Ghostface Killah Daytona 500

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    This is just an amazing song. Ghost does have that s**t that will keep you vibin, and this song will bring out your finest running.
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    TI ASAP

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    T.I.'s music often has the same effect on me that watching The Wire does. It's like I get into the mindset of being a dope boy, or "hopper", not caring what anyone thinks, just focused on my grind. Except that I'm a white woman with a masters degree and a professional career. But that same focus and "hustle" that rappers like T.I. exemplify in their lyrics, that energy can be put into any goal in life. Including improving your running time, running farther than you have before, taking this song to run just a bit faster.
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    Lil Wayne Let The Beat Build

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    I recently saw Weezy in concert, and as I was commenting back and forth with my best friend via text about the ridiculousness of some of his lyrics (see full review of the concert here: http://pleasestopit.tumblr.com/post/175651493/a-commentary-of-the-ball-til-you-fall-summer-jam), he started in on "Let the Beat Build" and I remembered that one of his lines in this song was one I would quote to myself while running "I can see the end at the beginning, so I'm not racing, I'm just sprinting". Let the beat build up your run, this is a great mid run pace song.
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    Dilated Peoples This Way Feat Kanye West

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    This is another good pace song, and also a great inspirational song to push you through your run, especially if you're reaching that point of fatigue about midway through: "This time I made up my mind, this time I'm back on my grind". Get it!
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    Danger Mouse Jemini Medieval feat Pharcyde

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    Danger Mouse is an amazing producer. This song is a great pacer song. It's a good melodic, steady beat that will guide you through your run.
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    The Pharcyde Runnin

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    The Pharycyde's Labcabincalifornia is one of my favorite albums of all time. It's one of the first ones I used to steal from my brother all the time growing up and one that whenever I listen to I am brought back to an amazing world of nostalgia. This song might seem like an obvious choice, but it's an amazing song and does fit great on any running mix.
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    T.I. Top Back

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    This is one of my favorite T.I. songs, and probably one of my favorite songs (of all musical genres) to run to. It's an amazing beat, and it's a song that will push you through that last mile or get you going in that first mile to start off a great run. I can't even tell you how many times I've been at the end of a run, but gone an extra 1/2 mile or so just because this song came on.
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    Nas Let There Be Light

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    This is a great song to have on longer runs. It's a great thinking song, a great "yes running is hard, but I can do this. Look how far I've already gone." Sometimes you need a fast song with a good beat, sometimes you need a more slowed down introspective song to let your mind focus. And running is the greatest thinking exercise.
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    T.I. Big S**t Poppin

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    If this song isn't already on your mix, add it. It's a great beat to keep your running rhythm up at top speeds, and again, you can pretend in your head that you are that cocky. Or you know, maybe some call it arrogance, when it's actually confidence.
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    Bow Wow Fresh Azimiz

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    Don't hate. This song was hot. And it's a great beat to run to. If you're swag's been cuttin' in and out this song will bring it back on. "Hot and cocky with it, cause you know that you can, man". This another song where that cockiness that works so well in hip-hop will inspire you to give it your all.
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    Common Go

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    Common is one of my favorite MC's. And this song is great, and sort of an obvious choice for a running mix, except that it's not about running (wink). But the melody is great, especially for a mid-run,"I just need something to keep the pace I'm at" song.
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    Kanye West - Touch the Sky (featuring Lupe Fiasco )

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    Really the song you're running to is the Curtis Mayfield song used in the sample (also featured in one of my favorite Cutty scenes from The Wire), but it's also good to listen to a song about going for your goals and touching the sky when you're trying to get your run in. "You're on top of the world, baby! On top of the world". Thanks, Ye, I needed that extra push.
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    Lil Wayne Got Money

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    When most rappers talk about hustlin and being on their grind, they're talking about a specific type of hustle and grinding that I'm going to encourage readers of Ranker to NOT engage in. BUT the focus and determination that is encouraged to succeed as a trapstar can be transferred to other in areas of life. Including your exercise. Stay on your grind, run that extra mile. Do that 1/2 mile just a few seconds faster. Then have someone question your gender, if you're a female.
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    Del tha Funky Homosapien Disastrous

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    One of my favorite del tracks, off one of my favorite albums. This is just a great track to hype yourself back up.
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    The Roots Here I Come

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    This is a song that will give you that "I am running with purpose" mentality that you sometimes need to get through a tough run. It just sounds like a song that should be on a running mix.
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    Lil Wayne A Milli

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    Any song that's basically an example of unabashed cockiness that has to exist in hip-hop is a good song to run to. Pretend you're talking s**t to those other runners that you left behind in your dust (except don't actually do that, smile at runners when you pass them), but if that exaggerated confidence pushes you to run faster and farther, that's what's up.
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