slytherin headgirl: a playlist

just a playlist that gives you the strengh to do whatever you wat to you.
a playlist that says: “you’ve got this” and “here i am.”

muse - survival
fun. - we are young
fall out boy - champion
simple minds - don’t you (forget about me)
marina and the diamonds - power and control
panic! at the disco - victorious
powers - legendary
sia - the greatest
marina and the diamonds - starring role
the 1975 - love me
the all-american rejects - gives you hell
fall out boy - centuries

twenty one pilots - fairly local
marina and the diamonds - bubblegum bitch
fall out boy - immortals
florance + the machine - kiss with a fist
imagine dragons - warriors
the neighbourhood - afraid
halsey - castle
ac/dc - come and get it
my chemical romance - planetary [GO!]
twenty one pilots - heathens
starset - my demons
imagine dragons - demons
the offspring - you’re gonna go far, kid
fun. - some nights
queen - we will rock you
panic! at the disco - emperor’s new clothes
set it off - wolf in sheep clothing
lower than atlantis - could be worse

bite me: a playlist

don broco - stay ignorant
guns n’ roses - live and let die
ac/dc - hells bells
kings of leon - closer
anarbor - carefree highway
led zeppelin - nobody’s fault but mine
korn - pretty
ac/dc - come and get it
green day - murder city
slipknot - psychosocial
three days grace - i hate everything about you
the pretty reckless - fucked up world
in this moment - adrenalize
iron maiden - sign of the cross
sum 41 - speaking of the devil
my chemical romance - kiss the ring`
three days grace - on my own
mayday parade - i swear this time i mean it
linkin park - faint
the pretty reckless - why’d you bring a shotgun to the party
billy talent - devil on my shoulder
skillet - not gonna die
nirvana - lithium
ac/dc - stand up
metallica - enter sandman
korn - blind
deftones - 7 words
metallica - orion
the maine - bitch better have my money
don broco - fire

The Importance of Discussing Mental Health Through Hip Hop

Mental health is a touchy subject in the hip hop community. It’s treated almost as a don’t-ask-don’t-tell deal, so few artists have even touched the subject, but it might be one of the most important for these artists to touch.

So why is it a big deal? Suicide is the third highest killer for black youth. The rates for depression and attempted suicide are consistent (if not slightly higher than) the national rates. Suicide rates for young blacks has doubled between 1993 and 2013. Yet mental health is referred to as a “white people problem,” the black community tends to ignore the mental health issue so very little has been done to change that stigma.

There is not many people stepping up and speaking about mental health in the black community. However, there have been a few hip hop artists who have used their [highly shareable] medium and their platforms to speak up about their mental health in a powerful way.

The development of the Emo Rap subgenre has only recently taken place. Artists like Lil Peep and XXXTentacion are only just gaining more mainstream attention. However many artists have come before who have paved the way to the development of this genre.

It has taken a long time for hip hop to develop to the point of being able to discuss mental health. Most of the early days were more focus on messages about problems in the ghettos or about the luxury of their wealth. It wasn’t until the late 2000′s that “emo rap” began to plant its seeds into the hip hop community.

Kanye West’s 808′s and Heartbreak changed everything in 2008. It was also followed shortly after by Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon at the start of 2009. These two albums both put mental health at the forefront of their albums, these were the first big rap albums to have emotional lyrics about pain and loss at the forefront of the content. The production of these two albums utilized the elements of punk rock, 808s, synths, and auto tune that many modern artists like Lil Peep and XXX have been using in their songs.

In between Kanye and Kid Cudi other artists have sprouted up who have discussed the issues. The biggest ones being Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, and Tyler, the Creator. Kendrick has not been as up front as some of the previous artists have been, he brings it up a few times in several songs but it all culminates on u where he speaks about some of his darkest times in life. Tyler the Creator has been putting his mental health on display since his start even having a meeting with his psychologist Dr. TC (who if you couldn’t tell, is actually just Tyler himself) on his first mixtape and first big song Bastard. He continues to speak about his issues on all his albums too.

Why is it so important that songs about suicides like XO Tour Llif3 and Jocelyn Flores hit the mainstream and reach Billboard charts? Finally, people are beginning to discuss mental health in young blacks, and who better to do that than the young artists so many young people are listening to? X is only 19, Tyler is 26, and Lil Peep is 20, Kid Cudi was 25 when he released Man on the Moon, and Kanye was 31 when he dropped 808′s.

These people have a strong pull in the youth, and have been able to push the issues of mental health to the main stage of society through music. Be sure to also check out artists like Isaiah Rashad, A$AP Rocky, and Kevin Abstract (and Brockhampton) for more artists speaking up about mental health issues in their music.

fuck me up: a playlist

songs i listen to when i feel fucked up

the maine - am i pretty?
beck - dear life
neck deep - in bloom
the cab - one of those nights
gin wigmore - hallow fate
red hot chili peppers - around the world
gerard way - no shows
the maine - thinking of you
all time low - canals
gin wigmore - kill of the night
dodie - in the middle
powers - just kids
critics - famous
critics - blues & greys
critics - i just wanna love you
billie elish - bellyache
matt maeson - me and my friends are lonely
radio eliza - answering machine
radio eliza - i [don’t] care
kacy hill - arm’s lenght
bo burnham - hell of a ride
gin wigmore - beatnik trip

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