“Swing for his fences…I’m a beast. I’m the reason all the people leaving out their seats. If this had came easy, everybody’d be good…”
As a Wale stan who just went to see him in concert a few days ago, I thought of this song and had to post it as this week’s Inspirational Jam!
“Keep the Hustle” with Wale and producer/singer A.R. Rahman was created for the Disney film Million Dollar Arm. I remember watching the movie and hearing Wale’s distinct voice, and fell in love with the song.
The track has a great Indian vibe (since the movie focuses on Indian baseball players rising up). More importantly, the message encourages listeners to grind hard for the results you want. It doesn’t come easy and never really will, but, once you reach the top, it will all be worth it. Definitely one of my favorite tracks ever.
“Ambitious girl, you just wanna win, and you’d rather chase your dreams than to try to chase these men…”
This Inspirational Jam today is just for the ladies. And it’s…less of a song, but more of spoken word set to music.
Wale‘s poem “Ambitious Girl” is for all of the women out there working their butts off to achieve their dreams. It’s not always a pretty or perfect journey. It can be downright rough, if we’re honest. But our dreams are much bigger than any level of discomfort or fear, and we grind hard to make them into reality. Wale celebrates that and encourages us on this track, as he has on others.
I played this ALL THE TIME when it first came out. Seriously. It was a ringtone. It was my alarm. It was playing in my ears on my way to class or when I was typing up papers in college. It was serious motivation back in 2010 going into sophomore year, and still continues to be. I hope it inspires some of you other ladies, too.
“I thought about how good this life is…back in the day, it wasn’t always like this…”
—Chuck Brown (“Beautiful Life”)
Chuck Brown, the famed godfather of go-go music, is and always will be in Washington, D.C., and the DMV as a whole. Being from around there, I grew up hearing him on the radio all the time On August 22, he would’ve celebrated his 81st birthday, so I would like to honor his legacy and memory with this track.
The song “Beautiful Life” was the title track of Chuck’s last album, released posthumously in August 2014. Featuring my favorite rapper Wale, it’s all about being grateful for and enjoying the life you have, even if you aren’t some big time star. I need to hear this one every now and then, because it serves as a reminder to focus on the important things in life—faith, family, friends, etc. It’s a reminder to, instead of focusing on what I don’t have, to enjoy the beautiful life I DO have and the wonderful people that surround me.
“May the sun kiss you, unconditional. I pray each and every lyric get to you on this third rendition for you and your ambition boo. Bloom.”
–Wale (“The Bloom [AG3]”)
Last night, I went to go see my favorite rapper’s Wale at one of my local radio station’s WPGC 95.5‘s 30th Birthday Bash. My body is paying for it (I keep forgetting I’m closer to 30 than 20), but the night was LIT!
Anyway, in honor of last night, today’s inspirational jam is from my fave, as he gives another tribute to the ambitious girls out here with “The Bloom (AG3)” featuring Stokely Williams. Having released two versions of “Ambitious Girl” previously, this third rendition is upbeat and catchy as Wale continues to encourage us to stay true to our wild and crazy selves while we get on these goals. And the video was shot in the beautiful Anguilla, which makes it all the more amazing to watch!