Friday Fixat10ns: Turnt Up 2k13

School’s been in for less than a month but it’s already wearing us down. Although we might not have our summertime energy and the weather’s taken a turn for the worse, the summertime tunes endure. It’s easy to get back into the place where good feelings abound with the right music. Hoyas, it’s time to get turnt up:

New Slaves (DJ Snake Remix) – Kanye West “Yeezus” is considered by many as the best album of the summer, and “New Slaves” is one of the best tracks on it. This remix encourages more turnt up-ness than even the original.

Tom Ford – Jay Z If you haven’t heard yet, Mr. Carter has dropped the hyphen from his stage name. Don’t worry though – he still has the ability to come out with some of the catchiest beats out there. If you’re in search of a pump up song, this song or one of its many trap remixes will do nicely.

Versace – Migos ft. Drake Hip hop heads who follow the so-called “power rankings” of rappers will know that this summer was a dramatic one for the rap game. While Kendrick may claim the number one spot with his verse on Big Sean’s “Control”, Drake still makes a case for himself with this verse.

We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus Real talk: this song is catchy and was one of the most popular tracks this summer. Say what you want about Miley and her controversial VMA performance; this girl made an alright song. Hey, at least I didn’t put Robin Thicke in here, right?

Blood on the Leaves – Kanye West I try not to repeat artists but if the theme is “turnt up”, I can’t deny this song. The drop in this song will be remembered for years to come.

The Way – Ariana Grande ft. Mac Miller I promise I put this song on here for its musical merits and not because Ariana Grande is a goddess among mortals. But apparently she’s dating Mac Miller… so I guess it’s time to announce my debut in the rap game. (Call me Leezy?)

Power Trip – J.Cole ft. Miguel “Born Sinner” challenges “Yeezus” for the title of album of the summer. This song is a perfect combination of the lyricism that we have come to expect from J. Cole and the smooth voice of Miguel. The only thing that isn’t smooth about Miguel is this little stunt that was recorded in a live performance. (Scratch that. Did you see how he handled it? Still smooth.)

Numbers on the Boards – Pusha T This song is neither a summertime hit nor a typical pump up song. But if you know Pusha T, you know that he doesn’t need a conventional pump up beat to drop a great track.

Come As You Are – Nirvana An old school perspective on “turnt up”. Flashback Friday, anyone?

A1 Everything – Meek Mill ft. Kendrick Lamar And now a new school approach to “turnt up”. Meek Mill and Kendrick spit absolute fire in this song. So Hoyas, its the weekend; y’know what time it is…

The Final Push Study Playlist

This big playlist is a compilation of songs that’ll hype you up for studying. It’s time to get turnt up at Georgetown. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Lau, MSB, or your room! Wherever you’re studying, just make sure to stay focused and motivated. It may seem like life is tough now, but don’t lose sight of the future payoff:

I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ – Muhammad Ali

Friday Fixat10ns: Spring Fever

Wikipedia describes the symptoms of spring fever as “an increase in energy, vitality and particularly sexual appetite.” These may already be familiar to you as the symptoms of a coming weekend at Georgetown. Expect this heightened state of living to persist (hopefully) throughout finals. In the meantime, what better way to make use of your increased energy than to listen to the latest Fixat10ns?

Spring Fever – Elvis Presely & Shelley Fabares What is Spring Fever? To answer this question, I thought it would be appropriate to start the playlist with this song off the “Girl Happy” soundtrack.

The Sound of Settling – Death Cab for Cutie Classes are ending soon! Whip out your bucket list for this year. How far have you come since September? Still got a long list? Make use of this energy on campus and get started!

Shorty Like Mine – Bow Wow ft. Chris Brown This is for the couples on campus. Make use of the rejuvenating effects of Spring and bump some feel good tunes as you appreciate your significant other. Just stop doing it on Lau 2.

All My Life – KCi & Jojo If the last song reminded you too much of middle school, then maybe an old school R&B song can help.

Your Man – Josh Turner Just listen to this song and tell me it doesn’t sound like a springtime love jam.

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Frank Sinatra Did someone say “springtime love jam”? (Yeah, I did) Although Lauryn Hill’s version of this song holds its own, it’s always best to go to the masters. If you have no significant other to share these songs with, it’s fine…

Jamming – Bob Marley & the Wailers …you can just be jammin’ on the front lawn this week with your friends! Remember to celebrate tomorrow’s festivities with the right playlist!

Let’s Get High – Dr. Dre See above.

21 Questions – 50 Cent ft. Nate Dogg Ideally, you want to spend this weekend chilling with your crew, bumping good music, and enjoying the springtime mood. 50 Cent’s “21 Questions” belongs in any session playlist.

Changes – Tupac Enjoy the beautiful weather, the new energy of the season, and all the opportunities for crew chillin’ you can. In light of this week’s events, however, let’s not forget to bring some positive change wherever we go.

Fixat10ns: Springtime Baby Makin’

Love is in the air! Springtime is here and animals are getting busy. You know if Mother Nature wants to get freakydeeky, it’s time for everybody to get into it. Although we already have a baby-making playlist, this one takes it in a new direction. It isn’t only about the old-school Motown feel; this is about nature’s calling.

You Deserve It – Future I know Hoyas are gonna feel guilty about taking so much time off of work to get down and dirty. But look — you’ve been grinding through this semester, and you only have a little bit of time left before finals. Future’s letting you know that you should go get it.

Natural – Pro Era It isn’t weird to make this kind of thing seasonal. Pro Era claims that their flow is “so natural” with a catchy hook. In the same way, baby-making in spring is “so natural, natural my ****** completely natural”.

She Said Ok – Theophilus London ft. Big Boi This song drops wisdom on two important fronts. First, sometimes you have to be direct with your requests: “Lemme see yo’ titt*es” isn’t smooth or witty, but London makes it work. Second, “She said OK”: consent is important! It’s especially fitting that London mentions this in National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Dress Looks Nice on You – Sufjan Stevens If that’s inappropriate, I guess you can be old school and just be sweet. Acoustic always helps too.

Amorous – Jesse Boykins III Jesse Boykins III makes music that most closely identifies with the genre World Soul (it somehow makes sense with the theme of animalistic baby-making). Here’s a love song that you haven’t heard before.

Feel All My Love Inside – Marvin Gaye I KNOW I SAID IT WASN’T ABOUT MOTOWN, but if you’re making a baby-making playlist, how you not gonna have at least one song by one of the greats? It’s a great song that’s perfect for baby-making.

Lady – D’Angelo While I’m breaking promises of a baby-making playlist in a completely new direction, let me throw some D’Angelo in here just cause you know he makes you wanna sweat.

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – Temptations If you got no game, got no swag, there’s really only one thing to do. Pride isn’t gonna continue your family line.

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder wrote this song for his little girl. The joy of new life! This song expresses why nature’s getting down with it right now.

Always Love – Nada Surf Spring may be primetime for baby-making, but you can go at it any season, any time and any place. I think the cliche “Love is in the air” describes springtime the best, but it’d be best to remember that there are no limits when lovin’.

A New Look for 4E: The Soundtrack

Introducing the new and improved 4E! We’ve been working tirelessly to revamp the 4E Blog and what better way to celebrate than with a good ol’ playlist?

Beginnings – Chicago with Earth, Wind & Fire We can use a lot of different adjectives to describe the new look. Exciting, hip, going H.A.M — but the word “beginning”, or “new beginning”, is probably most fitting. Oh, and this song is bumpin’.

Reinvent Yourself – Paris Hilton I hope my friends don’t read this; I’ll get a lot of flak for putting Paris on this playlist. It’s hard to keep her off the list when she’s dropping wisdom like this though. 4E took her advice and look at us now.

A Change Would Do You Good – Sheryl Crow Now, there was nothing wrong with the old 4E. We have a lot of good memories and, yeah, it kind of hurt parting ways. But sometimes you just need a little change.

Through the Wire – Kanye West Folks at the 4E are a dynamic bunch. We love new things and new looks. Although this new site may take some getting used to, it would do us all well to heed the words of Yeezy. This song was released after his near-fatal car crash and he recorded it with his jaw wired together:: “‘Through The Wire’ is the worst thing that could’ve possibly happen to me, and now it’s obviously the best thing.”

I’m Ready – Rockie Fresh “Fresh” is the best way to describe Rockie Fresh’s music right now. It’s catchy, he has the flow, and his verses have substance. His bars ought to give direction to everyone involved with 4E (readers especially!) on how to deal with our pretty new site: “So ready, are you ready/For whatever may come, cause I’m ready/Born ready, so ready, for whatever may come”

Das Racist – Return To Innocence This song is sampled off of enigma’s original  “Return to Innocence”. I’m not so sure if 4E is about to make a return to innocence (I don’t think we were ever considered innocent to begin with), but we’re all about a new outlook on our mission to doing it big on the blogosphere: “Das Racist is running rap/run with that or run it back”. With this slick new layout, you know we ’bout to blow up.

Are – Somewhere I Been “Somewhere I been/It’s gonna be alright” – New frontiers! New layout! New posts! 4E is looking to the future, and it looks pretty good.
Death Cab for Cutie – A Movie Script Ending And this is the end of the transition from the old to the new. Big ups to my editor for spending time on the new kickass website, and a huge thank you to the readers who make our blogging worthwhile.

Friday Fixat10ns: Getting Back Wit’ It

Whether or not you’ve actually back into the regular beat of things, you will be soon. This Friday Fixat10ns is a soundtrack for all of you warriors taking on the daily grind once again. You’re not alone. Mr. President is about to head into his second term, too, So bump this weekend’s fixat10ns, knowing that President Obama is about to jump right back into work with you.

2nd Period: Shoot Down The Stars – Gym Class Heroes Take Travie’s advice; it doesn’t matter how you doing when it all starts out. Everyone understands that you got some rust. It’s time to do it big now.

I’m God – Clams Casino This isn’t narcissism or egocentric. You have to have a little self-encouragement right? I think this song may be the one I appreciate the most musically, and that’s saying something — this playlist is stacked.

‘Till I Collapse Remix – Eminem, Nate Dogg, 50 Cent,Tupac Don’t stop pushing. You gotta grind through that work. The Fourth Edition is here for you ,though; hype yourself up with this jam. Make sure you check out the original, though — it’s worth listening to.

Swagga Luke Us – T.I. ft. Kanye West, Jay Z & Lil Wayne One of the plus sides of coming back and getting back with it? You got your crew again. Rule the weekend with your squad.

World Domination – Joey Bada$$ And what do you do with your crew? Run Georgetown! Okay, I understand this is a little contrived. I really wanted to put some Joey Bada$$ on this playlist; anyone who hasn’t heard 1999 needs to get on that ASAP.

Stay Schemin’ – Rick Ross ft. Drake and Frank Montana Don’t lose your first semester flavor tho. This song reminds  you to “stayyyy scheminnnn…”

Hol’ Up – Kendrick Lamar First semester, good kid , m.A.A.d. City was the soundtrack on campus. Don’t neglect his earlier work, though. Get second semester started with this song off of Section.80.

Forgot About Dre – Dr. Dre ft. Eminem I needed a comeback song on this playlist, and this one is the classiest one I could think of. This isn’t some “I’m Back” track by a rapper you never knew was gone. This one is the return of a genius in his own right.

My President – Young Jeezy ft. Nas “My President is black/My lambo is blue/And I be goddamned if my rims ain’t too … ” Young Jeezy dropping some wisdom on you to celebrate inaugural weekend.

Young Forever – Jay Z This take on “Forever Young” is the anthem for those clinging to their youth. You’re in your Spring semester! It doesn’t seem like you’re getting old, but you are. Appreciate it. No matter how much you want to be forever young, you won’t. Do it big Spring 2013!

Friday Fixat10ns: No-Shame Weekend

Anytime during the reading week you’re not studying, the feeling of guilt from not preparing for your exam is hard to get over. This is your playlist for the last go-hard, shameless weekend before diving into your studies. These are the songs you want at your pre-game, party, and post-game. Throughout all of the playlists that I have made, I’ve tried to mix up the music styles. I did no such thing here. I put every song that I could think of that I would want to hear on a no-shame weekend. Go ham.

Billboard – S-Type Start your night off right; you don’t have many left in this semester.

Blow Up – J. Cole Just trying to start off the pregame with a couple of hype songs that aren’t too smilar. Let J. Cole bring you slowly into your no-shame weekend.

21 Questions – 50 Cent I’ve realized that a substantial number of pregames and parties here at Georgetown don’t have a lot of dancing. I blame it on the playlist; turn to the 4E for your dancing needs.

M.A.A.D City – Kendrick Lamar ft MC Eiht I tried so hard to avoid this album… but it’s too good, so I couldn’t resist. You’re listening to the future, here. You’ll tell your grandchildren where you were when you first listened to Kendrick the weekend before finals.

Loca People – Sak Noel After the pregame comes the party. Dancing’s gotta be everywhere you go this weekend, so start the party off with a bang. This tune is a sure thing when it comes to getting people  to loosen up and dance. Spanish always gets me in the mood: “Viva la fiesta/viva la noche/Viva los DJs” Good thing I’m bilingual: Viva la noche de no shame

Mercy – G.O.O.D. Music “White girls politicking/That’s that Sarah Palin” – there’s no shame in this playlist, so no need to be politically correct. There are so many reasons to play this song at any party. It’s always a touching moment to see everyone in the party going in on last word of the first few lines of the Pusha T verse… “Plus , yo, my bitch makes yo bitch look like Precious” (I don’t think Kanye really got the moral of the movie)

Big Spender – Theophilus London ft. A$AP Rocky Don’t tire out just yet — Theophilus and A$AP are a couple of New York City rappers that can bring any party to the next level. If you don’t got the cash to bump to this song, just pretend; it’s likely that nobody at the party gets bank. If they did, they wouldn’t be sipping on Sour Apple Burnett’s.

I Love My B*tches – Rick Ross Rick Ross really needs to rethink his position on women and reflect on the effects that these types of songs could have on the youth of the nation. At the same time, this song is catchy as hell, so LET’S DANCE.

F*ckin Problem – A$AP Rocky ft. 2Chainz, Drake, Kendrick Lamar “Yeah, I got finals/I got a f*cking problem” – never said by these four.

School Spirit – Kanye West Maybe it’s best we don’t turn to Kanye for moral support during these hard times: “Told ’em I finished school, and I started my own business/They say, ‘Oh you graduated?’/No, I decided I was finished/Chasin’ y’all dreams and what you’ve got planned/Now I spit it so hot you got tanned/Back to school and I hate it there, I hate it there/Everything I want I gotta wait a year, I wait a year/This ***** graduated at the top of my class../I went to Cheesecake, he was a **********ing waiter there”

Words of encouragement from the great Yeezy himself. Education is the future.

 

Friday Fixat10ns: Going Back Home

Thanksgiving Break is right around the corner, and some people are headed home this weekend. While Georgetown may seem like every Hoya’s home, it’s always nice to kick it back in your hometown with family and friends. This playlist has the songs you may have listened to back in your tween and teenage years, along with some more contemporary songs. It’s got the some of them throwback jams, so why wouldn’t you listen? Make the most out of your break — bump these tunes.

Coming Home – Diddy ft. Skylar Grey I think everyone knew this song was going to be on this playlist, and it fit too well for me to leave it out. Look at the title of the song, isn’t it obvious?

New York State of Mind – Nas Everyone has a different opinion about the real anthem of their hometown. It’s pretty hard to deny that Nas defined the New York rap experience. It was hard picking between this and Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” but Nas did it earlier, so it has more of the nostalgic feel to it.

California Love – Tupac ft. Dr Dre and Roger Troutman  Even though I rep New York City, I didn’t forget about the West Side Hoyas. It might be because I’m ignorant, but I think this song matches the criteria of “hometown anthem” the best for those of you flying out West for the break. If you’re not into Tupac (what? You don’t like Tupac?) you can substitute this out for the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Dani California” but I would advise against it.

Grew Up Fast – J. Cole Regardless of where you call home, I think all will agree that there’s some aspect of our childhood or hometown that we miss. Let J. Cole rep for your crew: “Can’t fit nothing in her pockets, she got too much ass/Like, god damn, well if you must ask,/We from the school of hard knocks, but your crew cut class.”

All The Small Things – Blink 182 Some may say that this song is soft compared to the previous ones, but punk rock was big when we were young. Even if you didn’t like this genre of music, this tune is catchy, and you probably know the lyrics from hearing it so often when you were younger. This is a real throwback, so enjoy.

Fat Lip – Sum 41 You can tell that this is in the same genre and era as the previous song because the band names of the time were done like Mad Libs: (Random Word) (Random Number). But if you weren’t jamming and feeling like a rebel to “Fat Lip” when you were younger, you were missing out.

Hey Ya! – Outkast As long as we’re keeping it throwback and nostalgic, we can up the intensity level a little. I haven’t met a single person who a) doesn’t like this song and b) didn’t jam out to it as a kid.

Kids – Chiddy Bang  The MGMT original is a great song in its own right, but the lyrics to this tune describes us well when we were younger: “Hey yo I once was a kid all I had was a dream/mo money mo problems, when I get it Imma pile it up/Now I’m dope, wonderbread we can toast/So fresh how we glow, everybody get their style from us” — we’ll love it when we see our old friends and family again, but we doing big things here in D.C.

Beautiful Girl – Sean Kingston Going back home means going back to your high school romance. Nothing’s quite like teenage puppy love so reminisce about the good times and bad with Sean Kingstong.

Jump Around – House of Pain You’re at the end of the playlist – are you home yet? If you are, get hype with this song. If you’re not, hit replay. You know you want to.

 

 

Autumn on the Hilltop

Congrats Hoyas — you’re on one of the best campuses to be on this autumn. According to thebestcolleges.org, Georgetown is sixth in the nation for best autumn campuses. As it says on the website, we should consider ourselves lucky with our “…picturesque New England trees and cool, crisp air.”

Although it may not feel like it with Hurricane Sandy knocking down some our gorgeous New England trees, the neighborhood is looking a lot better with the decorations out in force. We’ve got a distinct flavor in the neighborhood; walks around campus and the surrounding area are better than usual.

Georgetown is also highly ranked because of our Halloween traditions. As most students know, The Exorcist is a horror movie near and dear to the Hoya heart. The annual screening of the film in Gaston Hall is followed by the “Healy Howl.” Students go to the cemetery by Healy Hall and let out their best howl. (This is post is from a while ago, but this tradition also places Georgetown on the list of “10 Strange College Traditions“)

If you don’t feel too appreciative of how nice the area is looking, don’t worry. There’s plenty of time and the colors on the trees are just showing up now. The days where you can sit down on a nice green lawn and nap are numbered; enjoy your campus Hoyas.

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Friday Fixat10ns: Lighten Up

Friday Fixat10ns: Lighten Up from thehoya on 8tracks Radio.

Stress is everywhere these days. Exams, essays, late nights at lau – it’s time to lighten up. I was considering dropping a heavy, darker Halloween playlist but this week just isn’t right for it. Leaves are falling, everything is getting a bit more color to it; we need a playlist to match the campus ambience. Just let this one go on your speakers and do whatever you want.

Just a Friend – Biz Markie Any topic can be made light with the right beat and the rights bars. One of the greatest songs on a classic theme: that two-timing skank.

Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin What more needs to be said? The playlist in a nutshell.

Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant This playlist can be misconstrued as a lazy playlist, but this songs proves it all wrong. You can be laid back without being a bum. Get jumpin to this one.

Superstitious – Stevie Wonder The riffs and beat is absolutely jammin. Weather is getting nice and trees are getting pretty, so go outside and nod your head to this one. Classic.

Here Comes Your Man – Pixies And even if you don’t got one, it doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you do! Upbeat, catchy, and a song you wouldn’t mind having stuck in your head.

Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band I first heard this song while watching Space Jam (one of the greatest films ever made), and got back into it senior year summer. Everybody says the word “chill” is overused, but this song is, no doubt, chill.

Before I Got High – Afroman This playlist does not encourage any sort of illegal behavior, but it does encourage kicking it back with friends and having a good time.

The Bad Touch – Bloodhound Gang One vice for another! Good times all around!

I Want You Back – The Jackson 5 I think any input on my part would detract from the pure beauty of this song.

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley “Every little thing is gonna be alright” – you probably hear this a lot from your friends when you break down while studying. If you don’t, hear it from the man.