Music is my life. It motivates, comforts and focuses me throughout the day. So whenever HUGE events take place, I always wonder what the event participants listen to as they’re preparing. What does Joel Osteen listen to before he walks into the pulpit? What does RG3 blast before running through the tunnel? And what does Barack Obama listen to before he walks onstage for a debate? Well, I found President Obama Debate Prep playlist. At least, this is how it plays in my head.

 

LL Cool J’s “Momma Michelle Said Knock You Out”

“Don’t call it a comeback, I been here for years…Shadow boxin when I heard you on the radio. I just don’t know what made you forget that I was raw?”

 

Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”

There been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long, but now I think I’m able to carry on. It’s been a long, a long time coming, but I know a change gonna come. Oh, yes it will.”

 

T.I.’s “Motivation”

You can look me in my eyes, see I’m ready for whatever. Anythang don’t kill me, make me better…Can’t even look me in my eyes, put yo face down…Spread yo rumors, kick all yo lil’ dumb shit…Punk bitch, come with all the gossip you can come with. Small thang to a giant, I can overcome this.”

Niggaz fakin’ only gonna inspire (Motivation)
All yo hatin’ is fuel to my fire (It’s motivation)
Niggaz plottin’ on the crown soft droppin’ (It’s motivation)
Hey but I ain’t slowin’ down and I ain’t stoppin’ (Motivation)
Nann nigga don’t stop my show (Motivation)
You ain’t know I don’t stop, I go (It’s motivation)
Sucka niggaz can’t make me suffer
Just make me stronger and make me tougher (It’s motivation)

 

Donald Lawrence’s “The Best is Yet to Come”

Hold on my brother don’t give up
Hold on my sister just look up
There is a master plan in store for you
If you just make it through
God’s gonna really blow your mine
He’s gonna make it worth your time
For all of the troubles you been through
The blessings double just for you


 

T.I.’s “ASAP”

“They barkin’ don’t bother me. I’ll be bombin’ ‘for they bite me.”

 

50 Cent’s “Many Men”

Many men, wish death upon me
Blood in my eye dawg and I can’t see
I’m trying to be what I’m destined to be
And niggas trying to take my life away

 

50 Cent’s “Don’t Push Me”

I need you to pray for me and
I need you to care for me and
I need you to want me to win
I need to know where I’m heading,’cause I know where I’ve been

 

Aretha Franklin’s “Young, Gifted and Black”

When your feeling real low.
Heres a great truth you should remember and know:
That your young gifted and your black

 

Jay-Z’s “My First Song”

I’m just, tryin to stay above water ya know
Just stay busy, stay workin
Puff told me like, the key to this joint
The key to staying, on top of things is treat everything like it’s your first project, know what I”m sayin?
Like it’s your first day. Like back when you was an intern
Like, that’s how you try to treat things like, just stay hungry


 

Tupac’s “Hit Em Up”

First off, eff your chick
And the clique you claim
White House when we ride
Come equipped with game…no???

 

Juanita Bynum’s “You Are My Peace”