positive rap songs

Perfect: The New Single From Chris Swan!

Announcing the new single from Chris Swan and Soul Motivation Records...


I always thought that I was suppose to try to be perfect.
It turns out I was wrong.

Coming October 1st, 2018

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Influence (feat. Jarmel Reece): The New Single From Chris Swan!

Announcing the new single from Chris Swan and Soul Motivation Records...


"Everybody wanna say that dreams aren't meant to be, let's see,
Got a few believers surrounding me,
That is my influence."

Influence (feat. Jarmel Reece)
Coming September 1st, 2018

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An Apology Letter To Hip-hop

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Dear Hip-hop,

I owe you an apology.  I'm sorry I walked away from you all those years ago.  I just couldn't handle how much you had changed.  When we met, you use to inspire me with your clever lyrics and thought provoking prose.  You use to make my day better with your infectious beats.  I remember, spending entire days hanging out with you.  Back in the day, I use to lose sleep because I was so excited for my Columbia House CD's to arrive.  I knew with each package that was delivered to my house, you would deliver to me so much truth, hope, joy and excitement.  I knew every time you showed up at my house, I was going to learn something new.  I was going to experience something I've never experienced before.  And I would be inspired and challenged to create my own songs that were even half as good as the ones you gave me.

But then you changed.

You became bitter and dark.  You began to focus entirely on the negatives in the world.  You began to lose your wit and wordplay that use to inspire me so much.  Soon, all you wanted to talk about was girls, jewelry and money.  It seemed like all you cared about was immediate gratification because you saw the world as messed up beyond compare.  And don't get me wrong, I like all those things too, but come on man.  There's more to you than that.

Look, I know you've been through a lot.  I know you have had to watch a lot of injustice done to you, your friends and your family.  I know you've been pissed at the world.  And I totally understand why.  I'm pretty pissed too, sometimes.  But I know there is still hope inside you.  I know the world is not a perfect place, but you always helped me see the better side of people.  You always helped me see the good that still exists in the world.  And I need you now.  We all do.  More than ever.

I'm not saying you can't go out and fight some battles.  That's part of your responsibilities too.  But please don't turn your back on all the good stuff.  And please don't let people make you part of the problem.  You are above all that.  And it's time to show the world who you really are.

I'm really sorry I didn't understand all this better all those years ago.  I was young and naive.  Instead of trying to understand you better, I just gave up.  I should have stuck with you and encouraged you all this time, but I thought you had given up so why shouldn't I? 

I was wrong. 

You've always been there, trying to figure this all out.  I can't control you.  You are free to be who you want to be.  So I am going to let you be free.  I promise I will always look for the good in you because I know it is always there.  And I'll be here with you during the bad times too.  Right by your side.  Rooting you on. 

Thank you for being such a huge part of my life.  I'll never leave you again.  And I really believe you were meant to change the world.  I'm here to help in anyway I can.


You're #1 fan.

Pain: The New Single From Chris Swan

Announcing the new single from Chris Swan and Soul Motivation Records...

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"I deserve a life of joy and health,
I deserve to live and love myself,

Whatever it takes, I will not refrain,
'Cuz I will not be confined to this life of pain."

Coming July 1st, 2018

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Creed and Vision: The New Single From Chris Swan

Announcing the new single from Chris Swan and Soul Motivation Records...

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"It's ok to know our strength,
It's ok to know our weakness.
We use our weakness to make each other stronger,
'Cuz if one shines, we all shine longer."

Creed and Vision
Coming June 1st, 2018

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Clouds by Trip Lee

This one's for the dreamers.


This song has been one of my go-to jams for a while now.  I feel like it's time I make sure you are hip to this tune.  This song makes me smile.  This song is all about dreaming.  It's all about making sure you wake up on the right side of the bed no matter which side you actually wake up on.  You can choose every day to live for your dreams.  This is your time.  This is your spot.  And if you want to live in the clouds, do it.  It's a whole other world up there.

Way up in the clouds like I'm on one.

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Rose Garden by Shad

You can't be mad or sad while you listen to Shad.


See, I'm a rapper so that rhymed.  But seriously, Shad is quickly becoming one of my new favorite rappers.  He has such an infectious, positive energy and never does that shine as bright as it does in his song Rose Garden.  Such a fun, sample-heavy jam.  The hook says it all:

I didn't promise you a rose garden along with the sunshine,
There's gonna be some rain sometimes, watch out.

There is going to be some rain sometime and it's important to be ready for it.  But after the rain, you can kick back and enjoy your rose garden.  No reason you can't have both.  So sit back, enjoy the rain and enjoy this happy jam by Shad.

Can't cower when the rain falls.

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Dreamer by K'NAAN

It's ok to feel good!


There is power in hip-hop.  This song uses that power to remind us "it's ok to feel good."  I'm not sure if you know who K'NAAN is, but he is an amazing rapper/songwriter who grew up in Somalia, one of the harshest places in the world!  Yet growing up in the chaos over there, seeing awful things every day, he still chose to pursue his dreams.  To not give up and make excuses, but to find his way out of the chaos into the success of a career in music.  He is such a great example of what you can accomplish if you choose positivity every day, get up and get to work.  No matter where you are from, you were created to succeed!

So fight through the chaos.  Dream big dreams.  And go make them true.

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