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Music is Medicine: What’s your Story?

November 4, 2011 · Posted in reviews · 20 Comments 

Anybody who suffers from “winter blues” or crazy allergies in the fall knows that sometimes things are just too much to handle alone. Especially us cats in the northeast. We didn’t even have autumn this year. It went from summer to winter like nothing. With that being said, it seems like we had the holidays early. Music galore. Find a girl for cuff season and trying to set that mood? Download Trey Songz “Anticipation 2.” Trying to stay in shape through the winter and need to get motivated? Buy Wale’s “Ambition.” Had enough for the day and trying to just vibe out and listen to some deep shit? Buy J. Cole’s “Cole World: Sideline Story.” Shit, even Tyrese put an album out. There is music for all situations and proves my theory that music is medicine and therapeutic.

We’ve all been there before. You had a long day, or you just got into an argument, or maybe you just have nothing to do and you’re looking to fill some time. You head into your room, your car, your office, just wherever you go to have some “me” time. You sit there, mind racing, plotting your next move. You see a pair of headphones on your desk, bureau, or you turn the volume knob up a little in your car. Whether you have headphones on or you’re playing the music through speakers, you get in the zone.

You put on your “go-to” music. Always depends on the mood. You close your eyes. All the space in your mind that was occupied with so many thoughts is now being overtaken with the words of your favorite artists. The tension you felt is now being relaxed as you allow the music to take you away. If you’re in the shower, then you are hosting a concert. You grab the shampoo bottle and sing or rap your ass off as if there were people on the other side of that curtain. You kill it every time.

If you’re in your room lying down, then you’re slightly head nodding, moving your feet, letting someone else explain how you’re feeling. You’ve probably never met who you’re listening to, but yet they understand you better than anyone. They can speak for the heartbreak. They can speak for the anger, jealousy, vengeance. They know what its like to miss someone, to be misunderstood, to have the fair weather friends. And as you sit, lay, drive, bathe, you feel as if you’re getting more and more off of your chest, without saying a word.

You might be wondering why I’ve decided to write this? I’ve had countless conversations with my friends about this. We talk about how nothing compares to music when we feel distress. I always like to say music is my medicine. Why pay for a shrink? When something or someone is not available to vent, music always is. I want to see how many of you agree. How many of you have been in the situations I stated above? What’s your fondest memory of when music helped you through a situation?

Having this conversation with my friends was pretty cool to hear. Everyone has a story and I would love the fans of KillerHipHop to share theirs.

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20 Responses to “Music is Medicine: What’s your Story?”

  1. e.dialect on November 4th, 2011 9:07 pm

    I can totally relate. This past summer, i had issues involving my family and friends.( this happened at the end of June). I was so stressed with everything that was going on around me and eventually i started feeling down. A couple of weeks later, Kendrick Lamar drops section .80. Hearing that album changed my life. songs like ” keisha’s song” made me feel like “this is like a true story and i’m sitting here mopping about a temporary issue”. Eventually i started doing my homework on Kendrick and i came to fall in love with his music.. I have music for everything.. when i feel angry i just put on “the Eminem show” and i seem to feel the tense releasing. Music is essential to all of us, not matter what our taste is. I can say i probably would have lost it if i didn’t have music.


  2. Sarah Pie on November 4th, 2011 9:13 pm

    This is so true.. Whenever I need new music I always come to your site and I appreciate your interest in hip hop and diversity as a blogger keep goin!


  3. yessir on November 4th, 2011 9:18 pm



  4. Amilleon L. on November 4th, 2011 9:22 pm

    I Agree, Music definitely changes my mood when i’m down/depressed or stressing. besides shopping it’s my therapy.


  5. Pedro on November 4th, 2011 10:04 pm

    That’s true. If I have a good day, be sure Big Sean is in the tracklist. Chill day means The Weeknd’s day. Shit time, Lil Wayne got it. Everyday, everytime: Drake, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. They are the realest rappers out there. Eminem isn’t necessary to mention, he the king.
    KHH real fan.


  6. Mike abate on November 4th, 2011 10:09 pm

    Cosign what you said bro…this happens like everyday, for every mood you can find a song or artist you can relate to; Anger(Em) Ballin(Wayne). conscious(Kendrick) depressed(weeknd)…list goes on !!!


  7. SANETALLA on November 4th, 2011 10:36 pm

    Totally agree. I cant get apart from my ipod cuz in every mindstate i am, there is always an artist or a song that suits it!!! (sorry for massacring your language im francophone)


  8. kylue on November 4th, 2011 10:37 pm

    a lot of times when i wake up in the morning and head into the shower the first song i play is mac miller’s best day ever, and i feel like that song always gets me to look at the start of the day in a positive way already. then i usually adjust my playlist for the following songs depending on my mood


  9. catherine on November 5th, 2011 12:13 am

    this honestly explains how i feel right now. had a shitty day, came home and put my headphones in, and now its all better.


  10. ohREALLY on November 5th, 2011 12:16 am

    Been a long day at work….get off, roll up and just chill and vibe to the music, nothing better releases the Stress! Nice post


  11. African King on November 5th, 2011 1:20 am

    real shit G. today I feel a lil lower cos I havent heard anyone’s music to get me vibing normally. Im usually bumping kendrick’s LP, section 80, cole world, ab-soul LTM 1 and 2(just to make me think about life in general) and Jay and kanye, asap rocky and danny brown to get on my swagga mode every time I live the house


  12. JG on November 5th, 2011 2:01 am

    J.cole’s “Rise & Shine”, “Lost Ones”, “Villematic” (plus a lot more)..also Kanye’s “Runaway” & “Blame Game”…ALWAYS ON MY LIST!


  13. J B on November 5th, 2011 3:13 am

    I’m getting ready to leave off to college and and going to be first in my family to do so and I’m already beginning to feel how life is gonna be without my fam, I always listen to Friday Night Lights by J Cole and it basically tells me like my life ” Home for the Holidays” , “Farewell”, ” Before I’m Gone”, and others


  14. SteveSwell on November 5th, 2011 4:02 am

    Reading this makes me wanna become a writer for this site. So deep and true


  15. WhatSheOrder?GordansFisherman on November 5th, 2011 8:51 am

    “And as you sit, lay, drive, bathe, you feel as if you’re getting more and more off of your chest, without saying a word.” I love that line :)


  16. diarmuidc37 on November 5th, 2011 1:36 pm

    So true. I’m nearly 17 and I suffered 2 stress fractures to my spine at the age of 14 through sport. It ruined my life, I wasnt able to attend school or play sport again, which are any childs main social outlets. I went from being poplular, and one of the best athletes in the school and county, to isolation at home with nothing but my chronic pain to accompany me, and after numerous spinal operations in 2010, the breaks still haven’t healed or fused around the screws holding the bones together, this year was extremely hard as I spent the WHOLE summer, every single day working out no matter how much pain I was in. I set goals in August that I would be able to attend school on a full time basis, and get a part time job, and be able to return to sport at some level in the future, I have acheived all of those goals in three weeks of determination, and hard work. But what fueled my ambition?? I was too sore to care enough about my goals, as the pain drained my enthusiasm and passion. One thing kept me going even though it was sometimes to just go through the motions, MUSIC. Hip-hop and R&B are such personal art forms, and helped soothe me at my lowest moments. Conversational songwriters like Drake, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Eminem, Rick Ross, 50 Cent and Kanye West were able to help me through those dark & lonely instances, when I was working out I needed to think 100 thoughts a second so I could cope, so fast flow rappers such as Chamillionaire, Ludacris, all Shady 2.0 artists, Jay-Z got me through that. The chilled Kush and OJ mixtape & The Weeknd’s command of mood helped me to sleep, and Tyler the Creator’s moody music fused with how I felt sometimes, they were of a great help, along with my favourite Lil Wayne, amongst other hot newcomers like B.o.B, J. Cole, Big Sean, Big Krit, Meek Mill and even Kreayshawn is fun to listen to. Music is my Saviour for real, my Hip Hop filled iPod is my most prized possession for real.


    Pedro Reply:

    @diarmuidc37, I’m gonna save this to motivate me when I feel down.


    TheMikeDaSilva Reply:

    This is inspiring bro. Thank you for sharing that with us.


    diarmuidc37 Reply:


    Thanks, it’s awesome to know I actually might help people so it’s no problem to share my story. :)

    By the way I gotta mention this site; and are both awesome and I wouldnt know what to do without you guys so thanks for all your hard work, it doesn’t go unappreciated :D


  17. Big G on November 6th, 2011 3:42 am

    I’m passin some harsh shit shit right now. It’s gotta do with my family and my girlfriend all together. If music wasn’t here, i don’t if i would continue going on. Thnaks to this site, I discover great music that keeps me going on. MUSIC IS MEDICATION


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