27 Contemporary Songs That Capture the Black Experience | Playlist
On this robust, socially conscious playlist, we examine 27 contemporary songs from 2013 and beyond, that capture the black experience.
Over the years, as a freelance music journalist and blogger, I’ve dabbled in many topics that have served as ‘fuel for the fire’ for playlists and various posts. However, far too seldom have I written about the black experience and black social issues. Why? That’s a great question. Perhaps it’s because it’s an experience I’m all too familiar with, being black myself. Regardless, let this playlist be a soundtrack that sheds light on black culture, experience, issues, life, and otherwise.
There are numerous songs from the past that speak on being black as well as the struggles. These are classics that include the troubling “Strange Fruit,” “Young, Gifted & Black,” and “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud.” But also, the 2010s have seen a new crop of songs that convey blackness in their own right. This list features songs courtesy of Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Logic, Jay-Z and many others.