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Star Wars x Hip Hop

Written by: Preston Thompson

May the 4th be with us today on Star Wars Day. In a planet hidden within the Milky Way called Earth, a group of Sci-Fi fans, movie-lovers, geeks, and nerds have turned May 4th into a sacred day based off the world’s most popular and referenced movie franchise, Star Wars! Its movies are the most referenced by other movies, TV shows, videos and others. Its fan base has the most loyal group who not only watch the movies and TV shows, but also buy their toys as collectors, wear their clothing, and read their comics and books in search of a story that keeps growing.

On that same planet another group spun off from its parent genre and made a name for itself. A stronghold in the music industry that even the government failed to ban, Hip Hop has taken the mantle of highest-selling genre for years, and its influence is being heard in other genres across the world. Since its rise in the 1980s, namedropping and references has really shaped the lyrical content of a song. Your brand isn’t popular if a rapper doesn’t not namedrop it.

What happens when the Star Wars Universe gets namedropped in a Hip Hop song? You get some of the hottest lyrics to hit your ears! Therefore, I (a fan of both worlds) created a playlist of 13 Hip Hop songs that referenced/namedropped Star Wars.

  • Bring the Pain – Method Man
  • Hypnotized – The Notorious B.I.G.
  • Blessings – Big Sean featuring Drake
  • Woo Hah! Got You All In Check – Busta Rhymes
  • All N My Grill – Missy Elliott
  • Venus vs. Mars – Jay-Z
  • 03’ Adolescence- J. Cole
  • Happy Valentine’s Day- Outkast
  • Rap Phenomenon – The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Redman and Method Man
  • Get By – Talib Kweli
  • Rocking with the G.O.A.T. – LL Cool J
  • Hip Hop Quotables – Ludacris
  • Rhyme or Reason – Eminem

Below, I have added a link to the playlist I created on Apple Music

#MayThe4thBeWithYou #StarWarsDay


2021 Hip Hop Movies Music New Year Pop Culture TV Year in Review

My 2021 Year in Review

               What do I love most about the end of the year? The answer is simple. It is the year in reviews. Maybe it started when I was a preteen watching BET Notarized, an all-day show that aired every New Year’s Eve showing BET’s 100 best music videos of the year with recaps from artist and celebrates during the early 2000s. Then again it could have started when channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc. looked back at the most popular events of the year leading up to the ball drop on New Year’s Day. Perhaps the years of watching I Love the 80s, 90s, 2000s on VH1 sparked my interest in looking back in the past year.

               You see, I admit I am a data nerd. I like to see numbers and trends especially when it has to do with my viewing and listening habits. I have an odd fascination with looking at my iTunes play count and top 25 most played songs just to see how songs I love stack up against other songs in my music library. And on Sunday’s I pay close attention to the weekly notifications iPhone sends about your screen time and apps you used the most during the week. If there’s a way of viewing total hours and number of tv shows/movies watched on streaming services, I want to see it just to see my own personal trends.

               I remember in 2015 or 2016 President Obama posted his favorite songs, albums, books, tv shows, and movies of the year to his Instagram page, and he still does it every year around in December. This interested me so I began posting my top 10 favorite albums of the year to my Instagram and Facebook page every year as well. The only difference is I wait until New Year’s Eve. Then Spotify and Apple came out with Wrapped and Replay, respectively, and my nerd senses would get excited to see what my most played songs, albums, and artist of the year were. What’s even more exciting is the total hours of music listened for the year.

               Which leads me to today. Now that I have this blog The Book of Think Pieces. I can do more with my year in review that time and Instagram do not allow. So, get your reminiscing on because I am about to reveal My 2021 Year in Review:

Favorite TV Shows/Docuseries of 2021:

               Invincible [Season 1] (Amazon Prime)

              Titans [Season 3] (HBO Max)

               Insecure [Season 5/Final Season] (HBO Max)

               Power Book II: Ghost [Season 2] (Starz)

               Superman & Lois [Season 1] (The CW)

               The Circle [Season 3] (Netflix)

               Cobra Kai [Season 3] (Netflix)

               Money Explained [Season 1] (Netflix)

               Squid Game [Season 1] (Netflix)

               WandaVision [Season 1] (Disney+)

Favorite Movies of 2021

               Zack Synder’s Justice League (HBO Max)

               Judas and the Black Messiah (HBO Max)

               Space Jam: A New Legacy (HBO Max)

               Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Disney+)

               Soul (Disney+)

               Fear Street 1994, 1978, 1666 (Netflix)

               West Side Story (HBO Max)

               Below Zero (Netflix)

               Black Widow (Disney+)

               Fatherhood (Netflix)

               (***Spiderman No Way Home would be on this list, but I have not seen it yet.)

Ten Most Played Songs in 2021 According to Apple Replay ‘21

               Leave the Door Open by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic – 73 plays

               95.south by J. Cole – 55 plays

               Time Today by Moneybagg Yo – 48 plays

               Hellcats & Trackhawks by Only The Family & Lil Durk – 45 plays

      by J. Cole, 21 Savage & Morray – 44 plays

               Heartbreak Anniversary by Giveon – 42 plays

               Pick Up Your Feelings by Jazmine Sullivan – 35 plays

               Still Trappin’ by Lil Durk & King Von – 35 plays

               Skate by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic – 33 plays

               Wants and Need by Drake feat. Lil Baby – 32 plays

Ten Most Listened to Artist in 2021 According to Apple Replay ‘21

               J. Cole – 41 hours

               Drake – 40 hours

               Moneybagg Yo – 20 hours

               Lil Durk – 19 hours

               Young Dolph – 19 hours

               Lil Baby – 19 hours

               Bruno Mars – 18 hours

               dvsn – 17 hours

               Key Glock – 16 hours

               Anderson .Paak – 16 hours

Ten Most Played Albums in 2021 According to Apple Replay ‘21

               J. Cole – The Off-Season – 261 plays

               Moneybagg Yo – A Gangsta’s Pain – 201 plays

               Drake – Certified Lover Boy – 186 plays

               Fisher-Price – Sooo Sleepy – 169 plays

               Travis Greene – Oil + Water – 159 plays

               Nas – King’s Disease II – 158 plays

               Giveon – When It’s All Said and Done – 146 plays

               Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic – An Evening With Silk Sonic – 132 plays

               dvsn & Ty Dolla $ign – Cheers to the Best Memories – 125 plays

               Key Glock – Yellow Tape 2 – 121 plays

Favorite Songs of 2021  

               Leave The Door Open – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic

               95.south – J. Cole

      – J. Cole

               Heartbreak Anniversary – Giveon

               Skate – Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic

               I Got It – Pastor Mike Jr.

               Wonder – Travis Greene feat. Le’Andria Johnson

               family ties – Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamar

               We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy) – Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin

               I Believed It – dvsn & Ty Dolla $ign feat. Mac Miller

Favorite Artist of 2021

               J. Cole


               Travis Greene

               Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak included)



               Moneybagg Yo

               Key Glock

               Pastor Mike Jr.


Favorite Albums of 2021

               J. Cole – The Off-Season

               Moneybagg Yo – A Gangsta’s Pain

               Drake – Certified Lover Boy

               Travis Greene – Oil + Water

               Nas – King’s Disease II

               Giveon – When It’s All Said And Done

               Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak & Silk Sonic – An Evening With Silk Sonic

               dvsn & Ty Dolla $ign – Cheers to the Best Memories

               Key Glock – Yellow Tape 2

               Various Artist – Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album

Estimated Most Used Apps in 2021

               Apple Music








               HBO Max



               Disney +