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The Hawk’s Playlist: celebrating Black artists

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GRAPHIC: RACHEL KWOK ’22/THE HAWK

With the start of Black History Month, it is only right that we tip our hats to the Black artists who have transcended the music industry. This playlist will have you highlighting and commemorating Black excellence every day — as we should.


Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill

If you know good music, you definitely know Ms. Lauryn Hill. This debut solo single of hers from 1998 still has people singing along passionately in 2022. The song is quite arguably what made Ms. Hill one of the most famous artists of her time, being her only song to hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.


Before I Let Go – Beyoncé

Take a minute and think to yourself: is there anyone who does not know the legend that is Mrs. Carter? The answer is no. Although we could dedicate an entire playlist to her songs, “Before I Let Go” emulates the feelings of celebration everyone deserves to feel when honoring Black History Month, and everyday for that matter.

Best Part – Daniel Caesar (feat. H.E.R)

This is easily one of the prettiest songs I have ever heard from two of the most gifted artists of our generation. The breathtaking vocals and sweet serenation make it nearly impossible to not smile as you listen. The song in itself stimulates positive vibes, and is a perfect way of honoring two incredibly talented Black performers this month.


Wishing for a Hero – Polo G (ft. BJ the Chicago Kid)

As one of the most popular up-and-coming artists of our generation, it is no wonder that Polo made it onto this list. This song in particular explores the struggles of being a Black man in America, and does so in a way that is lyrically powerful. Whether it is the lyrics alone or Polo’s vocals on top, there is no denying that this song is a masterpiece in its own right.


All The Stars – Kendrick Lamar (with SZA)

This iconic collaboration of two of the most beloved artists of our generation is the perfect way to conclude the playlist. Both Kendrick and SZA are incredibly accomplished artists in their own right, but there is something about their coming together that makes this song so powerful. It is no wonder it has multiple nominations for Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Academy Awards. Take a listen for
yourself and you’ll immediately feel how influential this song is. Chills.

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