Music Mix: 19 lbs. Down – Rise & Grind

This month, I find myself starting my health and wellness journey and making significant changes to improve my life. Last week in “Can Music Affect Your Health & Wellness?”, I discussed trying to find ways to incorporate music into my daily routines. My first step is to become more active, exercise more, and use music as a motivational tool.

Initially, I created January’s music playlist, 19 lbs. Down, to help me through my workouts; however, I quickly discovered that my musical mood changes depending on the activity. After some thought, I decided to split my playlist into two parts, Rise and Grind. I consider both living playlists, which means there will be monthly song additions to keep them fresh throughout the year. Check out both playlists, whether you are working out or just want to hear some new music.

19 lbs Down – Rise features house, EDM, R&B, and hip-hop music from artists like Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, and Ciara. The playlist is a mix of upbeat songs that will get you revved up for a morning or afternoon workout.

19 lbs Down – Grind features a heavy dose of hip-hop with a little R&B from artists like Cardi B, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Swizz Beatz, Drake, and more. This mix is perfect for time when you need to focus or push through your workouts.

Don’t forget to follow me here on Spotify for access to other playlists and monthly updates.

Trey Payadue is a contributing blogger and curator of music for The Black Unicorn Project. He was raised on the west bank of the New Orleans Metropolitan Area in the small town of Marrero, Louisiana. Brought up in the Black Catholic church, Trey was completely immersed in New Orleans music and Black culture through local fairs and famous celebrations like Mardi Gras, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Essence Fest. He was also exposed to various styles of music, such as gospel, pop, rock, funk, hip-hop, bounce and his first love, rhythm & blues, at a young age. His inherent love and appreciation, paired with his exposure to New Orleans Culture and events, ignited an infectious passion for music. Trey quickly became known as “The Music Man”, amateur house party DJ and the mixtape go-to guy for new music. Currently, Trey juggles a 9-5 while moonlighting as a curator of good music, a patron of popular music and Black culture, and a student of where all three intersect. Follow him on Instagram & Twitter @SumthinSevere and get access to shared playlists on Spotify.

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