Some days going to the gym just plain sucks, your tired, irritated, and all you want to do is lay down. It is on days like this that you must push through in order to achieve your fitness goals because the days you’re full of motivation are easy and you get it done without much thought. One of the ways you can further motivate yourself to keep moving forward during a workout and get ripped is to have some music to push yourself. Now there is lots of great music out there by not all of it is suited to making you want to move, you don’t want to be moved to tears by a song while on the weight bench do you? Most rap music is perfect for working out because of its heavy percussion and rhythm plus aggressive lyrical content it can have you feeling hype and ready to go. Now this isn’t a complete list of the best rap workout songs but it’s what I use on a day to day basis and hasn’t failed me yet. If you’re in need of a boost in your exercise program try listening to the songs on this list I think you’ll find some very good workout songs.
DMX, Ruff Ryders Anthem- You can go with the original or the remix with the Ruff Ryders crew or even play it back to back. This beat will get you in the right mood to attack the workout you have ahead of you. Actually this is true for half of DMX’s songs.
Lil Wayne, Fireman- One of his single’s off of tha Carter II album.
The Game, Higher- Higher was on The Game’s first album and was one of the best tracks. The beat hits hard and is up tempo.
Tupac, Can’t C Me- This is a great aggressive song by Tupac. Can’t C Me should most likely be played when you aren’t in a bad mood and want to workout like you have a chip on your shoulder.
T.I., You Don’t Know Me- You might have seen me in the streets…
Rick Ross, Push It- Remember in Scarface the montage of Tony coming to power and the Push It to the Limit song playing in the background. Yeah well this song by Rick Ross samples it nicely.
50 Cent, Redrum- This was a mixtape song so it isn’t very long but it is intense and aggressive.
50 Cent, Places to Go- Off of the 8 Mile Soundtrack. Great tempo and flow.
Young Buck, Cocaine- A track off of his mixtape Back to the Streets produced by the Future. I really love the beat on this song and the hook is pretty catchy too even if it’s about coke.
M.O.P., Ante Up- You might remember this song from when it came out in 2000 or you might have heard it in the Ernie and Bert Try Gangster Rap video on YouTube. Either way the beat is insane and the lyrics are extremely aggressive and will make you want to put up some weight.
Lil Wayne, I Got No Ceilings- With the Black Eyed Peas instrumental as his canvas Lil Wayne paints a picture about a wild night out on the town. This song should inject some positive energy into your workout unless you’re comatose.
50 Cent, Piggy Bank- It’s a diss track to a bunch of different rappers but I really like the part where he says get more money, more money.
Jay-Z, Takeover- I think sometimes it can be beneficial to have imagined competition during your workouts and why not live vicariously through Jay-Z as he battles Nas and Mobb Deep?
Tupac, Me Against the World- Sometimes you just feel like it is you against the world or in the gym against yourself.
T.I., Bring Em Out- This was a club hit when it came out and if it’s good enough to pump energy through a packed house I’m sure it’ll work on the treadmill.
The Game, One Blood- This song is just loud and menacing.
50 Cent, I’ll Whip Ya Head- I’m pretty sure in the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ movie this song came on during 50 Cent’s recuperation montage. So there you go get shot and need to run for the first time? Play I’ll Whip Ya Head.
Nas, Hate Me Now- The instrumental is simply epic and this is another you against the world song that helps you feed off negative energy.
Juelz Santana, Murda Murda- Don’t mind the content of the song the beat is full of heavy bass and the aggressive content only enhances its effectiveness.
Tupac, Still Ballin’- Off the Better Dayz album and featuring Trick Daddy.
G-Unit, Straight Out of Southside- This song is short but goes hard and each member of G-Unit raps one verse.
Eminem, Til I Collapse- Look at the title and explain why this wouldn’t be a great workout song.
DMX, Where Da Hood At- Between DMX and Tupac I can’t think off any other rappers that provided a track with so much energy.
Naughty by Nature, Uptown Anthem- This is a classic song from the 90s that contains all of the raw power of the streets and really is a great anthem.
Kanye West, Stronger- Now that don’t kill me, can only make me stronger.
Eazy E, Real Muthaphuccin G’s- A diss track against Dr. Dre and one of the illest beats ever.
Mobb Deep, Survival of the Fittest- A very dark instrumental filled with a sense of nihilism and despair. However the tone of the lyrics and the hook make this one that can help you focus.
Tupac, Fight Music- Fight Music was featured on a DJ Vlad mixtape and starts off with Pac’s crazy monologue from the movie Juice. Then his vocals are placed on the Hate Me Now instrumental and he is followed by a nice verse from Xzibit.
Nas, Made You Look (Remix)- Take Nas, Jadakiss, and Ludacris and put them on one of the best beats of that year and you have a fantastic remix that is electic.
T.I., 24’s- Just listen to this song, it recommends itself.
Juelz Santana, Shottas- Santana brings it on this track and is damn near screaming level throughout.
Canibus, 2nd Round Knockout- A boxing theme as a diss to LL Cool J and will work for our purposes because it progressively builds in intensity and will put you in the fighting mood.