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Hip-hop sweats. It grunts. It pulls and pushes. If there's a pause to rest, the beat always returns. And all along it swaggers and boasts and never surrenders. Hip-hop isn't just something to play during a workout

*It is a workout*. Just try to sit still through Outkast's "B.O.B." or keep your pulse steady through Kanye's "Stronger." Blast Wu Tang Clan's "Bring Da Ruckus" through your headphones and will yourself *not* to make any ruckus. Hip-hop motivates and these 50 tracks—compiled by our plate-clanging, mile-stockpiling, stadium-step-burning editors at * Men's Health*—motivate best. Turn it up. **1. "Lose Control" by Missy Elliot (feat. Ciara, Fatman Scoop
What, did you think that we were going to start things off with anything less than a nonstop banger from one of the greatest female hip-hop artists of all time? GET AT IT

Motivating lyric: Everybody here // Get it outta control // Get yo backs off tha wall // 'cause Misdemeanor said so
== 2. "B.O.B." by Outkast ==
Yeah, yeah, yeah "Hey Ya!" whatever. Three years before that pop phenom, Andre and Big Boi went as hard as they possibly could on this five-minute powerhouse from 2000's
*Stankonia*. The message: Don't say you can do anything you can't back up

Motivating lyric: You can't stop a train // Who want some? Don't come un-prepared
== 3. "Go!" by Killer Mike ==
Before they were Run the Jewels, they were Killer Mike and El-P. This 2012 track off
*R.A.P. Music* is nonstop on vocals with El-P scratching and clapping on a beat that sounds like a 100-yard dash

Motivating lyric: I go in, I go hard // I gooh my God
== 4. "Way of Life" by Lil Wayne ==
Long before
*Tha Carter III*, before Wayne's beef with Birdman, before the fallout of Cash Money, there was this laid-back, living-good 2002 jam that focused on how great it is to be, well, great. You know when you take a week or two (or a month) off from the gym? Play this for the motivation to return

Motivating lyric: Baby, I'm a stunna // I ain't goin' change it // Don't, you, know, it's a way of life?
== 5. "Go Harder" by Chief Keef ==
Sosa pushes and pushes and pushes on this 2015 dis track. And that auto-tune? The way it ratchets up the hook each beat? As if it was turning Super Saiyan? Harness that power

Motivating lyric: We be goin hard, hard, hard, hard, hard, hard
== 6. "Victory" by Puff Daddy (feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes) ==
unleashes his lyrical genius over a sample from Bill Conti's
*Rocky* soundtrack. The fact that the song was released just a few months after B.I.G.'s death adds another layer to Sean Combs heavy intro: "Yo, the sun don't shine forever // But as long as it's here then we might as well shine together."
Motivating lyric: Excellence is my presence, never tense, ever hesitant
== 7. "Parking Lot" by Anderson .Paak ==
*Malibu* had plenty of songs that begged you to crank the treadmill speed faster, but this tight-leash of a track has a quiet urgency that clips at your heels

Motivating lyrics: Coming closer to midnight and I'm wide awake // And ain't you afraid to fade?
== 8. "Talk to Me" by Run the Jewels ==
It's as if the world has ended and RTJ has commandeered the megaphone, the podium, and the masses. Who needs a personal trainer when you can have Killer Mike yell "I TOLD YA'LL SUCKAS" at you during reps?
Motivating lyric: Brave men didn'tface down in the Vietnam muck so I could not style on you // I didn't walk uphill both ways to the booth and back to not wild on you
== 9. "Street Power" by Ho99o9 ==
Sampling John Carpenter's
*Halloween* would be scary enough, but then the Jersey hip-hop-punk group goes wild in a succession vocals that feels as if you're being stalked by a madman. And the only thing you can try to do is run faster

Motivating lyric: No time for the weak I'm just tryna surviva
== 10. "The Other Side" by Dizzee Rascal ==
The grime rapper asks the questions that anyone who has ever sweat for the sake of change is very, very familiar with

Motivating lyric: How bad do you want it? // Do you really, really want it?
== 11. "Chips" by Talib Kweli (feat. Waka Flocka Flame) ==
The Brooklyn rapper goes undefeated in a sample of a 1999 Ruff Ryders' song powered by Swiss Beatz. You'll feel like you have your very own marching band behind you—one led by a full-tilt Waka Flocka

Motivating lyric: I need the ring, gimme the ring // I don't diss rappers, get in the ring // Sit in the clink before I ever sing // You see me winning, chips with my team
== 12. "X" by Kendrick Lamar (feat. 2 Chainz, Saudi, Schoolboy Q) ==
"X" stands for "10," the level Kendrick, 2 Chainz, Saudi, and Schoolboy are on, and have always been on. They issue the challenge: Will you join them?
Motivating lyric: Too much flexin' here, Go-Go Gadget this // Too much bread to get, I've been stretchin' up // Ain't no catchin' up, I don't rest enough // I don't plan for luck, I keep workin' hard
== 13. "Millidelphia" by Meek Mill (feat. Swizz Beatz) ==
Meek goes on a victory lap through his hometown on this part-ode, part-slam 2018 track. His perseverance is infectious. Give in

Motivating lyric: Wooh! // Show time! // King's back! // Ha!
== 14. "Uproar" by Lil Wayne (feat. Swizz Beatz) ==
Swizz delivers a beat that sounds like a cross between an NBA team entrance and the climax of a car chase movie. And Weezy grabs it and runs. This one's a reminder that hip-hop, like working out, isn't always meant to be taken so seriously

Motivating lyric: Aimin' at your head like a buffalo // You a roughneck, I'm a cutthroat
== 15. "No Problem" by Chance the Rapper (feat Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz) ==
You could argue whether Chance or Kendrick is the biggest name in hip hop from the last 10 years, but how can you argue with a song like "No Problem"? Chance's cadence, and a star-powered back-up crew, leads through verses that name-check Petey Pablo, Yeezus, andUncle Luke?
Motivating lyric: You don't want no problems, want no problems with me
== 16. "'Till I Collapse" by Eminem (feat. Nate Dogg) ==
This hustle-till-you drop bonanza was only heightened by its pop culture tentacles (remember that Call of Duty trailer The song remains equal parts early 2000s nostalgia and weight room noise. Crank up that iPod nano!
Motivating lyric: 'Til the roof comes off, till the lights go out // 'Til my legs give out, can'tmy

== 17. "Remember the Name" by Fort Minor (feat. Styles of Beyond) ==
In which Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda writes perhaps the greatest hype song of the century

Motivating lyric: It's not about the salary / It's about reality and making some noise
== 18. "Jesus Walks" by Kanye West ==
Miss the old Kanye? The 2004 Kanye? The I'm-Gonna-Sample-Curtis Mayfield-and-A-Tribe-Called-Quest-
*and*-The-Arc-Choir Kanye? Then play this throwback, which carries the feeling of reaching the summit of something seemingly insurmountable

Motivating lyric: The only thing that I pray is that my feet don't fail me now
== 19. "Rock Star" by N.E.R.D. ==
Pre-hat Pharrell, all angry in this revenge tune, spits his bars over guitar blasts and drum kicks that sound pulled from a Rage Against the Machine b-side

Motivating lyric: You think that you don't have to ever quit // You think that you can get away with it
== 20. "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" by DMX ==
Fun workout: Do a jump squat every time you hear "what?" in the verses. You'll have a break in the hooks. If you can make it to them

Motivating lyric: All I know is pain // All I feel is rain // How can I maintain // With madon my?
== 21. "Yonkers" by Tyler, The Creator ==
This twisted diatribe pinballs you inside the head of a sociopath on the verge of destruction. The Hitchcock-like beat pulsates as Tyler descends into madness and, at least for the 4:11 length of this song, you're too horrified to pay all that much attention to the strain of your workout

Motivating lyric: They say success is the best revenge
== 22. "Nice for What" by Drake ==
OVO puts aside his is whine-and-grind style to go crazy on a Lauryn Hill sample. Watch the breakdown!
Motivating lyric: That's a real one in your reflection // Without a follow, without a mention
== 23. "Get to Steppin'" by Junglepussy ==
This is jumprope music. This is shadow-boxing music. This is the NYC artistall over three and a half minutes of old-school. This is Billy Blanks double-time come-on come-on come-on give me more motivation

Motivating lyric: All about pace pesos // All about papes
== 24. "Ready or Not" by Fugees ==
There's a scope and a magnitude to this 1996 classic that immerses you in the thick of an action movie. Put this on during a break-of-dawn run and you'll feel it

Motivating lyric: I must confess, my destiny's manifest // In some Goretex and sweats I make treks like I'm homeless
== 25. "Stronger" by Kanye West ==
Before Pharrell and Daft Punk teamed up, Kanye sampled their 2001 "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" as the blood-pumping beat for this 2007
*Graduation* track. You probably already have this one your workout playlist, but just making sure

Motivating lyric: N-now th-that that don'tme // Can only make me stronger
== 26. "Level Up" by Ciara ==
Between all the countdowns and the clapping and the encouragement, this is like a fitness bootcamp class song-i-fied

Motivating lyric: Fake friends get dropped like weight // Team love, don't want no// I'm grindin', I'm shinin' // Up, up, up on my way
== 27. "APESHIT" by The Carters ==
Bey-Jay triplicate rapping about how amazing they are makes you want to be more amazing

Motivating lyric: // I can't believe we made it (this is what we made, made) // This is what we're thankful for (this is what we thank, thank)
== 28. "Karaoke" by Big Freedia (feat. Lizzo) ==
New Orleans' biggest voice in bounce music recruits Lizzo for three minutes of audial aerobics that leave you desperately in need of a rest period

Motivating lyric: Oh, if you live this loud, show it, show it, show it, oh // It's your moment now, sing it, sing it, sing it, shine
== 29. "Get Your Self Up" by KRS-One ==
The legend lays out the harsh truth over a beat that clomps and stomps. This isn't a song. This is a proclamation

Motivating lyric: You been knocked down? // Get yourself up! // You been shot down? // Get yourself up!
== 30. "Blood on the Cobblestones" by Ghostface Killah (feat. Adrian Younge) ==
Tony Starks time-travels in the track off the 2013 mob-horror concept album
* Twelve Reasons to Di* *e*. It's 2:35 of all-out war. Duck and cover or stand and fight

Motivating lyric: Make a lead on me, repping for the territory // No stepping on me, brethren that's a negatory
== 31. "7/11" by Beyoncé ==
Queen B grabs ahold of a monster of a trap beat and doesn't give up her grip till the last minute, which provides a sorely needed cooldown

Motivating lyric: Sweatin' out myout, sweatin' out my press // This trick about to go off, mad cause I'm so fresh
== 32. "Space Tech Banana Clip" by Babbletron (feat. MF DOOM) ==
As if the mighty morphin power of Jaymanila, Cool Calm Pete, and DJ Pre weren't enough, the trio brings in Metal Face for even more madness in a song that sounds like a treadmill set too fast

Motivating lyric: For rhyme's sake, Bonzai Buckaroo // Ahoycrabs grab Zoidberg // To the Buck Rog mechanized bird // I'm takin' a rocket trip to say "word!"
== 33.Me Now" by Nas (feat. Diddy) ==
Not even Diddy's lackluster "singing" (still love you, Combs) can ruin the epic scope of this song, which derives its grandeur from sampling the operatic "O Fortuna." Nas, lyrical guns blazing, lays waste to every adversary

Motivating lyric: I had to hustle hard never give up // Until I made it
== 34. "Momma Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J ==
Did you forget that LL was
*mean*? Every verse from this 1990 TKO is a finely constructed setup of jabs that lead to the star-seeing uppercut blows. Damage! Damage! Destruction, terror, and mayhem!
Motivating lyric: Shadow boxing when I heard you on the radio // I just don't know // What made you forget that I was raw
== 35. "Bring Da Ruckus" by Wu-Tang Clan ==
The opener to 1993's
*Enter the Wu-Tang* sounds like the moment the gun goes off, the racers grapple for positioning, and the battle for pole position changes with every turn. There's competition, yet there's teamwork. This isn't rap. This is sport

Motivating lyric: P.L.O. style, hazardous, cause I wreck this // dangerous, Isparks like Waco, Texas
== 36. "Fight the Power" by Public Enemy ==
It's a fists-pumped, line-chanted, smoke grenade soundtrack to a revolution

Motivating lyric: We got to pump the stuff to make us tough // From the heart // It's a start, a work of art
== 37. "Sabotage" by Beastie Boys ==
Mike D, MCA, Ad-Rock at their best. Goofy. Powerful. Absolutely. Time your toughest set to the surging at 2:20 and there's nothing you can't do

Motivating lyric: I'm out and I'm gone // I'll tell you now, I keep it on and on
== 38. "Gimme Some More" by Busta Rhymes ==
Busta's tommy-gun delivery sprays a swinging and swaying beat with so many lyrical killshots it's hard not to get caught up in the chaos

Motivating lyric: Fully equipped, you know we come wit' all the supplies // Got a big gun, and I'm a show you the size
== 40. "Push It" by Rick Ross ==
Of course Da Boss is going to find an excuse to rap over a song from the Scarface soundtrack. Deploy it when you need a push

Motivating lyric: I'm pushing it hard // I'm pushing it south // If he pushing a line // He pushin for Ross
== 41. "Push It" by Salt-N-Pepa ==
Because breakdancing is a workout too

Motivating lyric: Better make it fast or else I'm gonna get
== 42. "DNA." by Kendrick Lamar ==
His thesis: Whatever the odds, greatness is within you

Motivating lyric: I just win again, then win again like Wimbledon, I serve
== 43. "3230" by Vince Staples ==
There's paranoia and pandemonium in this reserved song of survival off 2015
*Summertime '06* double album

Motivating lyric: Fortress ones and fortified, just tryna build my castle up
== 44. "Really Doe" by Danny Brown (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt) ==
Danny raps like allhas broken loose and he's happy to dance in the flames. Throw Kendrick, Ab-Soul, and Earl into the End of Days carnival and you have a weird and wonderful firecracker to throw into any stale playlist

Motivating lyric: Life is like an appetite of truth andI doubleya // Life can end in vain before the end is near
== 45. "Crutches, Crosses, Caskets" by Pusha T ==
Pusha calls out false martyrdom over a busted calliope of a beat. It's a quick burst of get-up-off-the-couch-and-stop-with-your-excuses motivation

Motivating lyric: I'm Yasiel Puig // I'm in another league
== 46.Luv" by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (feat. 2Pac) ==
There's the buzzing of what sounds like an electric chair. There's the cackling of animatronic crows. And then there's the click-click-bang of gunshots that reverberate through this 1997 display of rap dominance

Motivating lyric: Life: pleasure and pain stuck in this game, holler my name! // We all gon'we bleed through similar veins
== 47. "Breath" by Fabolous ==
Remember to

Motivating lyric: And I'm getting better year by year, like they say wine do
== 48.Up" by Stormzy ==
The vast majority of the other artists on this playlist hail from the U.S. of A, but one of the best MCs in the game right now resides across the pond. Stormzy has helped put grime, the UK garage/jungle hybrid, on the map internationally, andUp" is one of his signature songs. Allow Stormzy's freestyle lyrical boasts to electrify your next workout

Motivating lyric: If you don't rate me,on you
== 49. "BOOGIE" by BROCKHAMPTON ==
The boy band scores the pop off at a dance party where everyone has lost control and all you can do is finish strong. (Or call your momma.)
Motivating lyric: I've been beat up my whole life // I've been shot down, kicked out twice // Ain't no stoppin' me tonight
== 50. "Survival of the Fittest" by Mobb Deep ==
Congratulations. You, too, have survived

Motivating lyric: You could run but you can't hide forever
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