Updated: Aug 29, 2019
Featuring Kainalu “Kai” Martin’s Top Three Workout Tunes
Here are Kai’s Top Three workout Tunes:
“Dreams and Nightmares,” Meek Mill
“Mo Money, Mo Problems,” The Notorious B.I.G.
“Goin’ Bad,” Meek Mill
1. “Dreams and Nightmares,” Meek Mill
“Dreams and Nightmares” - clean version
Topping Kai’s list is the title song from Meek Mill’s debut album Dreams and Nightmares. The Intro sets the tone for the theme of Meek’s entire album, so literally that the song itself is broken into two parts. The beginning – an upbeat braggadocio depicting Meek’s ascension to the top (i.e. Dreams) – is juxtaposed by an anger-fueled tirade (i.e. Nightmares) midway through the track.
The NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles embraced the song as their anthem during a rocky journey to Super Bowl LII. Even a section of “Dreams and Nightmares” was used as their Super Bowl LII entrance song to show solidarity with Meek, who was born and raised in Philadelphia. The Eagles proceeded to win the game 41-33, earning their first super bowl. They, like Meek, succeeded despite being written off.
Following their Super Bowl victory, NBCSports Philadelphia heralded the song as “the greatest Philly sports anthem ever.” According to Drake, the “Dreams and Nightmares” intro is really one of the best rap moments of our generation.
2. “Mo Money Mo Problems,” The Notorious B.I.G.
“Mo Money Mo Problems” - clean version
Coming in second on Kai’s list of his top three workout tunes is "Mo Money Mo Problems." It is a single by The Notorious B.I.G., the second single from his album Life After Death. Released posthumously, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in 1997, replacing "I’ll Be Missing You" from the chart, Puff Daddy’s tribute to the rapper's death himself. The song is Notorious B.I.G.'s second posthumous number one single, following "Hypnotize," making him the only artist in Hot 100 history to have two number one singles posthumously. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1998 for the Best Rap Performance by a Duo Group.
The song features guest vocals by Mase and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs. The instrumental contains a sample of the Diana Ross song “I’m Coming Out,” including backing vocals which repeat the title of that song. The refrain of the song was sung by Kelly Price. Based on airplay and chart success the song is considered one of the most popular singles in hip hop history.
3. “Going Bad,” Meek Mill
“Going Bad” - clean version
Rounding out Kai’s Top Three Workout Tunes is another Meek Mill song, “Going Bad” from his fourth album Championships. The song is the third collaboration between Meek Mill and Drake, and it is the first time the two have produced a song together since 2015. They previously worked together on Meek’s 2012 track “Amen” and his 2015 track “R.I.C.O.” “Going Bad” premiered at #6 on the Hot Billboard 100 in December 2018, and within a month it was eligible for gold certification. This is Meek’s first song to crack the top 10, and t is the 33rd top 10 song for Drake.