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Oct 07 2017
by Jasmine Jones

13 Songs You'll Hear at Your HBCU's Homecoming

By Jasmine Jones - Oct 07 2017
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It's that time of year again. There's no homecoming like a homecoming at an HBCU. The atmosphere is filled with unity, pride and of course music. An important part of "the culture" at HBCUs is integrated into homecoming. From the tailgating to the fashion show to the parade, and everything in between, the music is what brings us together. From trap music to old jams to 2000s hits, the selection of music captures the essence of black culture and what it means to be a student at a historically black college today. For example, "Swag Surf" has been unanimously dubbed the anthem for many HBCU students around the country. Below are some songs that you're bound to hear at homecoming. As homecoming is a time to reunite and have fun, this list incorporates songs that bring us all together while we celebrate our respective institution's legacies.


1. I Bet You Won't by Level 

This song is bound to get you hype. 


2. All Day by T-Lo

Rapper T-Lo shouts out Southern University and the Human Jukebox in this song that went viral during the #JukeboxChallenge. You can check out Southern's take on the challenge below. 


3. Bodak Yellow by Cardi B

As fast as this song climbed the charts, it made its way into the playlists at many HBCUs. While it's still a fresh song, this song has the potential to become a favorite amongst HBCUs. 


4. Wipe Me Down by Lil Boosie featuring Webbie and Foxx

Another hype song. The best part is when the crowd is in sync when Boosie's verse starts. 


5. Before I Let Go by Maze & Frankie Beverly

This song definitely makes homecoming feel like one big family reunion! There's nothing better than a song that crosses generational lines. 


6. Set It Off by Boosie

This song is an eternal mood whenever someone tries to come for our beloved HBCUs. 


7. Watch My Shoes by 3 Deep

The great thing about this song is that it's such a life lesson.


8. Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill

Meek Mill turns the heat up in this song the same way your course work starts piling up during syllabus week. 


9. Turn the Beat Up by Lil Boosie, Webbie, Trill Fam

Hey DJ, won't you play that song!


10. Back That Azz Up by Juvenile

The title is self explanatory. 


11. Swag Surf by F.L.Y.

MY national anthem.


12. Jigga Juice by Lil Josh & Ernest, Hurricane Chris 

This song may be more popular in Louisiana, but it still deserves recognition on this list. 


13. Faneto by Chief Keef

This song is still undefeated. This will be that song we'll play at family reunions in 20 years telling our kids that they "don't know nothing about this." 


These songs have become ingrained into HBCU culture. These songs will unite a crowd and always have everyone turnt. Homecoming at an HBCU is a wonderful time because it's a time when students and alumni come together to celebration history, culture, and tradition. In a sense, as students, we're making history right now as these songs will forever be recognized as ones that brought us together.


Lead Image Credit: Rachel Augurson

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Jasmine Jones - Xavier University of Louisiana

Jasmine is a biology pre-med major at Xavier University of Louisiana. She enjoys the outdoors, music, photography, and traveling. You can follow her on Twitter: @jnjones_

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