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By: Asa Gibson

My Pandemic Playlist

Apple Music


Go Crazy - Chris Brown & Young Thug

Laugh Now Cry Later - Drake ft. Lil Durk

Talk to Me - Drakeo the Ruler ft. Drake

Drankin N Smokin - Future & Lil Uzi Vert


ONE WATCH - Gunna ft. Young Thug

Dead Presidents II - Jay-Z

Stay Down - Lil Durk, 6LACK, Young Thug

Fox 5 - Lil Keed ft. Gunna

She Know - Lil Keed ft. Lil Baby

Hibachi - Lil Keed ft. Young Thug

Wanna See You - Lil Keed ft. Young Thug

Get Fly - OhGeesy ft. DaBaby

Paranoia - Pop Smoke ft. Young Thug & Gunna

Perc Popper - Shoreline Mafia

Crash Dummy - Shoreline Mafia

Quarantine Clean - Turbo, Gunna & Young Thug

Worth It - Young Thug

Rich N**** Shit - 21 Savage & Metro Boomin ft. Young Thug

4 Da Gang - 42 Dugg & Roddy Ricch

Back in Blood - Pooh Sheisty ft. Lil Durk

Cameras - Jay Critch ft. Nick Mira & jetsonmade

Purple - Nas

Fuckthepopulation - $uicideboy$

My Flaws Burn Through My Skin Like Demonic Flames From Hell - $uicideboy$

CLYDE - $uicideboy$


Learning - Kane Brown

Cop Car - Keith Urban

Blue Tacoma - Russell Dickerson

Yada Yada Yada - Brandon Lay

Saturday Nights - Khalid & Kane Brown

Famous - Adam Doleac

Neon Fools - Adan Doleac

Cover Me Up - Morgan Wallen

The Way I Talk - Morgan Wallen

This Bar - Morgan Wallen

7 Summers - Morgan Wallen

Somebody’s Problem - Morgan Wallen

Still Goin’ Down - Morgan Wallen

Livin’ The Dream - Morgan Wallen

Sand In My Boots - Morgan Wallen

Neon Eyes - Morgan Wallen


Makaveli - Young Thug 

Life of Sins - Young Thug

Safe - Young Thug

Everybody - Young Thug

Don’t Know - Young Thug

All Over - Young Thug

Hey I - Young Thug

She Notice - Young Thug

Raw - Young Thug

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I had an emotional rollercoaster while compiling this playlist. As I scrolled through my library, playing some of the songs as I selected the rest of them, I was flooded with memories of my infamous freshman year of college. I’d say that the rap section of Apple Music definitely was either used for classwork or for the extensive hours spent playing video games because there was not much else to do for leisure that I liked. As the school year droned on, my almost constant demand for music led me to dig deeper into the work of my favorite artist, Young Thug. The list of SoundCloud songs are some of my favorite songs to this day, and are a constant reminder to me of my freshman year. I can recall every day as I would go to and from soccer practice at 6:45 in the morning with my AirPods in my ears, and seemed to never get enough of the newly discovered Young Thug content. As for the country part of the compilation, it is responsible for another side of my conscience. Instead of reminding me of the grind and everyday activities of school and soccer, it reflects the memories that I have in the early stages of my relationship with my girlfriend. I can recall from these songs the countless amounts of hours I’d be at her dorm, and I am reminded of walking from the new Sixth College to Marshall College, through the cold, wind, rain, or all three to make my way to her to spend time with her. Music has always been a big part of my life, and it guided me through some of the toughest and best times during my freshman year of attending UCSD. Looking back on it, and compiling this playlist, my outlook on how that year went for me seems better than what I may have thought it was while I endured the time period. The three album covers or song art that I included belong to the songs that produced some of the most nostalgia for me, taking me back to my time during lockdown at UCSD. “Cameras” by Jay Critch is a song that flashes my mind back into my dorm, working on my data science work, struggling to learn virtually in my first experience with coding. “Hey I” by Young Thug is the epitome of the feeling that the SoundCloud compilation gave me that year. My favorite artist playing in my ears, giving me motivation to get to and from practice and class everyday, it drove me to keep fighting during challenging times. “7 Summers” by Morgan Whallen was the song that me and my girlfriend had played on repeat. As a result, the song takes me back to quality times with her and experiencing having a girlfriend for the first time. 

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