A Hustler’s Ambition: 7 Albums to Make Your Hustle Stronger

Henry Van Dyke said, ” Some succeed because they are destined to but most succeed because they are determined to.” Those who are determined to are known as hustlers. Men and women who will sacrifice any and everything to see their dreams come to pass. From late nights to early mornings, let’s be clear hustling ain’t easy. It takes dedication, perseverance, and sacrifice. Whether you’re a college student, entrepreneur, a single mother, athlete, or teacher, we all need motivation. For those moments when you need that extra push to make it through the day, here are seven albums to help make your hustle a bit stronger.

1. I Decided 

'I Decided'
‘I Decided’ is Big Sean’s fourth studio album.

“I done did everything expect worry
Hella drama, my life story
Faith of a mustard seed, I kept growing
I knew that this life was meant for me”

Big Sean’s I Decided tells the story of a hustler who made it. Sean takes his fans on a journey to see what it’s like to sacrifice everything for your dreams. For the hustler on the verge of giving up, don’t. I Decided is a clear indication of why you shouldn’t quit.

2. Graduation


‘Graduation’ is Kanye’s third studio album.

“Yes I did, so I packed it up and brought it back to the crib
Just a lil’ somethin’ show you how we live
E’r’body want it but it ain’t that serious”

Did you realize that you were a champion in their eyes? There’s confidence then there’s Kanye West. At times, I think we all need to be like Kanye West and pat ourselves on the back.  If you don’t believe in yourself then no one else will. Graduation is a reminder to believe in yourself.

3. Get Rich or Try Dyin’

Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Following the debut of the motion picture ‘Get Rich or Try Dyin,’ 50 Cent released the soundtrack Get Rich or Try Dyin.

“I want the finer things in my life
So I hustle (hustle)”

Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, maybe known for his outlandish Instagram post and unfiltered mouth, but no one can deny the man’s hustle. Actor, executive producer, rapper, and businessman, 50 Cent is the epitome of a hustler.

4. Ambition

In 2011, Wale released his second studio album entitled, ‘Ambition.’

“Beautiful music, painting pictures that be my vision
They gon’ love me for my ambition
Easy to dream a dream, though it’s harder to live it
Look, they gon’ love me for my ambition”

Does Wale’s Ambition really need an explanation? The album title is pretty self-explanatory. Some of the album’s most popular tracks include, ” Chain Music,” “Focused,” and of course, “Ambition” featuring Maybach Music Group labelmates Rick Ross and Meek Mill.

5. Cole World: The Sideline Story

Cole World: The Sideline Story
In 2011, the North Carolina native released his debut album, ‘Cole World: The Sideline Story.’

“Tell me, what do you do just when you’re on your last dollar
And the stress of this mess you’re in can make your ass holla?
Do you fold, grow bitter and grow cold?”

J. Cole posed a question some of us still can’t answer. What do you do when you’re on your last dollar? Some of us fail to realize in the midst of chasing your dreams you might lose it all. J. Cole’s Cole World: The Sideline Story is a testament to the sacrifices Cole made to see his dreams come to pass.

6. Dreams and Nightmares 

Dreams and Nightmares
In 2012, Meek Mill released his debut album ‘Dreams and Nightmares.’

“I used to pray for times like this, to rhyme like this
So I had to grind like that to shine like this
In a matter of time I spent on some locked up….”

One thing is for certain, when the intro to Dreams and Nightmares blares through your speakers you can’t help but feel motivated.

7. Cozz & Effect

Cozz & Effect
‘Cozz & Effect’ is Cozz’s debut studio album.
“I’ve been in this hood dog for way too long man
I’ve been quiet for way too long
Been patiently waiting can’t wait too long dog
I’ve been broke man for way too long
No hot water for way too long
You can’t knock the hustle it’s way too strong
Yeah we’re way too strong”
 Cozz said it best, “You can’t knock the hustle it’s way too strong.” No matter what your hustle is, don’t let anyone stop you from going after what you want in life. Tell us what albums you listen to for motivation.
Krystal Ketcham

A city girl with a country girl’s heart , Krystal Ketcham is a passionate storyteller. Motivated by hip hop and inspired by the culture, she is devoted to telling the story of others.

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