His mother, uncle, aunt, and many other members of his family were former Black Panthers. Therefore, it is of no surprise that throughout much of his music, he shows a deep passion for bettering the African American community and creating a more equal America. Throughout countless songs, Tupac points out the difficulties Africans Americans struggle with, and how unjust our society really is, with the hope of creating change. This is no clearer than in the song “Changes”, which was released in 1998 as part of his “Greatest Hits” album. On the track, Tupac speaks about topics like police brutality, racism, and the changes necessary to better society, saying things like “It ain't a secret, don't conceal the fact: / The penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks,” “I see no changes, all I see is racist faces / Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races,” and “But we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other / We gotta start making changes”.
The lyrics generally push black teens into thinking that it is okay to be a gangster and live a life of crime. Parents teach their kids to say no to drugs while their favorite rapper is telling them that it is okay. Hip-hop artists such as Young Jeezy, promotes the usage and selling of drugs. In the song, “Chickens No Flour” Young Jeezy sings “We cooking chickens no flour / We count the money no powder.” Here, Young Jeezy is talking about cocaine with no powder and with a sale transaction. Young teens that are fans of his music will imitate this activity since he has a powerful influence on them.
Compare and Contrast 2Pac & Saint John the Baptist Although they lived in very different times, Tupac Shakur and Saint John the Baptist had many commonalities. Both became extremely famous for expressing what they believed. The media's portrayal of Tupac Shakur as a tattooed thug has focused public attention on his accused crimes instead of his music. This rapper, raised in Marin City, California, by a Black Panther mother, is more complex than his enemies like to admit. Shakur (who performs as 2Pac) was a talented lyricist with a gift for storytelling and getting his point across to our youth.
“I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself. Is life worth living should I blast myself?” (Tupac Shakur, “Changes”). The second and third line of one of Tupac’s most famous songs creates deep emotion-filled thoughts about the listener’s self in a presently oppressed society. Tupac Shakur is the most well-known rappers of all-time and has made a major impact on the rap industry because of his capability to be poetic while being a gangster rapper at the same ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬time. This marvelously superb song shows Tupac’s more proactive side by educating everyone about and tackling African American Social issues.
I think a lot of my friends would also say the same for much of Migo’s music, yet Migo’s are one of the most popular hip-hop artists out today. Similarly many hip-hop artist nowadays have a songs that sound comparably the same. In the beginning of ‘Do the Right Thing’ the song “Fight the Power” is playing. I believe the message of the song is to standup and fight for any injustice or oppression taking place. Fighting injustices was seen as great important especially coming out of the Black Panther era.
Black and white artists have totally different opinions towards hip hop and its relation to racism. Lots of black artists have come from the poorest situations and made a life for themselves by rapping or singing about hip hop. They rap with passion, courage and energy. Lots of white rappers, who usually come from nice backgrounds, have enough funds to start
In Make it Last Forever, Gwendolyn Bolton, deconstructs the stereotypes surrounding Hip-Hop culture as well as the black community as a whole. One of Bolton’s main characters Darius is symbolic for many of the stereotypes in the black community. To the general society, Darius may seem like a contradiction to these stereotypes. He is a rapper that makes feel good music, respects women and his family, doesn’t do drugs, and does not promote violence. The average rapper and/or stereotypical young black male in America are seen to portray all of these behaviors.
Its major impact comes from the fact that it has encour¬aged a pro¬found Nation¬al¬ism in Black America.” Today’s Hip-hop & Rap artist promote the culture with guns, dope, violence and sexism instead the manhood and womanhood, support of the struggles, prisoners, and good entertainment from the roots of Afro centric culture. There may be a few that still install Black Nationalism into today’s society, like Jay-Z and P. Diddy who have built empires that will lead others to want to succeed and follow their the success route. In today’s society the youth lacks the encouragement to stand up for their rights and decides to fight to get their points across. They don’t think about the self-determination, self-defense or self-respect its all about actions, no unity.
When you hear it you feel it , it 's an indescribable feeling . Hip hop is not only style it 's the sounds you hear , it 's the beats with bass in addition to drums. You may not like genre of hip hop but you can relate to the struggle and respect hardworking people who became famous from branding off of the what 's hot in the hip hop culture. May brand of rap is the gold chain, when you think of an rhythm & blues (r&b) singer it 's strong powerful voice that makes you cry or a soothing voice that makes you wish you had love to give and receive. The lyrics in hip hop are mostly catchy like all music but is different from the slang that 's picked up in the environment , style and accent that 's different from a country singer cowboy guitar playing expert.
However, though some rappers have violent or misleading lyrics, rap, just like other forms of music, cannot be understood unless it is studied without the framework of its history. Rap reflects its birth in the hip hop culture of urban, working class African Americans, its function as the voice of an otherwise underrepresented group and its roots in African American culture. Many rappers in the United States create songs that, through concerts and albums, spread their daily lives and dreams and attempt to inspire others to accomplish great feats despite the odds facing them. Rapper Phonte says: “I want to set a good example. Legacy is really what kids say about you because they know you best.”(Phonte, Philadelphia Tribune) Phonte knows that the goal of rap is to inspire others to do good and set a good example and he is one of the few rappers today that know... ... middle of paper ... ...out with good morals and concrete ideas that the country was built on but eventually rap like America became corrupted through certain people and ideas.