Rhetorical Analysis On Tupac

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There is no genre of music that has received such scrutiny as hip hop and rap. With its earliest cultural presence shown in New York City in the 70s, lead by Grandmaster Flash, Sugarhill Gang, and Doug E. Fresh, rap and hip hop seemed just a phase like Disco or early Punk. As the next wave of groundbreakers, LL Cool J and Run DMC, began paving the way, rap went from a beat box and break dancing to telling the stories of the inner city lives of black america. This lead to the more extreme ugly truth of urban Americana and break out stars like NWA, Ice T, and Public Enemy. It was only a matter of time before teens of suburban America were listening and reciting the tragic tales of one of the most influential rappers in history, Tupac Shakur. …show more content…

Throughout the video he shows a “video” book of his troubled childhood. This brings in another significant point because he is now seeing where he went wrong growing up and also him understanding that he is in the position he is in because of the paths that he took as a young adult. This helps the audience connect to him even more because he acknowledges where he went wrong all while reminding the audience that he also had a mother addicted to drugs. Studies have shown that when you grow up in a household where drugs are involved you are more likely to be a part of drug activity and violence. In addition to that, we sympathize with young Tupac because of the situation that he grew up in. I also think that it was important for him to put his mother in a scene highlighting her caring for him because the audience then resonates with her as well. With that being said, there is also a lot of connections throughout the video. For example, the video starts out with Afeni being in jail pregnant with Tupac to Tupac himself being in jail. This is significant because it almost shows that he is destined to be in jail. The idea of circular reasoning also pops up again when it shows his mother on drugs to him growing up selling the same drugs his mother was potentially on. This video shows a lot of regrettable moments from both Afeni and Tupac however it lightens up when it shows the special memories of his mom being there despite whatever she was going

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