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"Changes" by Tupac Analysis
Transcript of "Changes" by Tupac Analysis
- song makes reference to black panther party for self defense
- 1966 to 1982; a black revolutionist + socialist organization
-> monitored behavior of police officers
-> challenged police brutality
"War On Drugs"
Police Brutality in the ghetto
- treatment of black people by the police
- difficulties of life in the ghetto
1960's - police brutality
Civil Rights Movement: goal was to end racial segregation and discrimination against black Americans
- police helped the civil rights movement by opening the eyes of US (paradox)
The Civil RIghts Movement in 1964
- term applied to a campaign to define and reduce the illegal drug trade
The Civil Rights Movement only came to be because of people starting to acknowledge that African-Americans were being treated unfairly
Changes - Analysis Part 1
"Cops give a damn about a negro, pull the trigger kill a nigga he's a hero"
- life is hard as an underprivileged black man (focus on police brutality)
- fight for life, liberty, pursuit of happiness
- rhetorical device: assonance
Changes - Analysis Part 1
"Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares, one less hungry mouth on the welfare"
- they'll try and sell drugs to anyone at this point
- earn money to provide for family and self
Changes - Analysis Part 1
"It's time to fight back that's what Huey said. 2 shots in the dark now Huey's dead"
- Huey attempted to solve his problems now he's dead
- when someone speaks up to make a change, they are "shot" down (idea and physical)
- Allusion; Huey P. Newton; founder of the Black Panthers, shot by rival group
; violent joining of ideas; contrast
- Huey got killed for making a change
- even if Tupac fights, nothing will change
Changes - Analysis 2
"I see no changes, all I see is racist faces"
giving a human characteristic to a non-living object
- “faces” cannot be racist; “people” are
- Trying to state that society is not improving or getting better
- He sees the same old conservative “racist faces”
"and the only time we chill is when we kill each other"
Paradox - a confusing sounding sentence or statement
The only time they got along was when they were killing each other
Gov’t considers minorities when they are at war
Treated African Americans as “slaves”
"And although it seems heaven-sent, we ain't ready to see a Black president"
Black President represents a form of change
A “black” president seems heaven-sent
Believes it will fix many problems
Obama has become president
There is still racism and brutality going on today
"It's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes. Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live and lets change the way we treat each other.
You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do what we gotta do, to survive."
suburbs of big American cities are dominated with poverty, drugs, and murder
wants his people to rise and make changes to benefit themselves. They are to blame because of their jealousy towards each other and that they're more about individuality than unity.
tries to inspire them to take a stand
- Let's change the way...
Used to send a stronger message that we need "change"
"There's war on the streets and the war in the Middle East.
Instead of war on poverty,
they got a war on drugs so the police can bother me.
And i ain't never did a crime I ain't have to do."
government tacles drugs, instead of poverty
African Americans have an involvement with the use and trafficking of drugs, therefore targets of the war on drugs. (1971)
Even though he amount African Americans use or sell drugs is about the same rate as whites, they are 2.8-5.5 times more likelu to be arrested
African American offenders also receive longer sentences compared to whites
- Tupac mentions the wars in the Middle East and poverty, but instead of assisting in those situations, the gov't creates a war un its own country on drugs
"Don't let 'em jack you up, sack you up, crack you up, and pimp smack you up.
You gotta learn to hold ya own.
They get jealous when they see ya with ya mobile phone."
criticizing police brutailty and how they've been given too much power in society
- Jack, back, crack, and smack you up.
Used to emphasize police brutality. Tupac severely beat for simply jaywalking.
Reason For Criticism
Tupac lived the hard life firsthand
witnessed hose around around him being treated unfairly
wanted to inform the people that government is corrupt
watched family fight for rights