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changes - 2pac
Transcript of changes - 2pac
Originally named Lesane Parish Crooks
Changed name to "Tupac Amur" which means "shining serpent"
Lived from 1971 to 1996
Sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making Tupac one of the best selling music artists in the world
Attended Baltimore School for the arts as a teenager
Mother was a Black Panther and Tupac was raised around that type of lifestyle and thinking
Has released 8 albums posthumous
Tupacs songs are interesting
from a musical viewpoint because of
his lyrics. Tupac talks about things that many other gangsta rap artists and also the news won't talk about. A lot of his songs are controversial talking about police brutality and unfair treatment to blacks, poverty, the war on drugs, inequality, mistreatment of
Tupac is seen as one of the most influential rappers to this day. Tupac uses his poetic ability to tell stories about police brutality, different types of crimes, the American Dream deferred, and the struggles for African Americans to make it in America. Tupac rapped about things that most people would never rap about which set him apart from the game.
"Changes" - 2pac
"KEEP YA HEAD UP" - TUPAC
"Keep ya head up" is a song where Tupac criticizes black men for their sexism, irresponsibility and misogyny. Tupac is trying to remind women to keep their head up no matter what the circumstances may be.
The song "Changes" deals with issues in the African American race such as poverty, being targeted by police and how they are not given many equal opportunities so they are forced to break the law to make it in society.
Starting at the University of California, Berkeley in 1998 a few colleges have created courses where students study Tupac and his song lyrics depicting the meanings of them.
"I see no changes. Wake up in the morning and I ask myself,
"Is life worth living? Should I blast myself?"
I'm tired of bein' poor and
even worse I'm black.
My stomach hurts, so I'm
lookin' for a purse to snatch.
Cops give a damn about a
negro? Pull the trigger, kill a
nigga, he's a hero.
Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare."
-Lyrics from "changes"
Full lyrics -
"And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it's time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don't we'll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies
And since a man can't make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
So will the real men get up
I know you're fed up ladies, but keep your head up"
-Lyrics from "keep ya head up"
full lyrics -
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Mvuyekure, Pierre-Damien. "Shakur, Tupac (1971-1996)." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. Ed. Sara Pendergast and Tom Pendergast. Vol. 4. Detroit: St. James Press, 2000. 377-378. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 14 Nov. 2013.
Tupac in an interview talking about himself and expressing his views
Tupac at a young age talking
about politics and his hate for
Plus a highly anticipated movie about Tupac's life is starting to be filmed next year
Tupacs songs reflected the harsh reality of our world and this is what makes him so significant. Tupac wasn't scared of people criticizing him, he spoke from his heart and wanted his voice to be heard. He is seen as one of the most influential rappers of all time and with raps high popularity, this is a huge honor. Even after Tupac died his albums are still being bought, his songs are
still being played and he is still viewed
as big a hero as he was when he
By: Olivia Rozema
women, and many other topics others would see as "non-gangsta" to talk about or that the news would refuse to talk about.
Music and politics
Tupac belongs in
the Music and Politics chapter because he was raised by a Black Panther and that lifestyle helped shape his music and the things he talked about. Tupac influenced a wide range of people with his music and some have even referred to him as an activist
People have such love for Tupac that a large portion of the population still have beliefs and hopes that he's alive. If he didn't have a significant impact on peoples lives then it's hard to believe that they would still be acting this way, and after all this time still dreaming and believing that Tupac is still out there somewhere.
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Jericho2892. "2Pac - 1994 Interview". Youtube. Youtube, LLC. 11 Jan. 2012. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
Shakur, Dylan. "Tupac - Keep Ya Head Up (Official Video)". Youtube. Youtube, LLC. 7 Aug 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.
All of Tupacs songs are like the majority of popular songs today using verse-chorus form to emphasize what he is trying to convey in his words. The songs have somewhat of a "groove" rhythm because they make you feel good about yourself and the rhythm along with the melody are both empowering and make one feel like they could do anything. Some of Tupacs songs also have a homophonic texture because he has what sounds like gospel singers in the background to lighten what he is rapping about and it also goes back to the idea of empowering us.