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"Propaganda" by Dead Prez

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Debi Bhanja

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Transcript of "Propaganda" by Dead Prez

Rhetorical Device
Allusion:
Rhetorical Device
Allusion Cont.
Rhetorical Device
Historical Context
Dead Prez-
known for socialist lyrics
militant social justice
Pan-Africanism
Rhetorical Device
Repetition:

"Telling lies, to our vision
Telling lies, to our children
Telling lies, to our babies
Only truth, can take us..."

Emphasizes the idea that the media and government are "telling lies" in order to sway public opinion and oppress the people in a sense
"Propaganda"
Band: Dead Prez

Album: Let's Get Free

Lyricists: C. Gavin, L. Alford, L. Dechalus

Performers: M1, Stic.man, Becca Byram

Producer: Dead Prez and Lord Jamar

Released: March 14, 2000

"Propaganda"
by Dead Prez

Purpose
to inform people to not always believe the media/ government
information could very likely be inaccurate and complete lies.
to spread the truth
to emphasize that truth is power and freedom--
we are currently oppressed by people with higher authority who control our believes and opinions.
Rhetorical Device
Diction:
Choice of words/ phrases such as-
"why the hell"
"regular shit"
"half-ass"
"cop shit"
"niggas"
"cribs"
"shut the hell up"
Confrontational style of lyrics
Colloquial: informal tone, local color
Overall Effectiveness
Rhetorical
Song Analysis

Rhetorical Device
By: Debi Bhanja
Not a reaction to a specific incident; however, several incidents are alluded to in the song
Flashback:

Black Panther Party
Huey Newton
"If you examine what they telling us...Feeding our children miseducation"- Predictive Programming Brainwashing technique
"No one knows if there's UFOs or any life on mars Or what they do when they up in the stars"- Roswell, New Mexico: "Area 51"
"I thought he's supposed to be the all loving. The same God who let Hitler put the Jews in the oven"- The Holocaust
"Every channel got some brainwashed cop shit"- The TV show "Cops" and others similar to that
"Make me wonder what secrets went down with Ron Brown"- Conspiracy theory about the politician Rob Brown
"It could've been the Klan who put that bomb at the olympics"- Centennial Olympic Park Bombing
Very effective
Demonstrates argument clearly
Allusions provide as strong examples to support beliefs
Style is beneficial to overall message
Reference to Pan-Africanism/ Black Power Movement-
Black Panther Party
Social Justice
"When he be speaking in code words about crime and poverty
Drugs, welfare, prisons, guns and robbery
It really means us, there's no excuse for the slander"
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