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Tupac Shakur- Changes

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Transcript of Tupac Shakur- Changes

Music and Ethnicity
Tupac Shakur- Changes
A music video was never made because Tupac was murdered shortly after the song was released.
Biography on Tupac
Proof of Tupacs Importance
Tupac has a very large influence on Hip-Hop, and society.
As of 2010, he sold over 75 million records.
Ranked #2 on MTVs "Greatest MC's of all time."
Rolling Stone named him the 86th "greatest artist of all time."
He has 15 books, four documentaries, a play, three college courses, and a large number of websites about his life.
First artist to reach number one on the billboards while incarcerated.
His song "Dear Mama" was added to the National Registry."
According to 2pac.com, 11 time Grammy winner Eminem said in an interview with MTV that “He made you feel like you knew him. I think that , honestly, Tupac was the greatest songwriter that ever lived. He made it seem so easy. The emotion was there, and feeling, and everything he was trying to describe. You saw a picture that he was trying to paint.”
Released on October 13th 1998.
Samples 1986 hit "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby and The Range.
The hook was sung by "Talent"
Nominated for best solo rap performance at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
Speaks on issues faced by young, black, poor males, living in "the hood."
June 16, 1971 - September 13, 1996.
Born In East Harlem in New York City.
Grew up around convicted criminals
His mom was a part of the Black Panther party, a black revolutionary socialist group.
Enrolled in Harlem's 127th Street Repertory ensemble.
Moved to Baltimore Maryland in 1986.
Studied acting, poetry, Jazz, and Ballet at the Baltimore School For Arts.
Joined the Young Communist League USA.
Moved to Marin City, California in 1988.
Attended Tamalpais high school.
Dropped out at age 17
Released first solo album "2pacalypse" in 1991.
Released second studio album "Strictly 4 my N.I.G.G.A.Z. in 1993.
Released third studio album "Thug Life: Volume 1" in 1994.
Released fourth studio album "All Eyez On Me' in 1996.
Released fifth and final studio album "Makaveli The Don - Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory" later in 1996.
He was shot on September 7, 1996. He died six days later on the 13th.
Quotes
"Behind every sweet smile, there is a bitter sadness that no one can ever see and feel." -Tupac Shakur
I'm not saying I'm gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world." -Tupac Shakur
"My mama always used to tell me: 'If you can't find somethin' to live for, you best find somethin' to die for." -Tupac Shakur
"Even the genius asks questions." -Tupac Shakur
"For every dark night, there's a brighter day."-Tupac Shakur
"I'd rather die like like a man, than live like a coward."
"Only god can judge me. That which does not kill me can only make me stronger." -Tupac Shakur
"During your life, never stop dreaming. No one can take away your dreams."- Tupac Shakur
All quotes from Tupacquotes.org
Context of the song
This song came out in the 90's during the crack epidemic. People were selling crack to make money to survive on. People were being killed left in right. Some people believed that the CIA distributed cocaine to reach the black communities in order to tear them apart. It was also in the same decade as the Rodney King incident. The LAPD at this time was very corrupt. Police brutality became a very significant issue. Racism was still very common at this time. People were making generalizations that all black people were just taking advantage of the welfare system. The war in the middle East had just ended. There were street wars and national wars going on. Tupac addressed all of these issues in his song "Changes." He was proclaiming that something needed to be done about them.

Tupac talks in the middle of the song saying "We gotta make a change. It's time for us as a people to start making some changes. Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live, and let's change the way we treat eachother. You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do what we gotta do to survive."
Bibliography
"2Pac." MTV Artists. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.

"Legend | 2PAC.COM - The Official Website." 2PACCOM The Official Website RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.

"Tupac Quotes." Tupac Quotes. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2013.

Ogunnaike, Lola. "FILM; Tupac Shakur: Dead Man Talking." Nytimes.com. New York Times, 9 Nov. 2003. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.

Marriott, Michel. "Touched by Death, Hip-Hop Turns to Dirges." Nytimes.com. New York TImes, 13 Oct. 1996. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
Conclusion
This song reflects on negative things going on in society. It addresses the issues of drugs, war, racism, and poverty in the U.S. It is significant because we are still facing similar issues to this day. I would place this in chapter 4 of the textbook, Music and ethnicity because it focuses mostly on young, black, poor people living in "the hood."
Analysis
This song has a very catchy melody. Tupac's clever rhymes go well with the fast paced rhythm. The texture sets a positive mood, even though the content is very dark. The song has different timbres. The beat has a higher pitched tone, while Tupacs voice is low. There are 3 verses all with 16 measures. It is amazing how much emotion is expressed through this song. It really paints a picture.
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