2pac - Keepin' it Real Analytical Essay by Nicky

2pac - Keepin' it Real
A look at the works of Tupak Shakur.
# 151558 | 1,041 words | 0 sources | 2012 | US
Published on Jun 26, 2012 in Music Studies (Contemporary) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper explores the short life of rapper Tupak Shakur, focusing on his poetry and music. First, the paper presents some biographical information about Tupak's Shakur's life. Then, it considers the lyrics in his works, citing how they are raw and real. Various songs are highlighted as salient examples of his poetic style. In particular, the paper cites the song "Changes" which shows how he was fed up with the state of things in most black neighborhoods. Additionally, the paper notes songs which showed how men needed to treat women better. The paper concludes by stating that 2pak inspired his audience with open, honest and real language.

From the Paper:

'Throughout the song "Changes" it is clear that 2pac is fed up with the state of things in most black neighborhoods. He is tired of racism, of brother killing brother, of drugs and crime and everything that keeps people oppressed. One of the most ironic lines of this song is "We ain't ready, to see a black President". Of course, when he wrote that line, it was probably true, but I am sure he would be both shocked and proud to find out that we have a black president now. Like "Dear Mama", the lyrics in "Changes" do not just talk about everything that is wrong with the world, but they talk about how people need to join together to make the world a better place. Again, he uses dialect that his fans can relate to instead of being concerned about 'proper English'. This is very effective at making the words identifiable to his audience. The more people can relate to what you are saying, the more likely they are to take it to heart and actually do what you are asking them to do: "It's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes". The most ironic thing about this song is the last few lines."

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