As A Kid, I Can Vividly Remember Sitting In The Back Of

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As a kid, I can vividly remember sitting in the back of my family’s mini-van, singing along to, and loving all the early 2000’s radio hits. I’ve always had a love for music, and an appreciation for the different creative ways instruments and lyrics came together. Once I got my first iPod, I pretty much just listened to whatever my older brother was in to, and at the time, this was rock. He introduced me to all the 70’s and 80’s classics I would need to know, and I began to enjoy this genre. As I checked out more and more types of music, I developed an interest in rap specifically, because I liked how the beats sounded and words rhymed. As time has gone on, I have come appreciate the lyricism in rap, as well as the story that can be told…show more content…
A lot of artists came from poor beginnings, and tell of the common experiences of young, working-class African Americans. This gives rappers the ability to tell a story that the listener can relate to, therefore making it meaningful to someone. When a listener understands the experiences, it’s easier for them to understand the deeper message. A lot of rap music just has the typical themes of crime and drugs, yet some artists are able to incorporate deeper meaning in their talented lyrics. Through a variety of creative beats and clever words, rappers are able to entertain the listener, while also conveying a deeper influential message. One artist, that is particularly good at telling a story while conveying a deeper message, is Kendrick Lamar. In his music, he draws influence from his roots where he grew up in Compton, California. Kendrick Lamar and his family struggled when he was young, and he grew up around lots of drugs and crime. Despite this, he was able to work hard and become successful, today claiming many accolades including seven Grammy’s. His album, “To Pimp a Butterfly”, is regarded as one of the most complex works in rap history. He delivers a deep listening experience with great lyrical work. Lamar raps about grappling with his newfound fame, and what this means being a representative of his community as a young black man (Walker). The sixteen tracks on the album tell of his rise to stardom, and how he coped with the temptations

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