Tupac Shakur 's `` Keep Ya Head Up ``

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Tupac Shakur released the song “Keep Ya Head Up” first in 1993 on his album “Strictly for my N.I.G.G.A.Z.”, then as a single in 1994. Tupac’s “Keep Ya Head Up”, one of his most notable and recognizable singles, received acclaim upon its release and continues to do so. The record centers on the social climate in the 90’s, and Tupac’s own experiences from his youth. Around the time of the song’s release, Tupac’s indictment in a rape case colored the reception of the song although it remained mainly positive. Tupac speaks on multiple issues through his lyrics, making it effective as a critique of society; moreover, the other creative devices he uses – phrasing, rhythm changes, and samples – make the song effective as an artistic project and back up his social message. Tupac’s rhymes and phrases center on the treatment of women (especially black women) in America. The video also includes a dedication to Latasha Harlins, who died at the hands of a Korean shop owner in 1991. Underneath the dedication, reads “it’s still on” in reference to the L.A. riots in 1992 (Genius 2010). This song speaks about the treatment of women, life in the ghetto, and society 's disregard for the poor. Tupac repeatedly tells women that they deserve better treatment and that they should not allow themselves to feel defeated by their circumstances. He exclaims the phraseKeep ya head up” at the end of each verse. Also, in the song he asserts his disdain for men who emotionally abuse women and leave

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