Tupac Shakur 's The Rap Game

1345 WordsDec 8, 20156 Pages
In 1998, Tupac Shakur released the song, “Changes,” directly dealing with the war on drugs, the treatment of African Americans by police officers, and the struggles of living in the ghetto. Hip-Hop music in general tends to be very impactful towards the African American community. Tupac has always stood out in the rap game because of his ability to be poetic and show feelings while being a gangster rapper at the same time. "Changes" is one of Tupac Shakur 's most famous songs. The rapper compromises his more dominant bad-boy gangster side to tackle African American social issues in this song. In the first few lines of the song Tupac writes, "I 'm tired of bein ' poor and even worse I 'm black, my stomach hurts, so I 'm lookin ' for a purse to snatch." These lines illustrate how a lot of black people in America live in poverty and are not given as many opportunities to do good in society, so instead they divert to committing crimes in order to just get by. This concept is repeated when he raps "Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare." When Shakur states, "Cops give a damn about a negro? Pull the trigger, kill a n*gga, he 's a hero," he 's mentioning the controversial topic of how African Americans, more commonly African American males, are targeted by the police and if a cop kills an African American male it 's not a big deal. I believe this portion of Shakur’s song directly relates to W.E.B. Du Bois’, “Of Our Spiritual
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