The next verse in the song addresses privileged class in American culture, the wealthiest of Americans. The song states that, “Some folks are born silver spoon in hand, Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh” criticising the rich who live easier life where things are often given to them and the song also calls them greedy by saying that “they help themselves”. Fogerty further criticizes the rich by saying how they do not help the poorer citizens with the lyrics, “But when the tax men come to the door, Lord, the house look a like a rummage sale, yes” showing how the high class “tax men” are coming to take away the belongings and the livelihoods of the common man. Fogerty’s distrust of the rich in this verse stems from the law which stated that active members in a university, be it undergraduate, graduate, of law school,
Analysis – Book of Rhymes “Rap is poetry” (xii). To any avid fan of the genre, it is a statement that seems obvious. The words could easily be the musings of a listener first introduced to the art form, not the focal point of an entire work of contemporary criticism. Yet in Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop, Adam Bradley’s primary focus is this very point, the recognition of traditional poetic elements within rap music. With the global cultural and economic phenomenon that hip hop has become, it is easy to forget that the style of music is barely thirty years old, that scholarly criticism of it has existed for only half of that time. When viewed within this relatively new arena of scholarship, the importance of Bradley’s text is
Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes wrote the poem “Ballad of the Landlord” in 1940, a time of immense discrimination against people of African descent. The poem details an account of a tenant, later found out to be an African American, who is dissatisfied with his rental property. The tenant is
Not only does this poem talk about the smells of the city and the tall skyscrapers and her crowds it also talks about its slums “Her shining towers, her avenues, her slums” (line 12). when you think of a city such as manhattan you normally think of its skyscrapers the biggest crowds of tourist that have no clue of where they are going. but you normally tend to overlook the slums and the bad parts of a large city. James Weldon Johnson expresses his love for his city even with all of its flaws by saying “ O God! the stark, unutterable pity, to be dead, and never again behold my city” (lines 13-14). He does not want to see the day that he can no longer see all the wonderful aspects of a large
This is a verse of lyrics from a popular song, written by Sublime, shortly after the Rodney King verdicts, and ensuing riots in Los Angeles. These words would portray the streets of Los
The decade of hip-hop is what some may call it. Tupac, Naz, Biggie Smalls, as well as other artists, were major contributions. Not only for the people who are trying to find their footing, but Buck as well. Throughout the book various lyrics were embedded in order to create a better understanding for its readers. In addition, this book is based upon a 90s lifestyle within Philadelphia, which included drugs, gang activity, crime, hip-hop, and havoc. Malo was directly in the center of everything, the girls, the fights, the guns. His experiences shed light towards what it’s like to as an African American individual living in or near the hood. Not everyone realizes what people go through while living there, but now it gives some readers an image of what goes on. Though times have changed, not all previous feelings
In the introduction of the video to “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar, he uses footage of “the hood” or a rough neighborhood in California to expose the harsh conditions of income based housing in rough black
NY State of Mind”, another incredible song by Nas, expresses a form of rebellion against what he believes is unjust. He truly promotes the idea of fighting back and revolting as he states, “Time to start the revolution”, within one of his verses. He encourages people to step up and advocate to eliminate the gruesome conditions that unfortunately exist in the ghetto regions of New York. Hip hop music, like this, has worked to create political activism that calls countries like the United States to actually do something about the serious issues people face when residing in priority neighbourhoods. Lines such as, “I think of crime when I'm in a New York state of mind” capture the attention of various nations and display the realities of the people
Throughout the Industrial Age, the American economy has relied on immigrant labor from Europe and Asia. The lure of cities and wealth drew droves of immigrants to factory work, where they quickly realized their dreams weren’t that easy to achieve. Adding to the struggle of eking out a living, the
Before beginning the second stanza, there is the single word, "move." This is undoubtedly the sentiment of the neighbors who would rather not be confronted with such frank diversity on their own doorsteps. It is also, as indicated by their name, the goal of the Afro-centric group, which gives the word an ironic twist, as the hostility of the neighbors is directed toward the same goal as the group called "Move."
Checking out me history and island man comparison. “Checking out me history” is all about the writer wanting to learn about his past. Instead, he is being taught all about the history of white people. He keeps reciting facts that he has learnt. Some of the facts most English children
Interview with April Grant. Every morning April Grant, Berkeley College student in New York City feels angry and irritated. She is very nice and happy person, but when she faces her biggest pet peeve, everything changes dramatically. In extremely bad days she can be late for her class because of it and gets picked on for that. Being picked on is making her miserable and furious. All of this wouldn’t happen if there were no slow people in NYC. “People just need to move out the way” (Grand).
This makes me think that the poem is going to talk about a rap sound making its way to the top of billboard top 100 rap songs. Continuing on throughout the whole poem it gets you more clues that the narrator is talking about rap songs. We see here
In the same vein as lifelessness, Hayden’s poem part V of Elegies he asks where all of the people went. The point of this poem is to allow those who were affected by gentrification in Detroit and treated as less than human, to be portrayed as humans. Humans that are not stereotypes and have complex existences, and humans that can no longer be thought of a “those poor people over there” like they are not humans but an abstract concept for White people to have an academic discussion about. There are 19 people talked about in V of Elegies. 19 people are recognized with their characteristics and methods of survival, even though the poem is not long. He acknowledges and honours how these people have chosen to survive whether it was dancing, laughter,
As I walked out of my nine-story apartment complex, I saw an interesting array of faces. Mixed genders, some male, some female, all very different deep down inside. I study their faces, wondering what it'd be like to walk a day in their shoes. Some people are like open books,