Kendrick Lamar is one such artist, he grew up in Compton, California, a city known for its crime. His father was a member of a street gang, and Kendrick’s family had ties to the famous gang the Bloods. Lamar was raised in a rough neighborhood during the 90s, but he overcame his history and became a successful artist and is using his voice for a greater purpose like reappropriating a racists slur. In the song “I” Kendrick successfully reappropriates the n-word by being a member of a marginalized group, empowering his group, and reconstructing the racist slur. The n-word is a derogatory label that has been used during one of the worst eras in our history, it has been used specifically against African Americans to demean their status as basic human beings.
He wasn’t like most rappers that bragged about things such as being rich and having materialistic items. For example in one of his songs he says “I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up….and handle it”. (EXPLAIN) Tupac’s music is viewed as a way to send a message to the world, specifically the children of the future generation. Tupac Shakur was looked at as a political character who expressed his views through his own arts of music and
Tom Sawyer is a child who is blinded with fictional literature and the worlds view on slaves. When Tom is in search for the robbers cave he decides to “start [a] band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer’s Gang” (Twain 19). Being so young, it is understandable for Tom to aspire to such literature. Such Books offer guidance to young boys such as tom, although they might not be the best influence. While books influence Tom he still sees African Americans as objects when devising a plan to free Jim, Tom just cares about the adventure that goes along with the plan (Twain 216).
(Fitzgerald 149-153)” Kanye West is a very similar man to Jay Gatsby, especially since he also came from an impoverished childhood, living in a single parent household in the slums of a crime-ridden Southside Chicago. Kanye West also eventually rose to wealth but did it through music producing, album-making, and fashion-designing. He went to the American Academy of Art for college at first, though soon transferred to the University of Chicago, where his mother was an English Professor. But he too dropped out from college as well, hating the college setting and learning environment and wanting the dedicate his full and undivided attention to his musical career. On his debut album titled “The College Dropout,” he discusses the road to riches in his hit song “All Falls Down”; “It seems we living the American dream / But the people highest up got the lowest self-esteem / The prettiest people do the ugliest things / For the road to riches and diamond rings / We shine because they hate us, floss cause they degrade us / We trying to buy back our 40 acres / And for that paper, look how low we
Love and heartache have been discussed and explored through literacy many times in every way possible. Overall through the course of literacy, we have learned that love is not easy. Sometimes people choice to brush off the bruises and try again and some people choice to find another purpose. Jeff Parker and Erica Dawson are two authors who, by using different types of literary formats, effectively came across the topic of love. Erica Dawson uses poetry in her poem, “New NASA Missions Rendezvous with Moon”, to execute the idea that love wins at the end of the day.
Mesmerizing”. These words do capture the intensity of Morgenstern’s work. Her novel is praised for her vivid imagery and enthralling story. Morgenstern’s The Night Circus not only contains an everlasting impression but it also contains a significant theme that leaves readers pondering its importance. In the novel, Le Cirque des Reves’s clock demonstrates how timing and time are seen as a key component throughout the novel, they are what cause a lasting effect over people.
People also assumed that ‘family love’ did not exist in African American’s family. However, one of the episodes, Theo, the son, reveals, “If you want a doctor I wouldn’t love you less because you’re my dad…..Maybe you can just accept who I am and love me anyway because I’m your son.” This one simple quote changed people’s mind altogether. ‘The Cosby Show’ altered people’s mind with stereotypes against African American that they would use uneducated English and drugs and behave illegally. Thus, ‘The Cosby Show’ succeeded at breaking the bias towards African American families back in mid-1980.
Tupac could arguably be the most detrimental celebrity of all time; however, it 's his music that made him my biggest inspiration to pursue music as a career. Tupac came from a life of poverty and violence growing up; nevertheless, he used his family 's tribulations as fuel to become an icon to millions of people worldwide. Poverty and violence did not play a role in my childhood, instead, like Tupac it was my choice to join a gang and start selling drugs as a teenager. Growing up being of a mixed race, Caucasian and Latino, was not easy for me. I encountered racism in my school, in my
Before Tupac became a famous rapper, he was living In the ghettos of Harlem, New York with only his mother and sister. Tupac’s father was not there for him as a kid, which left Tupac growing up without a father figure. This made Tupac hate is father because he felt as if his father didn 't love him enough to be there for him, which definitely weakened their bond. In addition, this also made Tupac stronger because he needed to work harder than all of the other kids so he could support his mother and sister. All of his had work paid off as “ Tupac became one of the best-selling music artists in the world by selling over 37.5 million records in the United States and 75 million albums worldwide as of 2007, ” Dom.
In the novel The Great Gatsby, Jay Gatsby was raised from nothing and worked to escape his circumstances by building a name for himself. Born “James Gatz,” he believed in chasing the American Dream and that he could work rigorously to pull himself out of the lower class community. While some people believe that changing one's social status is feasible, one just sincerely cannot. Throughout the novel, the main character, Nick Carraway, finds himself being associated with the upper class of his town because of his relationships with his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and Jay Gatsby. However, he, himself, is not wealthy in comparison to these people; he even described his home as “a weather-beaten cardboard bungalow at eighty a month” (Fitzgerald 3).
The summary of “Hip-Hop Planet” by James McBride In the essay Hip-Hop Planet by McBride, a national book award winner, he states that he believed the newer music like rap wasn 't meaningful. McBride talks about how he never understood why rap was so popular, he didn 't see why everyone liked it. In the essay he describes the first time he listened to rap and how he found it absurd. McBride noticed no one really cared where rap come from or how it came to be, people just liked it regardless of who created it. As the essay progresses McBride gives details about how he started seeing rap in another light.
In the article “Hip-Hop Planet” by James McBride he explains first about the nightmare he has of his daughter coming home with a young reckless rapper guy with tattoos and golden teeth and McBride for a moment is taken back to the past when he was young and it comes to thought that he was in this young wanna be rappers shoes. As he goes on with life he contemplates of how his rap days are over but in time he comes to realize that he himself will still be surrounded with the cool beat sound of one rapper explaining his everyday hard life. James first time hearing hip-hop was at a party, and it escalated when one of James friend slapped a big guy who crashed the party followed by two other friends and what was strange was these guys differed
In the short story “Sonny’s Blues” the narrator Sonny’s brother talks about their life together and also the environment they live in. the title of the story is name after the brother of the narrator, it is through the narrator’s eyes about his brother Sonny. As a young African American male born in Harlem, sonny is aware of the limits and obstacles he faces. He struggles with the being around the same environment, so he decided by moving away from Harlem his problems will go away and he can start his career as a musician, unlike his brother the narrator has a wife, two children, and a good job as a teacher. The narrator talks about the drug dealing that happens in the playgrounds near the housing projects and of course his brother’s battle
Additionally, after that, he had a hit out on Latino men in general because he did not ask certain questions about another man’s health status. Furthermore, Miguel stated that Mateen wife knew he was gay, but his father forced him into an arranged marriage. So did Mateen want to be gay but could not be himself around his
Sonny’s blues consist of everything the character Sonny went through during his life. Sonny and his brother, who are both African American, grew up in Harem, New York during the mid-1900’s. Because of this, Sonny had a difficult life. He found drugs at a young age and became a heroin addict and seller. He wanted to become a musician however his brother did not approve of his choice and when sent to live with his brother’s fiancé, found that they only endured his piano playing and found him a burden.