Hip-hop is an influential form of music that displays an artist’s honest and revealing story that many of the general public can relate to. One of the many songs that I can relate to is “Love Yourz” written by J Cole. The song talks about how Cole reflects on the most important things in life such as love and happiness. He realizes that the money and fame didn’t bring him the happiness he desired. To gain true happiness, he needed to appreciate himself and those that love him. Finally, Cole talks about how he’s going to make something out of himself even though he grew up living a struggling lifestyle. “Love Yourz” is one of the songs I can relate to because the lyrics show that no matter how messed up your life is, you should learn to love the life you have. “Love Yourz” made me realize that there will always be someone there to support my decisions and accept the person I am, and who I am to become Even though I cannot relate to having the status of a successful rapper, it is important to reflect on the ideas that J Cole emphasizes on. The hook (“No such thing as a life that’s better than yours”) sums up the whole idea of the song. Once J Cole became an iconic figure in the rap-industry, he began to acquire wealth and fame. However when those things …show more content…
Cole emphasizes in his lyrics that “life can’t be no fairytale, no once upon a time; but [he’ll] be God damned if a n***a don’t be tryin’”. Despite all the shortcomings of his city, that won’t stop Cole from trying to make something out of himself. In comparison, I always had to learn things the hard way, and I always failed at what I tried to achieve. However my mistakes never stopped from moving forward and I continue to overcome any obstacles that stand in my way.Living through the hard times motivates me to continuously work hard, and never settle for
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Nobody ever trusted me. I had never loved anybody, and nobody had ever really loved me.” In this moment, Cole is reflecting over what happened after he was almost killed by the Spirit Bear, and how it affected him. Cole changed during his time after the attack, by taking time and focusing on the little things, the nature around him, the sparrows in the nest as seen on page 80, and the true beauty of everything. After he looks at the little things, he realizes that he has no real power, and how there is a balance in everything.
Cole’s attitude, relationships, and environment develop into positive counterbalances that help him overcome adversity. For starters, Cole’s attitude was a big counterbalance for him that helped him overcome hardships. In the beginning of the book Cole acts like he doesn’t care and
Kanye West’s musical career was a story of success from the start, with his first album The College Dropout debuting at #2 on the Billboard Charts and later winning a Grammy for best rap album of the year (Current Nominations and past) to his most recent self-titled album Yeezus Debuting at Billboard #1 and receiving multiple Grammy nominations with total music sales amounting to 87 million units (“Gold and Platinum Database”).When he first came into the limelight he rivaled rappers such as gun-toting 50-Cent with his more honest and easy-going raps. Because of his style he not only cast the genre in a different, more positive light, he made it easier for more sensitive rappers, such as Drake, a Toronto based R&B/Hip Hop artist to be accepted into the genre. Not only did he popularize his own style he made it the status quo for the new age of hip
Using Jay-Z and Tupac as his inspiration, everyday J. Cole perfected his raps and enhanced his vocabulary and diction so that he could find interesting and creative ways to write his lyrics J.Cole Musical Influences. He saved his money to buy keyboards and drum sets as he continued to make his own beats and develop his own rapping style. Given that J. Cole has to work so hard to get to where he is at, he continues to be a very driven artist. J. Cole’s rapping style can be described as fast-paced and easy to follow. He writes his lyrics in a very assiduous way that leaves his listeners suspenseful.
Missy Elliot, Eve, and MC Lyte all have one thing in common they all have impeccable delivery and amazing storytelling skills (Bobbitt). From MC Lyte’s song titled “Cappuccino” to Eve’s song titled “Love is Blind” they both exemplify the artists amazing storytelling skills while showcasing prominent issues the African American community such as drug abuse and domestic violence. MC Lyte impacted the music industry significantly more than just these two artists it is widespread. Many male and female artists respect what MC Lyte has done musically for Hip
However, critics are missing the point of the hip hop song’s message, because they are too focused on the violent and explicit lyrics of some rappers. Many people who believe that hip hop is too violent don’t see what the artist is trying to get across to his audience. In the song Love Yourz by J Cole, J Cole mentions materialistic items such as cars, money, homes, as well as women. He mentions these things, but he isn’t talking about those things in a negative way. He says there’s always going to be a bigger house or better car or newer clothes, but that doesn’t matter at all unless you can love yourself first, and be grateful of what you do have in the first place.
He also connects with his fans so well. Many rappers are concerned with being the best and making the most money; J Cole is concerned about pleasing his fans. “2014 Forest Hills Drives includes many songs about several different topics, all of which are about original topics that the average rap would never
Cole was beaten by him throughout his childhood. This pain and anger gave him the personality and characteristic to inflict pain on other people. The two final themes have a very strong connection. In order to heal, mentally and physically, you have to learn to forgive and receive forgiveness. This was a lesson the reader and the main character, Cole, experience throughout the book.
Hip Hop was the wildfire that started in the South Bronx and whose flames leapt up around the world crying out for change. James McBride’s Hip Hop Planet focuses on his personal interactions with the development of Hip Hop culture and his changing interpretations of the world wide movement. Many of his encounters and mentions in the text concern young black males and his writing follows an evolution in the representation of this specific social group. He initially portrays them as arrogant, poor, and uneducated but eventually develops their image to include the positive effects of their culture in an attempt to negate their historical misrepresentation.
Royalty cant buy you loyalty, tell me if I lose everything would you be over me? Hip-Hop, according to Dictionary.com is defined “The popular subculture of big-city teenagers, which includes rap music, break dancing and graffity art. Kodak Black, Kevin Gates and Lil Uzi Vert greatly contributes to this genre. Kodak Black greatly contributes to Hip-Hop. According to Wikipedia.org, Kodak Black’s music is frequently about “previous and future criminal misdeeds”, and he stated that he’s been influenced by rapper Boosie Badazz and Chief Keef.
Often when an average parent or upstanding individual turns on the television and sees a young black man rapping about the hood they are murdered. On impulse the channel is changed without considering what message that individual is endeavouring to deliver. Right when listening to rapper Too Short and his song "Gettin it", you hear a lot about how hard it is to be a black individual. The tune is about getting away from the hood and making a fair life for yourself. The lion's share of society simply expect that these energetic but black rappers have no brains and no sense of purpose for life.
Young wrote this song about his 1948 Buick. This love song describes all of the hardships and good memories Young had with his car. Not only does Young love his audience, but he also loves the privileges he was able to receive. The privilege in this case was the Buick. Another love song he wrote was “Only Love can Break your Heart”.
“Dear Mama” by Tupac is a tribute song to Tupac’s mother. The song depicts Tupac’s love for his mother and his gratitude for her work and mother ship throughout his childhood. She raised him from poverty, crack addiction, and many other circumstances brought on by the world that formed Tupac Shakur and Dear Mama. The reason I love this song because Tupac addressed his mother with brutal honesty, forgiving her for abandoning him and thanking her for raising him. “Even though you was a crack fiend, mama/ You always was a black queen, mama, “he rapped.
“I Will Always Love You”, as Sang By Dolly Parton and Whitney Houston “If I should stay, I would only be in your way…” Anyone today could probably finish the rest of this song after hearing these lyrics. “I Will Always Love You” is one of the most iconic songs of the 21 Century. This song is widely covered by professional artists and cover singers up to today. When two identical lyrics are sung by two different singers, these are not identical lyrics anymore.
All music has multiple functions. While music can preserve artistic value, it can also simultaneously tell a story, bring people together, historicize, heal, and rejuvenate. Most importantly, however, it sends a strong message and stimulates strong emotions to the listener. The song, “Where is the Love” by The Black Eyed Peas, performs all of these functions. The song symbolizes the sociological conflict theory.