Summary Of Kendrick Lamar's Hiiipower

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My focus poem is “HiiiPower” and my poet is Kendrick Lamar. His full name is Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, he’s better known as his stage name Kedrick Lamar formerly known as K-Dot. He was born in Compton, California on June 17, 1987. As the presence of the 1980s crack trade and West Coast gang activity increased, Lamar grew up around a lot of gang violence, but he seemed more influenced than harmed by it. He attended Centennial High School as a teenager and he was a straight-A student. In most of Lamar’s work he talks about his life growing up in Compton, gang violence, the life of black youth and a lot of other topics that personally affect him, but most of the time his songs have a deeper meaning than what they convey. The three i’s in HiiiPower…show more content…
This is proved from the lines in his song “HiiiPower”: “While you motherf***ers waiting, I be off the slave ship/Building pyramids wiring my own hieroglyphs” (Lines 22-23). At the end of each verse these lines are said, even though each time the lines are slightly changed in order to exemplify progression. The quoted lines above are from the first verse and this means that while everyone else waited around for big things to happen in their lives, Kendrick went out and made his own moves, started building his own empire and writing his own lyrics. At the end of the second verse he says "So get up off them slave ships/build your own pyramids, write your own hieroglyphs" (Lines 46-47). What these lines mean is that Lamar is now urging everyone else to follow in his footsteps and start making their own moves, if opportunity doesn't knock build a door. At the end of the third and last verse the lines are "Cause we been off them slave ships/ Got our own pyramids, write our own hieroglyphs" (Lines 71-72). And lastly what these lines mean is that This line represents a step up from one man being enlightened, to a group or even a nation sharing in this enlightenment. This is what Lamar hopes to one day see, he hopes to be able to influence all these people to do what he was previously urging them to do. The repetition of the idea of this line stresses the idea that Kendrick Lamar wants everyone to get off the typical route and take their own path and
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