Analyzing Tupac Shakur's Song 'Changes'

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Tupac Shakur "Changes"
Alexis S Whaley
Keiser University

Tupac Shakur was more than just an artist, rapper, or thug, he was a poet who inspired many young people of his time to take a stand. He used music as a tool to educate and speak awareness to low-income poverty-stricken neighborhoods. His words are still very influential and inspiring to many young and elderly people not just in America but throughout the world. Tupac 's song "Changes" is one of his most popular songs speaks very deep of racism and poverty in America. He starts the song tackling African American social issues. In the first verse Tupac Shakur raps; "I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself is life worth living should I blast myself?
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He relates his skin color with being poor, he explains how poverty leads to crime and signifies the relationship between police brutality and race. This shows how hard life is to be an underprivileged person of color in the United States, with a kindness on issues with police cruelty. Tupac explains how he feels after waking up in the morning contemplating suicide, thinking should he kill himself? he is tired of the fight and struggles an being a poor underprivileged black man in America does not help. He tries to explain that even the police who take a vow to protect and serve turn the other cheek not caring the slightest, but if they shoot a black person they are called a hero. Drug dealing, theft, and poverty are the main topics in Tupac 's music referring to rough neighborhoods that give little to no opportunities to improve quality of
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