So I’ve begun to realize that the rap and hip hop music we are exposed to in 2010 holds zero substance. There is no depth to new aged artist’s lyrics and positive messages are nowhere to be found. But why? Back when Tupac and Nas owned the rap game, their words were like thunder which held a much deeper meaning than what would first be understood. The thing is, music reaches a lot of people. Especially Tupac’s music. Tupac’s message reached the ears of so many listeners in the 1990’s that the government decided to kill him. The object of all the violence, drugs, and poverty within our lower class communities is to divert the attention of us citizens while the bigger agenda is taking place. But anyways, the meaning of this article is to share my point of view, an interesting one. We constantly ask ourselves as humans certain questions. Below is a verse from the song “Me against the World” from Tupac.
With all this extra stressin
The question I wonder is after death, after my last breath
When will I finaly get to rest? Through this supression
they punish the people that’s askin questions
And those that possess, steal from the ones without possesions
The message I stress: to make it stop study your lessons
Don’t settle for less – even the genius asks-es questions
Be grateful for blessings
Don’t ever change, keep your essence
The power is in the people and politics we address
Always do your best, don’t let the pressure make you panic
And when you get stranded
And things don’t go the way you planned it
Dreamin of riches, in a position of makin a difference
Politicians are hypocrites, they don’t wanna listen
If I’m insane, it’s the fame made a brother change
It wasn’t nuttin like the game
It’s just me against the world
Tupac had it figured out. Like me, Tupac came up dirt poor. I believe that when you come up broke, you see through a lot of the bullshit which is painted by our media and by big government. I love how nowadays we all love to bitch and moan about our country;s affairs, but do nothing about it. Don’t yall remember that it’s “We the People?” We as a people are the one’s to force a change. We make the country what it is. The reason why Drake the cornball, Hannah Montana, and Jersey Shore has infiltrated mainstream media is because we let them! We made them who they are as the people! The same goes for politics. Tupac knew that we as a people have to take back our country before the government’s agenda in fully implemented. He was shot for his words.
Below are some lyrics from the Nas song “What goes around.”
Ayo its poison, ecstasy, coke
You say its love, it is poison
Schools where I learned they should be burned, it is poison
Physicians prescripting us medicine which is poison
Doctors injecting our infants with the poison
Religion misoverstood is poison
Nas is a bright man. Unlike the average Joe American, he sees through the mirage that has been put forth by the government and the media. He stresses the fact that schools in America love to teach mistold history. Obviously children take what their teachers have to say for granted. These kids are too young to think abstractly and identify the lies. He is also talking about the fact that doctors love prescribing drugs. You want to know why they do this? Because everytime a doctor writes a script, he is receiving an incentive in cash benefits. Also, all drugs have side effects. One pill leads to another which leads to more money recycled into the pharmaceutical and health care industry. It’s a blatant set-up. The government wants you to be sick. As you become sicker, more money is put into the industry. It’s actually a rather simple concept. The next line of lyrics describe how child immunizations sometimes lead to sterilization and even autism. These immunizations do make you resistant to deadly illnesses, but it’s the best of both worlds as they decrease the surplus population by sterilizing you. The last lyrics in the song speak on religion. Nas is basically saying that when you are set in your ways on your thoughts of religion, you are limiting your intellectual potential as a human. Beliefs, views, and once accepted facts are changing everyday while the open human mind unlocks new secrets.
This is just a small dosage of my analysis of good rappers and their lyrics. I understand that most rap is garbage degrading women and promoting violence, but there is some substance to the old stuff. Don’t hate on it. Depending on the response i get back from this article I may get more in-depth. Let me know if you agree or would like to hear more.