Tupac of his time to take a stand.

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 his 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? I’m tired of bein’ poor & even worse I’m black                    my stomach hurts so I’m lookin’ for a purse to snatch                                                                   Cops give a damn about a negro                                                                                                     pull the trigger kill a nigga he’s a hero                                                                                                  Give the crack to the kids who the hell cares                                                                                    one less hungry mouth on the welfare” (Tupac Shakur 1992)  This verse illustrates how low income poverty-stricken families and people of color are not given as many opportunities to do right so instead they divert to being criminals just to get by how certain social issues are linked together. He relates his skin color with being poor, he explains how poverty leads to crime and then 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 struggle 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 life. In his rap he uses poetic devices to express his ideas on discrimination, the importance of unity, and to represent or correlate time.  The phrase ” I see no change” is repeated several times at the start of lines this is referred to as an anaphora. Tupac uses Rhyme often in his rap, the use of matching sound patterns in two or more words. “Don’t let ’em jack you up, back you up Crack you up and pimp-smack you up” Onomatopoeia: is the formation and use of words to inmate sounds. “Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat!” That’s the way it is POETIC DEVICES Ballad: originally made to be sung “That’s just the way it is Things’ll never be the same That’s just the way it is Aww yeah” Tupac repeats throughout the song that he sees no changes and truly want to see his people rise and make changes to benefit them Allusion: A reference to another text, famous person, event, etc. “It’s time to fight back, that’s what Huey said. Two shots in the dark, now Huey’s dead.” Free Verse: no identifiable rhyme or meter “We gotta make a change It’s time for us as a people to start making some changes Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live And let’s change the way we treat each other You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do What we gotta do to survive” Irony: the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of the literal meaning “Give the crack to the kids, who the hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare.”  Metaphor: is a figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another other “Devil take a brother” “It’s time to fight back, that’s what Huey said. Two shots in the dark, now Huey’s dead.”