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”