Tupac Changes non-standard text BY anta123 TUPACS’ SONG “CHANGES” Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971-1996) was a West Coast rapper. Rap and hip hop music was the music of the poor black. The theme within Tupacs’ music relates to tough Ghetto life experienced by the black community of America dominated by drugs murder and poverty . There was a strong hatred between West and East Coast rappers which resulted in numerous killings. Tupac was himself killed in 1996 by a shotgun wound.
The song “Changes” recorded by Tupac in 1992 is about the tough life experienced by Tupac. This song echoes Tupacs’ battles with drugs, poverty, racism and gang violence. During this time African Americans were also affected by the beating of Rodney King by the American Police Officers, which resulted in the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. Tupac like Dr Martin Luther King wants peace and tranquillity and therefore through the power words echoes out the message to the people to come together and make ‘changes’ by being united as a group.
His lyrics criticize, the capitalist system that divides America into the haves and have- nots: “I’m tired of being poor and even worse I’m black. My stomach hurts, so I’m lookin for a purse to snatch. ” In ‘Changes’ Tupac speaks of the Black Panther Party leader Huey P Newton in the first stanza (lines9-10) “Two shots in the dark” In “Changes” he make use of basic slang terms such as “cops” and “crack” in the first stanza. Repetition and melodic rhythm is also employed by Tupac.
This can be seen in the following lines taken from the chorus and first stanza respectively: “Come on come on That’s Just the way it is Things’ll never be the same aww yeah. ” (Chorus) “First ship ’em dope and let ’em deal to brothers. Give ’em guns, step back, and watch ’em kill each other. ” (Stanza 1) The above stanza also employs imagery in which a picture of the black mans’ plight is created. The word nigger is used as a racial statement and not to intimidate: “Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he’s a hero. (stanza 1) The second stanza speaks ironically ofa future that Tupc was not witness to but there is a forsight of issues faced by President Obama upon his election, he faced a lot of criticism for being black and having the surname Hussain indication of Muslim heritage “we ain’t ready to see a black President, uhh. It ain’t a secret dont conceal the fact… ” (Stanza 2) Thus the purpose of the lyrics in “Changes” is to convey a message to the masses of racism faced by the black community, the need for equality and peace through unity.
Therefore according to Tupac things will stay as they are for the black community unless they take steps for that change towards a better life. This can be seen in the third stanza in which Tupc says: “It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ 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. ” stanza 3) IRONY a great deal of irony, with which Tupac effectively displays how the world deals with the problems of the streets. He says, “Give the crack to the kids, who the hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare. METAPHOR “Devil take a brother” is at once both a religious allusion and a metaphor for death SNYTAX The literary device of syntax is used to say that the black man no matter which gang he belongs to should unite: “But we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other We gotta start making changes Learn to see me as a brother instead of 2 distant strangers And that’s how it’s supposed to be How can the Devil take a brother if he’s close to me? ” (Verse 1) ANAPHORA Anaphoric reference of repetition is used by using the term “changes” is littered throughout the song.
Tupac’s frustration towards his community is portrayed through the use of this term, despite great figures in history died trying to change the way things were for the black community of America. According to Tupac they still don’t change thus it seem the efforts were pointless. COHERENCE There is coherence as the song reflects the plight faced with being black in America nd how the police dealt with them as in the case of beating of Rodney King and thus resulting in the Los Angeles 1992 Riots. COHESION Cohesive device is used by Tupac, through the chorus which binds the song together. That’s Just the way it is Aww yeah” CONTEXT The context of the song is the negro or the black man, and his plight for equality, and that things will never change (despite the black man having now won the right to vote in comparison to the time of Martin Luther King, is still suffering). CATAPHORICAL REFERENCE In the first verse the use of “em” refers to the black man: First ship em dope and let em deal to brothers Give ’em guns, step back, watch em kill each other” TEMPORAL REFERENCE Terminology relating to time used such as, morning, tonight, now, “It’s time for us as a people to start making some changes. FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE Use of fgurative language by Tupac in the lyrics of “Changes” such as metaphors, irony, simile, symbol, and imagery. You say it ain’t cool, my mama didn’t raise no fool And as long as I stay black, I gotta stay strapped And I never get to lay back Cause I always got to worry ’bout the payback SYNONYMS Tupac uses the term “Nigga” once but on many times uses the term “Black” DEXIS Tupac beckons for the black community of all social standing to unite and start making changes this being his personal deixis.
LYRICS OF TUPACS “CHANGES” 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 being poor and, even worse, I’m black My stomach hurts so I’m looking 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! “
First ship em dope and let em deal to brothers Give ’em guns, step back, watch em kill each other “It’s time to fght back”, that’s what Huey said 2 shots in the dark, now Huey’s dead I got love for my brother But we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other We gotta start making changes How can the Devil take a brother if he’s close to me? I’d love to go back to when we played as kids But things change… and that’s the way it is [Hook: Talent] Awa yeah [verse 2: 2Pac] I see no changes, all I see is racist faces Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races We under, I wonder what it takes to make this
One better place, let’s erase the wasted Take the evil out the people, they’ll be acting right Cause both Black and White are smoking crack tonight And the only time we chill is when we kill each other It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other And although it seems heaven-sent We ain’t ready to see a Black President It ain’t a secret, don’t conceal the fact: The penitentiary’s packed, and it’s filled with blacks But some things will never change Try to show another way but you staying in the dope game Now tell me, what’s a mother to do? Being real don’t appeal to the brother in you
You gotta operate the easy way “l made a G today” but you made it in a sleazy way Selling crack to the kids, “l gotta get paid! ” Well hey, but that’s the way it is [Hook] [Talking] 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 [verse 3: 2Pac] And still I see no changes, can’t a brother get a little peace It’s war on the streets and a war in the Middle East Instead of war on poverty
They got a war on drugs so the police can bother me And I ain’t never did a crime I ain’t have to do But now I’m back with the facts giving it back to you Don’t let ’em Jack you up, back you up Crack you up and pimp-smack you up You gotta learn to hold your own They get Jealous when they see you with your mobile phone But tell the cops they “can’t touch this” I don’t trust this, when they try to rush I bust this That’s the sound of my tool Some buck that I roughed up way back Coming back after all these years “Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat! ” That’s the way it is http://rapgenius. com/2pac-changes-lyrics