Hook] Some niggas go to college, some niggas go to jail Some make it into heaven, some make it into hell
Nobody want to lose, nobody want to fail
Nobody want to die, nobody want to kill The things we do just to make it through
But nobody want to lose, nobody want to fail
Nobody want to die, we’re just tryna live our life
[Verse 1: Meek Mill] Look, I got homies in the ground, skeleton and bones And niggas doing life, they ain’t ever coming home
They said I wouldn’t make it or never see the throne
And my baby mama hate me cause she said I did her wrong
Cause I left to chase my dream, get it any means
I said that I’ll be back, she wasn’t listening to me
That back and forth arguing was getting in between
I said fuck them other niggas, I go get it with my team
If we all grind, we all shine, fuck a part time
I used to play the block early morning and dark time
Now it’s G5 flights, fuck a depart time
It was hard times, nigga now it’s our time
Just take a look at my life, rapping brought me back to life
Cause I was in them streets, my heart was cold as a pack of ice
Every night we strapping like we was in Iraq to fight
Cause niggas getting murdered for a block that do a stack a night
Woah, I got to make it home to my son
On them papers with a firm hold on his gun
Before I snitch they gotta burn a hole in my tongue
Give me a hundred years in a hole on the sun
In boiling water, in the world of no order
In the hood ain’t no loyalty, ain’t no world for your daughter
Ain’t no life for your brother, on the life of my mother
I’mma get the fam right, nigga you damn right
I choose my favorite songs depending on whats going on in life such as personal experiences. In this new era Hip Hop Meek Mill is one of favorite rappers, mainly because I can relate to the things he raps about. I grew up in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY in one of the toughest neighborhoods. I can relate to the lyrics because I chose to attend college. I wanted something better for myself, but the majority of my friends I grew up with went to jail. Some of us make good decisions and some of us bad ones. Sometimes we do things because we feel we have no choice but to. This first line of the verse “Look, I got homies in the ground, skeleton and bones/And niggas doing life, they ain’t ever coming home”hit me hard because I lost a lot of friends to the gun or penitentiary. I use to witness first hand my friends not coming outside unless they had gun or being out all night in the streets trying to make money. I always say to myself that the world we live in is hell that’s why all these bad things be happening.
One of my favorite songs is Stan by Eminem from his album The Marshall Mathers LP.Stan came out around 1999-2000, but i wasn’t allowed to listen to it due to my young age and strong language .When i was able to listen to this song i was mind blown with the story it told.
The song tells the story of person named Stan who is a obsesses fan of Eminem. Stan who writes Eminem letters and claims he’s his biggest fan. Stan becomes angered when he never received a reply from Eminem, ending up committing murder to his pregnant girlfriend and killing himself. When Eminem finally has a chance to reply to Stan letters, while writing he realize that the story he had heard on the news about a man killing himself along with his pregnant girlfriend was Stan. Every time i listen to the ending i get goosebumps. Stan is the only song that make me feel a chill through my spine.
Brief background of Riot grrrl is an underground feminist punk rock movement that originally started in the early to mid-1990s in Washington, DC and the greater Pacific Northwest, especially Olympia, Washington and Portland, Oregon. It is often associated with third-wave feminism which is sometimes seen as its starting point. Riot grrrl bands often address issues such as rape, domestic abuse, sexuality, racism, patriarchy and female empowerment. Bands associated with the movement include Bikini Kill, Jack Off Jill (and later Scarling), Bratmobile, Adickdid, Bangs, The Butchies, Calamity Jane, Dickless, Emily’s Sassy Lime, Excuse 17, Fifth ColumFrumpies, Heavens to Betsy, Huggy Bear, Sleater-Kinney, L7, and also queercore like Team Dresch. Furthermore, music scence and genre, Roit grrrl is a subculture: zines, the DIY ethic, art political action and activism are part of the movement. Roit grrrls are known to hold meetings, start chapters, and support and organize women in music.
During the late 1970s and early and mid-1980s there were a number of female punk and rock musicians that later influenced the riot grrrl ethos.
This song and its video clip is very interesting to me, because it represents the mix of cultures. The video depicts how different races can have fun and party together. The song sang by a German-born American rock star Rob Thomas accompanies by latin rock band Santana. Music with a slow percussion beat of latin cha-cha accompanied by bass, electric guitar and powerful brasses. Brasses were popularized by African-Americans during jazz era in America, which adds more complexity and culture to the song. As a result, whites, browns and blacks party together.
Another interesting fact that I want to point out is that in the lyrics a white American is attracted to a young latin woman and this attraction seems to be reciprocal toward the end of the song, which symbolizes the breakage of race barrier between men and women. Even though there always were cases of interracial relationship, depicting it in the video-clip and showing it on TV creates popularity and wide acceptance of it.
I chose the song Where is the love? by The Black Eyed Peas. I find the lyrics of this song very powerful and meaningful as it mentions the issues that have been going on here in the U.S and around the world, and still does. The title of the song goes beyond the question Where is the love?, there is a lot of meaning behind it, its a very deep question with more questions that come along with it, like where is the peace? why do people fight? why do we kill each other? don’t you see the innocent suffering? where is your love?.. It talks about discrimination, racism, war, innocent people and kids dying, the selfishness government leaders, inequality, negativity from the media, lack of moral values and respect, etc…
I love this song because it’s a reminder of what is going on around us. Sometimes we get lost in our own little world being selfish, and thinking only about ourselves, our problems, and we complain, a lot, we forget that there are so many more things going on out there that might or might be worse than our problems, but nevertheless, as citizens of the world we are responsible for them as well.
The world has not never been at peace, and even though we know how to create it, we can’t accomplish it, so in the song there is a cry for help from a higher power, higher than the government and all, help from God. We can’t only be part of the problems, we also have to be part of the solution. “Can you practice what you preach?… Where is the love?”
One of my current favorite song is Ten Thousand Hours by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. This is the first song of their album so it is the first song to be play every time I listen o the album. So this song is play often than any other song and I believe you will love a song if you listen to a song enough times. This album was independently produce and it manages to reach number 1 on iTunes. The song details their journey as a artist and trying to produce music base on their creatively and not falling into what the record company thinks will make the most sale. The title of the song is a referring to Malcolm Gladwell’s theory that 10,000 hours need to be spend on a subject to be an expert on it. It also point out music needs passionate and handwork since he is singing about working over 10,000 hours on this album. It is also a great catchy song. Their whole album is great and there is great variety with the songs. The order of the songs in the album also has a nice transition.
When this song came out it had a strong resonance with me. It epitomized the city that I grew up in. The rhythmic steady beats symbolize the beating pulse of New York, the city that never sleeps. There is always something going on. In the first verse of the song Jay-Z talks about coming up from poverty in Brooklyn to heights of fame. This probably is what every New Yorker strives towards. People come from all over the world to try to make something of themselves here. “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”. This line shows that the city is big and blinding and you have exactly the same chance of making it here as well as losing everything in the process. The most important message of the song, for me at least, is that even if you’re down and out of luck, and nothing seems to be going your way, the city can lift you up and inspire you to go on. I really like the line “New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothin’ you can’t do, Now you’re in New York, These streets will make you feel brand new, Big lights will inspire you, Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York”
Tupac Shakur was one of raps greatest gifts. He constantly rhymed and rapped about his everyday struggles and related it to everyone around him. One of my favorite rappers, he was killed during the 1990s and was one of the rap communities greatest losses. He wishes for greater equality between the blacks and whites, but his vision is still trying to be achieved to this day. “Changes” by Tupac Shakur is one of his most famous songs from the 90s and expresses his want for more equality, but doesn’t only blame the whites for all of the hate. He is a realist and finds that black people are also for the blame and must rise up and create change themselves.
“Changes” is based on the black person’s ongoing social problems and struggle in society. Shakur opens up the song by saying,”I’m tired of bein’ poor and even worse I’m black, my stomach hurts, so I’m lookin’ for a purse to snatch.” In saying this he expresses the problems of the black people in that they aren’t given many opportunities and have to divert to crimes to survive. Shakur also notes, “I see no changes. All I see is racist faces. Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races we under.” The overall theme is that there is still racism against the black people and that they are still low on the social hierarchy. No one cares about the black person and that is why it is challenging for them to live. Shakur wants all of the black community to unite and stop the hatred and change for the better. He states,”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. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do what we gotta do, to survive.” This is inspirational as he wants a completely different outlook by black people. He believes that their actions are also to blame for the hatred and equality, so it is time for them to make a huge change.