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Tu Pac Interlude

May 17, 2012

In America, you cannot talk about the history of rap music without mentioning the name of the greatest rapper that America has ever known. Tu pac Amaru Shakur has been named by the rolling stone magazine the 86th greatest artist of all time. He was born in 1971 in east Harlem in the time when his race was still suffering from racism, violence, segregation and racial discrimination. Growing up and seeing the misery of his race, he felt like he had the mission to carry a strong message in his lyrics, talking about violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, social problems, and conflicts. He has done a wonderful work with his famous interlude from his album “rose that grew from the concrete”.

In this outstanding interlude, we can see how tu pac has considered himself as a messenger and the rap music as a tool to transmit his message. This famous interlude is available on line in form of poem and interpreted by many artists. This interlude is a wonderful work of art seeing it as a poem. To my point of view, what’s making it important is the fact that it talks about how rap music is a great tool to transmit messages to the community. Below is the entire interlude that I hope everyone who read it will enjoy its message and sense.
Right now, it is it is almost.. it is almost uhh,
IMPOSSIBLE for you not to see how strong rap has gotten
Y’knowhatI’msayin, it’s it’s like umm..
our our brothers and sisters, our youths, and some of our adults
their ear is PINNED to rap music right now
And if you really wanna get our message out
and really wanna start teachin, we need to start doin that
We we really need to start usin, our methods, y’knowhatI’msayin?
The Last Poets did it with poetry
And uhh, and and.. even in our history
from a ancient Afl- African civilization
poets went from village to village
And that’s how, stories and messages and lessons were taught
Y’knowhatI’mssayin, and so like you say, history repeats itself
And so.. it it was, it was.. at it was, y’know obvious
It was, pick it up, y’know?
Bein the race that we are, bein the strong race that we are
We picked it up, we picked up those positive, those positive vibes
and we started rappin and so
I think it is, it’s a very good medium too

The most important and significant aspect of tu pac’s interlude is the fact that he talks about his people as great messengers and artists from the “ancient African civilization poets” to him. “And that’s how, stories and messages and lessons were taught”. We can see here that tu Pac’s first goal was to teach lessons to his public, so they could get the message through his music. So we can clearly see that this interlude reflects the history of the African American civilization. When he said “being the race that we are, being the strong race that we are we can see here that he is talking about the misery of his race from the slavery. His race has survived and by rapping “picked up those positive vibes” from the ancient African American poets and singers. Nowadays, this interlude represents history from a great rapper who has marked the rap music history in America.



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