The Songs and Deaths of Rockstars
Music as we know it today is the voice of a generation. It gives us entertainment, and
speaks out for a community of people in many ways. Most people listen to at least some sort of
music, and serves a purpose in almost every facet of society. Just about any expression can
be shared through music, inlcuding ideas and feelings about death. Music is used in various
way when pertaining to death, including songs about how a death occurred, or songs at a
service mourning a death. Whichever way you look at it, music serves an important purpose,
and the songs about death and the death of certain performing artists has a great impact on
society, especially the youth of society. It will be interesting to think about some of these
songs and musicians, and the effect their short lives and music can have in our society.
No matter which way you turn your head, your going to hear many different kinds of
music. Many artists look to cover as many topics in their music, and death and dying is a topic
that everyone in this world will sooner or later deal with, so it is a topic that it is covered. It is
interesting when looking at Rap industry, and two artists come to mind right away when speaking
about death. The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur are two rap artists who both have died
within the last five years, and were both extremely popular. What one may look at is the fact that
both seemed to have an idea that they were going to die right before they did, and it was not
because of a terminal illness, it was in fact by being murdered.
Tupac Shakur was a very popular artist, whose talents were respected by people who
weren't or aren't even rap music fans. He was very young when he passed, at age 25, and there
are still people who listen to his music toiday, and there are even some people who question his
death even occurred. Many of his albums have thoughts of death and his lyrics represent these
thoughts, as he questions how much faith he has left, and how he seems to know his time is
coming to an end. One of his songs, titled only God can Judge me, talks about how there is death
all around him, and how it is hard to keep positive in the light of friends passing. Now, when
dealing with a popular rap artist who makes alot of money it is hard to judge his albums and lyrics
at face value. But indeed he even insists that it is difficult to escape your hard past, no matter
how much success comes forward. Some of his albums suggest his nature of knowing death as
near, such as his album Me against the World, and 2pacalypse now. Not being a Rap fan it is
hard for to judge what is going through his mind, but by reading some lyrics it is obvious that he
believes that he has a hard life, and that death may be the only answer.
The Notorious B.I.G. was a very famous rap star on the East Coast, and...