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Tupac: The Words Of An Inspirational Lyricist

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What defines someone as being inspirational to others, do they have to wear a suit and tie, have a Harvard degree, drive a fancy car and speak of nothing but glory? I beg to differ; it depends on the person of whom they are trying to inspire that is why I believe Tupac Shakur is an inspirational icon to underprivileged individuals. Tupac Shakur, through his music, poetry, and political views, inspires young disadvantaged people to recognize that there is life for them outside of the ghetto, poverty, drugs and other adversities. He speaks of poverty, teenage pregnancies, single parenting, self-esteem and an array of other problems that people living in the ghetto are faced with. Despite all of the negative associations with his name, Tupac has managed to capture the hearts, emotions and attention of many people because they relate to his life in some type of way. Someone listens to Shakur’s songs and hears their life story, while another may hear a situation that someone close to them is going though. Either way, his words appeal to people’s lives in a positive way. Sadly though, a lot of people cannot overcome all of the negativity to see the impact that he has upon society. Dyson states “Tupac's language was inflamed with love for the desperately poor. He was a ghetto Dickens who explained the plight of the downtrodden in rebellious rhyme” (15). His analysis of Shakur’s lyrics better supports and exemplifies the claim of Tupac being inspirational.
A lot of people are probably very curious as to how Tupac Shakur can be considered inspirational to anyone, let along children. He is known as a hard core rapper who endorses thug life, degrades women, and has a lengthy criminal record and an etcetera of other negative things. Rap music along by its self already has a negative connotation of being corrupt for the youth therefore Tupac’s negative actions and involvements do not make it any better. Dyson shows an example of the hypocritical behavior implied by Tupac; he states “His eager embrace of ethical ambivalence came off to critics as mere hypocrisy. After all, how could the same artist—or, given the unwilling suspension of disbelief, the same man—encourage women to keep their heads up one moment and then quickly pelt them with harsh epithets”(15). Tupac has done a lot of mischief during his career that disqualifies him to be considered ideal for people to look up to. He states in his song “Hit ‘Em Up”, “Little Ceasar go ask you [your] homie how I'll leave you/ cut your young ass up see you in pieces now be deceased/ Little Kim, don't fuck around with real G's quick to snatch your ugly ass, off the streets/ so fuck peace” (Shakur, 1998).The lyrics in this song shows outrage and negativity of an artist who desires to put harm upon someone. No parents wants their daughters and sons looking up to a coward who is constantly in trouble with the law, gang banging, and a sexist. Most inspirational people live a life of decency, honor, glory, simplicity,...

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