Tupac Shakur: An Analysis of ” Changes” Tupac shakur was a famous song rapper in the American history, often known bye 2Pac his stage name. He was born on the June 16th, 1971 in New York City to a Black Panther activist woman named Afeni Shakur. His birth name was Lesane Parish Crooks, which later was changed by his mother to Tupac Shakur. Tupac is an inca Indian word meaning “shining serpent” . His last name Shakur, is Arabic meaning “thankful to God,” it was a very common name in the New York branch of the Black Panther clan. He grew up in East Harlem a saction of Manhatten, New York.
Tupac’s rough life started way before he was born. His mother didn’t tell him anything about his dad apart from this that she never knew him. Tupac thought his father was dead . he only met his father when he was shot and woke up at the hospital, there was a man who was his lookalike and that’s when he found out who his real dad was. But even after that they didn’t become close. During his childhood he always felt as if he didnt fit anywhere. His family moved from place to place and he had no friends. He had a mental disorder and his doctor told him to write his thoughts down to get them out in the open as it would help him get better.
So he started to write a diary. During writing his diary he began to write poems and song lyrics. That’s how he got into music. His professional entertainment career began in 1991. He had many hit records such as ” Changes, all eyes on me, How do you want it, California Love” etc. Tupac’s lyrics always went deep into the meaning of many political and social subjects. His Lyrics also reflected his many sides, some of his lyrics were motivated by love, some seeking to understand himself better and others by the cruel injustices of America and society.
In his Changes lyrics he gives an inside look on the social problems afflicting African-Americans and suggests possible resolutions. This song is about the racial issues on the streets. The first of these issues, racism, is said when he says- I see no changes wake up in the morning and ask myself is life worth living should i blast myself? I’m tired of bein’ poor and even worse i’m black my stomach hurts so I’m looking for a purse to snatch Cops give damn about a negro pull the trigger kill a nigga he’s a hero Source ”Changes”(originally recorded in 1992)
In this quote Tupac first talks about how certain social issues are linked together. He makes a correlation between his skin colour and being poor, then he explains how poverty causes crime and then he demonstrates the relationship between police brutality and race. This shows that how hard life is to be an underprivileged Black man in the United States, with a kindness on issues with police cruelty. he expalins how he feels after waking up in the morning, thinking should he kill him self? As he tired of being poor an being black does not help.
He tries to expalin that even the police who suppose to protect you don’t even care the slightest, but if they shoot a black person they are called a hero. Drug dealing and theft are common themes in his music about thug life and tough neighborhoods that give no opportunities to improve someone’s point of living. In addition to drug related crimes, Tupac also includes the acts of violence in the hoods when he says- First ship ’em dope & let ’em deal the brothers give ’em guns step back watch ’em kill each other It’s time to fight back that’s what Huey said shots in the dark now Huey’s dead Source ”Changes”(originally recorded in 1992) Through this quote his observation could be interpreted as a conspiracy into eliminating or significantly diminish the African-American population in the United States of America. However, Tupac does not mention who is behind the plot! Tupac expresses how simple it is for people to buy weapons and kill other people. In which “Huey” attempted to solve his problems in the song. In doing so it leads to him being dead when the people he wishes to fight gainst react with gunfire and killing. Clearly Tupac is trying to send a message that this madness is not a good way to find the meanings to an end. He tries to explain that who ever is behind this plot their theory is quite straight forward. They want to give black community drugs to deal and sell amongest other African’s. He explains plotters give guns to black community an step back to see them killing each other. And when Huey P Newton( founder of Black Panther Party) tried to put a stop an tried to raise awareness by saying its payback time.
Its time they fought back, he was shot twice in the dark. So now if they plan to resolve the hatred, then there must be “changes. ” After analyzing the two verses of the song Changes it could be assume that Tupac is clearly stating the importance of African-American unity to overcome the challenging social issues facing them; violence, racial profiling and drugs. He message to us is that thing’s will always stay the same until black people change it themselves, instead of waiting for other people to intervene. He is trying to raise awareness in his song.