So, apparently I can post other people's lyrics as long as I don't use the entirety of the song. I'm not really digging any of my stuff today (Read: I completely left my poetry notebook at home this morning), and there's just so much good Tupac out there. I'll probably post an excerpt from different people every once in a while. And I'd like it to be mainly rap lyrics, to show that some of them actually are poetry. I should also state now that I will be editing any inappropriate content. I'd like to keep my blog relatively family friendly.
Excerpt from Changes
I see no changes all I see is racist faces
misplaced hate makes disgrace to races
We under I wonder what it takes to make this
one better place, let's erase the wasted
Take the evil out the people they'll be acting right
'cause both black and white is smokin' crack tonight
and only time we chill is when we kill each other
it takes skill to be real, time to heal each other
And although it seems heaven sent
We ain't ready, to see a black President, uhh
It ain't a secret don't conceal the fact
the penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks
But some things will never change
try to show another way but you stayin' in the dope game
Now tell me what's a mother to do
bein' real don't appeal to the brother in you
You gotta operate the easy way"I made a G today"
But you made it in a sleazy way
sellin' crack to the kid. " I gotta get paid,"
Well hey, well that's the way it is
I picked this one because it's one of my favorite Tupac songs. It's a little more redeeming and takes on bigger issues than some of his others. Plus, he uses Bruce Hornsby's "Changes" as the chorus and it is an interesting contrast with the melody of the song against Tupac's flow. Also, I like that a black president was mentioned. I'm sorry Tupac did not live to see this happen.