Rap and Politics(BACKGROUND MUSIC) – 2PAC CHANGES – PLAYING INBEGINNING“Rap reflects life in the inner city, its lyrics expose the culture andhow people live.”John Chambers – MBU Student“A lot of people look at Hip pop as a type of music, i beg to differwith that I say that Hip Hop is the Culture”Teenager1: Rap is not just music it is a way it’s a way of life.Rapper: Rap is not just about the music its about the culture.Presenter: Hello and welcome to Radio Rap, my name is Aysenand today we’re gonna to be talking about the way people perceiverap and what it means to different people. So, what is Rap? Peoplebelieve that rap or hip-hop is just music. But is it? What does Rapmean to you?(Group of young teenage males)Teenager2: Rap is just the besttype of music.(Group of young teenage males)Teenager3: It talks about real lifeproblems and makes you think. It just wicked.(Group of young teenage males)Teenager 4: Rap is just sick man.
Music Student (male): Rap is the type of music I love, I feel like Ican relate to it. I Rap about my feelings, thoughts and troubles andI find this soothing is it lets me share my feelings with people thatwant to listen.Young Adult (male): "Ummm... I think rap is good, but only whenrappers lyrics are meaningful. Other then that I think it gives of thewrong vibe. People listen to Rap and think that all black peoplethat live in the hood are the same. It gives of a negative image.Music Student aspiring to become a rapper: "Rap is my life, it is a way of life. And its not a bad wayof life to. The negative image portrayed by the media and the government create a false image of whatrap really is.Mother of teenager 4: That music is awful, it’s completely change my son. He listens to this musicall the time and it’s constantly about, sex, drugs and crime. I think its influencing our younggeneration and creating criminals.Teenager1: People see what the media wants them to see. They don’t know the truth. Not all rap isabout sex and drugs. They make out that rap and the hood is just so bad but not all can be bad.
Presenter: Rappers can about anything from sex and drugs to love and family. There are manyIssues that rappers address. But do they get credit this? A lot of rappers have strong views aboutpolitics and rap about their thoughts? So, what is political rap? Does it even exist?Jared Ball “The version that is promoted, is promoted for politicaland cultural economic reasons and as I was trying to argue tomake an social order, there is all kinds of movements going alloverthe place but it’s the political consciousness element that is alwayssuppressed”THE LAST VERSE (OUTRO) PRESIDENT CARTER – LILWAYNEGorillas in suitsThe holy war, the spiritual troopsFighting over the mythical truthDrowning in the political soupThey shoot missiles and nukesTaking out such a pivotal groupThe body count is the physical proofAnd they thought drugs were killing the youthYoung Adult (male): A lot of rappers do not just rap out crap, thereare some meaningful rappers that rap about life and the strugglesof life. Take 2pac for example, he was a Black man who rapped
about life and what people should to make this world a betterplace. He rapped about politics, the government and his own lifeexperiences, that he wanted to share with the world.Teenager 5: 2pac.Ahh 2pac was just a legend. He is a King ofRap and he always will be. Not because he was ‘cool’ or a‘gangster’ but because his music changed the world.Politician1: I believe that Hip Hop/Rap music is nonsense. Theconcept of Political rap is ridiculous. It is impossible that peoplebelieve that they have the knowledge to comment on politics andhow politicians work.Politician2: I think this is a great idea. I don’t know if it exists butrapping about politics could be good for us, as long as we givepeople good things to comment on about us. It could make thepublic feel more involved and we could understand how peoplefeel about the government thought songs.Presenter: So, what do you think about rap? Now, we have a veryimportant guest, Professor Michael Brown who specialises inmusic at the University of London.Professor Michael Brown: Music is complicated in its self. Rap is agenre of music that is very popular in our day and with our younggeneration. There are many good and bad aspects top this genrethat can influence our youth. A lot of adults see rap as a badinfluence on their children and believes it teaches them to
disrespect others. While our younger generation believe, it hasinspired them to make something of their lives and taught themthat they could make something of themselves no matter wherethey come from or how poor they are. Rap music has been astrong topic of debate since it has become popular and I am sure itwill l be for a long time to come as everybody has differentopinions.Presenter: Does rap create an atmosphere, or is it just a waste oftime? Why don’t you listen and find out... 1. THE GAME FT LIL WAYNE – MY LIFE (NOT FULL SONG) LYRICS - And I’m grindin’ til I’m tired They say "You ain’t grindin’ til you tired" So I’m grindin’ with my eyes wide Looking to find A way Through the day A life For the night Dear Lord, you’ve done took so many of my people but I’m just wonderin’ why You haven’t taken (my life? x3) Like what the hell am I (doing right? x3) (My Life x3) [Verse 1: The Game] Take me away from the hood like a state penitentiary
Take me away from the hood in the casket or a Bentley Take me away Like I overdosed on cocaine Or take me away like a bullet from Kurt Cobaine Suicide (Suicide..suicide..) Im from a Windy City, like "Do or Die" From a block close to where Biggie was crucified That was Brooklyns Jesus Shot for no fuckin reason And you wonder why Kanye wears Jesus pieces? (My Life x3) Cause thats Jesus people And The Game, hes the equal Hated on so much, "The Passion of Christ" need a sequel Yeah, like Roc-a-fella needed Sigel Like I needed my father, but he needed a needle (My Life x3)2. 2PAC – KEEP YOUR HEAD UP 2 (NOT FULL SONG) LYRICS- Chorus: Keep ya head up, oooo child things are gonna get easier ooooo child things are gonna get brighter (2x) Verse Two: Aiyyo, I remember Marvin Gaye, used to sing ta me He had me feelin like black was tha thing to be And suddenly tha ghetto didnt seem so tough And though we had it rough, we always had enough
I huffed and puffed about my curfew and broke the rulesRan with the local crew, and had a smoke or twoAnd I realize momma really paid the priceShe nearly gave her life, to raise me rightAnd all I had ta give her was my pipe dreamOf how Id rock the mic, and make it to tha bright screenIm tryin to make a dollar out of fifteen centsIts hard to be legit and still pay tha rentAnd in the end it seems Im headin for tha penI try and find my friends, but theyre blowin in the windLast night my buddy lost his whole familyIts gonna take the man in me to conquer this insanityIt seems tha rainll never let upI try to keep my head up, and still keep from gettin wet upYou know its funny when it rains it poursThey got money for wars, but cant feed the poorSay there aint no hope for the youth and the truth isit aint no hope for tha futureAnd then they wonder why we crazyI blame my mother, for turning my brother into a crackbabyWe aint meant to survive, cause its a setupAnd even though youre fed upHuh, ya got to keep your head upChorus:Keep ya head up, oooo child things are gonna get easierooooo child things are gonna get brighter (2x)