An Analysis of the Song Changes by Tupac

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Vincent Bocchino
College Writing I
Prof. Fisher
Music Interpretation Essay
12/3/2011
Changes by Tupac

Millions of people in the world listen to music for all different reasons. Most people all over the world listen to different genres of music in order to relax, but not too many people pay attention to the actual lyrics of a song. If you listen to the lyrics of a song you will realize that many songs have important messages or themes to them. An example of this is the lyrics of the song “Changes” by Tupac Shakur. If you listen to this song, you will realize that Tupac raps about not only the problems that African Americans face from society, but also the struggles that poor people in society have to endure and overcome. Many people in society can relate to this song and I personally believe the main theme and points in the song hold great truth to many people living in poverty in America today.

The song “Changes” by Tupac Shakur is one of the rappers more famous songs. In this song, many subjects concerning African-Americans injustices are being conveyed. Subjects like racial-profiling, poverty and racism affect the everyday life of African-Americans. In the song “Changes”, Tupac gives an inside look at the daily life of a poor African-American. Tupac seems to be trying to express the idea that changes needs to be made in order to put an end to poverty and racism that African-Americans face every day. Tupac also criticizes the dispersion of African-Americans over the idea to unite and overcome the poverty and racism they face.

The song was titled “Changes” for numerous obvious reasons. Tupac starts the song by stating “I see no changes”. He is possibly referring to the changes that were brought upon after the African-American Civil Right Movement during the 50’s and 60’s. The African-American Civil Rights Movement was supposed to bring an end to social issues like racism and poverty afflicting African-American population. However, in the song...
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