Song Analysis

Topics: The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Hit 'Em Up Pages: 5 (1968 words) Published: May 22, 2013
Song Lyric Analysis
Hit Em Up
1) I know the artist was very mad at a group of people music artists from the east coast. this song was a response they way east coast rappers were making fun of him while he was in prison, and to the people the thought may have set him up in a shooting. 2) The speaker in the song is just a first person, him calling out other music artists for wrongs he had felt done against him, and wanting to get a chance to get even with them for disrespecting him, or even shooting him. 3) The setting for which this song takes place is in their present time Los Angeles making the year 1996. 4) The emotions I feel when listening to this song is anger, rage, and I get a sense of betrayal from the people he is angry with. 5) This song doesn’t really make me think about any events in my life, I haven’t felt that angry with someone to that point. 6) The lyrics don’t really tell a story, it’s just more of the artist trying to get the attention of the artists he felt had did him wrongly. 7) The main emotion felt in this song is just the sheer rage he has. This was something Tupac had held for over three years from the span of the time he was shot and then put into prison, and he just let the rage build up until he got out and released this track. 8) Some lyrics that stand out to me are “I ain't got no mother#$*&ing friends” because it’s the first thing he says, and shows an example of his feeling betrayed. Another set is “I don't even know why I'm on this track” because he’s basically saying they are not even worth his time. The last one is “We Bad Boy killers.” This is the last thing he says as the song ends repeating killers as the song fades pretty much saying he will kill they’re whole entire crew or anyone affiliated with them. 9) These lyrics make me wonder who actually shot him. Why did they get him started? And was all of this really necessary? 10) The message the music artist is trying to push is just don’t mess with me, you don’t want to do that. While at the same time calling out the other rappers. 11) The intended audience is the group of east coast rappers, Tupac and everyone else go out of their way to call them by name. 12) The mood for this song is sheer anger. Some quotes to help are first “Who shot me, But your punks didn't finish, Now you 'bout to feel the wrath of a menace”. A second quote would be “But we ain't singing, We bringing drama, *&^$ you and your mother %$*@ing mama”. These quotes show how angry he is at this group of people and how he wants revenge. 13) The social theme the artist is trying to get across is that, if you mess with me you will find yourself with the short end of the stick in the outcome. 14) I personally think that the artist came off too strong in this song, and may have ultimately led to his fatal shooting due to the fact he called out so many people in his song the way he did. On a background note the song was written three months before the shooting that led to his death in Las Vegas. Tupac was believed to have gotten into a fight with an associate of one of the people he called out in the song and it is noted that he may have been set up to get shot by the same group. The song writer just had a bottled up rage he held for about three years while it seemed like everyone was picking at him. To be honest I may have responded in a similar way coming at everyone who took shots at me while I was vulnerable. This is why I think he felt he had no choice but to assert himself as a dominant figure when he had the chance, just to prove that now that he was back he was in charge as well. There is no specific lyrics in the song to support because every single lyric is a straight and forward shot to at least one of the people he was angry with.

"Hit 'Em Up"

I ain't got no mother$!?#ing friends, That's why I ^&*$ed your /?$#%, You fat mother*&%$er (Take Money), West Side!, Bad Boy Killers (Take...
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