Rap music is a monumental aspect of popular culture in American society that deserves to be critically analyzed. The purpose of this study was to critically examine the ways in which Tupac Shakur, a deceased rap emcee, utilized his lyrical and non-discursive musical elements to illustrate Black Nationalism. In order to complete the analysis of Shakur’s songs, I employed the method of ideological criticism. Utilizing an ideological criticism, I critically analyzed Tupac Shakur’s four songs “Brenda’s Got a Baby,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “White Man’z World,” and “Changes.” Within these four songs, Shakur’s rhetoric illustrates his political voice regarding sexism, war on drugs, and peaceful empowerment in black society. This study helps uncover Tupac Shakur’s black activist rhetoric.
Edson, Patrick C., "The Political Voice of Tupac Shakur: Lyrical Rhetoric on Black Nationalism" (2016). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7263.
Critical and Cultural Studies
Black Nationalism, Ideology, Social Oppression, Rhetoric
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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