Since the early days of rap music, MCs have incorporated political and social commentary regarding
the
state of Black America into hip hop music. Conscious rap is a subgenre of hip hop music that
focuses on
creating awareness and imparting knowledge. Conscious rappers are propelled by the
conviction that
radical social change comes through knowledge of self and personal discovery.
For this assignment,
please listen to both rap songs listed below, review and analyze the lyrics and
write a 400-500-word
essay on your interpretation of the songs.
THE ESSAY SHOULD COMPLY WITH FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
1) 400 – 500 words, double-spaced,
Times New Roman or Arial 12-point font
2) Your understanding of the message that the rap songs
are trying to convey
3) Your thoughts on the lyrics and whether you believe the message in the lyrics
is relevant in 2022.
DO NOT USE GOOGLE FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT. ALL YOU NEED ARE THE LINKS
BELOW AND YOUR EYES AND EARS. I WANT TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE
SONGS, NOT THE
THOUGHTS OF THE FOLKS IN YOUR GOOGLE SEARCH RESULTS.
1) “Little Brother” by Black Star (1999)
Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTREDvH8H4g
Lyrics: https://l-hit.com/en/9237
2) “U, Black Maybe” by Common (2007)
Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YH09TGD8rt4
Lyrics:
https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/common/ublackmaybe.html

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