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"Changes," by Tupac Shakur

Author: Tupac Shakur

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[2Pac:]
I see no changes, wake up in the morning and I ask myself:
"Is life worth living? Should I blast myself?"
I'm tired of being poor and, even worse, I'm black
My stomach hurts so I'm looking for a purse to snatch
Cops give a damn about a negro
Pull the trigger, kill a nigga, he's a hero
"Give the crack to the kids: who the hell cares?
One less hungry mouth on the welfare!"
First ship 'em dope and let 'em deal to brothers
Give 'em guns, step back, watch 'em kill each other
"It's time to fight back," that's what Huey said
Two shots in the dark, now Huey's dead
I got love for my brother
But we can never go nowhere unless we share with each other
We gotta start making changes
Learn to see me as a brother instead of two distant strangers
And that's how it's supposed to be
How can the Devil take a brother if he's close to me?
I'd love to go back to when we played as kids
But things change... and that's the way it is

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Talia Kern (Jul 25 2019 2:24PM) : I wish I had more background knowledge about Tupac.
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Chandana Kundu (Jul 25 2019 2:26PM) : I feel in the same way too
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Nisanah Montgomery (Jul 25 2019 2:29PM) : WOW! more

Heard this song many times but never truly listened to the words. I wonder if he was still alive today, how would he respond to Trump??

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Nakima Kerson (Jul 25 2019 2:25PM) : I love Tupac!
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Melissa Bautista (Jul 25 2019 2:26PM) : Agreed!
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Sahida Bhuiyan (Jul 25 2019 2:30PM) : life is difficult for the writer...
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Courtnei Taylor (Jul 25 2019 2:25PM) : oh mood
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Nakima Kerson (Jul 25 2019 2:25PM) : Still a very true statement.
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Courtnei Taylor (Jul 25 2019 2:26PM) : huey p newton!
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Nakima Kerson (Jul 25 2019 2:28PM) : YAASSSS!!! Snaps for the history. My students barely know Tupac... They don't know Huey...
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Melissa Bautista (Jul 25 2019 2:30PM) : My 9th graders barely knew Tupac either or any of the civil rights leaders other than MLK and Malcolm.
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Nakima Kerson (Jul 25 2019 2:31PM) : Yup. They only know the ones taught in schools because they're safe.
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Nakima Kerson (Jul 25 2019 2:28PM) : Do you use Tupac in your class?
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Courtnei Taylor (Jul 25 2019 2:29PM) : lol i have! but i needed it so i could show my kids history. they're in the bronx and dont understand that the OGs of rap came from here? please
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Nakima Kerson (Jul 25 2019 2:31PM) : Yeah! It's funny when my kids say do you know this song? Lol...
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Nakima Kerson (Jul 25 2019 2:27PM) : What changes do you think Tupac would propose? What changes should be made?
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Melissa Bautista (Jul 25 2019 2:28PM) : I feel like he was a big advocate for reparations, but I'm not sure if I'm getting that confused
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Jennifer Boateng (Jul 25 2019 2:29PM) : I agree! He would use his music to shed light on the injustices going on around us.
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Anabel Encarnacion (Jul 25 2019 2:31PM) : He was a big proponent of access to EQUAL education, not sure reparations. He always allued to the idea of money to the black folk without financial literacy is as good as nothing. [Edited]
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Courtnei Taylor (Jul 25 2019 2:31PM) : gimme that free lunch for my kids like we used to have
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[Talent:]
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah

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[2Pac:]
I see no changes, all I see is racist faces
Misplaced hate makes disgrace to races
We under, I wonder what it takes to make this
One better place, let's erase the wasted
Take the evil out the people, they'll be acting right
'Cause both Black and White are smoking crack tonight
And the only time we chill is when we kill each other
It takes skill to be real, time to heal each other
And although it seems heaven-sent
We ain't ready to see a black president
It ain't a secret, don't conceal the fact:
The penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with blacks
But some things will never change
Try to show another way, but you staying in the dope game
Now tell me, what's a mother to do?
Being real don't appeal to the brother in you
You gotta operate the easy way
"I made a G today," but you made it in a sleazy way
Selling crack to the kids
"I gotta get paid!", well hey, but that's the way it is

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Melissa Bautista (Jul 25 2019 2:25PM) : One of my favorite 2pac songs and the lines that always hit me when I listen to this song.
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Delvin Cruz (Jul 25 2019 2:29PM) : There was a change. more

Waht a chame that he was not alive to se the first African American President.

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Daebriah Wint (Jul 25 2019 2:29PM) : Tupac talked about racism, social injustices, incarceration, etc. and there's no change. I find it interesting that this was written over 20 years ago yet it's still relevant today...
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Delvin Cruz (Jul 25 2019 2:32PM) : We went backwards more

Yea we are going backwards in life. It seems that we are still in the stone ages whatn it comes to racism.

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Ashley Arroyo (Jul 25 2019 2:34PM) : I think we're going forward, just at a slower pace than we should be moving
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Jenniffer Castillo (Jul 25 2019 2:35PM) : tupac more

“The penitentiary’s packed, and it’s filled with blacks. This is a huge issue in our society today and Tupac brought awareness to it.

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Ashley Arroyo (Jul 25 2019 2:29PM) : We eventually got to have a black pres but I still think people weren't ready for it, unfortunately
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[Talent:]
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah

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[2Pac talking:]
We gotta make a change
It's time for us as a people to start making some changes
Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live
And let's change the way we treat each other
You see the old way wasn't working
So it's on us to do what we gotta do to survive

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[2Pac:]
And still I see no changes
Can't a brother get a little peace?
It's war on the streets and a war in the Middle East
Instead of war on poverty
They got a war on drugs so the police can bother me
And I ain't never did a crime I ain't have to do
But now I'm back with the facts giving it back to you
Don't let 'em jack you up, back you up
Crack you up and pimp-smack you up
You gotta learn to hold your own
They get jealous when they see you with your mobile phone
But tell the cops they can't touch this
I don't trust this, when they try to rush I bust this
That's the sound of my tool
You say it ain't cool, my mama didn't raise no fool
And as long as I stay black, I gotta stay strapped
And I never get to lay back
'Cause I always got to worry 'bout the payback
Some buck that I roughed up way back
Coming back after all these years
"Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat!" That's the way it is

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Chandana Kundu (Jul 25 2019 2:34PM) : A true statement. more

What is our objective?

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Courtnei Taylor (Jul 25 2019 2:27PM) : STILL-this song is so old and we're still dealing with the same
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[Talent:]
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah
(You're my brother, you're my sister)
That's just the way it is
Things'll never be the same
That's just the way it is
Aww yeah

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[2Pac:]
Some things'll never change

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Anabel Encarnacion (Jul 25 2019 2:28PM) : I always felt uncomfortable reading rap, hip hop, jazz or any lyric written in Ebonics/ black American Egnlish in my English classes in undergrad. more

I always felt uncomfortable reading rap, hip hop, jazz or any lyric written in Ebonics/ black American Egnlish in my English classes in undergrad. I felt as though my peers would always receive exceptional grades on these analytical papers, and I didn’t. I would be critisized for using the same kind of language in my writing. I felt like in a way professors would appropiate cultural written artificats, usually from pop culture (which is inherently black culture) but would bash me for articulating my own thoughts in such a manner.

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Nakima Kerson (Jul 25 2019 2:30PM) : It's that code switching. I work with my kids on it all the time.
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Courtnei Taylor (Jul 25 2019 2:30PM) : a valid point, but also i feel like we need to roll upon your undergrad because apparently they need some help with things
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Iain Coggins (Jul 25 2019 2:31PM) : Thanks for bringing up such a relevant point!

Writers: Buce Randall Hornsby, Deon Evans, Tupac Amaru Shakur

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DMU Timestamp: March 29, 2019 18:11

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