Street Struck-Big L

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Big L

The world of hip hop was deprived of a charismatic rapper in a cold winter of 1999, after Lamonte Coleman aka Big L was gunned down at the cursed age of 25 (see 2pac and Biggie) in the streets of Harlem. In “Street Struck”  L is saying that the only opportunity the streets are offering is selling drugs or robbing stores and houses and he tells how he got away from the dangers of the hood after starting a career in hip hop but ironically in the end the streets took this gifted lyricist away. Continue reading

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They Don’t Give A Fuck-2Pac

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2Pac

2pac’s background history shaped his character and beliefs, since his mother, Afeni Shakur was a member of the revolutionary ‘Black Panthers’ which was a civil rights activist group advocating for equality for African Americans. Such a background inspired and affected 2Pac heavily in his lyrics, because hip hop meant something back then, it had a cause. Continue reading

The Message-1st Song To Speak Out

The year was 1982, some 34 years ago when Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five released The Message. Up until then hip hop was about the beat, the rhythm, and the flashy dancefloor moves with lyrics like “I said a hip hop hippy, hippy to the hip hip hop you don’t stop the rock” by The Sugarhill Gang in 1979.  Hip hop crews of the time were focusing on the fun someone can have, excluding explicit lyrics and the hardships of living in the ghetto. Continue reading