Analysis Of Janelle Monae And Kendrick Lamar's Many Moons

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African culture is discernible in every culture – through black people’s suffering and discrimination, they were able to create different types of art all over the world. Since the time of slavery, African Americans created music with hidden messages in them, longing for the freedom and opportunities every human being should have. Through these songs, black people instilled a hopeful feeling in themselves and their children, passing it on to the present day generation. Black artists of today, like Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar, are continuing this hopeful message interwoven in their music and bringing awareness to the world. Janelle Monae’s “Many Moons” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright”, although not exactly similar in style nor exuding typical “optimistic” …show more content…
Through their truthful lyrics and symbolic music videos, both songs are realistic – no longer do we have the peaceful music like “We Shall Overcome” or “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Both Monae and Lamar bring faith to Black people, but in a more outraged and reflective way that bites back to the racism their culture has encountered for so long.
In Janelle Monae’s “Many Moons”, the lyrics and music video perfectly portray Black culture today – appreciated by all but never given the credit to Black people themselves. In the first verse, “We’re dancing free but we’re stuck here underground / and everybody trying to figure they way out…” Monae is introducing Black culture right away to the song. When Monae mentions “underground”, she is referring to

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