Analysis Of The Song ' Trapped ' Essay

1697 Words Nov 20th, 2016 7 Pages
From Beatings to Beats

“To serve and protect.” or to beat, kill and conceal? Police brutality has remained a worldwide issue through the years. It is recently a major problem in the United States, with technology and social media being more active than ever, video recordings of beatings and deaths caused by police officers are being broadcasted and viewed worldwide on popular websites and news channels. Other video recording tools such as dashboard police cameras and surveillance videos have also recorded unjust treatment some people have received from police officers, making it evident that that it is a major existing problem.
Many artists and bands have described their views on the topic through music, Tupac Shakur does so in his song “Trapped” released in the album 2pacalypse Now (1991) where he uses a frustrated tone as he raps, to show how fed up he is with the way police treat him. The music in the song is also eerie and mysterious to demonstrate his emotions and feelings of mistrust, toward law enforcement. The Clash a punk rock band of the 80’s express their view on authority in the song “Know Your Rights” from the album Combat Rock (1982). The main guitarist strums in the same aggressive tone throughout most of the song as if he were angry. He also sings in a serious tone trying to get his point across the best way possible. Both songs reveal unpleasant views on the way law enforcement handle the citizens they are supposed to look out for. Even…

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