Capital Steez Rhetorical Devices

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Capital Steez was a young New York rapper that took the classic rap scene by storm with his incredible word play, his use of irony, and his critic of the injustices in America. Capital Steez took his own life on December 23, 2012 at the age of 19. He dedicated his life to shedding light on injustices in America and bringing rap back to its roots where there was meaning behind every line. Steez wanted to not only change the genre, but also the effect of rap on the community and the negative stigma that follows rap. Capital Steez and his high school friend, Joey Bada$$, started a rap group called Pro Era, short for progressive era, that Nyck Caution and Kirk Knight joined nearly a year later. Caution and Knight wrote the song Audiopium that uses numerous rhetorical devices to show that even though their friend Steez is gone, the effort he put into making change isn’t gone. They sample a verse by Steez where he showed his beliefs in order to prove that they still follow what Steez preached. In the verse they sampled, Steez has the line, “It’s a shift, I know you feel it man, We blowin’ up like a ceiling fan.” He uses a metaphor to show how as they gain fame you will feel a shift in the dynamic of a country. Steez believed that change can’t be made unless you have power. The song opens with Joey Bada$$ and Cj Fly stating, “Beast Coast stunna ‘bout to feast this summer.” This line uses an allusion to relate the feasting to one of Steez’s nicknames, King Cap. They are saying that Pro Era and the other Brooklyn based rap groups are all either …show more content…
They want to gain power to make change, change the negative stigma that follow rap, and reformation of the educational system and a balance of powers. They used the verse by Capital Steez to reinforce the fact that they are still following his teachings and their commitment to bring change almost to honor

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