If You Believe It You Can Achieve It

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If You Believe It, You Can Achieve It Having confidence in yourself can lead to a positive and successful future. Almost all people, if not everyone, want to grow up to become a successful person, being able to support themselves and their families all while being a role model to others in society. In Nas’ “I Can,” he spreads the meaningful idea that his success came from believing in himself and not letting others pull him down from achieving the status that he has reached today. By singing this anthem, he tries to influence the younger generation into being themselves and reaching their life goals. Nas is a rapper who grew up in the early streets of New York where crime and gang related activity was common. Being able to escape the evils …show more content…
His song is about us being able to do anything that we would like if only we put our minds to it and that we can grow up to be anything that our heart desires. He uses the constant repetition of, “I know I can, be what I wanna be, If I work hard at it, I’ll be where I wanna be” to emphasize that the determination and motivation of becoming successful and reaching your goals in life is within oneself. With this constant repetition throughout the song, he is able to give the audience the support they need by having them constantly repeat this verse. In the song, Nas says this verse to a group of kids who then repeat it after him, and then a girl says the exact same verse and more kids repeat it after her. This repetition shows how the message that Nas gives to his younger audience is being spread from him onto children, who then spread it onto other children. Through this form, the message gets passed down to everyone influencing them to strive for greatness. At the outro of the song, Nas ends with a repetition of “Save the music y’all” to remind us that we should not only preserve the influential message in this song, but the positive messages in other songs as well and that we should stay away from those that put others down and instead endorse the ones that encourage us to do …show more content…
As a celebrity himself, Nas decided to use two other celebrities to show how one’s environment got the best of her while the others motivated her to get to a better position in life. First he starts off by saying how beautiful Lena Horne was and how she had the potential to be one of the greatest singers, but due to her surroundings, she was involved in activities that ruined her possible career. He also lists the activities that she participated in such as doing multiple types of drugs and how she, “Could’ve died, so young, now looks ugly and old…when she reaches for hugs, people hold their breath cause she smells of corrosion and death.” This example illustrates the type of person Lena Horne has become and how her status within society has gone from high up to rock bottom. Nas provides this example because he wants us to avoid the same situation Lena faced and that we can learn from her mistake of being surrounded with the wrong type of people. Nas then uses a counter example to show that there are celebrities who have come from nothing and are now a role model to many. He uses Oprah Winfrey as an example of someone who lived a hard life with an environment that would only keep her from achieving success, but here she is now with her own TV program. When we think of Oprah, we thing of a strong African American woman who is very

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