Tupac Shakur And Black Vernacular Essay

2170 Words Dec 13th, 2016 9 Pages
Tupac Shakur & Black Vernacular
CSU Chico
Nicholas Pedroza

There has been widespread debate on the creation and use of Ebonics, or black vernacular within the education system, it has not been inputted into the schools, but nonetheless the use of it is very popular and the reason for that are rappers. Black vernacular is widely spoken throughout the black community so when rappers rap in black vernacular and whatever they rap about the people can relate to it. Stated by Matthew Feldman, “Lyrical musical performance is different from any other genre of language use, but it does not exist in a vacuum. The lyrics to songs written and performed by African Americans are to some degree reflective of other forms of African American language” (Feldman. 3). One rapper really put a spotlight on the use of black vernacular, and what he rapped about was so eye-opening to those that listened to his music, because he came from the ghetto, and saw things that were life changing, and he was Tupac Shakur. Tupac Amaru Shakur, was born in 1971 in the city of East Harlem, New York, and he would become one of the most influential rappers of all time. Tupac’s lyrics were so controversial because he opened up the eyes of everyone that was listening to his music, he rapped about the violence, racism, gang life, and the struggles that he went through and saw while growing up. He gave the ghetto a voice, let everyone else know what really goes on and that it’s not all sunshine and…

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