{musicality, happy mlk day...}



changes by tupac. happy martin luther king day! mr. king paved the way for many hip-hop artists to have a voice. they say the best art is created from pain, and the hip-hop community has a lot of pain to draw from. while i don't always love the womanizing and excess lifestyle hype some hip-hip songs tend to favor, really great hip-hop can wax poetic.  

We gotta make a change...
It's time for us as a people to start makin' some changes.
Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live
and let's change the way we treat each other.
You see, the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do
what we gotta do, to survive.

And still I see no changes. Can't a brother get a little peace?

There's war on the streets & the war in the Middle East.
Instead of war on poverty,
they got a war on drugs so the police can bother me.

Some things will never change. 

tupac grew up in oakland, california and his mom was a black panther. (most of tupac's music deals with racism, police brutality, and social injustice.) if tupac hadn't met misfortune and died an early death, i wonder what he would be doing today. sorry to get all serious on you today, but i thought if felt right on MLK day. back tomorrow with some frivolity.

let's make this a great week!

(mlk's dream speech set to music, if you like.)



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  1. I LOVE a bit of Tupac. You're totally right, I think he would have been a real force for good in the world. He was a very smart guy and what a totally moronic thing the gang culture is. Someone special with huge potential killed for absolutely no reason at all. What a waste.

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  2. @ANNIE - Perfectly said, Annie! Just the right words to add to this post. Thank you.

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  3. I have to echo Annie's comments as well, but my version would have been less eloquent. What an absolute waste of talent, and it's stil so upsetting all these years later. This song feels perfect for the day, Theresa, thank you for posting it. I didn't know his mom was a black panther! You learn something new every day.

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  4. Happy MLK Day to you too! Gotta Love Tupac! I would definitely be curious to see where he would fit in to today's hip hop if he were still around.

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  5. Great post today! I think it's a perfect time to get serious. My mom was at MLK's "I have a dream" speech. How cool is that?

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  6. great post theresa! it's fine to get a little 'heavy', in fact sometimes it's necessary. all we can hope is that things change for the better... remembering mlk is a great start! and @lauren wow, your mom witnessed his "i have a dream speech". that is something!
    love to you theresa, you are a positive force in my life xxx

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  7. @ Lauren- Wow, I wonder what impact that had on your mom after hearing that in person!

    @ Theresa- I was actually thinking about MKL today and what the world would be like today had he not stood up for the change he wanted to see in the world. Great things to think about and be thankful for at the start of the week :)

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  8. @ERIN - It is such a waste the whole gangster, East Coast vs. West Coast battle. I think if Tupac were living today he would definitely be a frequent guest on Bill Maher, breaking it down like Mos Def (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D-ktFALbsE)

    @TORI - I have a feeling he would have acted more and become a political activist.

    @LAUREN - WHAAA...?! That's amazing! Not only to hear the speech live, but to stand with all those people wanting and hoping for the same things...Collectively loving and supporting what MLK stood for and his message.

    @LEAH - You're right, it's important to talk about all of life - the highs and lows, the serious mixed with some fun. That's what makes life interesting.

    @LIZ - It's true...So very true. He paved the way for so many people. Obama comes quickly to mind.

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  9. I'm always conflicted when Tupac comes on the radio (one of my FAVORITES of all time) and I start singing out loud and then realize my 22 month old daughter is in the back seat. Same with Dre and Snoop. Probably have to resolve this soon :)

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  10. @JENNIFER - You just made me laugh. At this very moment, I am at this crossroad. My son just started singing, "I'm sexy and I know it." Ugh! I don't even like that song.

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  11. so sad that all these years later, those lyrics are still relevant. totally agree with annie too:)

    @Lauren... amazing!

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