Tupac Keep Ya Head Up Analysis

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Keep Ya Head Up: A Message of Hope For all the progress that women have made concerning their rights, it is saddening to see how poorly they are still treated today. Rapper Tupac Shakur describes a world of degradation towards women in his music video “Keep Ya Head Up”. From catcalling a girl in tight jeans and a loose white top and even violence towards women are just some of the prevalent themes in this video, especially in the black suburban communities. However, Tupac gives a symbol of hope to women who are demoralized by objectification and provides a strong lesson towards men who degrade women. One of the first scenes in the music video shows a group of black adult men in a car passing by a young woman who is wearing a loose white top and tight fitting jeans. Shakur raps “When you come around the block brothas clown a lot but please don't cry, dry your eyes, never let up, forgive but don't forget, girl keep your head up and when he tells you you ain't nuttin' don't believe him and if he can't learn to love you you should leave him.” (Line 8-11) Here Shakur is describing how many women are treated like objects by men. His message to them is to be strong, independent and not worry about the opinions of other people. Many women are afraid to stand up for themselves but Shakur…show more content…
The message is almost a polar opposite of what is displayed in most of the genre. He openly admires the strength that many women have to endure all of the hardships that they go through in life. Shakur raps, “You can't complain you was dealt this hell of a hand without a man, feelin' helpless because there's too many things for you to deal with dying inside, but outside you're looking fearless while tears, is rollin' down your cheeks” (Line 40-43). These lyrics display Shakur’s understanding of a woman's struggles and how he empathizes with the issues that affect them as they go through

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