• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  6. 6
    6
  7. 7
    7
  8. 8
    8
  9. 9
    9

"Gangsta's Paradise"By Coolio

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

"Gangsta's Paradise" By Coolio (Paper #1) Elizabeth Sandoval February 20, 2006 English 103 Eiland Coolio's song "Gangsta's Paradise" is a testimonial of what life is like for an African-American male growing up in the ghetto. Such problems were real life issues for Coolio himself being born and raised in Compton, California. By looking at his lyrics from a historical and biographical perspective it is a lot easier to understand what he is trying to get across to his audience. This song was made to give people who don't live in the inner cities a glance of what goes on there. As for those who live that life everyday it gives them a chance to know they are not alone. A big problem that Coolio brings to our attention is inner city violence. This is an ongoing problem for those who live in the ghetto. "Cause I've been blasting and laughing so long, that even my momma thinks that my mind is gone" (Coolio, 4-5). In other words he has l been involved in so much violence that everyone including his mother believes he is out of his mind. ...read more.

Middle

In a website for minorities to voice their views on life in the ghettos a young man writes about welfare. "Welfare is not a staple of the inner-city community. You can not feed a family with children on what is hand by the government. There is not a propensity of the brown or black man or woman to want to accept a hand out. There is no race that is more inclined to be beggarly. Those are just myths that are created by the media to and backwards "social scientists" whose ideas stem from the inhuman and unreasonable ideas of social Darwinism" (Josephson). He is not alone many people on welfare wish they did not have to take help from the government but inner-city life can feel like a trap that seems too hard too get out of. It's like a college commercial on T.V. talking about a horrible cycle for not being able to get a good job-a person can't get a good job because s/he doesn't have any skills, s/he doesn't have any skills because s/he didn't go to school, s/he didn't go to school because s/he doesn't have any money, s/he doesn't have any money because s/he didn't go to school...and the cycle keeps going on forever until a change is made. ...read more.

Conclusion

Commercial sponsorship in mass media has led to a distorted presentation of important cultural and consumer-related issues. For example, TV commercials tend to be very short, superficial, and factually biased. Further, computer programs and TV editing techniques tend to compress, extend, and distort normal time/space relationships, a critically important element in the creation and use of effective long- term memories' (Sylwester). These expectations are never going to come true because real life is not the way it is made to be on T.V. Especially for those who are poor and don't have the money or chance to even get close to things seen on T.V. Coolio was a child living in the ghetto of Compton, California with a single mother and experienced many things he rapped about in "Gangsta's Paradise". He seen and experienced inner city violence, living on welfare and T.V. effects. However he was never really in a gang and did finish high school. Regardless this hit is a excellent description of life in the ghetto and gives its audience a sense of what it is like. That is probably why is reached number one on the hit charts in 1995 (Huey). A mixture of all the issues discussed in this paper makes growing up in the ghetto so hard especially for a young African American male. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. Abortion among teens

    (Sobie and Reardon 2001). After the Roe v Wade case in 1973 that decided that a woman had the right to choose, limited abortion rights were granted to minors. As a result of this, many states are enacting various forms of parental notification and consent laws.

  2. crime and poverty

    This does a surprise me a little bit because I expected it to be mugging but this may all be down to dark figures. Many people thought that poverty was the common cause of crime in Newham but again people who answered ticked more than one box.

  1. Crime - 'The media portrays ethnic minorities in negative ways', Discuss.

    through video games, news papers, TV etc. My primary research helped my get an idea of what the public thought and whether they agreed with what I thought, and the public did agree with me which made me think that I could prove my hypothesis, and my secondary research helped

  2. Why Gangs?

    is the last picture we have of my brother." Each starkly conveys a reason to avoid gang membership. 2. Intervention strategies, which are used in emerging and chronic gang situations, attempt to prevent an existing problem from getting worse. The strategies take the form of barriers or mediation efforts that prevent gang members or potential gang members from following the wrong path.

  1. James Gilligan's Thesis on Violence

    Most researchers of the biological underpinnings of violence consider that there may be different etiologies, or causes, for varying forms of violent behavior. "Aggression is a critical part of existence as it is the driving force to humans. The source of aggression within humans has many theories, and factual data for support."

  2. Masculinity and Asian gangs

    Power (b) Production (c) Cathexis. (a) Power relations, the main axis of power in the contemporary European/American gender order is the overall subordination of women and the dominance of men, this structure feminist named 'patriarchy' (Connell p36:2001). This structure exists through historical development in family, employment and class.

  1. An Exploration of the dynamics of 'ghetto masculinity' and the upholding of negative representations ...

    These representations of black males have been seen time after time and so they have become hegemonic and unquestioned by society to the extent that white audiences believe they are entirely accurate and true to life. In the 1980s was the 'Era of Hollywood Conservative Backlash & Creation of Crossover Black Stars' which saw a decline in Black film.

  2. Do you get it? If not youll want to - Salvador ...

    Other researches also uncovered a rise of capitalism, which led to the divide between the bohemian and bourgeois, which is the present concern, yet not the divide which was once prevalent, today it's the joining of these two classes which is shaping American society, changing cities, changing attitudes and values.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work