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"Gangsta's Paradise"By Coolio

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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