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Second Listen: Looking for America by Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey released a video to Instagram of herself singing “Looking for America” in a recording studio. The video was posted on Aug. 5, 2019, and the official single was released on Aug. 9, 2019. Del Rey wrote and… Continue Reading →

Sheep: Second Listen

In April of 2015, a man named Freddie Gray was arrested for carrying a switchblade, and received so much trauma to his spinal cord during the arrest and ride to the police station it killed him. This unjust and violent… Continue Reading →

Second Listen-Zombie

English rule in Northern Ireland has always been an ongoing issue, but there have been many rebel groups that have fought this. In the 1970’s an emerging group called the IRA (Provisional Irish Republican Army) began to stir up more… Continue Reading →

The Story of O.J. – Second Listen

“The Story of OJ” was written and released by Jay-Z during the summer of 2017. This was a controversial year in the United States, especially in politics. President Trump’s inauguration, police brutality, riots and protests, and a lot going on… Continue Reading →

Now – Second Listen

Miguel’s Now was released in 2017 during a time where the nation’s political tensions were heightened. In 2016, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States. One of the platforms Trump ran on was building a… Continue Reading →

“Paranoia” – Second Listen

After listening to Chance the Rapper’s “Paranoia” more intently, I feel it is important to understand the context behind the song to fully appreciate and understand what is being said. I think the song is powerful as a social commentary… Continue Reading →

Neighbors – A Second Listen

The historical context of this song dates back to as early as black history in America, beginning with slavery, the abolition of slavery, to the Civil Rights movement, and present protests today, mainly the Black Lives Matter movement.   Released… Continue Reading →

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