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Month March 2019

“The Story of O.J.” – Lyrical Critiques

Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.” critiques the current state of black wealth in America as well as blatant discrimination in the entertainment industry on all levels; which all stem from America’s past regarding racism in visuals and performance. Such as… Continue Reading →

Now’s Lineage

There are many songs that focus on the growing issue of immigration. Although many of the songs don’t have the same sound, they focus on the same concept. I connected the lineage as follows: Now – American Land – Paper… Continue Reading →

“Pumped Up Kicks” Lineage

When looking into the lineage of “Pumped Up Kicks,” I searched for more songs related to gun violence specifically related to school shootings. I was not sure what I would find, as the song was not clearly written about a… Continue Reading →

“Guerrilla Radio” Lineage

Public Enemy “Power to the People” –> Rage Against the Machine “Guerrilla Radio” –> Prophets of Rage “Prophets of Rage” I think that one of the main and easiest Lineages to see includes that which includes Public Enemy, Rage Against… Continue Reading →

“Zombie” Lineage

“Zombie” follows a lineage of family/war, it fits the theme of speaking out against terrorism and what war does to families. There have been songs that spoke out against war, like “When the Tigers Broke Free” by Pink Floyd; the… Continue Reading →

“Praying” Lineage

“Praying” by Kesha is a song that upholds women’s empowerment and getting through hard times. Many artists alongside Kesha have released songs that speak up about these same injustices. Kesha released this song after four years of not being able… Continue Reading →

Don’t Shoot Lineage

The song my podcast is centered around “Don’t Shoot” by The Game and various featured hip hop artist sheds light on the themes of racism, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement.  The following three songs all have these… Continue Reading →

XXX. Lineage

In XXX., Lamar addresses so many social injustices that he has faced during his life. He is originally from Compton, California and has grown up being surrounded by police brutality, gang violence, as well as many other horrible things. The lineage… Continue Reading →

Alright Lineage

“Alright” covers many different themes within the song, some more relatable than others. Two of the themes that I decided to find lineages for are institutional racism and dealing with success/fame. While not as many people deal with fame, we… Continue Reading →

“Not Ready to Make Nice” Musical Lineage

“Not Ready to Make Nice” belongs to a few different lineages. It does not follow the lineage typical of country music, which is songs that are conservative in politics. It is the first of the Dixie Chicks songs taking a… Continue Reading →

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