All Things Music, Social Justice, and Protest


“The Story of O.J.” Lineage

“The Story of O.J.” has a music lineage rooting back to songs throughout history about oppression, racism, and wealth in America. Jay-Z creates music that reflects his beliefs and opinions, and this song reflects the state of the racial wealth… Continue Reading →

The Story of O.J. – Final Transcription

[intro to “The Story of O.J.”] Shawn Corey Carter, known as Jay-Z, has been an accomplished, respected, and professional American rapper since 1994. Jay-Z has an enormous, dedicated fan-base from being one the most influential artists to begin the new… Continue Reading →

“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 →

“The Story of O.J.” – Genre

“The Story of O.J.” has clear indications of representing multiple genres, regardless of Jay-Z being characterized as a rapper. Rap is a genre that started as a “slang” and was intertwined with Hip-Hop, because of its roots and meaning. Rap… 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 →

“The Story of O.J.” – Proposal

The first song, released in my lifetime, that popped into my mind when thinking about this podcast was Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.”. It is a truly powerful song, not only lyrically but also instrumentally and visually. I grew up… Continue Reading →

Sound of da Police and The Story of O.J.

“First Listens” / Proposals KRS-One – “Sound of da Police” I have always been interested in the United States’ criminal justice system, especially its past. Studying the past helps prepare for a better future, and getting different perspectives always helped… Continue Reading →

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