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“Memory Boy” by Tigercub – Racism in England

Transcript by Madeleine Pirages Introducing Tigercub, an indie rock trio from Brighton, England. Consisting of Jamie Hall lead vocalist and guitarist, James Allix drums, and Jimi Wheelwright on bass. Memory Boy comes off the band’s 2017 debut album Abstract Figures… Continue Reading →

Second Listen: “Memory Boy” Tigercub

Second Listen: “Memory Boy” Tigercub Tigercub’s “Memory Boy” offers insight to the outsider’s perspective when it comes to experiencing racism and migration issues. It addresses the issues with an outsider perspective that reads matter of factly. The importance of addressing… Continue Reading →

From 1973-2023 – The Musical Lineage of “i” by Kendrick Lamar

The Musical Lineage of “i” by Kendrick Lamar “i” is a song that doesn’t have many obvious related songs that directly influenced its writing. Of course, this by far isn’t the first song dealing with gang violence in Compton and… Continue Reading →

First Listen – “Be Free”

For this first listen, the context of this song is huge. This song was released August 14th 2014, right after the tragic murder of Michael Brow in Missouri. Brown was an unarmed black man, who was gunned down by police… Continue Reading →

“Sweet Life” and “FOR MY PEOPLE” Proposal

“Sweet Life” by Frank Ocean (2012) “Sweet Life” was released in 2012 and written by Frank Ocean and Pharrell Williams. The R&B song focuses in on the idea of privilege and the issue that the wealthy are ignorant and “blind”… Continue Reading →


AmeriKKKas Most Wanted- by Ice Cube LAND OF THE FREE- Joey Bada$$ Land of the free- the killers   The album that THE LAND OF THE FREE is featured in is called ALL AMERIKKKAN BADASS. The three Ks in the… Continue Reading →

“Glory” Lineage

“Glory” by John Legend and Common is a song that was written for the film Selma that portrays the association of racism in the mid 1900s and racism that still continues to divide our world today. The song expresses how we have not… Continue Reading →

“I Can’t Breathe”: Context & Critique

The song “I Can’t Breathe” was written by artist H.E.R. alongside D’Mile, and Tiara Thomas. All three are African American artists, songwriters, and producers, which adds to the intense pride and emotion the song contains within its lyrics and message. The… Continue Reading →

Fifth Listen: Sheep

Lineage 1: Police Brutality and Racial Violence The first song lineage in “Sheep” by Mt Joy is the theme of speaking out against police brutality and the racial injustice in America, and the reflection in the judicial system. These songs… Continue Reading →

Fifth Listen Lineage “F*ck Your Ethnicity”

“Changes by Tupac >>> “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West >>> “Untitled” by Nas >>> “F*ck Your Ethnicity by Kendrick Lamar As you may know, “F*ck Your Ethnicity” by Kendrick Lamar is not the first rap song that talks about racism…. Continue Reading →

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