This one for the hood!
The Great American Rap Album takes little rest in attacking, criticizing, and examining the ills of America’s history and present. From “Ayesha Says” to “Unforgivable Youth”, Lupe lyrically paints the disparity he sees in his homeland; his portraits are bleak, but Lupe finishes the album with a hopeful message: that things do get better. Black culture -—that is, “the hood” per Lupe’s euphemism—- has pervaded many aspects of American culture and society. From fashion, sports, education, music, and politics, it is getting more difficult to discern American from Black culture. Less than 2 centuries ago, this would seem impossible, but the progression is there. Lupe sees true equality so close, attainable with active reform, that he is willing to fight for it. Hence, the motive behind TGARA.
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