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LYRICS THAT SPEAK: “Keep Ya Head Up”

Tupac Shakur

“And even though you’re fed up/ Ya got to keep ya head up”

Some songs are simply timeless. Some are relevant, five, 10, or even 50 years, after their debut. “Keep Ya Head Upwas the hood’s anthem, but also played a tune that the world could understand. It was as if scars and bruises were being exposed, with no bandages in sight. Even with the raw realties of many brought front and center, and Pac’s storytelling taking some back to nightmares, there is still a beautiful calmness about this record.

“But please don’t cry, dry your eyes, never let up/ Forgive, but don’t forget, girl keep your head up”

What life throws us, we don’t always see coming. Other times, we think we are a little tougher than we really are. We walk right into the fire, as if we can’t get burned. It’s as if we take Tupac telling us to keep our heads up a little too literally. Our heads are so high; they’re now in the clouds. No one can tell us anything, and because of that, we can’t see that no good will come from that. Yes, sometimes we’re the only one to blame for our heads being so low, because of the weight of the world. Yet and still, we find a way to be better, and lift our heads back up.

“You know it’s funny when it rains it pours/ They got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor/
Said it ain’t no hope for the youth, and the truth is/ it ain’t no hope for tha future”

What we see around us can be so disheartening. Yet and still we still have an obligation to ourselves, and the youth, to give what we got coming up. If that wasn’t much, give what you need, and in turn you will get something out the deal, too. Stand as an example that the Hip-Hop community is more than what we are perceived as. We’re college grads, people that go to work every day, business starters and owners. We believe in, and have stable families, and we give back. We have a lot to say, and a lot of changes to make in this world.

“Cause I think we can make it, in fact, I’m sure/ And if you fall, stand tall, and comeback for more”

KEEP YA HEAD UP. 

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