Born in poverty, Tupac Shakur was naturally pushed towards the life of being in the Ghetto. Sex, drugs and money became his life and he used his experiences to help others in his music and poetry. I believe that Tupac, during and after his death, is seen as the black Jesus to some African Americans. The rapper Scarface portrays Tupac in his music video hanging on a cross like Jesus after his death. Tupac proved to African Americans, who struggle, that hard work pays off if you want to be somebody. He raps about various topics stretching from pregnancy to racism. The song “Changes” touches his listeners during his era and continues to touch his listeners today because they can relate to it.
“Changes” is a song about politics. Tupac reminds his listeners about reality—the bad things in life and how we should try to change those bad things. At the same time he acknowledges the fact that the ways society can not be changed: “that just the way it is, things will never be the same.” Some people will be rich, other will be poor. Some people will be good, others will be bad. There will be peace in some parts of the world and war in other parts. Due to language and content “Changes” is intended for a mature audience (preferably 15 and above). Both his style of rapping and writing along with the catchy beat are the methods that makes this song effective.
Tupac’s songs are known for explicit language and content. He has the ability to paint vivid pictures with words. If you listen to his song with your eyes closed, it is as if you are living what he is rapping about. Although “Changes” does not have a lot of bad language it is intended for an audience ranging between ages 15 and above. He uses words such as “nigger” and talks about the use of guns: “pull the trigger kill a nigga,” or “give 'em guns step back watch 'em kill each other.” He also raps about the use of drugs when he says “’I made a G today’ But you made it in a sleazy way sellin' crack to the kid.”