Friday, November 19, 2010


"It's like a jungle sometimes it makes me wonder

How I keep from going under"

This verse comes from the song "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash. I think that this verse relates back to the book A Long Way Gone because it is like a jungle where he is and it makes me wonder how i keep from going under would be true because so many people died back then.

"I can't take the smell, I can't take the noise no more

Got no money to move out, I guess I got no choice"

This is another verse that comes from the song "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash. This relates to the book very good because the smell in the air was probably nasty cause of all the dead corpses and what not. The noise would be lots of gun fire and people screaming so not being able to take the gunfire anymore. It's hard enough for them to even get food so they definitely don't have any money and they have no choice on what to do and what comes next for them.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

RUF Sierra Leone

RUF stands for Revolutionary United Front. The RUF was also considered the death squad. The RUF was a rebel army that fought a 11 year war in Sierra Leone. There goal was to overthrow the government of Sierra Leone. They were fighting for control and freedom. They are still trying people for the holocaust and some of the people from the RUF were convicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hip-Hop Growth

I’ve noticed myself that technology has probably played a major role in the growth of hip-hop. Also another big thing is the beats, the lyrics and clothing and what not. The environment that the rappers have been born into is also a really big thing with the changing of hip-hop. In old school hip-hop there was a lot more record scratching in the beat so it gave it a lot more of a jump around effect. The artists back then would wear more of a throwback retro look. Back then people would just write there rhymes around things that they actually have gone through or witnessed but now a days people just write there lyrics in a way so they rhyme, not things that has legit happened to them or that they have witnessed.