to like tupac and adele

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to like tupac and adelle

 

I like tupac and adele

But I am not supposed to

I inherently believe you choose your fate

But it seems others believe it chooses you

And they will push you towards it

No matter how hard you belie it

I am black, six-one, from the ‘hood

And so it’s been decided

 

I am expected to shoot either guns or baskets

Acquire drug funds and fill caskets

These are my only options perhaps

besides rapping using lyrical tactics

Im expected to be trendy and know the latest slang

“whats a “bae”, whats a “thot”?”

the answers to these questions

I should know on the spot

 

(which,

on a separate venue

 

these two words are both contextually misogynistic

and even worse in

reflection, hypocritical, as though in contrast,

could describe the same person

 

but maybe I should continue)

 

these should be prime in my vocabulary

and nor do I say

anything resembling “proper” English

lest I intend to throw status quo in disarray

 

my ipod should be filled with artists

rapping of girls rims and ecstasy

adele should not be present but tupac is cool because hes a thug

just like me

 

so you can see how hard it is to attain individuality

in a sense

because it is constantly blocked

by such a thick wall of ignorance

 

I like tupac not because he claimed to be a thug

But because he spoke from the heart

A poet, thespian

And enjoyer of the arts

Sure he spoke of violence and death

Perpendicular to modern poets’ flowers and meadows

But emitted the ills we all feel

Growing up in ghettos

 

And I enjoy adele

Because she sings unfiltered

Of her heart’s triumphs, its falls

Whatever her life’s been delivered

Uplift within the most hollow of chests

And most unfeeling eyes

A sense of empathy

Enough to dismantle the strongest guise

 

We three share very little but what we do share

Is not a choice

But an obligation as a poet

To let free our inner voice

 

And I say what is music

besides a channel for an encaged soul

and what are ears besides freedom

if not for a moment to behold

it is this type of music that frees the artist in me

as I chip away at the wall that keeps me in jail

I am black, six-one, from the ‘hood

And listen to tupac and adele

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