Tupac Shakur lyrics analysis with interview from 1988


Tupac Shakur is 17 years old in 1988, the age of most VG1 students. He is a teenager with strong opinions and engagement for his community, friends and family. He speaks about his mother, their life in poverty, and the choices a young man has to consider.

2 Pac became what Elvis is for Rock and Roll and The Beatles is for pop music. He had a major influence on Rap and Hiphop in the 90’s and when he died in 1996 he has become an icon for a lot of youths world wide.

His music is studied in colleges and universities and this video will create a background for studying lyrics like Dear Mama, Getto Gospel, Changes and many more.

I used Dear Mama since this was a Design and Crafts class with many girls, but different 2Pac lyrics might be just as appropriate.

I would cooporate with the Norwgian teacher and do this after analysing lyrics has been taught in the Norwegian classes.

Let the students take notes while the youtube video is shown. Form groups of 2-4 students and have them share the main points that they noted down while watching the video, and then discess the findings in class. Finally start working on writing the text or making the oral presentation.

Use the check- and assessment list.

Show the youtube video as an introduction to the subject. Have a printout of the text available.