Alma Achiever Professor Gordon English 2336 – CRY 35993 9 Mar. 2013 Essay Exam #1 “The Message” speaks to Idea that It Is “… Testes[yell] against their Grandmaster Flash and the Furious five state in the beginning of their song, “Got no money to move out, I guess I got no choice”; which lets you know that they are captive of the situation they live in (82). As much as they try to get far away from the violence and poverty they live In, they cannot do so, they are captive. They testify against the streets and how they do not let them progress but instead puts them down.

If It’s not someone dying or getting robbed, it is children dropping out of school. This only keeps the cycle going, as children drop out of school following others’ footsteps, because as they grow up they will not be able to break free from their captors. They will also be captive of the poverty, streets, drugs and violence that surround them. Without an education there is no way you can ever leave a situation like that. In the song “The Message” one of the rhetorical strategies that Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five used was pathos.

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Though this song uses all three of the rhetorical strategies, pathos was the one that stood out to me In very particular way. They sing, “Don’t push me ’cause I’m close to the edge, I’m trying not to lose my head”, is a perfect example of the use of pathos in the song (Flash 83). That shows you that he is at breaking point in his life and it is tired of everything around him. You hear the frustration that he feels as he has had to dealt with Just about every possible bad thing you could think of. Though he has endured all the obstacles put In front of him. Ere is no way he is going to be able to survive another one of life’s test. The situation they have had to face on daily basis has brought them to their breaking point, and who knows what they will be capable of doing, not only to themselves but others. One of the many social issues talked about in this song, is the high school dropout. In this quote Grandmaster Flash talks about what children grow up looking up to and they want to be Just like them: You’ll admire all the number book-takers Thugs, pimps, and pushers and the big money makers

Driving big cars, spending twenties and tens And you want grow up to be Just like them, huh Pickpockets, peddlers, even panhandlers You say, “I’m cool, huh, I’m no fool” But then you wind up dropping out of high school (84). The teenagers see what their big brothers, uncles, and even fathers are doing as their daytime Job and they see It as something perfectly normal. They grow up with a mentality that you do not need school to have a good life. Not having anyone’s’ example to follow will drive most of these teens out of high school. As they grow up OFF the need of an education and not only do they find it cool, it is the easy way out.

You do not need to go to school to become a drug dealer, a thug, or a pimp. During the sass, the city of Bronx, New York, where Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five lived in, was experiencing a high level of violence and poverty, which caused many of its teenagers to drop out of school. “Daddy, I don’t want to go to school, ‘Cause the teacher’s a Jerk”, is one of the quotes from “The Message” about how teens no longer wanted to go to school (Flash 83). During this time there was a lot of drug dealing in low-income neighborhoods and many of the teens were recruited to sell by friends that also dropped out of school.

It was an ongoing cycle; they followed their friends right out of high school. This song’s purpose was to open people’s eyes and put their full attention on this very important issue and show how much teenagers are being influenced into dropping out of school. This issue was not only relevant when the song was written but it also is in today’s generation. This issue is still very relevant today; if you ask anyone if they know a high school dropout, chances are they know more than one.

The reason have not all changed from the sass, because many dropout for the same reasons, easy money. Drugs and violence is still a very common factor that pushes many of high school students out of school. Teen pregnancy has also become another factor that forces teen parents out of school because they have to work to support their families. The cases that I know of, most consist of teen pregnancies. I have personally met people that can not take he pressure and responsibilities that come with a going to school and working full time. In African American literature, the vernacular refers to the church songs, blues, ballads, sermons, stories, and, in our own era, hip hop songs that are part of the oral, not primarily the literate (or written-down) tradition of black expression. ” (Gates 3). The selection “The Message” falls perfectly into the vernacular, as it is a hip-hop song. This song like many other ways of music and art, is a way of expression that African Americans use to tell their stories. It says in the vernacular that “character types of black American life are reflected in language” are portrayed in these different genres of music (Gates 4).

In the hip hop selection I choose they showed the stories of the lives of different people like when they say “crazy lady, living in a bag”, which is talking about a homeless person (Flash 83). This song also shows the struggles that they have to go through living in a low-income neighborhood and how it is like being an African American there. At the end of the song there is a dialogue hat is very important to song and it’s meaning as a whole; a police officer shows up out of nowhere when they were not doing any harm to anyone and says to them after being asked what the problem was, muff the problem, you the problem” (Flash 85).

And this Just connects to the vernacular, how they expressed themselves and told how they have struggled through their music, or any other sort of expression. My selection falls under the genre of hip-hop as it “makes room for young black performers to address black audiences concerning serious matters of comportment and the urgent need for fundamental change”, which is what “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash does (Gates 80). This song is addressing the young black community asking for a change their perspectives of life.

These performers are violence, poverty, and high school dropouts. Grandmaster Flash says, “It’s like a Jungle sometimes, it makes me wonder How I keep from going under”, he is saying it so tough, that he does not know how he has not been consumed by everything (82). In a way he is giving some type of motivation to others that are in the same resistances, that you do not have to let yourself be consumed by the drugs, the money, and violence.