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Personal Connection

1. How does this song connect to an event/period of your life? Even though Kanye West is probably talking about a girl, this song can relate to anyone looking for something or someone to love. For example,when someone is searching for a job in life, people need to find something they truely love and are dedicated to otherwise there will be a “system overload.” Finding something you love is key to having a good relation with anything in life.

2. What draws you to this song on a personal level? It is slightly a repeat of what my dad tells me about finding a job. He always says “It doesn’t matter how much money you make, as long as you find a job you love.” This song is repeating the message but in different contexts.

3. Describe when you would find yourself listening to this song. I listen to this song when I’m in the mood for good rap that’s a little different. I don’t listen to this song for certain events and I have never listened to the song because of the meaning.


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Annotation 2

1. CIRCLE any strong verbs that show action in the song.

  • doctors performing procedures
  • cremate
  • wet

2. STAR any autobiographical words/phrases.

  • I wet you all with the Holly water
  • Man I gotta get my soul right
  • I got dreams of holding a Nine milla

3. UNDERLINE examples of loaded language that show bias, exaggeration, emotion, etc.

  • Lucifer, dawn of the morning! I’m gonna chase you out of Earth
  • Jesus I ain’t trying to be facetious But “Vengance is mine” said the Lord You said it better than all
  • Lord forgive him we all have sinned
    But Bobs a good dude please let him in
    And if you feel in my heart that I long for revenge
    Please blame it on the sun of the mourning
    Thanks Again

4. In the margin, ask two questions on material you would like clarified.

When jay-z is talking about he in the second verse, who is he talking about?

Who is Bob? Why is he using this figure?

5. MARK (D/A) any combination of four statements you either agree or disagree with.

A: Lord forgive him
He got them dark forces in him

A:Hope you been reading your psalms and chapters
Paying your ties being good Catholics
I’m coming

A:Man I gotta get my soul right
I gotta get these Devils out my life

A:Man I gotta get my soul right
‘For I’m locked up for my whole life
Everytime it seems it’s all right
Somebody want they soul to rise


1. Who is the speaker? Jay Z

2. Who is the speaker speaking to? He is speaking to people that aren’t living with religion in their lives or have made mistakes in their past

3. What is the topic/focus of the song? Talks about peoples relation with religion

4. What is the speaker’s attitude toward the topic/focus? Jay-Z is angry and seeking revenge for past events

5. What is your personal reaction to the speaker’s message in the song? The song is very well put together and after looking at rap genius is very deep with multiple connections.

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1. Who is the artist being interviewed? Who is interviewing the artist? What is the source/medium of the interview?

Common, Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce, Teyana Taylor and Big Sean being interviewed by Fuse

2. What was the focus of the interview? They focus on the release of their new album and the possess it took to make it.

3. What did the artist have to say about the music they make? They mainly talked about the process of making their verses and changing their lyrics to make their music the best it can be. The artists tell about Kanye pushing the artists and criticizing their lyrics.

4. From the interview, what could you gather about the image/lifestyle the artist leads? Good music has a very egotistical songs and they show this in the way they present themselves with their cloths and the way they act around and audience.

5. What connections can you make between the artist’s image/lifestyle and the content of their music? Again, they are egotistical and they strive to be the best. They show this in the way they present themselves.

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1. What is the song about?

2. What is the artist’s attitude toward the subject of the song?

3. Quote one lyric that stands out and note why it stood out to you.

4. Share and support your opinion about this song.

5. What images/lyrics/messages are appealing to the listener?

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1. The Morning by Kanye West, Good Music Cruel Summer, 2012, Hip Hop

2.No Church in the Wild by Jay-Z & Kanye West, No Church in The Wild, 2011, Hip Hop

3. Lucifer by Jay-Z, 2003, Hip Hop

4. Dear God 2.0 by The Roots, How I Got Over, 2010, Hip Hop

5. Love Lockdown by Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreaks,2008, Hip Hop