Life's Too Short

Essay by Brandon FleishourUniversity, Bachelor'sA, February 1997

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Life's Too Short

Often times when the normal parent or upstanding citizen turns on the TV and sees a young black man rapping about the hood they are usually turned off. Stereotypes come in to play and the channel is switched without even considering what message that human being is trying to convey. When listening to rapper Too Short and his song 'Gettin it', you hear a lot of stereotypes being defied. The song is about getting out of the hood and making a good life for yourself. Most of society just assumes that these young black rappers have no brain's and no sense of purpose for life. Too Short's song 'Gettin it' tells a different story. Too Short's successes portray the dream that kids have growing up in the hood. Those kids dream of getting rich at a young age and living like a true 'player' for the rest of their day's.

They want to drive around in a benz' and have girls fill the whole thing. What these kids don't understand is that Too Short didn't get to where he is by pimping or selling drugs, he got to where he is by some simple rules discussed in his song 'Gettin it'.

First of all, an important ingredient to the song is how it appeals to kids. With it's ghetto beat and monster bass the song is something that kids feel cool listening to. This is his first success ingredient, getting the attention of his audience so that they will listen to

his message. His message is of course the best thing about the song. It explains to kids to 'stop just hangin out, set your self some goals, think positive, and keep hustling'.

Too Short has got to the financial level he's at, by following...