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Lara CastroENG 112Prof. Lessner28 April 2021The Man Behind His Legendary Artwork: Jermaine ColeGreetings to the readers of the Grammy Awards website! On this page, you will find theman behind his award-winning masterpieces, Jermaine Cole, also known as J. Cole. He is notlike any other typical rapper that talks about their fame and riches. Cole talks about the real,deeper issues that people go through in life–family and relationship issues, one’s insecurities,police brutality, racism and more. His phenomenal lyrical flow and play with words adds to whatalso separates him from other artists today. As you continue to read more about this artist, I willbe analyzing his songs, music videos and performances through RAIDS (Revision, Arrangement,Invention, Delivery and Style).What is RAIDS? Revision signifies what ideas or attitudes are being suggested by thetext and what actions should take place in order to make changes; arrangement indicates whichideas are being put in relationship with one another; invention elucidates what the writer had todo to create the text and also what attitudes, beliefs, or ideas emerge from the text; deliveryindicates how the piece is presented to the reader and how it affects the writer and reader’srelationship; style depicts what the writer’s stylistic choices are by what is shown throughout thetext and how it connects to the audience. Using RAIDS, I will be analyzing his songs: RichN****z, Love Yourz and Crooked Smile featuring TLC. I will also be analyzing his musicvideos: Crooked Smile, Love Yourz, and Apparently; as well as his show-stopping live
performances: Power Trip at Live on Letterman, Middle Child at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game,and Crooked Smile at iHeartRadio Music Festival.When you listen to your favorite song, sometimes you wonder how your favorite artistcomes up with mind-blowing lyrics and the ideas behind it. In J. Cole’s song, “Rich N****z”, hehad to reflect on his experiences growing up poor with the line, “Cause I ain’t never had a lot,damn it” (Cole). With this song, Cole invents the idea of how a lot of rich people are born into amore fortunate life, while others like himself are born poor. In an interview breaking down thelyrics with Nick Huff Barili, Cole stated that he had a problem with people who had money, withfeelings of jealousy and bitterness towards them because of his mom having to work hard. Whilehe saw his mom struggle to make ends meet growing up, he saw other children that didn’t haveto worry about almost anything; they had a rich dad who provided for everything that their momdidn’t have to work and drove luxury cars. He also discusses that it’s ironic because he’s at thatlevel where he’s one of them now and his kids are also going to be one of them. He took thatapproach of ironies in the process of writing the song (“J. Cole Breaks Down “Rich N****z”Lyrics and Tells Stories Behind Born Sinner”). In this piece, Cole creates a simile with the lines,Think of old school n****s like Dana Dane

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Term
Summer
Professor
birch
Tags
Roc Nation, Jermaine Cole

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