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I Can
By Nas

Search the internet for a description of the concept ”The American Dream”
What does this concept cover?
It is about the freedom in America and it includes the opportunity for prosperity and success and social mobility for the family and the children. James Truslow Adams said in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement"

1. In your own words, briefly explain what is said in the lyrics
You can do what you want or be what you want to be if you just work for it.
Even if you come from a poor family you can become a rock star or a successful business man if you work hard enough for it

2. Who is the audience, who is addressing?
The audience is the poor people. The people who don’t have the greatest opportunity to become something big and don’t believe in themselves.

3. Who is the “I” in the song? What role does he play?
Different kids and the singer Nas. Nas tries to guide the children and he tell them how they can become what they want. He is kind of a supervisor for the children.

4. What themes do the lyrics deal with? Find 2-3 examples in the text
‘Hung with the wrong person Got her strung on that Heroin, cocaine, sniffin up drugs all in her nose...’ one example of the theme drugs
‘be careful, some men be Rapists, so act your age, don't pretend to be Older than you are, give yourself time to grow You thinking he can give you wealth, but so Young boys, you can use a lot of help, you know You thinkin life's all about smokin weed and ice You don't wanna be my age and can't read and write’ - You think that you are older than you are

5. What is the overall message?
The American dream - the struggle and the road to becoming a celebrity and a star. There will be many temptations along the way, but if you want to be something the only way…...

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