The Game: Letter to the King Meaning
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Letter to the King Lyrics
Second floor my hotel im rollin up bout to blaze
And zone out to this Frankie Beverly and Mayes
As our days about to pass and them days in the past
He set my mind free so my mind free at last
So much that I don’t even drink from a...
anonymous May 30th 2012 report
Folks, my blog is not about Slumdog Millionaire in particular but the obissseon of Danny to show selectively dirty holes of our country. Or else he would not have selected the short film Manjha. I have nothing against exposing poverty or ones own reality since my upbringing has been through the films of Ritwik Ghatak, Satyajit Ray, Lankesh, Mrinal Sen, Shyam Benegal among others. But when a film maker from outside India repeatedly chooses to show our poverty before the world, my Indian sentiments are hurt. Certainly I love India more than Danny Boyle does. I loved Manjha and had, on an earlier occasion, profusely thanked Anil for making such a powerful expose. In fact I never questioned Slumdog before this day. When I saw Danny picking once again the crude reality of our slums, I felt he was not being just. Now if thatc3ƒc2a2c3a2e2€šc2acc3…c2a1c3ƒc6’c3a2e2‚acc5bec3ƒc6’c3‚c2b4s how he wants to go, fine .. its his privileges. But I have mine too. Similarly you all to have the right to miss my points too. I dont mind. Because I respect the feelings of all of you who bothered to read and then pass your judgements. Jai Ho!
This song is a tribute to Martin Luther King and others that followed his cause. The Game raps about his younger days a "low life" troublesome you black male. He makes references to Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger when she was asked by the driver in Alabama. He makes connections to his foolish younger days of sitting in front of the bus home when ditching class, he admist his wrongs and what he takes for granted. He feels he's lived a trapped society that's forced him to become the thug he is, a society of angry prima donna blacks who abuse opportunity and others and not think about how much harder it was for blacks in the past in america. He then says when feels he wants to give up he closes his eyes and sees "Coretta Scott's face", she is the wife of Martin Luther King. Her face symbolised hope and courage. It's interesting that he imagines her face instead of MLK. In this sense he reflects her a mother figure for all african-americans.
The most intense part of the song is in the last verse when uses strong imagery to connect his ideas. He uses artistic aprroaches to state the differences between the word "NIGGER" and "NIGGA", quoting that one came before the other, "one means slang for my brother" (colloquial use among contemporary african-americans), "one is hang and take a picture" (the abuse against blacks when they were hanged). He uses more explicit imagery in lines such as "the ropes ain't tight enough go fix it" and "pour some gasoline on him" He then raps about how the blacks use to pick cotton for whites and makes connections to how young black males in america now wear large white T-shirts as it's the fashion trend reflecting how they don't think about the cotton. The cotton woven together symbolizes the unity of the supressed blacks and what they fought for. He last makes references to Nelson Mandela pain as well as MLK's assination.
A very meaningful song. I recommend the album just for this one song.
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