What does Ghetto Gospel mean?

Tupac Shakur: Ghetto Gospel Meaning

Tagged: Poverty [suggest]
Album cover for Ghetto Gospel album cover

Song Released: 1999

Ghetto Gospel Lyrics

Hit them with a lil' ghetto gospel

[Chorus - Elton John:]
Those who wish to follow me (My ghetto gospel)
I welcome with my hands
And the red sun sinks at last into the hills of gold
And peace to this young warrior without the sound...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 10th 2011 !⃝

    here Tupac is saying that gangs and drugs are taking over. when he says that we can't have peace until we have peace in the streets he means exactly that. peace in the streets will come when people can put their differences aside and realize that we are all human.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Oct 25th 2011 !⃝

    This is a great song about where tupac was brought up and how everything changed around his neighbour hood as he grew older.

  3. anonymous
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    May 27th 2023 !⃝

    He speaks about the red sun... thats a sun that goes under... the sun being the burning struggle to rise up and bank some Gs and respect. When that in a soldierdies...your sun dies and the red sun goes under in the mountains of gold u chased and got or not...then a warrior gets peace... Tupac 4everz

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 26th 2020 !⃝

    Hey OP, what do you mean 'Tupac doesn't sound like a Communist to me"?
    Tupac was a member of the Young Communist League, which comes as absolutely no suprise if you knew anything about the work of his mother, who was a Communist activist and leader.
    He has songs where he blatantly makes reference to "his comrades". And if you ever actually listened to any of his lyrics and/or knew what Communism even actually was you'd find much of his music supports it as he regularly spoke out about social issues and the impacts of Capitalism and Colonialism.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 4th 2020 !⃝

    He was writing about the dangers of the streets. He references drug abuse and how the addicts have kids who won't be taken care of. He also points out homelessness and the oppression, the vicious cycle, of living in the ghetto.

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 3rd 2019 !⃝

    it is not ok to be "getto" on the streets because it will get you in trouble.

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 27th 2017 !⃝

    He's helping us all to get through this experience we call life as best and calmly as we can by letting us know ITS OK. It can be scary for those who do see it clearly buts its ok. Were here living and learning. The current situation of the world I's sadly out of our control but we cant let it allow us as long as we don't lose touch with oursoul. Gods not finished with us yet.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 3rd 2017 !⃝

    2Pac was a godlier soldier,my all time line is "If u ever need me call I will be there through it all,I will be the reason you can stand tall" From Me n my girlfriend...FROM hold ya head also same album "To my mom n sister im sorry for the drama i've caused,I hope we make it to better times...

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 2nd 2012 !⃝

    Ok I don't actually think Tupac is still alive, but anyone who does or at least thinks it might be interesting to read might find this interesting. Inter chorus, Elton John sings, "Those who wish to follow me, I welcome with my hands. And the red sun sinks at last into the hills of gold. And peace to this young warrior without the sound of guns." Now, if I truly believed in those theories that PAC faked his death and is living in another country under an adopted name, I would take those lyrics to mean this: "To anyone who wants to follow me in my new journey, I welcome you, and we will go to where we can be safe from all the violence. However, this doesn't quite explain the red sun and the hills of gold. I looked up "Red Hills", and it turns out there are two main references to this: one is a 1971 film that was filled in Spain. The other is a South American Communist movement. Pac doesn't quite sound like a Communist to me, and South America isn't known for its hills of gold. However, parts of Spain are renowned for their golden plains and large, rolling hills. Does this mean Tupac is secretly living in Spain with some secret group of followers? Sounds pretty far-fetched to me, but it is an interesting theory.

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2012 !⃝

    It's about social injustice and how even though it doesn't look the same, ie: slavery, it is still present in today's america.

  11. anonymous
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    Jun 10th 2008 !⃝

    Better than biggie without a doubt. I hate when people say biggies better.

  12. RollingStone
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    Oct 21st 2006 !⃝

    Thinking ghetto!

    This song is for the younger, as he says.

    Nothing is good in the ghetto... Be it real talent or just ghetto rule.

    Ghettos get the "cream" of the crop.

    Cheap housing and all you can eat from the chinese down the corner.

    Its a song of hardships, in a life that noone deserves.

    Think of tupac, as the real hardcore!.

  13. anonymous
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    Feb 20th 2006 !⃝

    Unbelievable song. This is how hip-hop really is. He speaks his mind and tears it up.

  14. anonymous
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    Nov 25th 2005 !⃝

    Wow! Thank you up there! I love this song, and I think you nailed it! Not many people think of 2pac being down to earth, but in all reality that's what he was. :)

  15. linkinpark4eva
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    Oct 19th 2005 !⃝

    I love this song, it's amazing! It's about 2Pac describing himself as the ghetto Messiah. It's quite strong (reminds me of John Lennon saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus!) but his lyrics are really down-to-earth. He says 'the Messiah can live like normal people, you know'. I don't mean he says that literally, but look at the lyrics: it's so obvious! I'm not sure why they asked Elton John to do it, but he fits in nicely, in a way. Overall, get that song if it's the last thing you do!!!

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