English Work - A Protest Song

Daniel Zlatman

Michael Jackson - Earth Song

I chose the protest song: The Earth Song by Michael Jackson.

The song was released on November 27, 1995.

"Earth Song" is the third single from Michael Jackson's album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. It is the fifth song on the second disc of the album.

"Earth Song" is a ballad that incorporates elements of blues, gospel and opera.

The song was written and composed by Michael Jackson.

In the socially conscious track, Jackson issues a plea to God about problems ranging from war to endangered animals.

Michael Jackson presents in his song the problems that were caused to earth because of the wars in the world.

During the song, there are sounds of cries of sadness and remorse of Michael Jackson.

Micael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his older brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller", were credited with breaking down racial barriers and with transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool.

Other achievements include Jackson breaking several world records entered Guinness Book of Records, won 15 Grammy Awards, winning 26 awards American Music Awards, and producing 17 singles who arrived first American hit parade (including four that were produced while Jacksons Quintet member). Total album sales - estimated at -780 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful artists in the history of music commercially.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of cardiac arrest due to an overdose of the drug Propofol, a type of sedative. Death occurred during preparations for his tour; "This Is It".


Rapping is "spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics". The components of rapping include "content", "flow" (rhythm and rhyme), and "delivery". Rapping is distinct from spoken word poetry in that it is performed in time to a beat. Rapping is often associated with and a primary ingredient of hip hop music, but the origins of the phenomenon can be said to predate hip hop culture by centuries. It can also be found in alternative rock such as that of Cake and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Rapping is also used in Kwaito music, a genre that originated in Johannesburg, South Africa and is composed of hip hop elements.

Rapping can be delivered over a beat or without accompaniment. Stylistically, rap occupies a gray area between speech, prose, poetry, and singing. The word (meaning originally "to hit") as used to describe quick speech or repartee predates the musical form. The word had been used in British English since the 16th century, and specifically meaning "to say" since the 18th. It was part of the African American dialect of English in the 1960s meaning "to converse", and very soon after that in its present usage as a term denoting the musical style. Today, the terms "rap" and "rapping" are so closely associated with hip hop music that many use the terms interchangeably.

Why did I choose rap style?

I chose rap style, because it is one of my favorite styles and in my opinion, this style is most identified with protest songs.

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