Hartz2"come 2 [sic] grips with the possibility [of death] and wiped the last tear from[his]eyes." Shakur feels that he will "die before [his] time because [he] feels theshadows depth." Although I cannot find the date that Tupac's poem was written, it proved to be prophetic because he was tragically murdered not long after it waswritten. Both lyrics reveal an acceptance of death, and in one case it is evenwelcomed because of the speaker's "troubles." These ideas about death andembracing God are further explored in other songs by people of non-white ethnicity.The African American gospel song "Freedom in the Air" concludes that "theremust be a God somewhere (23)". The speaker's idea that there is "freedom in the airover [their] head" indicates a questioning hope from God for relief from earth-bound suffering. Hispanic rapper Immortal Technique (Felipe Andres Coronel)states in his song "Internally Bleeding" that he "was chosen to speak the words of every African slave" thereby placing himself in a position to win some kind of retribution for those souls who were "[d]umped in the ocean/ stolen by America" byrapping about their former and current oppression. In his own internal conflict withGod, Andres Coronel says that
"[his] mother told [him] that placing [his] faith in Godwas the answer" but then replies with the assertion that "then[he] hated God 'causehe gave [his] mother cancer"(citation needed), thus questioning his own trust in Godbecause of his mother's illness. Both works present a torn image of God as bothsavior and antagonist because of His power to give, take, and influence people'slives. Although they do not explicity state that their problems stem from theirethnicities, the voices, in this case, come from Black and Hispanic people.