2 page critique essay based on song review of Miguel's "How Many Drinks." Based on Rap Culture Critique.

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Although rather crudely expressed, the lyrics suggest a carpe diem theme, stated in the last verse:

Let's go....
You only live once right?
I mean, where's the fun in forever anyway?

As the young man dances with a girl who is obviously attractive to him in a carnal way, he asks her if she feels the same attraction. At the same time, he removes any romanticism from his proposal by being explicit in other verses about what he desires more than anything else. Even in the following verse, the young man talks to her almost as though she is a "professional," suggesting that he can pay for her services if she decides to "hook up" with him.

How many drinks would it take you to leave with me?
Yeah, you look good and I got money
But I don't wanna waste my time
Back of my mind I'm hoping you say two or three
You look good, we came to party
But I don't wanna waste my time (waste my time)

All the time that he compliments the girl's physical appearance, the young man mitigates her beauty as something that is financially negotiable since he asks her how many drinks he will have to buy her before she "loosens up" enough to agree to go with and engage in what is explicitly asked for in other lines. Further,some critics may argue that this song is thematic of exploiting females.With a sing-song rhythm and a simple, explicit message about carnal pleasures that is repetitive, the lyrics are banal. 


What has been written is a critical summary,done to give you some ideas. What you want to write is a critique, so here are the steps to follow:

  1. Introduce the song by giving a brief summary. In this first paragraph, include a thesis statement. This is a statement stating that the song is worthy or otherwise
  2. In the next paragraph, give the first reason and provide lines from the song that support the point that you make.
  3. Do the same for the next two paragraphs: a point, followed by supporting details.
  4. Write a conclusion, a summation of the argument you have made either positively or negatively in the critique. (This is essentially your opinion of the lyrics.)