Gotta do my hw. Apologies if it’s all bs. Don’t judge me. Lol
Thugs mansion. I believe that you can tell a lot about a person by their experiences and the place where they grew up. I was born and raised in Southside Stockton, California in the same home for 18 years until I went and moved on to go to San Francisco State University. However, I still call Stockton my home. I visit often, more than I should, but I find it pretty difficult to stay in one place when my real home is only an hour away.
Although Stockton is considered the #1 most miserable city to live in (according to Forbes magazine 3 years in a row), due to high crime rates, high unemployment, foreclosed homes, low literacy rates, etc. it is still my home. Stockton may be miserable, but there are a lot of good things about the city too. You can’t just focus on the bad.
I have been blessed to be fortunate enough to have associated with the right people throughout my life. A lot of the people I’ve met and grew up with have had some influence on me, one way or another, to help me become the person who I am today. I am glad to have made the right decisions and learn from all the wrong ones.
Thugs mansion reminds me a lot about Stockton. I chose the acoustic rendition because it’s much more relaxing to my ear. Even though Tupac refers to “thugs mansion” as a substitute for heaven in the song, I like to think about how one can find their own pieces of heaven here on Earth; mine being the city of Stockton. I have found my own “pieces of heaven” in Stockton whether it be in the schools, in the church/youth groups, non-profit organizations such as Little Manila, or to be a friend/role model to the younger generations. I consider myself to be capable of being an altruistic person if I am passionate about it. I have never been employed, however, I have volunteered on numerous occasions with different organizations within the Stockton community. Being involved with the church has renewed and strengthened my faith in God. And being involved with organizations such as Little Manila have gotten me to fall in love with learning about my culture/background/history.
The pressures of life can get to people sometimes, especially in Stockton. People outside of Stockton don’t know our struggle. They only see the trouble. And they’re quick to judge. Whenever the pressure of life come along, you need to have a way to blow off steam. I am glad to have friends who are always down to kick it whether it be drinking liquor or sharing laughs. But nonetheless, “no one bickers over trick shit.” I learned to brush off all the useless drama and focus on the real drama. But whenever I need a day to relax, I know I can count on my friends to hold me down.
The chorus and the rest of the song speak for itself. I am glad to have found my own pieces of heaven in Stockton. I worked hard to get out of Stockton and move onto higher education in hopes of becoming successful and one day returning and giving back to the community so Stockton can rise above it’s bad reputation. Stockton is my “thugs mansion.”