Brenda's got a baby
Brenda's got a baby

I hear Brenda's got a baby
But, Brenda's barely got a brain
A damn shame
Tha girl can hardly spell her name
(That's not our problem, that's up ta Brenda's family)
Well let me show ya how it affects tha whole community
Now Brenda never really knew her moms and her dad was a
junky
Went in debt to his arms, it's sad
Cause I bet Brenda doesn't even know
Just cause your in tha ghetto doesn't mean ya can't grow
But oh, that's a thought, my own revelation
Do whatever it takes ta resist tha temptation
Brenda got herself a boyfriend
Her boyfriend was her cousin, now lets watch tha joy end
She tried to hide her pregnancy, from her family
Who didn't really care to see, or give a damn if she
Went out and had a church of kids
As long as when tha check came they got first dibs
Now Brenda's belly is gettin bigger
But no one seems ta notice any change in her figure
She's 12 years old and she's having a baby
In love with tha molester, whos sexin her crazy
And yet she thinks that he'll be with her forever
And dreams of a world with tha two of them are together,
whatever
He left her and she had tha baby solo, she had it on tha
bathroom floor
And didn't know so, she didn't know, what ta throw away and
what ta keep
She wrapped tha baby up and threw him in tha trash heap
I guess she thought she'd get away
Wouldn't hear tha cries
She didn't realize
How much tha tha little baby had her eyes
Now tha baby's in tha trash heap balling
Momma can't help her, but it hurts ta hear her calling
Brenda wants ta run away
Momma say, you makin' me lose pay, tha social workers here
everyday
Now Brenda's gotta make her own way
Can't go to her family, they won't let her stay
No money no babysitter, she couldn't keep a job
She tried ta sell crack, but end up getting robbed
So now what's next, there ain't nothin left ta sell
So she sees sex as a way of leavin hell
It's payin tha rent, so she really can't complain
Prostitute, found slain, and Brenda's her name, she's got a baby

Baaaaaaaaby

[Don't you know she's got a baby x5]


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  • +2
    General CommentTupac had a talent for capturing the horror of the inner city streets in his lyrics. This song really evokes alot of emotions- it is quite disturbing. Although the meaning is pretty straight-forward, the message is very deep. Teen pregnancy was and is still a huge social problem (apart from other thing problems he raps about in this song)Tupac chose to look at it from a sympathetic point of view- which is very original and thought-provoking. I have so much respect for him as a poet, rapper and social activist, because let's face it- alot of his songs express the harsh realities of the ghetto and of poverty in North America.

    RIP Tupac Shakur
    MaveY_BabeYon February 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow has no one reviewed this song? One of Pac's best. The story-telling device is a great way of looking at how girls wind up in desperate situations which leads everyone around them to condemn them.
    blackemmaon February 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTupac was a visionary at a time where rap was very early in its history. Although the main theme of this song is about teenage pregnancy, prostitution, and drug abuse; I believe one of the most important lessons is the by-standing. Tupac is telling his people and his friends about Brenda and how she's pregnant to which his "friend" replies, "(That's not our problem, that's up ta Brenda's family)." To this Tupac goes on to explain how this affects his and (our) community. This is Tupac exemplifying why he raps about the social issues he does. In my opinion, Tupac feels obligating to rap about the injustices and the social problems he's witnessed. Not all of us have witnessed these things and this sheds light on these problems. The "that's not our problem" always sticks with me because it is our problem. It's our community, it's our people, it's our families that these tragedies are happening to and it won't go away until someone takes the initiative. Years later this song is remembered by rappers today which shows it's made an impact on them. The lyrics of this song are so dark and deep that it is also scary to think this was Tupac's first solo debut single and came off his first album. He truly had a visionary mind and it's unfortunate that his intelligence was taken from us at the tender age of 25.
    johnmatthewson February 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know many songs by Tu Pac to be honest, but I've got one of his albums and I really love what I've heard of him. I love his voice, his rapping style and the way he captures the raw real hardcore truth of all situations. I love the way he tells stories in sympathetic or explanatory ways rather than judgmentally. This song makes me think of my ex-best friend who had a boyfriend back about three years ago and who she thought she was going to marry as soon as she got out of high school. She said they were gonna be together forever and have eight children. She even had their names picked out and everything. But then she started to think that she didn't want to wait till she was eighteen to have herself a baby and started pestering her boyfriend to get her pregnant that year. He was hesitant, but eventually gave in. They never got the chance to be alone long enough to do it though which is good because I know that a fourteen year old girl and a fifteen year old boy could not have raised a child together in their situation. My friend was going to be a cheerleader and the guy would have skipped out once she was pregnant. They broke up a few months later and I'm so glad they never did anything. She'd have been stuck up in the world all alone without any help and she wouldn't have known what to do.
    Aulakausson February 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA welcome powerful message against unprotected teenage promiscuity. Unlike other media like televsion for example which in some cases actively promote it, after all monkey see, monkey do. The song outline the effects of the act and also the hardships to be encountered, prostitution and eventually Brenda's murder. Whilst I have no issues with the poor women that find themselves in these situations I believe the issue has to be resolved, education about the horrors to be faced and not the help you can get would surely go some way to prevent further issues like this.
    chammymanon March 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song shows you that hip hop is an art form. it's on a whole other intellectual or conceptual level

    shows 2Pac for the great rapper, poet and social commentator

    pretty much he's telling the story of teenage pregnancy from the tragic victim's point of view and puts you in her shoes. he's also criticizing the inner-city school system for the lack of education going on in the schools. He's also criticizing babyfathers for their increasing lack of supprt, as well as the government and the rest of society for how they leave young mothers to fend for themselves
    HBKJameson June 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentby far one of the most powerful rap songs. nothing is like this anymore.
    anima69316on February 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"She didnt know what to throw away and what to keep"

    ...such haunting lyrics.
    JoNNieS Kon June 05, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentTupac had a talent for capturing the horror of the inner city streets in his lyrics. This song really evokes alot of emotions- it is quite disturbing. Although the meaning is pretty straight-forward, the message is very deep. Teen pregnancy was and is still a huge social problem (apart from other thing problems he raps about in this song)Tupac chose to look at it from a sympathetic point of view- which is very original and thought-provoking. I have so much respect for him as a poet, rapper and social activist, because let's face it- alot of his songs express the harsh realities of the ghetto and of poverty in North America.

    RIP Tupac Shakur
    MaveY_BabeYon February 17, 2006   Link

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