From Jaden Smith to T-Pain, Big Sean, Ace Hood + More
This year has had quite the supply for the demand of music lovers. And even though I’m a Christian Hip Hop Artist I still keep up with the climate of the Hip Hop world for new trends and simply because I’m a part of the culture. Plus, I respect the talent of everybody in the game. But, are they doing the best they can do with it is what I’ll touch on.
Honestly, for me, it’s hard to find a favorite MC these days because content wise it’s all the same: money, sex, violence, drugs; with a new heavy emphasis on the drugs as we are definitely in the pill popping era. I will admit there has been an increase in politically or socially driven lyrics recently. But, without acknowledging JESUS in all of this are you extinguishing the fire or adding fuel?
I’ve noticed that every since Chance the Rapper came out with Coloring Book last year, which had a strong Gospel influence and received high praise, more rappers have started turning towards the Bible or Gospel in their lyrics. Jaden Smith says “…hundred thousand dollars in a Bible…” on his song “Icon” off his new album Syre. Big Sean says “…I study the Bible and Koran…” on “In Tune” from his new album Double or Nothing. T-Pain says “…I never claimed I wasn’t a sinner…” on “Second Chance” from his new album Oblivion. The list goes on and on.
But, I think speaking of GOD or using HIS Scriptures in these contexts is blasphemous. The Bible says 24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon (money). MATTHEW 6:24 KJV Amen.
How can these artists couple curse words with anything Godly? In the same song their calling GOD out of HIS name and using Bible references. I don’t think that’s right or appropriate. The Bible says 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. PROVERBS 18:21 KJV Amen. This speaks to the artists and listeners. And I think the lack of sound doctrine in music is especially misleading our youth.
Hip Hop Now
This year Hip Hop has reached a new level of acceptance as the #1 music genre in the world. But, dear current rappers: you aren’t saying much of anything good. As a distrought fan of Hip Hop all I listen for now is a nice beat, maybe a cool melody, hook, or wordplay, and if I’m lucky I’ll get some decent content.
I’ve noticed some artists that recently went independent are expressing a stronger relationship with GOD. I heard it on the latest projects from people like Ace Hood, my favorite right now all because of his song “Blessed” on his new project Trust the Process. And even Big K.R.I.T. on his new album 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time.
I understand everyone is not saved. But, if it ain’t about JESUS it ain’t about nothing. And you are not “woke.” The Christian Hip Hop landscape is a whole other bag of worms. I’ll save that for later. But, I saw an interview on YouTube from Lecrae and he said he doesn’t want to be classified as a Christian Rapper. Hmmm…
My next project the Still EP is Coming Soon – Stay tuned.
As always be blessed, be safe, and be happy. Happy Holidays from all of us at LightMusick.com