When did Hip Hop become so sacrilegious? Historically rappers have always infused references from the Bible albeit scriptures, prayers, or God himself in their lyrics. Ja Rule even went as far as to make up his own Bible passage, with the title of his 2000 album, Rule 3:36. Even two of the best emcees Nas and Jay-Z likened themselves to god’s of rap by proclaiming themselves the God-Emcee, with Jay-Z choosing Jayhova as one of his many nicknames, Nas’s depiction of hisself similar to Jesus Christ being strung up on the cross wearing a crown of thorns in the “Hate Me Now” video.
But lately hip hop has seemed to gone beyond its referencing or reverence of God and religion to comparing itself to God. Rappers are now placing themselves in equal stead as the Lord declaring themselves to be God. From Kanye West comparing his self to Jesus Christ with his latest album titled Yeezus and declaring himself to be a God with the song “I am a God“. Jay-z referencing his self to be God in the flesh on the song “Heaven” off his latest album Magna Carta… Holy Grail
So the question is when did Hip Hop loses its mind along with its soul? When and why did it become popular for rappers to declare themselves to be living gods? Last year’s Jesus Piece album The Game depicted a “blooded out” Jesus on the cover, wearing a red bandana around his face, marijuana plants painted on both sides of him, while wearing a diamond encrusted Jesus Piece. That’s not to talk about the contradictory lyrics that make up the album, from comparing the strip club to church as a place to pick up bad b*tches, to leaving the church to knowingly commit sin and even disrespecting Hallelujah the Lord’s highest form of praise.
These are just some recent examples; the list could go on and on. Hip Hop artists just like those that love it or hate it are no more than human; hypocrites even, whether we want to admit it. A lot of us do things that we know we shouldn’t while believing and accepting Jesus Christ and attending church, this makes hip hop artists no different from any other Christians, so there is not judgment here. Plus those that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. The problem is just like any other disrespectful lyric or phrase no one seems to care. There are children that buy theses albums and don’t any better. They see and hear rappers lying about the money they have, drugs they’ve sold and b*tches they’ve f*cked and think it’s cool and something that should be admired. So imagine a child that already doesn’t like going to church hear a Jay-Z a man of flesh and bone call himself God in the flesh. You’ll definitely have a hard time trying to convince him/her to go to church, read the bible or believe in Jesus Christ, if Hova is God.
This is not to say that I am perfect, I admit I am a hypocrite myself. I smoke, I drink (I’m supposed to stop but I can’t) and knowingly fornicate (just to name a few of my sins), but even with all of that I do have a belief in the Lord and strive to be better. And because of my belief in the Lord I cannot support nor stand behind certain things. I already didn’t like the Yeezus album, simply because of the title. And after I heard about the “I am a God” song I instantly didn’t like the song neither. My spirit and belief in the Lord just won’t allow me to “buy into” those notions. On the other hand the Hip Hop fan in me wanted to at least hear the album before completely writing it off. And I can tell you after hearing it I still don’t like it because of what it stands for but as a listener of Hip Hop I just don’t like it because it is an incoherent attempt to be different but with no direction.
That’s it, this is me hoping off of my soapbox about what I feel is Hip Hop’s God Complex. I know I am not perfect but that doesn’t mean that I cannot have certain beliefs. Do you agree, or do you think I am reading too much into this? Is there even a thing as A God complex in Hip Hop? What are your thoughts?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.