Recently I heard Kanye West and Pusha T’s record “New God Flow” (warning: some bad language in linked video). I was appalled. Some of you might remember my post on Kanye’s collaboration with Jay-Z, “No Church in the Wild”. It’s very unfortunate that he continues to drop songs that are in-the-face disrespectful to the Christian community (a community he purports to be a part of). Again, I will be the first to tell you that I’m not a radical “Illuminati theory proponent, but when music is released that is outright blasphemous I do feel like I need to say something about it. So I have to speak my piece.
“I believe there’s a God above me, I’m just the god of everything else” (Verse 1 Pusha T)
Pusha T begins the track where we would expect him. Especially with the type of self-aggrandizing material that has come to characterize hip-hop music. This feeds right into our culture’s understanding of our life’s purpose. We’re all in control of our own destiny. We’re the masters of our fate. The truth is:
It’s hard to believe there’s a God ABOVE you when, in reality, your lifestyle places Him BELOW everything else in your life.
With a release like Exodus 23:1 (warning: explicit content…a text he butchers and takes out of context in the song itself) and an album titled, “Fear of God”, Pusha T pushes the envelope when it comes to his own reverent fear of our Creator. Yet I see Christians all over social media sites who are in love with his “flow” and “delivery”, while ignoring the content of the flow. His Fear of God album also includes tracks entitled “Amen” and “My God”. It debuted #8 on Billboard’s Top Albums the week it was released. And I’m willing to bet that many who purchased the album are Christians and attend church regularly. We are quick to jump to the defense of a family member when we feel they were disrespected, but why such a laissez-faire attitude when it comes to disrespecting our Creator? Maybe it’s because that relationship with the Father isn’t important enough to us for this rapper’s words to bother us?
Pusha T merely scratches the surface with his opening verse to this track. Kanye digs much deeper when he climbs in the studio “pulpit” and delivers a “sermon” to the listeners in the track’s third verse.
Welcome to Sunday service if you hope to someday serve us
We got green in our eyes, just follow my Erick Sermon (Verse 3 Kanye West)
For many in the African-American community, Sundays are reserved for one activity. Church. In this track, Kanye welcomes them to his service, with the potential to one day serve as part of his congregation. The congregation has green in its eyes (Erick Sermon always used the moniker “green-eyed bandit”). Money drives it. It’s a congregation characterized by greed and the love of money. Something that the Bible condemns and says is the root of all kinds of evil. This could possibly be a continued doctrinal statement of the new “Church in the Wild” Kanye creates from the “Watch The Throne” Album. As a side note, you should be aware of another doctrinal statement from another congregation called Young Money? YOLO! You only live once! Be careful what you declare people. Life and death reside in the words you say (see Proverbs 18:21). And Kanye doesn’t stop there. As he moves into his closing whoop (every good preacher has a closing whoop) for his sermon, it’s time to elicit thoughts of a prominent Old Testament figure.
Did Moses not part the water with a cane?
Did strippers not make an arc when I made it rain? (Verse 3 Kanye West)
Okay so now we are comparing the most prominent figure in the Old Testament to what you do with the “green in your eyes”? The obvious reference here is to the transformative event in the life of the people of Israel…the parting of the Red Sea to escape Pharoah. An event the Israelites were commanded to remember perpetually, as long as they lived. It’s also an event that African-American Christians held onto as they struggled through the Civil Rights Movement. Now Kanye West trivializes it by juxtaposing it against a “strip club flood” event. Instead of Noah’s Ark, we have Kanye’s Arc. And that Arc appears in the smalls of the back of women in a degrading strip club atmosphere (where men go for cheap thrills and women are often exploited…often times sexually). As it rained on the earth 40 days and forty nights, Kanye floods the strip club with money (pay attention to his references to number 40 just a few verses prior). This is the G.O.O.D. life. Yet I hear excuses all the time from Christians. What’s wrong with this song? What’s wrong with something like this? A WHOLE LOT!
If you take your relationship with Christ seriously, you’ll recognize what is at stake here. A dethroning of Jesus and enthroning of self.
It’s not “just music”. It’s not “just a beat”. It’s not “just entertainment”. It’s UNjust and blasphemous. It’s time to start calling this stuff exactly what it has become. There’s no reverence for God in the hip-hop community. They could care less if Jesus is exalted. Because it’s hard to exalt Him when you exalt yourself so much. And if we aren’t careful, we’ll fall into the same selfish, God-diminishing behavior. I’m not so sure they should call this song “New God Flow”. It just seems like the same old, same old from a man whose bitterness, ego, and pride has driven him away from the throne of God. Straight to his own throne. One that he commands us all to watch and worship. I, for one, will take a pass.