Am I too prejudiced? Am I too old school and straight laced? Is my discernment not of God own directing?
A friend of mine mentioned that I should check out the rap tune Jesus Walks by rapper Kayne West. She said it was playing on MTV at frequent intervals, so I went onto gnutella stole a copy of the song to check out.
I really believe I went into it the jam with an open mind willing to hear the rappers heart. Quite honestly I was a bit confused about how a christian beat could end up in the secular lime-light without me knowing about it, but stranger things have happened.
Right off the bat I liked the style. I love the mix of accapella vocal and tight beat and easy to hear lyrics. The first line showed me that West was thinking about his culture and that was confirmed as he talked about growing up and walking through trials. I got a little lost where the guy was takin’ his lyrics — there are lots of life issues and attitudes rolled up in there and I knew it was going to take a few listens to make out what what was being said. Unfortunatly I got hung up about half way through. On s***. Bam right there I was out of the game.
Why did Kayne have to throw that in? Is he afraid of not getting airtime if he’s not “with the times” enough? Does he think that he has to stoop down to the level of people in the world to get their attention? In the remix version he ends the song with this:
I’m a changed man. I’m healed, I’m deliverd, I’m rich, and it’s all because of Him.
A changed man? At this point I busted out with a google search and pulled up some interviews to see if I could discern who this man was. Unfortunatly I was not encouraged by anything I read about him. His attitude is not that of one truely changed by TheGospel. There is truth in his lyrics and he clearly has a basic working knowledge of what a christian is, but to anybody who walks in the light it is possible to discern when others are not. According to the bible we are able to understand people by their fruit. The fruit I see Kayne West bearing is not good fruit.
I’ve listened to the song many many times now and will perhaps post a more in depth analysis another day. For now, if you have something to add — whether you agree or disagree — post a comment.