Wrote this a Couple a months ago it was article for another site but due to delays it never came out and I thought this article for the site is no longer but this is where me having a personal blog comes in handle. It’s a two-part article because the original article was 800 words and I decided to be nice to those have to read long articles (People need to read more). Plus I have some new thoughts, which will be in part two.
Jesus Walks One of Kanye West’s big singles off his debut album “College Dropout”. Jesus Walks was a song many were unsure of at the time because of it’s spiritual content but in spite of that he made the song was made a single and he did three videos for this track. In the song he talks about a drug dealer that hopes Jesus is with him because the devil is trying to break him down as the Chorus says and the second verse Kanye rap "So here go my single, dog, radio needs this/They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus/That means guns, sex, lies, video tapes/But if I talk about God my record won’t get played, huh? “ this show Ye knew the attitude radio toward spiritual music but this song broke many barriers charting at number 11 on the Billboard and being a favorite amongst critics.
With this song we see artist speaking of how there is need for Jesus despite not being the most perfect person and through his career Kanye would continue to reference his faith. In Late Registration on the song “Heard ‘em Say” ‘Ye raps “And Gram’ keep praying and keep believing in/ Jesus, and one day that you see him/ ‘Til they walk in his footsteps and try to be him/ The devil is alive I feel him breathing/” We see a man still seeking Jesus and he’s trying to walking in his footstep in the midst of feeling the devil still being around him. But around Mr. West’s 3rd album Graduation we see a slight change in attitude.
In “Graduation”his 3rd album we see a decline in spiritual references but the few songs like Stronger show a different ‘Ye “Act like you can’t tell who made this/ New gospel homey take six, and take this haters”. Kanye refers to his music as being the new gospel referring to his music as good news for Hip Hop. Where as before he was just a man walking with Jesus, he’s now a man preaching a new truth to Hip Hop Culture with confidence. With his 4th “808s & Heartbreaks” There’s not spiritual jargon but it does reveal there’s pain in Kanye’s life with the break up and his mom’s death I would describe it as him lamenting and unveiling his humanity to world as David did in the Psalms.
Next Week in Part 2 we See how Kanye Changes after 808s but I leave with this question: Do you see Jesus as someone to follow? Do we recognize our own Humanity i.e. our short comings and our vulnerableness? How can Jesus help us deal with this?
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