I’m not a rap fan. But I know who Jay-Z is.
He’s sold 50 million CDs. He’s won 17 Grammy Awards. He has a net worth of $500 million, according to Forbes magazine. And, oh yes, he’s married to Beyoncé, Billboard’s top female artist of the 2000s.
So, Jay Z just “dropped” his latest CD, “Magna Carta…Holy Grail.” Magna Carta is a play on the rapper’s real name, Shawn Carter. Holy Grail? Well, that’s where Jay Z offends this Christ follower’s sensibilities.
A review of the rap star’s 12th studio album appears in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. I would never have seen it or read it (I’m not a fan of Jann Wenner’s magazine, with its extreme liberal world view of not only popular culture, but also politics) except it was prominently featured on the landing page for Google news.
“Jay Z is richer than God,” Rolling Stone declared, “and probably about as famous.”
And the rapper, who sometimes refers to himself as HOVA (as in Jehovah), appears to believe the blasphemy; seems to think he descended from heaven.
And he’s not the only pop star suffering delusions of deism.
Just last month, rapper Kanye West (known by cross-over audiences as Kim Kardasian’s “baby daddy”) released his latest CD, titled “Yeezus.” The album is no tribute to the son of the Most High, but to the rapper himself.
In fact, he pre-released a track from his album titled “I Am A God.” I suspect he only added “A” to the song’s title at the behest of his record label (which was no doubt fearful the rapper would ignite protests from the evangelical community).
Then there’s pop icon David Bowie, who released his comeback CD in May. In his music video for “The Next Day,” the title song for the album, Bowie plays Jesus, attending an orgiastic party with prostitutes and other attendees engaging in blood play.
Now some may think the blasphemies of Jay Z, Kanye West, David Bowie and other musical “artists” innocuous. They may think the Christian faithful ought not trouble itself about it.
But I believe that’s what the ruler of this world – as the authentic Jesus referred to our enemy, the devil – wants us to think. The evil one uses secular music, produced by popular artists like Jay Z, Kanye West and David Bowie, to corrupt young and impressionable minds.
To make false gods of mortal men.
Indeed, a “concept band” calling itself the LaBiancas released a single last year titled “Charles Manson is Jesus Christ.” It was a musical tribute to Manson, whose disciples carried out as many as 35 murders, including Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, is available on iTunes, the band’s record label reminds.
Then there’s Paris Jackson, daughter of the late “King of Pop,” who said this past May “Kurt Cobain is Jesus.” That she dared to liken Cobain (who fronted the grunge rock group Nirvana, who blew his brains out in 1994) to the son of God proves the teen has no relationship with the Lord. And that may explain why she was so overcome with despair last month she tried to commit suicide.
The devil has thoroughly infiltrated the popular culture, using music, among other forms of entertainment, to corrupt the young and impressionable.
Through the music of such artists as Jay Z, Kanye West and David Bowie the enemy of humanity promulgates the falsehood that God, that Jesus, that the Holy Sprit may be blasphemed with impunity.
But the word of God warns that those who believe the devil’s lie have hell to pay.