Okay so me and a dear friend of mine (What's up L.A) where discussing the music industry and the devil like a month ago before the Empire State of Mind song blew up. We were talking about the numerous refernces to it in Jay-Z's song Run This Town (http://vigilantcitizen.com/?p=1948). It made me think real long and hard. At first I passed it off as just heresay. I mean Jay Z? worshipping the devil? It was a bit much. Then I read it a second time and it was like a light turned on. The devil uses powerful to get to us. We (people in general) memorize and recite these raps with second nature. Its making more sense now.
The other day, me and L.A. did a small facebook experiment. We both changed our status to the now infamous Jay Z line in Empire State of Mind: "Jesus Can't Save You, Life Starts When The Church Ends". I left it there for 24 hours maybe a little more. Out of all 750+ friends on facebook only 2 said something to me about my status. & most of the people on my facebook are "christians" & love God etc. I was a little disappointed and disturbed. I did it to get reactions and I didnt get any & disturbed because if these so called "Christians" will let someone they know openly disrespect Christ by name, what else were they letting slide?
I think Jay Z needs to explain the line. Immediately. I could see where he is saying "Jesus cant save you" In the context of the story if you read between the lines before that line, it seems as he is saying you can’t be a whore all week and go to Church on Sunday to repent. You can’t just be innocent in Church and be sinning all week after that. But "life starts when the Church ends? huh? im confused Mr. Carter. And for the record, I have NOTHING against Atheists. A friend of mine is one. But to worship the devil is two different things.
I dont like the song anymore. I will boycott it & his music until he comes out with a response to let us know what he was meaning. Hip Hop is art, and art can be interpreted in many ways. Unfortunately his are being interpreted in the wrong way.
So readers I have said my piece, what do you guys/girls think? Be open & honest!
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