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Kanye West and his “Passion”

Scott on January 26, 2006 at 5:48 am

Have you noticed Kanye West’s Rolling Stone cover? I agree that it could be considered offensive, though I am not as bothered about it as many seem to be. I can handle a secular magazine thinking it is being clever by creating an image of West that mirrors an image from the movie The Passion (of the Christ), which the magazine’s reviewer hated in the first place.

As an aside, I am amused that there are some people out there who believe that objections to the cover have something to do with racism and that white people can’t stand seeing a black man depicted as Jesus on the cross. Of course, the objections can’t have anything to do with the fact that the cover of the magazine is more like a farce, a mockery of something that Christians consider sacred. It’s GOT to be a race thing! These are the same people who believe that white people blew up the levees in New Orleans (don’t get me started).

I’ve been watching Kanye for a while because, like 50 Cent, he has a whole mythology that is attached to his rise as a rapper. His legend says that he was a rapper on the rise when a near-fatal car accident nearly ended his life. After recovering, West was refocused on the meaning of his life, the direction he was heading as an artist, and what he wanted to say to the world.

He is now no longer just a rap artist. He is a political commentator (“George Bush doesn’t care about black people“) and a philosopher/theologion. Part of his track “Jesus Walks” reads this way:

“I ain’t here to argue about his facial features
Or here to convert atheists into believers
I’m just tryin to say the way school need teachers
The way Kathy Lee needed Regis that’s the way I need Jesus
So here go my single dawg radio needs this
They said you can rap about anything except for Jesus
That means guns, sex, lies, video tape
But if I talk about God my record won’t get played huh
Well if this take away my from spins
Which will probably take away from my ends
Then I hope it take away from sins
And bring the day that I’m dreamin about
Next time I’m in the club everybody screamin out

(Jesus Walks)
God show me the way because the devil try to break me down
(Jesus Walks with me)
The only thing that I pray is that my feet don’t fail me now
(Jesus Walks)
And I don’t think there’s nothing I can do to right my wrong
(Jesus Walks with me with me with me with me) [Fades]
I wanna talk to God but I’m afraid cause we ain’t spoke in so long …..”

I know,…his intellect and grasp of complex philosophical and theological concepts is staggering. I hear he’s going to be doing a duet on his next album with R.C. Sproul!

I know I shouldn’t mock. It’s just that Kanye West is so full of himself and so hype-driven as opposed to content driven that I find myself both amused and bemused (depending on the time of day).

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