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Brad Washington; Hip Hop, Yes The Miseducation of Christian Preachers…

September 19, 2011 by  
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( I can’t remember a time where I didn’t walk into a church and at one point have a particular preacher who decides to go on the typical “Rap music is bad for you, and it’s the devils music” campaign. I always look around the sanctuary and look at the teens roll their eyes, and the parents and adults seem convinced. I would always get angry hearing this because one. I listened to all types of rap music from conscious rap of Kanye West on College Dropout, to 50 Cent gangsta raps and Clipse drug dealing narratives. Never affected my mind or “thought” of associating the Devil with them. Two, I never went down the road that any of the rappers wrote about in their content. It always interested me on how and why these preachers have such a disdain for rap, but much more interested on the lack of validity of their statements, and their failure to find it.

Criticism of hip hop has always been prominent in the church for years. From  the days of N.W.A. in the 1980’s, to 2Pac’s gangsta rap lyrics in the ’90s, preachers have been attacking rap from all angles and accusations. The criticism of the 2000’s to present day is basically a who’s who in rap. Ludacris, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, etc. Preachers will go on BET, listen to a song, then go and include all the negativity of the songs in their sermons. Yes they are correct with the content of the music can be bad, and parents must step in to tell their children what rap music is at a young age. But the main problem with the criticism is the obvious lack of research and actual studies of the artists and songs. They usually go by what they see/hear and never do validation checks to see if their theory is standing on fact on the issues. Preachers will get on stage and tell a half-messaged truth to the congregation and that must stop.

I remember my Brother Landrum (who is deceased) was a  minister and he carried the similar messages and thoughts of anti-rap in his sermons, and to me. One day about five years ago, he came home with a DVD of a guy name G. Craige Lewis. I remember watching the video as Lewis claims hip hop is a “religion” and “satanic” and claims its the devil’s music. More ridiculous claims like DMX album cover on “Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood” resembles DMX with horns and is “mocking” Jesus Christ while being covered from head to toe in blood. But the worst claim he could ever state was Jay-Z being a devil worshiper, which actually started the Devil worshiping claims that currently dog Jay-Z to this day. He based it all off of a Danger Mouse mix of Jay-Z and The Beatles mash up album, which was not endorsed by Jay himself. The particular track he uses for ammo was the backwards version of a song called “Lucifer” which in the mix played backwards say “666 Murder, Murder, Jesus” at the time I started to be precautious of Jay, until I began doing my own research on the topic, which is when I found out that that mix was made to be played backwards. I Listened to Lucifer normal, No indications of no back masking. Over time I kept researching and came across an article written by Clarkboy Productions with criticism of Lewis campaign against Jay over the track and it’s intriguing:

“However, the story behind this track is not as simple as The Truth Behind Hip Hop makes out. Underground DJ Danger Mouse mixed an a cappella version of Jay-Z’s The Black Album with the Beatles’ The White Album to make The Grey Album. If you play the track Interlude normally it makes no sense; however, when played backwards it includes the lyrics “666…, Murder, Murder, Jesus”. The track was made to be played backwards, and DJ Danger Mouse simply samples Jay-Z’s voice and edits it to make him say what he wants. The album is not made or endorsed by Jay-Z, yet Lewis does not make this clear.”

Lewis and many other preachers are responsible for this foolishness. So okay, cool. Rappers are terrible for kid’s minds. But where is the proof? The problems sets in that when they sale these messages, they have two things in mind: One, because of their disdain of the youth listening to rap, they try to demean it so that the youth of today can turn to THEIR message. Two, they know the older folks and parents more and likely don’t associate with hip hop culture and rap music. So if the preacher says the music is satanic, then his word is bought without question. And what makes it even worst, is that not only do the preachers NOT do their own research on these topics, (such as Jay-Z/Kanye/Rihanna being in the illuminati) it’s that the parents/adults who listen to these preaching’s don’t do their own research on the claims, and are believing half truths. It seems that preachers know these things, and if they had researched these claims, they should know that rap music is no different than the movies. Entertainment based, currency the ultimate generator. Preachers got to stop gassing folks just to fill seats, having them run with their “opinion” and have tithes cometh and gain new found exposure.

It’s always bad and sad for me to see preachers using tactics and preaching’s just to further their following. It seems that although the Bible is at the center of their faith, they forget about the content that is actually inside of it. Some preachers are always dancing around the Bible, to achieve personal gain. This will lead you to “all gays are going to hell” and “rap music is satanic.” These notions that are beyond comprehension in understanding are sadly followed by people who believe in these ways of thinking. We must always use our own brains that the good Lord has given us, which is something that my father always has told me. Next time a preacher comes to the pulpit to down rap music and culture, do research on the topic to make sure the preacher isn’t gassing. Maybe, even present the facts towards him. Because all a lot of people ask is to give truthful facts that actually are valid. We wouldn’t complain if this was the case. A message is always, a terrible thing to waste.

Staff Writer; Brad Washington

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17 Responses to “Brad Washington; Hip Hop, Yes The Miseducation of Christian Preachers…”
  1. Bboy says:

    I think the whole thing is ridiculous because even though certain brands of rap have
    A lot of negative imagery and such, Lots of rap is just self expression through that style of music.
    ( P.S. I know you are talking about hip hop music ,but hip hop consists of rap, DJing, Bboying, and the graffiti writing style… Wait I am catholic and Bboy to rap… What does that make me? )

  2. ForBrad Washington says:

    Your so sure about what you say? Tell me, Why is it that in Cities, you cant even go on a certain side of town being white? or even black?. what is it that has kept the fire burning between races? Tell me what it is that keeps kids thinking drugs are the answer? It only makes you numb. and only for so long. You of all people should know that considering your Era. Stop being Selfish. i Know People have a right to their ways and not veery person who listens to Rap are “Brainwashed” but there are those who take lyricsa and marketting into litteral accountsin real life. That my friend, is what we need to focus on. You wouldnt want your Daughter or son to fall victim to these heinous crimes because of what someone “said”? Or because He/She was wearing the wrong color?.. Tell me what is it that drives our youth and gang members to do what they do?

  3. ForBrad Washington says:

    you know, I have to Disagree with the majority of people here. I am a Christian person who listens to certain types of rap. there are not only tens, but tens of thousands of songs my friend that do only precess the use of drugs, prostitution, and the simple fact of not giving a damn about life. Now, there is good intentions my friend with alot of rappers these days. But the Road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Not only you, but the rappers themselves are ignorant for thinking words,or lyrics, dont affect the youth. They do, and the crime rate- of gang-related shootings and hate-crimes in America today prove that.

  4. Crytogod says:

    Hip Hop is of Satan. You have to be blind not to see it. The truth is the music doesn’t glorify God/Jesus. Even if you were an atheist it is easy to see that Hip Hop is not wholesome music when it promotes materialism, sex, sexism, drugs, vioence etc. Yeah, I know not all of hip hop is like that but the majority is.

    There is a lot of evidence these pop artists are demon possessed and/or channel their music from demons. Watch the documentary They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll.

    What is also obvious the many Satanic or occult symbolisms in today’s videos.

  5. Jdgwisd says:

    “Ignant” thought as it relates to hip hop/rap. I’ve experienced the gamut of spirituality from hip hop, from Beenie Segal’s 2007 Prayer, to Anthony Hamilton’s “Pass Me Over.” Brad, don’t trip. I’ve found our folks to be some of the most pious in America, but also some of the most spiritually deficient. Rap is not responsible for the lack of growth in our communities. The apples dont fall far from the trees. You can blame the “me” generation of the 1970’s in America for much of the decadence that takes place today.

  6. Brad Washington says:

    The moral of the story is. If you gonna criticize rap cool, just have your facts correct.

  7. BrooklynKidd says:

    Silly Rabbit Trick’s (Hip-Hop) Is For Kid’s.

  8. Dell Gines says:

    I think the problem Brad si the blanket statement that “all hip hop” is the devils music. Now most of you cats come from a Black church background. I came from a white church background. Back when I was coming up they did the same thing with rock music.

    I can get on board with you when you say they don’t do their research to an degree. Not all hip hop devalues us as Black folks. But the bad part about it is most of it DOES. So even if their message is not 100% accurate, there is a large component of truth to it.

    To me the golden age of hip hop was the late 80’s early 90’s where you had all forms of the genre side by side selling records – gangster, backpack, party etc. You had Tribe alongside X-Clan, alongside NWA, alongside PRT, alongside Public Enemy and so forth.

    So even though you had a large chunk of negative you also had a large dose of positive.

    Not so today. The industry is bastardized, there are no true conscious MC’s (Kanye for sure isn’t), and what is left is a hollowed out version of the art form.

    So in my opinion modern hip hop (the commercial side) is the devil by another name. Because it exploits our worst, diminishes our best, and leaves our people with false illusions of material gain over cultural substance.

  9. Brad Washington says:

    No, ain’t nobody tell you to listen to rap. I listen to all kinds of rap, but I’m smart enough to know the business. if you feed into it. that’s your problem. You prob the one who listen to a rick ross song, he talk about drugs, and it’s “destroying our minds” Please with that, sir. Get YOUR mind right lol.

  10. Texasfool says:

    So Brad Basically Your saying since they were “bad” parents before hip hop, does thatmean hip hop should entertain the foolishness? LoL get YOUR mind Right

  11. Brad Washington says:

    You all talk all this Jazz about rap having negative lyrics, but you all can’t name 10 rap songs by one artist saying so. smh. typical

  12. Brad Washington says:

    There were men who were bad parents before rap music. Pimps, ho’s, ignorance, sex before marriage, murders were here before hip hop. Get your minds right.

  13. Texasfool says:

    Rap star’s only get richer, while everyone else ends up in jail if not finishing school.

  14. kingofEast says:

    Hip Hop Releases negative soul, & Body energy. Let them destroy the black young youth. Later on in Life don’t wonder why black adults can’t lead a house hold, and why females cannot cook or raise proper children. Sad generation

  15. NewYork718 says:

    Faith is the keyword, the devil on a mission to destroy our youth. His mission is in music “hip – hop” you can never benefit from hip-hop/gangster rap. « Their mission is to make blacks look silly and end up I’m jail. All they promote is sex,murder, & drugs. Its even more sad that hip hop has a temple in nyc, and yes hip hop is a religion false God worship. So it being that hip hop has a religion, who is their god?? America’s problem is freedom of speech in music.

  16. Brad Washington says:

    Let me guess, you’re a “big time christian”

  17. BrooklynKidd says:

    Sorry but Hip hop is devil music, Hip Hop Is anti-christ. Don’t be mad because brother craig exposed the evil in the hip hop world.

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