If you’re familiar with some of Hip Hop’s greats, such as, Biggie, Rakim, Nas, and Jay Z, you’ll hear people sometimes refer to them as having a God flow. This simply means that their lyrics are so much better than the average that you can only compare them to God; after all, who’s greater than God?
The We Made It (freestyle) that was released this Sunday, featuring Jay Electronica and Jay-Z is a diss record aimed at, rapper, Drake. I initially clicked on the SoundCloud link that was shared on Facebook because I was curious to hear what on earth would Jay Z say about Drake. The song went viral and had close to 325,000 hits after 9 hours of being released, so I was excited to listen. However, what I discovered was something different. In the song Jay-Z said “I’m God…” Interesting.
I shouldn’t be too surprised about this considering that the self-proclaimed God MC calls himself Jay-Hovah; a variant of the word, Jehovah, The God of Israel. This raises some questions in my mind. Is Jay Z’s imitation of God only to flatter his own ego? Does Jay Z worship himself? Or, is Jay Z on to something that we know nothing about? First, let’s take a look at an excerpt of his lyrics.
I’m God, G is the seventh letter made
So when my arms and feet are shackled I still get paid
All praises due
I’m ready to chase the Yakub back into caves
These are the last days, but do I seem fazed?
Showed up to the last supper in some brand new J’s
I’m the true and livin’, Book of Hov
New religion, 8th wonder of the world, alien, superstition
You’re blind, baby
Blind to the fact of who you are, maybe?
It’s cleverly written and well thought out. Because he’s not committed to a certain religion, he’s masterful at incorporating different religious symbols and belief systems. As you can see in the excerpt above he uses a mixture of Christian, Muslim, and Nation of Islam narratives; for example, all praises due to Allah, which is commonly used by Muslims. Showed up to the last supper in some brand new J’s is a reference to Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and I guess you can say that showing up in his new Jordans instead of sandals is an extension of his privilege? And of course, Yakub, according to the Nation of Islam, was a black scientist who lived 6,600 years ago who defied Allah and created a race of the devils; the white race.
This is the new religion as Jay Z points out: The Book of Hov? What exactly this new religion entails, I don’t know? Yet, consider Jay Z’s position for a moment. This is a man who overcame great obstacles to be in the position that he’s in today. From selling crack out of the Marcy Housing Projects in Brooklyn, New York, to amassing a fortune well over $550 million dollars in a matter of a few short years. His influence in music and business is undeniable. He’s accomplished things in business that few people in this world have ever done. He breaks the rules and writes new rules to follow. He has the President of the United States of America’s number in his cell phone. He has access to places that privileged wealthy white men don’t have access to. That’s probably why he says “You’re blind, baby/ Blind to the fact of who you are maybe?” Jay Z has done more in his 40 plus years than most people do in their lifetime. So, in a sense he is a god in his field.
When Jay Z said I’m God it could be taken in a number of ways. It sounds as though he is speaking from the Creator’s position, as in; I am the God who is the creator of all things. Now, it’s true that in the Bible, and maybe in other religious books, that it says that man was created in God’s likeness, meaning that the created have some aspects of the Creator. But, if we’re created in His likeness and live up to our God-given potential, does the created ever acquire the position of the Creator?
This reminds me of the story of Adam and Eve. Whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Agnostic, Atheist, etc., the story has some universal aspects and here’s one of them. In the story the serpent, the animal that is craftier than any other animal, approaches Eve in the garden. Now, contrary to popular belief many people believe Eve bit the apple because she was weak. Well, in a sense she was, but she’s no different from any other man or woman. The serpent said, “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5 NIV) Eve wanted to be like God.
Who wouldn’t want to be like God? Omnipresent. Omniscient. Omnipotent. Ultimately, the goal of any religion is to be more god-like in our daily lives. The question is does God want us to be Him?
Click to here to listen —–> We Made It (freestyle)
© Copyright Eddie Savoy Bailey III, 2014
Written by: Eddie Bailey of The Savoy Media Group
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