Bad Rap

dog-bowl.jpg In the interest of being “current” and “hip,” I suppose I should have my own rap song. I’m looking for a producer who can make a fat, gray-haired man look fly to the hip-hop crowd.

As I researched rap lyrics (I only barfed twice) it occurred to me that some might not appreciate my efforts. Well in the words of rapper Jay-Z as he answered his critics (sorry I won’t quote the whole couplet in the interest of decorum) “If you don’t like my lyrics you can press fast forward.” (99 Problems).

 

Whassup wit you, homeboy?

 

I wanna say somethin’ ‘bout the hip-hop invasion,

To all of those homeys of the hip-hop persuasion,

I’m rappin’ bout their filthy-mouthed conversation

Thas bringin’ mo junk talk before this nation

 

Dog, I gotta handle on the problem as I see thangs

You just afta mo dough and a buncha new rangs

You don’t care ‘bout no problem wit what you sangs,

Cause you afta bein’ hood-rich an’ gittin’ mo bling-blangs

 

Yo record producers they all in the game,

They in there wit you when it comes to the blame.

It all about money, cash-trash and flash-flash,

‘Bout bein’ a stunna, my Benz and my hash-stash.

 

I’m talking ‘bout GREED, can you dig it my man?

They buyin’ this stuff (that’s according to plan),

As long as they buy it you keep pukin’ it up

Then take it to the man to put mo cash in the cup.

 

You say you wuz raised in the hood and had nothin’ to mention,

Now you got cash, trash, a Lac and lot’s of attention.

Don’t cry for Don Imus ‘cause he put his foot in,

See, GREED drives the nation and that’s the intention.

 

Okay, so my street language is incomplete. As I studied as much of the lyrics as I could stomach, one message kept coming through. If you were raised poor get rich. It doesn’t matter if you sell your soul to Satan…just do it.

 

You probably guessed, I’m not a fan of hip-hop. I am, however, a sold-out fan of the Holy Spirit who said, “The love of money causes all kinds of trouble” (1 Timothy 6:10).

 

The Spirit also says that the day will come when…”People will love only themselves and money. They will be proud, stuck-up, rude, and disobedient to their parents. They will also be ungrateful, godless, heartless, and hateful. Their words will be cruel, and they will have no self-control or pity. These people will hate everything that is good” (2 Timothy 3:2,3).

 

Maybe that day has come.

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7 responses to “Bad Rap

  1. It is truuly pittiful that we have to put up with such as that and for it to be thought of by some as culture.

  2. dwhitsett

    The movement has begun! An African American owner of radio stations has taken an stand. See his memo at: http://www.clarionledger.com/assets/pdf/D070303418.PDF

  3. Amy

    I completely agree – 2 Timonthy 3:2-3 is right now, today. I hear about it everyday. A friend’s 12 year old son was acting up in class and when the teacher gave him a conduct mark he turned and told her she was “gay”. Which in teen-speak means you are stupid. Another 12 year old girl in my son’s class was talking back to her teacher and her teacher said, “I don’t play”, and the girl looked her straight in the eye and said, “I don’t play either.” These kids are rude and disobedient. They are ungrateful to the adults who care enough to dedicate there lives to teaching them. It saddens me. The only answer is to give them Jesus. Simplified but that is the bottom line.

  4. Bob Chapman

    Hey Dwight,

    I see you are still on preacher’s wages and your grandkids have to fight the dog for the left overs!!
    Bob

  5. Melissa

    Dwight, I appreciate your desire to understand where these kids come from and why they are led to do what they do. Being in youth ministry, I see girls who give in to this way of thinking just as much as guys. It’s sometimes frustrating as we try to scrape the world off their hearts and show them the way to our Savior. If they could just let the world go……
    Keep up the good work.

  6. dwhitsett

    Melissa…what a touching phrase: “..scrape the world off their hearts and show them the way to our Savior.” I think you conveyed the difficulty of going against the flow of the world in the vulnerable, impressionable lives of our children. Thanks for the comment.

  7. Wesley Leland

    the power of spoken word has to be evolved. hip hop started in the streets and the heart. where life happens. hip hop is a state of being that needs a hand up, just like male, middle class and white. we’re standing in the gap that ezekiel described. zaccheus became a different kind of tax collector after jesus. peter became something altogether different. maybe we need some “hip hoppas of men”.
    i liked your lyrics ‘lowercase D’

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