I read an article today entitled Blasphemous Beats: The Exploitation of Christianity in Rap Music. (http://moinaturale.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/blasphemous-beats-the-exploitation-of-christianity-in-rap-music/comment-page-1/#comment-40) While I greatly value the author of the article and her stance, I somewhat disagree with her argument. My response is as follows.
I will say upfront that I value the genius of Kanye. I do not always support his ‘how’, but I fully support that he is unapologetically Kanye. I have a soft spot for mavericks. Shoot me.
I find that multiple things often happen that result in conversations like these.
We (specifically brown people) are so conditioned to view ourselves as sub-human, when one of us sees the divine in us, many of us immediately begin to yell blasphemy. Often those yelling blasphemy aren’t connected to The Source in quite the same way as others. The truth is that we are ‘a god’. We are god(s). We are made in God’s image in we can find countless spaces in countless spiritualities that let us know that we are divine beings. It is unfortunate that more of us don’t recognize that we are god(s). Representations of. Embodiments of. Images of.
I value that Kanye recognizes the divinity in him, even if it comes across as possibly maniacal and egotistical).
I believe that one of the largest impacts that organized religion has on society at large is that it causes us to cower in our godness in exchange for a sub-human existence. And that is exceptionally disheartening.
I also often see a great parallel between those who do realize their godness and them existing in greatness and walking in their destiny. which we might label as success. I also see a parallel between those who realize their godness and folk calling them crazy, suggesting they have mental health issues (narcissism, bipolar, manic depression, etc).
Until we truly walk in our god-ness and accept that we are God, god, Gods, gods, etc, we will forever exist as lesser. and for many of us, lesser is not an option.