Is Odd Future Turning Hip-Hop Atheist? What Happened To Jesus Walks?
While reading Huffington Post, I cam across this interesting article from Pastor Michael W. Waters of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church, discussing the state of hip-hop and groups like Lil B and Odd Future that seem to reject spirituality for a more demonic violent based style of rapping. Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (their full name) embrace freedom of speech through the promotion of violence, blasphemy, killing, and even rape. Like many of you, I believe in freedom of expression in hip-hop, but when teens are exploring the occult and rejecting God out right, is it time to really be concerned?
Pastor Waters is not the only person expressing concern, Chris Brown made the same point on twitter, which landed him in a beef with Frankie Ocean that almost turned violent.
All this demonic music is wack as ish, what happened to be being happy. I never claim to be no saint but by no means am I trying to promote death, violence,and destruction with my music.
Pastor Waters acknowledges that hip-hop has always been violent and misogynous, but even still there was always an underlining sense that rappers believed in God, and felt some kind redemption despite their lifestyle. Think about songs like Only God Can Judge Me, Heaven For A G, Jesus Walks, Crossroads, and A Minute For Your Son. But with groups like Odd Future, God seems to be the enemy.
Do you think the new generation of hip-hop is heading in the wrong direction or is it just freedom of expression? Check out some of these lyrics! SMH!
Here are the lyrics from Odd Future – Swag Me Out:
Chillin’ in class with a bag full of grass, Lookin’ for a white chick to smoke up and choke up, I even got that white sniff come over here and take a whif
Now you ready to get raped and ate by Mr. Haley, Litter Life is the gang, it’s that shit that we bang, Let’s play an Odd game, it’s called bish you better run
When those Odd Wolves come out, And chew you up bish like bubble gum, Jasper’s off climbin’ trees with that nazist you see, Never met a ninja like me, because I’m an Oddsby, Opposite of them Cosby kids, Got that Virginia Tech swag, shoot up your school and laugh, bish
Note: These kids were about 17 and 18 when these songs were written. You can definitely see they have talent lyric wise, but I think it’s lost in the shock value. Pastor Waters also points out that there is no father figure or a strong male presence in the lives of many of the Odd Future members, which is a subject explored in Tyler the Creator’s song, Bastard:
This is what the devil plays before he goes to sleep, Some food for thought, this food for death, go ahead and f*cking eat, My father’s dead, well I don’t know, we’ll never f*cking meet, I cut my wrist and play piano cause I’m so depressed
Somebody call the pastor, this bastard is so possessed, This meeting just begun, ninja I’m Satan’s son
Read the rest of Pastor Waters article on Huffington Post, and let me know what you think about Odd Future and the state of hip-hop!
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