Holy War: Rap vs. ReligionPublished by Rondell Conway on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm.
Holy War: Rap vs. Religion
Kanye and Pusha T may have that “New God Flow,” but according to a Philadelphia pastor, Meek Mill most certainly does not. Earlier this week, Pastor Jomo K. Johnson called for a boycott of Meek’s single “Amen,” off his acclaimed Dreamchasers 2 mixtape, calling the song blasphemous for its use of religious imagery in a raunchy way. We’ve seen this before: Johnson’s broadside against Meek reminded us of rap and religion’s long history of beef. Click on for other notable examples of religious leaders and rappers trading barbs. —Alex Gale
Al Sharpton vs. Lil Wayne
Like Johnson, Weezy is also a repeat offender when it comes to the holy war between rap and religious leaders. Rev. Al Sharpton and Wayne got into a war of words back in 2008. Sharpton criticized Weezy for his use of the N-word and B-word, and the rapper wasn’t happy about it, addressing the reverend directly on “Don’t Get It” from hisTha Carter III. “You see, you are no MLK,” Wayne said. “You are no Jesse Jackson. You are nobody to me. You’re just another Don King—with a perm.” Sharpton was quick to respond: “Why dignify a response to one rap artist who doesn’t even say anything substantive?”
Reverend Calvin Butts vs. Everybody
Rev. Calvin O. Butts, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, led a well-publicized campaign against explicit rap lyrics in 1993, highlighted by him literally driving a steamroller over CDs, videos and tapes from 2 Live Crew, Apache, Scarface and N.W.A.
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