The next three songs on the album are "Give Em Hell"/Faith, "Stay Around"/Love and More or Less"/Balance.
Today's religious organization draw their power from blind FAITH. The doctrines that the heirarchy pass down stress faith over education, when the two really go hand in hand. How can you justify not educating yourself about the history of that which you worship?
What could be blasphemous about knowledge and understanding? When I first learned the history of the church and especially western religions, I was teenager and decided I was an atheist. Then I felt God's presence in my life, and as I studied, I saw way more similiarities in religious ways of life than differences. I saw how foolish it was to deny God, but I could understand why the masses seem puzzled. Religion as we know it is a concoction of man, not God. Each religion has beauty in it that we can learn from, but dogma kills and starts wars.
There is nothing wrong with making songs about rims or songs about the strip club, because I can appreciate fresh rims or a fly strip club as well. The problem is the lack of BALANCE that is presented in the mainstream. There is nothing wrong with records about societal ills, or spirituality either. Our people are not one dimensional and I strive to make music that represents that. My music challenges the format, and I like it that way.
Recently, hip hop music has been blamed for violence and misogny, the cornerstones of american culture. The mainstream media focuses on the earning potential of the music without respecting the art. They talk about record sales and hip hop's influence on children, but they never mention the artist who do it for the LOVE.
Those of us who love this music have to be proactive in it's defense.
DJ's should be spinning sets of artists who put love into their music, especially if they claim to love hip hop. Like I said before, it is these artists that do it for the love that light the fire to keep us burning. These are the artists who will stay around for years, while you are embarrassed about that song you used to like 3 years ago...