Speaking to more than 10,000 people at the Gateway Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Super Star Rapper Kanye West left no doubt what’s important to him in life.
For those less enamoured (or familiar) with the rapper beat and culture, West underscored inspiring Christian and common-sense — seriously common sense — points, expressed his way, that included:
- West recounted accurate historical fact: Namely, that it was the Republican Party under the leadership of its first president, Abraham Lincoln, that ended slavery in the United States. As West put it: ““That’s the Republican Party that freed the slaves,” he said. “And for a year people want to call me a ‘coon’ because I chose my right.
Freedom: “And we got the right, right? We got our own right to our opinions, right?” West said. “Somebody tell me because of my color who I’m supposed to pick as the president.
“You black, so you can’t like Trump.
“I ain’t never made a decision based off my color. That’s a form of slavery, mental slavery. I can’t drink from the white person’s fountain.”
- Faith: “I find that worshipping Christ is where I get my mind back,” the performer said. “We find that the love of Christ is where I get my mind back.”
West performed his hit song “Jesus Walks,” during his brief appearance at Saturday’s event.
“Jesus walks, God show me the way because the devil’s tried to break me down,” West rapped. “The only thing that I pray is that my feet don’t fail me now.”
“I’ve seen him work miracles in my life,” West said. “You know the devil presents so many flashy, shiny objects. I’ve seen everything that the devil could’ve showed you via TV, videos, car dealerships, jewelry, houses, and I’ll tell you …”
The recording artist launched into song: “Nothin’ beats God … and a sound mind.”
West encouraged those in the crowd to not allow the opinions or “validation of men” to drive the choices they make.
“I know we say, ‘This is the culture, that’s the culture.’ To be radically in service to Christ is the only culture that I want to know about,” West said, drawing loud cheers from those assembled.
And then there’s Catholic Rappers John Levi and Nicole C (to name a few)
Catholic Rapper John Levi has more than 1.8K “thumbs up” on his YouTube video featuring a song from his Blynd Syght Album. The song is named “Real Presence” and yes, it is about the Holy Eucharist.
Some of his lyrics include:
“He said ‘Take my body and eat it’,
I didn’t see but believe it
Many acting like they didn’t read it,
Only a few of us know we need it.”
Catholic Rapper and seminarian Nicole C, whose creates music under the name Communion is another example of an unsuspecting source of faith and common sense.
- “iBelieve” by Communion featuring Nicole C has more than 2.5K YouTube followers. The lyrics on this song are simple truths… the Credo:
Lyrics written by: Communion
I believe in God, the Lord, the Almighty
Who embraces the leper of society
Gives sight to the blind with clay that He’s spit in,
And says, ‘Rise and walk, your sins are forgiven’
I believe our mission is to care for the homeless
And bring the Good news to all of the hopeless
It’s our responsibility, not merely sage advice
In every poor person is the face of Christ
I believe in the One who gave His life on the cross
And redeemed humanity without counting the cost
I believe in the Bible and every word that’s written
And in the Magisterium and Catholic Tradition
I believe in Jesus who frees us from all diseases,
The One who came to teach us the love thy neighbor thesis,
The One who came to frees us and redeem us from our sins,
If you love Jesus put your hands up in the air and sing:
I believe that Jesus is the Way
For a better tomorrow and today
Throw your hands up in the air and lift your voice
And say, ‘I believe in Jesus and rejoice’
I believe in you and me and in all humanity
I believe in G.O.D., maker of the galaxy
I believe this human race can start to see better days
If we only place our faith in the Lord and change our ways
But, let me tell you what I don’t believe in
I don’t believe in atheism as a valid reason
I don’t believe in the redefinition of marriage
I don’t believe in the right through with millions have perished
Babies are killed before reaching the carriage
Moral values nowadays are being disparaged
I believe that only love could overcome hatred
And bring us to respect human life which is sacred
I believe we need to feed the poor and clothe the naked
’cause a life lived without loving is wasted
I believe that only Jesus could wipe away our sorrow
And heal the world for a better tomorrow
Man deciding for himself right and wrong is nonsense
I believe in the law written in our conscience
I believe in the return of Christ in glory and power
Stay awake, ’cause we know neither the day nor the hour
Persevere in prayer and always be watchful
And labor for the Gospel like an apostle
I believe through Christ all things are possible
We could conquer evil and every obstacle
To make the world a better place for the human race
Every nation giving God thanksgiving and praise
Each man reflecting Christ in his face
With an undying charity and love that is chaste
Man is a pilgrim on the journey of life
Who only finds his purpose in Christ
May the good Lord shine on us with His smile
And help us get to heaven with the heart of a child
So, uh, what have you (and we) done for God lately in OUR line of work or profession?