Warning: The following music is ratchet in nature and not suitable for immature audiences. Listener discretion is advised.
I was at my cousin’s graduation party, on a Sunday of all days, when I heard the above song for the first time. Of course, most people are just dancing to the music without listening to the lyrics, including my family members whom I know would’ve had a fit if they knew what they were saying. Just in case you were hypnotized by the music yourself, I took the liberty of typing out the most shocking portions of the song for your convenience:
We make it light up like a church (Preach)
She wanna f**k and I say church (Preach)
Do Liv on Sunday like a church (Preach)
Bottle after bottle, drink until I overdose
Pull up in the Phantom watch them b***hes catch the Holy Ghost
Devil in a dress but if she knock I let her in
And if she knock I let her in
I have her wet by 12 o’ clock, then 3 o’ clock she wet again
I’m screaming Oh Lord, that p*ssy good, that p*ssy good
I think y’all get the point.
“Amen”, which first appeared on Meek Mill’s Dreamchasers 2 mixtape, was later mastered for better sound quality. (Update: He recently performed the song at Hot 97’s Summer Jam.) Thus, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if it received the full single treatment with radio placement and a video to go with it. Whether or not this song is a hit musically makes no difference. The hook is catchy and the lyrics are controversial enough to generate its own buzz. That’s all a song needs these days to stay in rotation. Thus, get ready to hear “Amen” everywhere you go for the rest of the summer.
As a Christian, there are several reasons to be upset about a song like this and I’m sure the music video will give several more. But before we go on a rebuking crusade, let’s really think about this. Who is actually being harmed by these reckless words? Jesus? The man was spit on, mocked, beaten, and falsely accused all before being crucified and pierced in the side. Would someone who endured all those things be worried about a silly rap song? What about the church? Everything that we stand for is being made into a joke and falsely applied. Well, if “Amen” gets your blood boiling, “The Gospel” might give you a heart attack:
Why am I writing this post, to piss people off? Yes, sort of… but for a greater purpose. Church, it’s time that we understand something. “Amen”, “The Gospel”, and any other blasphemous song should be the least of our concerns. After all, despite the incessant debating and bickering on these blogs, music really isn’t that important. That’s right people! In fact, I want you to read the following words aloud: IT’S ONLY MUSIC. How did that feel? Was your stomach doing the tootsie roll as you said it (aging myself)? Yes, music is very influential on society as a whole, but only because we’ve given it so much power. When you stop worshipping music and start actually listening, every song holds more meaning and you feel a deeper connection to the artists.
Music is not of the devil, period. I don’t care who’s making it. Music is neutral; but our mindsets determine the effects, good or bad. It’s deeper than genres or words. After all, how many Christians stopped listening to Tonéx when he came out the closet? His old music didn’t change; but people’s mindsets regarding his lifestyle determined their response. I don’t know Meek Mill, Drake, Jeremih, or The Treated Crew personally, yet I’m far more concerned with the condition of their hearts than I am with the content of their music. Yes, I heard what they said and I’m not happy about it; but if the bible is true, those words have done far more damage to them than they’ll ever do to me. Thus, all I can do is shake my head and pray that God has mercy on their souls. The more you slander a person and drop
diss rebuke tracks, the more you fuel people to keep talking and living reckless. So if you really want to show that you care, stop bashing the music and start showing godly love to the people behind it. But if all you care about is shock value and short-lived results, pop in a G Craig dvd at your next bible study.
Keep prayin’ for Meek…