Thursday, April 30, 2015

Music and Black Americans: The Innocent Avenue To The Pathway Of Destruction Part 3

You never exalt dross above gold
 


         In my last article Music and Black Americans: The Innocent Avenue To The Pathway Of Destruction Part 2, I posed the question as to why anyone would deliberately destroy and degrade Black music? Why would some people exalt dross above gold? The simple answer is that the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29) and also, what is your strength can also be your weakness.  Judah means to “praise” and Judah was the leader of the tribes of Israel and if you read the book of Jasher he was also more bellicose.  This was the tribe where King David who was a warrior and musician hailed and the tribe of Jesus’ ancestry.  I think it explains in many respects the natural music ability of Black Americans and their penchant for aggression and fighting. Thus, the anointing Black Americans have as the praisers of God can be used for good or bad. Black Americans who have the gift of music have been foundational in all the music genres of American society such as, gospel, jazz, blues, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and my least favorite hiphop/rap.   Our influence in these genres have had world-wide appeal even the least inspirational and degraded rap genre, so when Satan’s little helpers were looking for a way to further disintegrate the Black community, they needed to look no further than music.  Their vehicle of choice for this disintegration was Rap. 
            Before continuing with this examination of music, I want to define dross.  Dross per Webster dictionary is an unwanted material that is removed from a mineral such as gold to make it better.  It is something of low value or quality, waste or foreign matter: impurity; something that is base, trivial or inferior.  When gangster Rap was foisted upon the Black youth of America it was clear that someone was exalting dross above gold.  The gold that was the music of previous generations of Black musicians was being shoved aside and replaced with the dross of a music genre that glorified criminality, beefs with other rappers, money, materialism, superficial sexuality, misogyny and all things that represent the kingdom of darkness.  It is the equivalent of giving someone like Charles Manson or Jefferey Dahmer a platform to spew whatever sickness is in their heart to the masses. People who can only rap about sex, money, hating women and killing other people don't need a platform in which to urinate their sickness upon other people.  What they need is either salvation or a psychiatric help. 
It is said the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and the messages that the rap world along with their videos communicate to Black youth is that life is about money, drugs, women, being respected and getting killed over trivial matters. And how does Satan reward people who push his kingdom?  He gives them movie deals and tv careers.  For example, Ice-T. He was a rapper who came out with an album called Body Count and a song Cop Killer which at the time caused a measured degree of controversy.  Whatever happened with the album and song, at the end of the day he was later awarded with an acting gig on Law and Order in which he is not a particularly good actor.   This happened for Tupac as well, who of all the rappers of that era appeared less shallow about the life he claimed to represent and whose rap style I actually liked.  He seemed to even prophetically pen in his rap “Keep Ya Head Up”,  I think it's time to kill for our women time to heal our women, be real to our women And if we don't we'll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, that make the babies. 
In his article The Music Industry Hates Black People on RapRehab.com, Sebastien Elkouby eloquently joins me as a fellow conspirator when he writes, “While watching the video for “Hot N****” by  Epic Records’ newest artist Bobby Shmurda, I could hear a voice in my head repeatedly cry out, “the music industry hates Black people.” (I think Mr. Elkouby that could have been the voice of God.) Out of countless amazingly talented unsigned artists waiting for their big break, why would a record company sign yet another half-ass artist whose message is all about death, murder, guns, and more death? It couldn’t possibly be about all the money they project making off this Youtube one-hit wonder since the past couple of years have shown us that viral video stars like Trinidad James and Chief Keef don’t necessarily translate to real-world superstardom. “ 
Well, Mr . Elkouby needed to look no further than the voice in his head which answered his following questions? Yes, the Music industry hates Black people or least someone above the music industry hirelings.  It does not take a rocket scientist to observe that no other minority group is targeted for destruction as Black Americans are.  As Mr. Elkouby noted, you don’t see this in other forms of music such as, pop, rock, country, Tejano, Asian music and whatever other music racial minorities listen to.  Why is that?
           
            In another article The Secret Meeting That Changed Rap Music and Destroyed A Generation on Don’t Panic Online, the authors publish an anonymous email whereby a former music industry “decision maker” of the late 80’s and early 90’s details how he was invited to a meeting whereby some shady characters told him and some others of a plan to use rap music to fill private prisons of which their companies were invested. Specifically he writes, “Our job would be to help ,make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employees, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons.”  When the meeting doesn’t go as planned the emailer, questioned a fellow colleague as to why he would be involved in such corruption? The colleague responded, “that it was bigger than the music business and nothing we’d want to challenge without risking consequences.”  Whether this email is authentic or not, the last statement by the colleague, “ that it was bigger than the music business.” is correct nonetheless and answers the question I posed above as to the differential treatment of Black music as opposed to other racial groups in this country. 
           
          Black Americans are seemingly by nature spiritual people.  You could never outright get a Black American to openly be a worshiper of Satan. It is the reason heavy metal rock music which had Satanic overtones back in the day would never appeal to Black people.  The most profane Black musician at the end of the day would often most enigmatically find a way to thank “God” for his success.  Therefore, when Rap came along it was the perfect vehicle in which to promote a Satanic agenda without any reference to Satan and the results have been spectacular.  What could never have be accomplished with the beautiful sounds of RandB groups such as the O’jays , Temptations, Four Tops, the Commodores, and many others could now be done with gangster rap with the sacrifice being Black females who would one day make a race of babies that will hate the ladies who make the babies. 
 
           You would never get out of Ice-T, Jayz, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and now Lil Waynes, Young Thug, Rick Ross or any other such artist a beautiful song like Three Times A Lady, by Lionel Richie who it is said at one time wanted to be an Episcopalian priest. You would never get out of Lil Kim, Foxxy Brown and now female rappers such as Micki Minaj, a beautiful song such as The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face, by Roberta Flack or a perfectly inflected relationship song such as Neither One Of Us by Gladys Knight and the Pips.  I do not believe that previous generations of Black musicians were necessarily more talented than Generation X and their offspring.  It is just obvious the music industry as illustrated above no longer wanted songs that very often came from people who came out of a church background and thus took on people who were either not as talented or who they could mold and persuade to be superficial artist. 
 
          You never exalt dross above gold and no other racial/ethnic community would do so, but when you do not know the ways of the devil and you have no true watchmen in your community, as the snake he is likened to, the devil slithers on in and tells you, “You will not surely die.” Only, you find out later that you will indeed die. Thus, the reason other racial minorities and their music are not targeted for degradation with the notion to keep promoting dysfunctional behavior that leads to continual societal backwardness and prison incarceration is because the Principalities and Powers do not care about any of those people as they do not contain among them people who can conclude the age and fulfill the time of the gentiles.  So, yes the quest to destroy Black Americans is bigger than the music industry.  It is downright cosmic in its scope.
 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Music and Black Americans: The Innocent Avenue To The Pathway Of Destruction Part 2

Blessed Is The Man Who Walks Not In The Counsel Of The Ungodly,
Nor Stands In The Path Of Sinners Psalm 1
         This article and any subsequent ones discussing Black American music is dedicated to my late older sister Candace Bartlett Levitt who had a beautiful voice in her own right, my late grandmother Stella Mae Muldrow who is greatly missed for her no non-sense practicality and awesome meals particularly around the holidays, my mother who is a pillar in the mold of her mom Stella Muldrow with the exception of the great cooking and to the late Audrey Giles of Staten Island, New York who was a mother of seven and grandmother and great-great grandmother of many and who was the Jonathan to my David and who I greatly miss.
            When I was growing up in the 70’s, I was privy to like most Black American children to many melodic songs that filtered across the radio airways.  They are songs if I hear them today that remind me of playing with neighborhood friends, being at house parties hosted by my aunt and cousins, family get togethers and lazy hot summer days when there was still cicadas and lady bugs making their homes in various trees.  Any song that I hear from that time period is always accompanied by pleasant memories during a time when my parents  like most Black Americans were hustling to make it.  We were not dirt poor, but neither were we in any form middle class as it would be defined today.  The music of that time still seemed to reflect the struggle of that era.  Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On will forever remind me of my father and beanie caps along with beads, afros and marijuana.  Most of all it reminds me of simplicity-of a bygone era before modern technology accelerated time, when listening to music and sometimes trying to sing like those musicians was entertainment at its best.
            There were times as I became a young adult that I would hear a song on the radio while in the car with Candy (that’s what we called my older sister) and I would ask her, “ who sang that song?” She would say something like “that was the Stylistics,” and I would ask her, “how do you know?” because it was a song from back in the day and she was a child like I was so I wanted to know how did she remember who the artist was and I did not.  She would just say, “Because I know.”  Well, I guess was just zoned out whenever the artist name was mentioned, but I would still look at her a little incredulously. So, I remember the great Rhythm and Blues period, the disco period, the funk period, the great duets period between singers such as Patti Austin and Peabo Bryson, the light jazzy songs of Anita Baker, Sade and  great ballad singers such as Roberta Flack and Whitney Houston.  I remember hearing at times Motown classics.
         While all this was going on, sometime around the early 80’s a new type of music was being born and steadily gaining ground on the airways and that was Rap.  I remember when it first came out.  It was peppy with guys always talking about how great they were-which in itself became monotonous and boring, but still fairly benign and then once the 90’s hit, it seemed out of nowhere Black radio stations were being filled with people talking about their gangster hood lifestyles.  Now all of sudden you had people like NWA, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Biggie Smalls, Tupac and etc. promoting their “thug for life” lifestyles and their misogynistic proclivities.  For the first time in Black music record labels were putting parental advisories on CDs. 
         Also, you now had the gangster life affecting the real lives of these gangster rappers so that now you had east coast west coast wars and beef with the results of Tupac and Biggie Smalls being killed.  This was a first in Black music as well. Currently Suge Knight who had links to Tupac is on trial for murder.  Even Black R and B by new artists of the 90’s promoted hyped up sexuality in place of love and lyrics became steadily cruder.  I recall once reading an article about Patti LaBelle and her song Right Kind of Lover I cannot remember the comment word for word, but in summary she basically asserted that whoever was helping with the song wanted her to substitute a milder word and description for something more sexually blatant in one of the lyrics and she would not do it.  Kudos to her. 
       Additionally, along with the rap gangster adoration came ugly clothes and men wearing their jeans sagging so that now all the world had to be privy to their various assortment of underwear.  Most annoyingly, the public now had to and have to watch lost young black men inhibited in their walking by the constant pulling up their pants because the pants are too large.  Somehow, the logic of wearing pants that fit continues to go over the heads of a whole generation.  A look at what passes for Black celebrity today, makes one surely yearn for the days of yore.  At the forefront are tattooed up Rappers such as Lil Wayne still rapping about money and sex and looking horrendously awful. 
      The youth are still being doused with the fetid gasoline lyrics of people such as Young Thug as if he is someone to aspire to.  “Why are people still using “Thug” as a part of their moniker?  If anyone out there know the answer to this question, please enlighten me.  Wiz Khalifah with his ex-stripper wife looks the definition of a hot mess as well.  Chris Brown who may have some measure of talent, looks like a graffiti human billboard.  Since our society is in the “gay” push now there is even a gay rapper Asap Rocky and whomever else, as I am sure I am missing some folks.
      Whenever I revisit the music of my youth, I like many others wonder what happened to Black music.  The comments are filled with people longing for better days and admiring the musicianship of great artists such Gladys Knight and the Pips, Aretha Franklin, the Isley Brothers and etc.  Everyone, generally wants to know what happened to the music? For my part and what I cited above, I used to quip “oh that was before “Satan” infested Black music.” I was being kind of facetious, but in retrospect it appears to me that is exactly what happened.  It doesn’t take a genius to observe that no other music genre glorifies criminal behavior and thug life with results of its artist being killed and making the requisite visit to the penitentiary.  It is hard for me to imagine the killing of people and the sexualizing women being a subject of country music with the likes of a Garth Brooks serenading about “getting paid” or "laid" or calling women “bitches, hoes and whatnot” and the white public sucking it up like a delicious soda float. Nope on the contrary, they would have such musicians head on the platter with threats of boycotts and everything else.  So, why target Black music for degradation and destruction? Why would someone exalt dross above gold? I will consider that question in the next article.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Music And Black Americans: The Innocent Avenue To The Pathway Of Destruction Part 1

Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving and His Courts With Praise. Psalms 100:4

In my article The Genesis, I stated that the seemingly innocuous aspect of music contributed to my consideration of the peculiar state of Black Americans.  Also, I asserted that I believe there was a deliberate conspiracy to destroy Black music and by extension Black people.  How is this so?  Before I delve into the meat of my assertion, it is necessary to burrow into the spiritual character of music.  The ability of mankind to make music is in my estimation the most telling evidence of our being made in the image of God.  Some people may think it is our intellect, ability to reason, or ability to construct civilizations.  I think it is music because unlike people, particularly some people of the “white populous” who because of the erroneous presentation of history by their own kind chide people of Africa for purportedly never having a civilization, God is not that impressed with how many buildings and monuments men construct unto themselves.
Every civilization in antiquity that existed within the arena of Israel such as, Egypt Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Phoenicia, Canaan and etc., went down with the uncircumcised as the prophets of Israel declared and are no more.   Generally, when they were spoken against it had zilch to do with the “highness” of their civilization.  Egypt itself was brought low because one of its pharaoh’s thoughtlessly uttered “that he had created the Nile.”  ( Ezekiel 29:3).  He moronically believed his own hype and thought he was as big as those statues of themselves pharaoh’s were fond of erecting.  And so it is with some of the moronic sons of “white” Japheth.  Their trust and their “god” is their whiteness and American civilization.  It is in the status quo, not realizing a day is coming when their time as the gentiles will be fulfilled.   However, music is eternal.  It was going on before creation and will be going on after the ages, so that as the psalmist says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6.)
Music itself was important in the lives of the people of Israel.  This is evident from the book of Psalms and from other instances where music factored in lending color to a particular episode in Israel’s journey.  For example, after the Lord defeated the Egyptians completing the deliverance of Israel, Moses and the Israelites sang a song commemorating the experience. (Exodus 15).  In my article Prophetic Particularity, I recounted how when David was bringing the ark to Jerusalem there was robust playing of music I Chronicles 13:8 and perhaps a most unforgettable account of the power of music is in the story of David playing for King Saul.  One can read (I Samuel 16:14-23) for a thorough account, but in summary when God had David anointed as King his spirit left Saul and he sent him a distressing spirit.  Saul’s servants solution to his problem was to look for a man skilled in playing the harp.  The man they would locate as God would have it, was David.  Whenever the distressing spirit would come upon King Saul, David would play for him and he would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.  (I Samuel 16:23).  It should be noted that they did not suggest he call a psychologist, therapist, doctor or pharmacist.  They apparently knew something about the ability of music to address the ailments of the human spirit.
            Western music owes its genesis to the Israelites as it was their stories which inspired the musicians of the Roman church from the Gregorian chants to Handel’s messiah.  It is music which gives life its color as it can be inspirational, reflective, soothing, triumphant, jubilant, menacing, dark and surely other adjectives, but undeniably it can affect the spirit.  The power of music is a principle known to the principalities and powers and undoubtedly certain of their human cohorts.  What is the principle it demonstrates?  It is the principle of hearing. The apostle Paul explained it thus in Romans 10:17: “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” Advertisers of products know this as well.  It is the reason why songs accompanying a product in a commercial and played repeatedly stays with the person who hears it even long after the commercial has stopped running.  I can still remember the tune and some of the words of the old Dr. Pepper commercial even though I haven’t seen it in years. 
            Therefore, hearing is a way to internalize messages and if a person keeps hearing a particular message the more likely it is to shape his perceptions and the more likely it is he will have faith for that message.  If you set it to a catchy tune or beat, it has a certain sticking power with the ability to evoke certain emotions.  It is the reason well written and beautifully sung music can evoke feelings of love, sadness, joy and so forth.  If you add to that a person such as David being anointed by God to play music one can see music being capable of driving away distressing spirits.  It is a given that music song in praise to God from genuine hearts will be unattractive to evil spirits and by the same token music which glorifies wickedness and evil will be attractive to spirits of the kingdom of darkness.  In the next article I will talk about how this relates to Black American music.