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The Sins of Kayne West

Kayne West…just kaynehis name makes your head explode. He is crass, vulgar, gross and profane. He sings about sex, drugs, guns. He drops the F bomb and the N word like glitter at a Christmas parade.

Kayne is misogynistic, sexist, racist and a pretty brilliant poet.

He talks about women like they are objects and he seems to almost hate a lot of  white people.

He made a terrible video. He’s riding with a naked Kim Kardashian on a motorcycle.

He did that ridiculous thing on stage with Taylor Swift and it made him look like an absolute idiot.

He is a product of his culture and up bringing.

His vanity and ego are absurd. He compares himself to Jesus, God, Nelson Mandela and Albert Einstein.

He’s also a Christian who struggles with his sins. He is brutally honest  about his short comings, more so than many  traditional Christians I know. He’s profoundly spiritual, more so than most of the  pop/rap or rock and roll artist around.  But that’s not what the media talks about and it’s so hard to get past his ego and vulgarity.

Yesterday, I decided to listen, actually listen to an entire Kayne West album and I was shocked.  It wasn’t even a cleaned up  Wal-Mart cd so I had to listen to all of it, the good, the bad and the depraved.  The lyrics on Jesus Walks are so thoughtful, insightful and Godly.

Here’s a little bit

“God show me the way because the Devil trying to break me down

(chorus) Jesus walks

The only thing I pray is my feet don’t fail me now

And I don’t think there is nothing I can do now to right my wrongs

Jesus walks with me

I want to talk to God but I’m afraid because we ain’t spoke in so long

To the hustlas, killers, murderers, drug dealers even the strippers

Jesus walks with them.

We rappers are role models we rap we don’t think

I ain’t here to argue about his facial features

or here to convert atheists into believers.

I’m just trying to say the school need teachers

the way Kathie Lee needed Regis, that’s the way y’all need Jesus

So here go my single dog radio needs this

They say you can rap about anything except Jesus

That means guns, sex, lies, video tapes

But if I talk about God my record won’t get played Huh?

Well let this take away from my spins

Which will probably take away from my ends

Then I hope it take away from my sins.

And bring the day that I’m dreaming about

Next time I’m in the club everybody screaming out

Jesus walks with me.”

Crazy right?

And I’m guessing when a 15 year old boy hears Kanye West saying he need Jesus, he’s more likely to listen and take it to heart.

So here I am a middle age white lady discovering there is more to Kanye West than the media leads us to believe.  He is vilified in much the same way as Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali and rock and roll. And he deserves most of the criticism . But there’s something more in the man….you just have to dig down past the vulgarity and  find the shining stone.

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5 Responses to “The Sins of Kayne West”

  1. January 2nd, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Ashley says:

    “He is a product of his culture and upbringing.”

    And who isn’t? That line was, quite possibly, the most asinine thing I’ve read yet. Furthermore, you list that as a sin? That’s incredibly offensive to anyone who’s ever grown up black. Get off of your high horse; you’re no better a human than him. Maybe your issues with him are based off of your perception of his community and his actions and not that what he believes in are actually all that wrong.

    (Also, get over yourself. He doesn’t “hate” white people. He doesn’t wish all of you were dead. He’s not out here beating anyone for being white or slandering white people for being white. He’s just not kissing ass. He’s calling out all of the people that have wronged him/his community & if they just all so happen to be white, maybe you should find issues with that, rather than with that he’s speaking his mind.)

  2. January 7th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    diana hampo says:

    And I still like him, and his sins and his songs. I too am a product of my culture and upbrining, so are my kids. You’re right, we all are. But I don’t think it’s offensive. Thanks for reading, though.

  3. January 8th, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Rita says:

    You were clearly speaking about more than just Mr. West. I mean at least read the closing statement people! Am I right? lol Someone’s just mad because you’re “white” and wrote about a “black” man. How dare you, Mrs. Hampo!

  4. January 8th, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Rita says:

    Oh and I especially liked this simile, “He drops the F bomb and the N word like glitter at a Christmas parade.” lol Great

  5. January 8th, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    diana hampo says:

    Thanks Rita! I thought that was a pretty nice line too. I’ll still stand by my statements but I’m glad someone actually read it even if they took exception.