During an interview with the New York Times Newspaper in March of this year, Kendrick Lamar made a rather surprising confession. At the interview, Lamar spoke of his creative drive and process. He cited that one of the missing components in his life was God. Hence, God is all his new album would focus on. He said. “I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork.
‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”
Lamar contemplated on his family, more so his younger brothers. When the interviewer asked whether his new album is going to focus solely on religion, he replied, “It’s very urgent.” Well, other than this snippet of information, Lamar at that time did not really disclose anything about his new album. He might just be headed the way of the likes of rapper Kanye West and Chance the rapper by persisting in the trend of using spiritual and religious themes in their song.
Kendrick Lamar is no stranger to the use of varied spiritual and/or religious infuse in his albums. For instance, Good Kid, m.A.A.d City was littered with prayers and to Pimp a Butterfly explored God in the song “How Much a Dollar Cost?” We can only expect more of such songs from him. Such kind of singing has fueled controversy many a times, coming from believers and nonbelievers alike. The main bone of contention being the fact that he is becoming responsible for the misleading of many youths from the right way. With his success in the earthly business of secular music.
By adding some Christian lines in his lyrics, he has led many astray. Being one of the most liked musicians of the day, it is only natural that some of his younger followers want to be like him. Kendrick periodically sings and mentions God in some of his songs. In fact, in a bid to understand what Kendrick Lamar sings about, take a look at his song lyrics. For instance, in an introductory line to the song Good Kid, he says, “Lord God, I come to you a sinner, and I humbly repent for my sins. I believe that Jesus is Lord. I believe that you raised Him from the dead.
I will ask that Jesus will come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. I receive Jesus to take control of my life that I may live for Him from this day forth. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving me with your precious blood. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Some time back, at a Billboard interview, Kendrick Lamar said that all his fame and the great love he is receiving from his fans is due to God “delivering” him from peer influence and a neighborhood plagued with violence and crime. However, there is one thing that Kendrick Lamar has failed to understand. What is the true motivation for his music?
With the kind of secular themes perpetrated by his song, is he really sure that he gets the inspiration from God? Because otherwise he might be used to deceive many and be the devil’s agent, literally. Take a critical look at his music. Does it inspire the listener to live a life according to the will of God or is it just a block of rhyming words with a secular theme in which the name of God is just used as part of the poetic rhyme scheme?
One thing is for sure, the kind of music by Kendrick Lamar does not bear any Christian characteristics. He might just as well be singing about Christian themes but his life portrays no shred of Christian living. Therefore, if the music just mentions God and yet the themes that are most evident in the song are sexual immorality and violence, it beats logic to consider oneself as singing Christian songs.
He is not only deceiving himself but the many young people who look up to him as a role model. It is a matter of fact that through your favorite Musician, even Kendrick Lamar, you might end up being lost and falling away from the truth. And the sad thing is that many people are being deceived by the likes of Lamar unknowingly.
Should Christian music have a specific character?
What do you think inspires Lamar’s creative drive when writing songs?