Christian Hip Hop or Christian Rap?

Hip Hop vs Rap

2 Timothy 2:14
Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.

I don’t often get into the whole hip-hop versus rap debate, because it’s a quarrel about words, and often ends up being a waste of time. When someone wants to strive & argue about words without a clear definition of those words, they are not trying to help you – they are trying to subvert you, i.e. destroy your identity.

Let’s seek knowlege and understanding, and end the debates, so we can focus on Christ.

Simple Facts and History

Where did the word “hip hop” come from?

The etymology of the word hip hop extends from two different words.

“Hip” is a word that means cool, current, and in the know. That word has been used since 1898.

“Hop” is a movement that takes energy to lift your feet from the ground.

The term “hop” has also been used to denote a party with dancing. Everybody’s heard the Christmas song: “Rocking around, the Christmas tree at the Christmas party hop” is a song written in 1958, by Brenda Lee.

The actual music & expression was originated by a DJ, Kool Herc in 1973. All it was was a dj spinning a party, and deciding to repeat the breakbeat on 2 records instead of just spinning one. This, plus his rhythmic microphone talking a.k.a. rapping made it easier for people to dance.

A few years later, Zulu Nation “Culture” was originated by Afrikan Baambata… who was a gangster who liked the way DJ Kool Herc remixed music. He switched his gang from crime to music in 1975 when he started djing.

Hip Hop in the business was originated by promoters and businessmen in the late 1970’s. The phrase “hip-hop” was coined by a rapper from the Sugar Hill Gang on the widely promoted song “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979. This is where the word “hip-hop” became its own term.

Hip Hop the religion was originated by KRS one in the late 1990s. He made it up.

All these men are still alive as of today. But which one originated the actual music? If you look at a calendar, the originator was obviously DJ Kool Herc. For the originator (not the followers), it was just a new way to mix music and motivate the crowd at a party. The actual term “hip hop” was just two separate words that were put together by a rapper to describe the new form of party music.

Understand this: there is no sin in inventiveness, creativity, technology, or in the spirit of wisdom. These things come from God.

However there is sin in joining with idolatry, the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.

Babylon’s Confusion vs Kingdom Accuracy

So why is hip hop called so many different things? Is it a gang, a culture, a business, a religion? Or is it just music and expression? Does it even matter?

Babylon is all about confusion, and men trying subvert others. I’m more concerned about teaching people how to be “Christian” – whatever they call their music. Teaching people how to really follow Christ is my goal.

Because you could call your music the so called “right thing” and still be wrong as the doctrine of Jezebel or the error of Balaam. You could have the right title and still be a syncretistic idol worshipper presenting Jesus as one god among many. What’s more important is to teach people how to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.

If someone says: “I hate hip hop, I only do Christian rap!” But they still copy the world, they still follow the doctrine of Jezebel and Balaam, they still won’t serve or support their church financially, they still want fame and a record deal with Babylon, and they still want to buy & sell and promote their books, cds, dvds, brands, etc. in the church (which is supposed to be a house of prayer)… Then what’s the point? They are no different than the world system, even if they grabbed the so called “right title.” There is no spiritual profit.

All the zeal, passion, and conviction in the world, without the passion to seek the knowledge that goes along with it…. can be very unfruitful. God is sending out sharp arrows not random buck shots.

In other words, if you are arguing between the words hip hop & rap, you’re in the wrong argument! Instead of worrying about hip hop vs rap let’s define what a “Christian” is!

Sight Reading vs Phonics

A newer way to teach children to read is sight reading. It gets quicker results and quicker confidence because it teaches children to look at pictures and words and memorize them. However, in the long run, teaching children phonics – which is how to break words into pieces and sound them out- produces better readers. The shortcut is easier but the fundamental method produces stronger results.

In the same way, it’s better to teach someone concepts from the Word of God and give them permanent building blocks of understanding than try to have them “sight read” based on debatable concepts. Sight reading can get quicker results, but also can cause fundamental understanding to be lacking.

Shortcuts to Holiness don’t Last Long

In the same way we could get quick results by teaching people that TV is demonic and was invented by a Satan Worshipper. Whoever believed you and threw away their TV would probably benefit greatly from it. They would be smarter, less covetous and lustful, and their family would communicate better. However, even though it would benefit the person that believed it, that doesn’t make it necessarily true. It’s better to teach people in truth and from the heart how to limit or eliminate their television viewing based on the Word of God and the Holy Spirit.

Truth that is implemented from understanding and from the heart usually stands the test of time. The Word that is implemented without solid understanding can be easily stolen or lost in tribulation (Mark 4).

Let’s not lose focus on Jesus Christ.

Don’t get caught up in unfruitful and questionable arguments with people whose goal is to subvert you with zeal. Just be a true minister of the Word of God and the purity of Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:2
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

Proverbs 19:2
2 Also, that the soul be without knowledge, it is not good; and he that hasteth with his feet sinneth.

JWILMUSIC: Giving an ULTRASOUND to a Generation

Ultrasound Cover

JWILMUSIC Speaks on Ultrasound, His Future Daughter, Sound Doctrine, and The PROTEST

eSoSa: When I heard your album Ultrasound I was amazed because the themes were so similar to the book Killing Idols for REVIVAL. You hadn’t read the book and I didn’t even know you were doing an album… I just happened to come to your release party. But you talk about the strategies of the devil… You talk about laboring for the vision and success in God’s eyes not the worlds.. You talk about creativity and originality in music… You talk about not being a copycat and partnering with unholy artists and producers… You talk about the Spirit of AntiChrist and false prophets… You talk about having faith in Jesus Christ for who He really is… You even talk about abortion and birth control! You talk about visions and dreams, and as a matter of fact the whole album is set up as a dream! It’s almost like Ultrasound is a Killing Idols for REVIVAL soundtrack. Was that a surprise to you too when you read the book?

JWILMUSIC: It was a surprise for me because honestly I feel like at times that I’m just somewhere randomly in my own world with the ideas the Lord either gives me or allows me to have. And because I didn’t purposely approach the album as a dream until it was completed. In reading the book it has been great to see that God is dealing with you guys concerning these same issues.

These issues may come off to some as simplistic, but, it’s amazing how sometimes the simple things are the most important. Things like Godly success, abortion, & being original.

eSoSa: Why did you entitle the project UltraSound?

JWILMUSIC: I titled the album Ultrasound because an Ultrasound to me represents manifestation of Faith. When you get an Ultrasound it reveals somethings. The particular Ultrasound that I was thinking of was one that reveals a pregnancy. When a woman gets that Ultrasound, it confirms that something is on its way.

With my wife and I still trusting in the Lord for children 6 yrs (5 at the time of the album) into our marriage, an Ultrasound will represent the manifestation of the faith we have had. Also our first daughters name is Faith. I say “is” on purpose and not will be because the bible says that God knows us before the womb so she already is known by God.

So I decided the name the album Faith for Faith translated Ultrasound. My sister Lauren texted me one day and it simply said Faith for Faith and that’s where it all started

eSoSa: Oh I get it, so faith is the UltraSound of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, like Hebrews say… That’s really deep because it’s not only important to see a vision of faith, but it’s important to vocally speak the “Sound” words of faith right? And in and Ultrasound the image comes from “Sound” waves. What a perfect seque into my next question – Talk about your new project – Sound Doctrine

JWILMUSIC: The next album (Sound Doctrine) is about getting back to the teachings of the Bible. These days everybody wants to appeal to the people by being charming in both preaching and music. This album is really an attempt to say let’s stop trying to reinvent the wheel and just use it for what it was created to do.

This album is about giving people the Word of God in a sound fashion and not using gimmicks or tricks to make it cool or acceptable. This album is saying here is the Word and if the Word isn’t good enough it’s all I have to offer.

sound doctrine cover eSoSa: Wow that’s pretty strong, and it’s definitely needed. What are some of the scriptures that you cover in the album?

JWILMUSIC: Scriptures covered include; Proverbs 3:5, Matthew 24, Proverbs 12:24, Proverbs 26:14, Genesis chapters 3, 4 are covered, Romans 8, Matthew 25:14-30, and Philippians chapter 2. For chapters, I talk about the topics in the chapters… It doesn’t mean that I quoted the entire chapter.

eSoSa: What has been the response to the first video from Sound Doctrine?

JWILMUSIC: The response to the #DeathToLaziness video has been great thus far. I really can’t complain at all. I’m proud of the finished product of the song and video.

eSoSa: What advice do you have the up-and-coming music ministers about originality and creativity?

JWILMUSIC: That’s a great question. I would say that first they must realize that being original isn’t always easy.

JWIL MISFIT PHOTO

If they accept that fact it will make them stronger from the get go.

Also that being original in Christ isn’t about self-expression of the flesh. A lot of times when you hear people talk about being different or original, it’s usually an attempt to be super radical whether it’s how they dress or the things they talk about. I believe we have to be careful with this because if you allow your flesh to run wild it will do damage.

Being original in Christ is about accepting who he created you to be and not turning yourself into something different to gain popularity and fans.

eSoSa: That’s good wisdom… what do you say to people that you mentor who might be tempted to gain popularity and fans rather than be original in Christ, because they want to reach more people for Christ? That’s when it gets tough, because it’s easy to justify something sinful if it is perceived to be effective to the unspiritual eye.

JWILMUSIC: When I’m giving advice about these types of things I try to get a feel for the person I’m talking to, to determine my approach. Everyone doesn’t respond to things the same. I’m going to be upfront and honest about the issue no matter what but I try to think about what my role in the situation may be. For instance, maybe I’m just planting a seed that someone else will come along and water. With that being said, I may not try to cover everything in one conversation. My best approach has been to tell the truth (by finding scriptures) and see what happens from there.

eSoSa: What advice do you have two young up-and-coming music ministers about holiness and staying away from ungodly covenants?

JWILMUSIC: My biggest advice on this one is to remain humble. I believe that so much of sin comes from pride. When you become a successful artist sometimes people will put you on a throne and if you allow yourself to get caught up you will start missing the mark on keeping yourself in check. My journey as an artist has been one of peaks and valleys and some of those valleys were caused by pride. Pride is like amnesia, it makes you forget who you are and where you came from. That’s why I don’t chase fame. I am chasing meekness.

eSoSa: Amen to that! And eventually, the meek will inherit the earth with Jesus Christ!-) So what do you have to say to people who are coming to The PROTEST on May 11th? What can they expect to see from JWILMUSIC?

JWILMUSIC: On May 11th the people can expect everything I got!! Rap, Poetry, & Praise & Worship for Jesus Christ Only!

Find the event on facebook here.

Click the flyer to get tickets. (The ticket is the book).

Rock & Roll & Rap Videos – Don’t Stop Spreading Them

Do NOT Stop Spreading these Videos!

The Salvation of 3 Generations could depend on it!

1. Go to GoodFight Theater! http://www.theater.goodfight.org

Check out the AWESOME exposes and eye-opening clarity of the surprising spiritual motivations of entertainers! You will want to spread the news and the link, and order the dvds… then go to these youtube videos and spread them like a virus! The salvation of your generation depends partly on the LABORERS. We are going to wear satan out with God’s Grace & Truth just like he tries to wear us out with his sin & lies!

Many of these videos have been removed –

so if any of them are not there, just go to youtube and search for those words – or do a search on “sold their souls for rock & roll”

Check here as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoBfpP4pMRk&feature=related

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ICP think they sold their soul to the devil… But Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-_3-YB2XMo

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MTV and Madonna and Eminem and Method Man and Jimi Hendrix and Garth Brooks and Kid Rock think they sold their soul to the devil… But Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.

The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKfGNEuGWMo

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Dr. Dre, Eminem and others think they sold their soul to the devil… But Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oify6AtKkFs

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Korn and Ozzy Osbourne and Frank Zappa and Limp Bizkit and Red Hot Chili Peppers think they sold their soul to the devil… But Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRPxkkP-ZGM

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Do you realize the satanic plan in secular music and in the United Nations is the same plan that God foiled in Genesis 11. Why are these people doing it again? They will fail again!
Pick your team! Kingdom or Babylon!
Go hard
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMDF4_zekbM

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Carlos Santana, David Koresh, Jim Jones, Hitler, have a lot in common… But Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.
The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Wv9ldtDGds

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This clip tells the story of Robert Johnson, a Black man who is called ‘THE FATHER OF ROCK & ROLL’ admitted that he sold his soul to satan in the 1950s. The roots of rock in satanism…  But Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.
The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Aml1RZsxqw

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Robert Johnston blues star and founder of Rock, actually sold his soul to satan. This is the root of the secular music you listen to. That’s why it does what it does to your soul. satanism…  But Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.
The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvMfM_87tec

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Eazy E, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Snoop Dogg, Method Man, Master P, DMX, Three 6 Mafia, and others think they think they sold their soul to the devil… But Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.
The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC0WRXRrp2w

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Wow… this guys testimony is amazing. He actually was writing music for satan when God delivered him! From Elvis to today… Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.
The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p0MruAg8wM

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More mind-blowing footage about Elvis, Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, and other stars that masked themselves as harmless. Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.
The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yusiv3JDng

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Singers like Spice Girls and Brittney Spears teach children to reject God’s laws and their parents laws like “Keep your mouth shut Keep your legs shut” Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.
The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJCWydWB9tY

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The Truth about Elvis Presley… he was not a Christian. His bodyguards, the “Memphis Mafia” reveal his demonic forces and deception.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX7FJgtOti8

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The Truth about Elvis Presley… he was not a Christian. He was deep into occult and actually thought he was a false christ and read from satanist Madame Blavatsky at his concerts! Also notice how SIMILAR Michael Jackson’s life ended the same way Elvis did – with PILLS.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8AOzOvXwu4

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More on Elvis… and Jerry Lewis actually condemns himself to Hell, he thought he sold his soul to satan. I wish he had repented before he died. Same thing with Little Richard. They don’t know how merciful Jesus Christ is!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0wHc10VGMw
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Most rock & roll artists have been influenced by Aliester Crowley… he taught drugs, sex, and “Imma Do Me.” In order to promote satanism and the Anti-Christ. How Timothy Leary and the Beatles helped spread satanism.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6vLnAYjK2A

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How Aliester Crowley sowed seeds of satanic discipleship (Harry Hayes and Dr. Alfred Kinsey) for the sexual revolution and how promotion of homosexuality and the rape of little boys is related to the Anti-Christ.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnNkmNPptk0

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HOw the Beatles promoted satanism under the influence of Aliester Crowley… they brought yoga (yoking yourself to a demon) to America.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGy0Sk80amQ

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“Making Movies is casting spells…” how the Rolling Stones and the Beatle helped promote satanism in 1967…. the end of this is DEEP!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgOzb_1wjig

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Let’s look at the FRUIT of satanism, idolatry, and rebellion against God, from 1967. NOT Freedom- addictions, broken lives, sexual diseases, suicides, abortions, and broken families
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRcHT14oQr8

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How drugs are related to witchcraft. Jimi Hendrix testifies to his servanthood to satan. Whoever is taken captive to this, there is still time. Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die.
The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDH9j_f0YPk

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Demon worship and Jim Morrison of The Doors – the connection.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6duGqjEFoVQ

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satan is a lie. Even thru the greatest entertainers (false prophets) in the world. How the Beach Boys created the culture of southern California and created witchcraft music. Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die. The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKmh1mmjHV0

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Michael Jackson spread sexual perversion and contacted demon spirits for his music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRf7wM6vLuI

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Kurt Cobain… 90s grunge satanist, (I think he may have gotten saved before he died… Hallelujah!). Also NIN and U2 are covered in here! Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die. The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdWHjFhIvcs

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U2 and CREED still has time to repent from their sins and trying to decieve Christians into the New World order. U2 is more blasphemous than Marilyn Manson. CREED signed their record deal in blood. Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die. The Mercy of the Lord endures forever, and His Truth endures to every Generation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp26vedLKDM

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Charles Manson, rock musician and mass murderer, a satanist who worked with the Beatles and Beach Boys and taught his family to kill. Jesus Blood is powerful and can still redeem their soul into life, before they die. The Mercy of the Lord endures forever,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqt2DLXDE7c

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Anton Lavey and the satan worshippers who love Hitler and the soon coming antichrist, and national socialism. This is CRAZY!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXs7Xd4JBXA

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How the music is leading to anti-christ. Son of Sam was a satanist murderer as well, but I heard that he got saved in prison thanks to the mercy of the Lord. He sold himself to the devil but Jesus brought him back!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd3v4tR0sM8