According the http://www.urbaninsite.com/?page_id=788 Kanye West’s song “Mercy” was the number one song on the Mediabase Urban Radio chart for the week of June 17th – 23rd. Mercy was played on radio stations across America 3,862 times which is a (+469) from the amount of spins in the previous week. The estimated audience reached through the 3,862 spins is 27.357 million (27,357,000) which means an average of 7,084 listeners heard Mercy every time it was played during the week of June 17th– 23rd.
The song is not a new song based on the fast paced world of music and youth’s interests and desire for always having the “latest.” “Mercy” is more than a couple of months old and when the song first came out my niece contacted me to ask me was being said in the beginning/chorus of the song. She reached out to me because I am a student of Hip-Hop music and its impact on youth culture. I am also an ordained Minister who often will break down the messages within music to reveal its complimentary or contradictory relationship to Scripture. Often times a rap song will have a lyric that relates to a scripture and in some instances the song will actually quote the scripture. The perspective or “point of view” being expressed can be misleading because the scripture is taken from a passage that the listener may be unfamiliar with and or the artists is using the words from the scripture to paint their own picture in their song.
I went to www.rapgenius.com to look up the lyrics and to listen to the song. The song starts off with the chorus which is an almost distorted screeching voice saying “Well it’s the weeping and a moaning and the gnashing of teeth.” This line is part of Matthew 13:42 where Jesus is explaining to his disciples the parable of the tares. To begin to understand verse 42 I will write out what Jesus states in verses 41 and 42. Jesus tells the disciples “The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
The parable of the wheat and tares symbolizes the distinction between good and evil. The wheat represents those who have been planted by God and the tares represent those who have been planted by Satan. The harvest is when God will send angels to come and separate the good from the bad with the good going unto the Lord and the bad being cast into a fiery furnace (Hell). The sounds of the suffering of these individuals are described in verse 42. These are the individuals who practice lifestyles outlined in Galatians 5:19-21 (read http://www.youversion.com/bible/Gal.5.19.nkjv). The behaviors identified in the song will lead to being a tare at the end of the age as explained by Jesus in Matthew 13.
The song “Mercy” is a self promoting, materialistic song which is not new in Hip-Hop. The lyric in the chorus is used to equate the fate of anyone who would challenge Kanye West and or G.O.O.D. Music. Kanye’s verse also makes one think the lyric could also represent the hell the music industry would be in without his music. We cannot allow a creative metaphor and or slang usage of a word or phrases distort the perspective of a term, phrase, or words that are scriptures in the Holy Bible. Before you think I am being extreme in my critique remember this song was heard through the radio by over 27 million people in a week. This doesn’t even factor in other forms of listening to music that are popular amongst youth and adults (.i.e. digital downloads and video). Kanye also said “We formed a new religion No sins as long as there’s permission’”- No Church in the Wild
*Lyrics Out Of Perspective are an op-editorial series by Minister Timothy Jones. Follow on twitter @tdj6899”