So I’m laying here on bed rest, with a massive migraine, an upper respiratory infection, and a chest ache that won’t stop. The only thing that is getting me through is my Ipod and this “Hot totty” my sister came through and made for me. Anyway, as I swept through my playlist I fell asleep listening to my “Watch the Throne” album (funny huh), but was RUDELY, but pleasantly awakened by the song “No church in the wild”. Which got me thinking tremendously on my life, religion, politics and the total brekdown of everything about what it is to be totally free. I love that my HEART listens to music first, not my ears. You may learn a few things abt me while reading this, but all in all open your eyes to the possibilities of newness, Different. It’s music people! Listen!
So here goe’s Nothing..
NO CHURCH IN THE WILD
BY. KANYE WEST, JAY-Z, AND FRANK OCEAN
This is indeed, One of the most talked-about tracks on Watch the Throne, “No Church in the Wild” is an existential renunciation of traditional, organized religious worship
Reminiscent of Cassius in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”
“The fault, dear Brutus
Is not in our stars
But in ourselves
That we are underlings
(haha bet you didn’t hear that coming from me!)
The chorus of this song was my initial target for this blog. As it is catchy, it is truth, and I will break it down for you.
“Human beings in a mob
What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a God?
What’s a God to a non-believer who don’t believe in anything?
Will he make it out alive? Alright, alright, no church in the wild”
A subversion of the Christian concept of the Great Chain of Being, a strict hierarchical categorization of all life and matter with God at the very top and kings above all other humans
All of the things discussed on the hook lose significance compared to another:
•A mob vs. A king = No competition. The king has power over his subjects
•A king vs. A God = No competition. Most kings in the western hemisphere were on the throne by virtue of what was called the divine right of kings, which supports the argumentation of a God being more powerful than a king
•A God vs. a non-believer = No competition? By not believing, the non-believer has arguably trounced God, as his or her life is in no way governed by religion or other earthly manifestations of God’s supposed will/laws/whatever. Not only is the non-believer not ruled by God, to him or her God doesn’t even exist
This brings me, the listener, back full circle to the single human mentioned at the beginning of the hook
It is telling that these lines open Watch the Throne, an album that is very concerned with power, something both Jay-Z and Kanye have explicitly discussed in their previous work (most obviously on Kanye’s “Power”.) As their other work suggests, power doesn’t only flow in one direction. While a king may generally be able to subdue, destroy, or disperse a mob, there are obvious exceptions. This lyric could also be seen as Frank saying that although Jay-Z and Kanye have great power, they are still not at the top. That’s why argue ALL “Illuminous” conversations that are brought to me! A non-believer has a fight on their hands, as there is nothing to “save” you in the wild. Jay-Z expresses a similar sentiment on “Empire State of Mind”: “Jesus can’t save you, life starts when the church ends”.
Then I vibe.. and I listen.. (Line:Lies on the lips of a priest Thanksgiving disguised as a feast)
HMMMMMMMM…. The clergy assisted other colonists in cheating and killing Native Americans. Thanksgiving is a holiday supposedly commemorating a historic feast shared by Native Americans and colonists (which is generally referred to as the first Thanksgiving feast), but the actual origins of the celebration are up for debate
The Thanksgiving myth of friendly settlers aided by helpful Native Americans serves to obscure the genocidal practices of the latter against the former
This line also references broader corruption and abuse on the part of those in religious power throughout history
(last Line: “When we die the money we can’t keep
But we probably spend it all cause the pain ain’t cheap, preach”
It’s true that when we die we can’t bring all this outside material excess bullshit that we all lie, cheat, steal, and hustle for but we only do it to cover up the “expensive” pain (e.g. Kanye’s mother dying, stress, anxiety about continued creativity, haters) we feel on the inside…
Also a double entendre: pain could also mean Champagne, something that isn’t cheap
“Pain” also happens to be the french word for “bread”. As we all know, bread and dough are used to denote money. In this context, this reference to pain becomes a triple entendre LMAO!!
In conclusion, when reading the blogs abt this song, and being furthermore frustrated with all the stupid Illuminatii conclusions that these humans suggest. I just listen to the music, I listen to the “word play”, and I love it. These rich dude’s have got you po’ niggas all confused and it’s AMAZING! Anyway, my meds are kicking in and I’m rabbling! PEACE!