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Jay-Z, Kanye West Album “Watch the Throne” Degrades Women

It’s no surprise that Kanye West and Jay-Z’s album “Watch the Throne” consists of lyrics about cars, money, drugs and women. The sad thing is that society accepts the continual verbal disrespect of women as if it is the norm or is “cool.”

Last summer, I wrote an article on “Watch the Throne” and warned listeners of what was to come. Recently, I was flipping through the radio stations and was stunned by one of their tracks that’s currently getting air time.

I used to be a fan of Jay-Z and West’s music before I realized what they were putting out into society. The music is full of arrogance and demonstrates a rough lifestyle, cut out for the party-hard crowd and the people who tolerate women being degraded. In addition, they mock Jesus, religion and in this particular song they rap about Mary Magdalene.

When you talk, do not say harmful things but say what people need-words that will help others become stronger. Then what you say will do good to those who listen to you (Ephesians 4:29).

From the cursing to the vulgarity, IT DOES matter what you listen to and what you see. Words are powerful. When you listen to music, even if it has a good beat, you are memorizing what is being said.

It takes boldness to come against what is popular in the world, but we cannot honor the disrespect of women and the disrespect of the church.

WARNING: The following lyrics are inappropriate, so read at your discretion.

“That’s my Bi*ch”

Hello, can I speak to, uh
Uh, yeah, you know who you are
You have no idea what you’re dealin’ with
Somethin’ on some of this realest sh*t
Pop some nines, so I give you the Fifth
Somethin’, somethin’, yeah
That’s my bi*ch
That’s my bi*ch
Sh-shorty right there? That’s my bi*ch….
I been waitin’ for a long, long time
Just to get off and throw my hands up high
And live my life, and live my life
Just to get off and throw my hands up high

Twisted love story, true romance
Mary Magdalene, from a pole dance
I’m a freak, huh? Rockstar life
The second girl wit’ us? That’s our wife
Hey, boys and girls, I got a new riddle
Who’s the new old perm just tryn’ play second fiddle?

My question is, when did we fall? When did we allow this to become mainstream? PI girls, let us pray for these artists and for world around us. Just because the world accepts it, doesn’t mean we have to. Let us take a stand for godliness and righteousness and pray for those who do not yet see.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him…The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever (1 John 2:15, 17).

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  1. pinkpenguin318

    Posted by pinkpenguin318 on February 12, 2012 at 14:23

    There’s nothing perfect with our music industry. Mainstreem music is just going to get worse and worse, no doubt about it. But what questions me is that this music is so popular. We have laws that make it illegal for being drunk (in many ways it is illegal to get drunk), raping, drugs, etc. to occur. Yet, secular music is so available. I am not saying that everything that gets played on secular radio stations is bad. I’m just saying that it’s very inappropriate and should not be played because of how unlawful it can be. A lots changed over the years. And I hate to say it, but I think we can all agree that it’s only gonna get worse.

  2. amberfishnets00

    Posted by amberfishnets00 on February 10, 2012 at 22:57

    I do like a couple of the old Kanye West music but I’m not really a Jay-Z fan…so I had a question: is it okay to listen to the instrumental versions of songs. For example I really like Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” but I’m now beginning to understand the meaning…if I listened to the instrumental is that bad too?

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by STEMBO on August 3, 2012 at 16:21

      Hi i am not a fan of jay z or kanye, but i am music producer , and i can tell you this with confidence, that lyrics are not the only thing you should be watching, the instrumentals and beats behind the music are sketchy too,. Some artist in the music industry produce subliminal mssgs in music , that only your subliminal mind can decode, this has been found out by playing some of jay z song backwards. I would be very careful, listening to the instrumentals of these songs, even without the lyrics. Its what they put in the beats and the instrumentals that make it shady, not the beats and the instrumentals themselves. be cautious please.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by tlynniex95 on February 22, 2012 at 21:27

      No that’s not a bad thing. You could even write your own Christian lyrics to that music.

  3. Paris

    Posted by Paris on February 9, 2012 at 15:55

    Wow.What they say in their songs is straight blasphmey!God please let those people who are christian artists stay christian artists and have a good relationship with you so that they will continue to make “Jesus Music.” Amen.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by th3at3rn3rd96 on February 8, 2012 at 20:44

    Could someone please explain to me how this is degrading to women? I trust that it is, but I don’t know how exactly. I can’t read between the lines in that way.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Maddie on February 12, 2012 at 09:24

      It supposedly degrades women because of the lyrics regarding them as objects, not women. Calling women “b******” is wrong and it’s degrading. Women are humans, not objects.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by th3at3rn3rd96 on February 8, 2012 at 20:45

      like, the b**** part, I see, the Mary Magdalene part I see (but don’t understand). Other parts of it? Please point it out to me!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Maddie on February 8, 2012 at 12:41

    This album was released last year. It is nothing new. I’ve never been a fan of Kayne or Jay-Z. The music industry is never going to be perfect. There are always going to be racy albums that degrade women. It’s just living in this world. I agree, their album is a disappointment.