Let a dog roam until he finds his way home.
The fame DMX achieved was the result of grinding and the gift he harnessed. He had a way with conveying the heart beat of the underbelly of urban life. The impresario created lyrics birthed from pain and real turmoil. His themes and collaborations with other talents combined to make anthems that were sung in unison by millions.His messages in his lyrics were a refreshing turn back to an age when Hip-Hop inspired and taught a largely fatherless generation patriarchal rites of passage. But, every since rap entered the age of gangsterism (early nineties) the genre became like a good girl that went bad.
Rap became the prey of record executives and predators, now known as culture vultures. DMX was the right person to keep the youth informed and keep it moving (late nineties) past the fake news portrayed by most rappers that glorified violence and detoured Hip Hop from the path of Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun.
Don’t play with God
If you ever heard the expression “don’t play with God” it has merit. The adversary to the family of God (Satan) sets a target upon those who threaten to take souls from a like destiny as his (Hell). It’s not that your playing with God as so much as Satan petitions God to take you out (see Job 1) and not only that, Satan stands as your accuser towards God, when you allow demons to get the best of you.
If you struggle with addiction and have a call to do God’s work a decision must be made. All manner of sin must be addressed. It is not good enough to say nobody’s perfect and sing Freebird Saying “I won’t change.” This is not an option we must change to become acceptable to God or we will be changed and give up the ghost, for ‘the wages of sin is death’ and the eternal death is much more to be feared than the mortal death. A person who is joined to God inherently knows this because we know that ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowlege.’
Lord knows I can’t change
To repent is to merely change. This was the first word preached as we entered the New Testament by John the Baptist whom Jesus recognized as a great man. We must change to please God we must change and relinquish the sin that so easily beset us. If we are called to the ministry it is something we can not escape. It will benefit us to change so that our life could be holy, consistent, and acceptable to God. Since you can not escape the call on your life but you have an addiction you have to give it up. On you’ll be like Jonah and find out you can not escape God. The word of God does either two things it repels or it draws.
I believe when DMX offered prayer and exhorted people to turn to Jesus Christ he became a threat to Satan. I am not judging DMX. How can I judge a person who had an addiction and could go anywhere and have rock star status, get drugs for free in any ghetto in any hood. That is more like a curse. I can not judge DMX because I was never famous, but one thing I do know is that if you have a call on your life and you have an addiction you must quit one because you can not juggle them both successfully because of God’s character.
What’s your cost
Jesus is real and when you preach the ways of a Holy God but live like a devil, Satan is going to demand something from you! If you keep going on to his reservation one day you may get your passport revoked. Jesus did not die to be made an open shame of, nevertheless, DMX was a real one who became great while he was here he was admired loved and misunderstood, his life became a cautionary tale, in the end, may this brother rest in eternal peace, Amen
DMX gives his thoughts on prayer exhorting people that the best prayer is one that you render yourself. His position on change and he reads from the book of Ecclesiastes. DMX was one of the most successful rappers commercially ever. He had an intense passion that permeated the streets and the struggles at the core of street life. Many of his singles involved gritty deliveries that positioned prayers. This was innovative and authentic in the minds of many.
Recently I saw a movie called Hidden Figures and thought that this could not be a true story. This motion picture coupled with Fences were the two African American must see films this year, but Hidden Figures impacted me far beyond August Wilson’s screenplay. The memories of my past flooded my mind because I was alive during the climax of the real events that occurred in this movie yet was ignorant of the facts Hidden Figures exposed. It was exciting to know that it was the mathematics of a black woman that came into play when determining the trajectory used to get a man to the moon and back to earth safely in 1969. Why wasn’t this taught during Black History month while I was coming to age? Opening Pandora’s box of other questions like: Did we ever arrive on the moon and why haven’t we returned since 1969? Did Galileo and Newton discover the great things they were credited with or was it of African origin, etc.?
Remembering asking my guidance counselor why I had to take applied math instead of algebra my freshman now made sense and remembering why the zeitgeist frowned upon African Americans pursuing advanced science and math courses. During the eighties, it was considered very uncool to enjoy these disciplines.
My DNA begged to differ not towards math but didactical thinking. How could wisdom be veiled and replaced with a bundle of lies and mistreatments and an standardized devaluation of the mitochondrial strains which internally connect me? Instead of celebrating the scholastic interests that were ever so present, people around me while I was growing up reveled in simple jest and were content with a bundle of lies handed to us by American culture.
This movie was a micro view into a panoramic past. An American conspiracy promotes fraud that promotes the logic that brown and tan people are inherently criminal. This logic is apparent overwhelming numbers of African Americans and Latinos that are in the prison population as opposed to people of Caucasion origin.
Brown and Tan people in America are placed in boxes in America and fed lies repetitively until a lie is accepted as truth.
This great deception is a strong delusion! Brown and tan people are carted to correctional facilities so Blanche could be safe. While fakers like the bloody Dame who lied on Emmit Til sing America the beautiful.
After being fed lies for nearly fifty years, I am coming to realize that Black is a status. A status of inferiority immediately thrusts upon brown or tan individuals born in America, hounding us non stop publicly and privately. This is a design that perpetuates a permanent underclass in the United States of America. Those who subscribe to racism and are subject to its ill effects are its legitimate preservers (see Stockholm Syndrome). It is sick when whites are rewarded for being white and brown and tan people are denigrated for being brown or tan. When this behavior is institutionalized it is not long until that society ends unless this malady is corrected. But once you accept this reward OJ of Bill Cosby still keep it real with your folks Tiger Woods. Once you betray those brown and tan Americans still held at bay by the false iron grip of racism and whites get tired of using you where can you go or where can they turn? White society acts as a unit because the media controls their train of thought. (with a few exceptions. True black beauty lies in the fact that you could be yourself without keeping another brown or tan person down. The Willie Lynch style indoctrination is breakable by the warrior soul. My beautiful black princes and princesses who rise above mediocrity into the blissful state of I AM.