Drake Doing Gospel Hip Hop Now??? Word! (Literally)

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Kanye West isn't the only rapper that "got strip clubs playing gospital." I would say that's apparently the case, but as of now, I think it's only apparent to me and a few other folks that Drake walks with Jesus, too.

For years, I've had this Sandriaism where I like to remix songs in my head, and take R & B and hip hop songs and make the lyrics about God. Either it's me singing to God, or it's God singing to me. I analyzed Amel Larrieux's "For Real" as an ode to God's magnificence in a Myspace blog a couple of years ago and people seemed to get that. But, my ex-boyfriend clowned me about my interpretation of Jill Scott's "Not Like Crazy" as a love song to God. (I still think "Not Like Crazy" is a great love song to God. They don't call it passion of the Christ for nothing! He's a romantic dude!).

Creating inappropriate/bootleg gospel songs is really nothing new for me, but I was a little surprised when I started thinking of Drake's "Find Your Love" in that way.

"Find Your Love" is my jam! The beat is crazy and it's perfect for the rapping/singing in multiple keys in the same lyric/monotonality that Drake has down to a science. Loves it. But one day, I was in my car singing it--going hard with the vocals, ya know--and I just had a lightbulb moment. I had to stop and listen and it all made so much sense. I didn't hear Drake anymore or see the video in my mind's eye. What I was hearing (and still hear every time I listen to this song) is a conversation between me and God.

They say that really knowing God or Christ is about forming a relationship, an intimate relationship. On a worldly level, my intimate relationships with men have not always gone so well. I can be stubborn, controlling, insecure, unfair and a host of other things that my love interests typically reflect right back to me. So, if this is is my understanding of  and behavior in "real" relationships, how am in my relationship with Christ?

For me, "Find Your Love" is set up like a break up to make up song between me and my main man that I sometimes treat like a booty call, J.C. (I actually heard a preacher use the "we treat Jesus like a booty call!" analogy before and I sooo get it now.) Drake's lyrics are a perfect call and response. Now, you kind of have to see this visually to really get the full impact of the lyrics, so I'll do my best attempt to explain what I visualize and hear.

THE SETUP

We are in a living room. I'm sitting on the couch and J.C. is sitting in a chair on the opposite side of the room. The entire time He's looking at me, talking directly to me, but for most of the song my head is turned away from Him. I'm really not trying to hear what He's saying. The mood is that of "we just had a fight, but really need to have a talk about this". Except, only one of us wants to talk. With each verse, He's calm and intentional. No need to yell. Just states the facts. I'm throwing off mad attitude because again, I'm really not trying to hear Him. He loves me, only wants the best for me, blah, blah, blah; I've heard it all before and I've been hurt before. Why should I trust Him? Why should I love Him and try to make this relationship work? Can I trust Him with my heart? My life? And this is where our conversation begins... 

J.C.
I'm more than just an option
(Acts 4:12 - Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.)

Me
Hey, Hey, Hey
(This lyric can be interpreted as "Yeah, yeah, Yeah-whatever!" I'm basically rolling my eyes and every line He says is in one ear and right out the other.)

J.C.
refuse to be forgotten
(I Corinthians 11:24 - and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me)

Me
Hey, Hey, Hey

J.C.
I took a chance with my heart

Me
Hey, Hey, Hey

J.C.
And I feel it taking over

J.C.(chorus)
I better find your love and
I better find your heart
I better find your love and
I better find your heart
I better find your love and
I better find your heart
I bet if i give all my love
then nothings gonna tear us apart

*Note: Don't get caught up on the word "better". Yes, I'm aware we have free will and I don't believe Christ gave his life under the threat that we "better" love/obey him in return. But I do believe he does want our hearts (and if we sit and think about it, our heart is something we should gladly give, no threats attached).

I'm more than just a number (Isaiah 44:6 - I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God)

Me
Hey, Hey, Hey

J.C.
I doubt you'll find another

Me
Hey, Hey, Hey

J.C.
so every single summer

Me
Hey, Hey, Hey

J.C.
I'll be the one that you remember

(Chorus)

J.C.
it's more than just a mission (
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life)

Me
Hey, Hey, Hey

J.C.
you hear but you don't listen
(Isaiah 42:20 - You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing)

Me
Hey, Hey, Hey

J.C.
You better pay attention

Me
Hey, Hey, Hey

J.C.
and get what you been missing
(Deut. 7:12 - If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your forefathers.)

[Chorus]

Me (So, here's where I finally break down and talk to Him.I walk over to Him and we're face to face. I try to rationalize why I shut Him out, but no excuse sounds good enough. Finally, I resolve to listen and follow Him.)
too many times I've been wrong
I guess being right takes too long
I'm done waiting, theres nothing left to do
but give all I have to you and
I better find your love and
I better find your heart (
How many times have you threatened somebody not to break your heart after you took them back after a break up? Making threats to Jesus-Hilarious!)
I better find your love and
I bet if I give all my love,
then nothings gonna tear us apart
(Jeremiah 29:13 - You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart)

Me and J.C. together
I bet if I give all my love,
then nothings gonna tear us apar
t

*huggz*

THE END

As for me and J.C., I'm still a little stubborn, but He hasn't given up on me. I'm so grateful to know He never will.

P.S.: Honorable mentions for unlikely gospel remixes:

  • "Transform Ya"-Chris Brown
  • "Make Me Better" Fabolous feat. Ne-Yo
  • "You Are Everything"-Mary J. Blige
  • "Not Like Crazy"-Jill Scott (I don't care who clowns me! This is my favorite, lol)

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  • This is GREAT!! Just goes to show that you never really know how people view things. I like this song myself..but never thought of it like this. Great blog.

  • Thanks, Precise! Music through the ears of a Pisces-beware!

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