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« Reply #45 on: December 29, 2011, 09:42:01 AM »

Sheesh, you people need to get some taste in music quick.

First Tupac then that absurd "Christian" stuff.

lulz.

Open mic night at White Castle is better than this nonsense.



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« Reply #46 on: December 29, 2011, 11:03:42 AM »

Sheesh, you people need to get some taste in music quick.

First Tupac then that absurd "Christian" stuff.

lulz.

Open mic night at White Castle is better than this nonsense.





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« Reply #47 on: December 29, 2011, 11:36:45 AM »

Sheesh, you people need to get some taste in music quick.

First Tupac then that absurd "Christian" stuff.

lulz.

Open mic night at White Castle is better than this nonsense.





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Before you get too excited with your pom-poms there PP, I thought you might be interested to listen to an example of orthonorm's idea of good music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faiER856zQU

See, he doesn't hate all Hip-Hop like you do; he's just more into that raw stuff about daughters shooting their abusive fathers while they're dressed up as Santa at a Macy's store. He will not have any of that glorifying God and bearing witness to the message of the Gospel nonsense in his Hip-Hop.

"Ain't a fellow head on this board"...right orthonorm?

Now, to everyone who has felt inclined to post strictly to express their distaste for Hip-Hop in general or Christian rap in particular; please, there are better ways to get that attention you seem to be so hungry for. Have you tried walking into an airport with a bulky package under your coat screaming that you have a bomb? Trust me, you'll get thousands of people who will take great interest in what you're saying. Compare that to the zero people in this internet discussion thread who care about your uninvited and unconstructive opinion on their musical taste. That's a difference of thousands!
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« Reply #48 on: December 29, 2011, 11:41:17 AM »

I was simply approving of what he stated. Not his taste in music.

I make no apology. I hate hip-hop and rap. I think it is silly.

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Now, to everyone who has felt inclined to post strictly to express their distaste for Hip-Hop in general or Christian rap in particular; please, there are better ways to get that attention you seem to be so hungry for. Have you tried walking into an airport with a bulky package under your coat screaming that you have a bomb? Trust me, you'll get thousands of people who will take great interest in what you're saying. Compare that to the zero people in this internet discussion thread who care about your uninvited and unconstructive opinion on their musical taste. That's a difference of thousands!
Its how a message board flows. Rarely do things stay on topic for longer than 30 posts. But just so you dont pop and scream from rage, I'll try to steer the boat back on course......Tupac sucked.

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« Reply #49 on: December 29, 2011, 11:43:58 AM »

That has to be the first time I've ever heard De La Soul called "raw".
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« Reply #50 on: December 29, 2011, 12:04:30 PM »

Dunno....

But his name backwards spells "Caput".
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« Reply #51 on: December 29, 2011, 12:49:08 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Sheesh, you people need to get some taste in music quick.

First Tupac then that absurd "Christian" stuff.

lulz.

Open mic night at White Castle is better than this nonsense.





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Before you get too excited with your pom-poms there PP, I thought you might be interested to listen to an example of orthonorm's idea of good music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faiER856zQU

See, he doesn't hate all Hip-Hop like you do; he's just more into that raw stuff about daughters shooting their abusive fathers while they're dressed up as Santa at a Macy's store. He will not have any of that glorifying God and bearing witness to the message of the Gospel nonsense in his Hip-Hop.

"Ain't a fellow head on this board"...right orthonorm?

Now, to everyone who has felt inclined to post strictly to express their distaste for Hip-Hop in general or Christian rap in particular; please, there are better ways to get that attention you seem to be so hungry for. Have you tried walking into an airport with a bulky package under your coat screaming that you have a bomb? Trust me, you'll get thousands of people who will take great interest in what you're saying. Compare that to the zero people in this internet discussion thread who care about your uninvited and unconstructive opinion on their musical taste. That's a difference of thousands!

How funny, its not surprising to me that the OC.net ain't got any love for Tupac, but I bet you're sure surprised ain't nobody seem to be feelin that Gospel rap you bump yo Wink

stay blessed,
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« Reply #52 on: December 29, 2011, 03:19:36 PM »

NicholasMyra,

Even-though I like some of Wu-Tang Clans stuff, the religious group that they belong to, The 5% Nation of gods and earths are a black supremacist splinter religious group. They came from another black supremacist group called the Nation of Islam, and they in turn came from another Black supremacist group called the Moorish Science Temple of America, in which the symbol from the gold chain in the picture comes from.
Yes, Jnorm. Luckily RZA is not as into it as he used to be.
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« Reply #53 on: December 29, 2011, 04:34:36 PM »

I think that Christian music does have a legitimate presence in FFA-Religious Topics. Can we concentrate more on its impact on generations other than mine? Even though I dislike rap of all kind and do not like Cristian rock/contemporary music, I am aware that the younger generation does not share my feelings.
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« Reply #54 on: December 29, 2011, 04:35:55 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Sheesh, you people need to get some taste in music quick.

First Tupac then that absurd "Christian" stuff.

lulz.

Open mic night at White Castle is better than this nonsense.





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PP

Before you get too excited with your pom-poms there PP, I thought you might be interested to listen to an example of orthonorm's idea of good music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faiER856zQU

See, he doesn't hate all Hip-Hop like you do; he's just more into that raw stuff about daughters shooting their abusive fathers while they're dressed up as Santa at a Macy's store. He will not have any of that glorifying God and bearing witness to the message of the Gospel nonsense in his Hip-Hop.

"Ain't a fellow head on this board"...right orthonorm?

Now, to everyone who has felt inclined to post strictly to express their distaste for Hip-Hop in general or Christian rap in particular; please, there are better ways to get that attention you seem to be so hungry for. Have you tried walking into an airport with a bulky package under your coat screaming that you have a bomb? Trust me, you'll get thousands of people who will take great interest in what you're saying. Compare that to the zero people in this internet discussion thread who care about your uninvited and unconstructive opinion on their musical taste. That's a difference of thousands!

How funny, its not surprising to me that the OC.net ain't got any love for Tupac, but I bet you're sure surprised ain't nobody seem to be feelin that Gospel rap you bump yo Wink

stay blessed,
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Hapte--Could you please translate "to be feelin that Gospel rap you bump yo"?
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« Reply #55 on: December 29, 2011, 06:06:49 PM »

Selam to all.

I have to commend both Jenorm and EA for supporting Christian Artists, who are doing what they can to evangelize the audience that particularly loves the hip hop and rap genre. They are the REAL messengers of peace, love, brotherhood, and the lifting up of the humanity of the person in Christ whatever his/her race may happen to be. We know what the others are singing about, their fruit is the evidence, their music and its message is one of the many reasons that thousands are dying on the streets today victims of the glorified thuggish life .

What we see with the Christian artists like you guys said is a wonderful thing; they need to be encouraged for reaching out to those who can be reached with their music. I cannot tell anyone what to do however I for one am all in favor of taking away all the monetary support of those “secular and Violent” artists and I believe that if a person is Christian they should put their money where their heart is,  help the Christian laborer, who labors in the service of the Gospel to continue to do what he or she is capable of doing. Do not spend your money to listen to or help disseminate that kind of music and its message of violence and hate; do not support the messengers of immorality and death. We all know that those secular rappers are so much against the Christian rappers for one MAIN reason; it’s their own version of PR and hitting the competition for THE Money! Nothing else but money, the Christians have a different message from the others, and for this reason, the clash of massage makes it essential for the Christian to choose what he or she will listen to and help grow. However the thug life propagators cannot support their message other than the lame excuse of calling it ‘real’ where as they try to defame the Christians as “unreal” and yet for Christians the message of the Gospel is REAL! The message of the human rising above the beast is being A REAL HUMAN BEING! The solution the Gospel offers both in this world and the next is REAL!


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« Reply #56 on: December 29, 2011, 06:36:33 PM »

Did someone seriously just call out De La Soul?

Wow.
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« Reply #57 on: December 30, 2011, 12:30:39 AM »

Yeah, I'm calling them out. The only message I got out of that song is, "So, you think Christmas is that 'season to be jolly'? Let me take off your rose-tinted glasses for you and give you some insight into the disturbing evil and brokenness that plagues other lives at this time."
 
My response to that: "Can I please have my glasses back? They're not rose-tinted; they're tinted with the redeeming blood of He Who became man this Christmas day to live, die, and rise for the sake of saving the entire world of its evil and brokenness and giving it hope of eternal peace and joy. That is the perspective from which I have been called to see this world; so take that godless message of depressing hopelessness somewhere else this Christmas."

Some worthwhile Hip-Hop to listen to at Christmas time:

It's a hard knock life; you can't weed out the sorrow;
Still I believe the Sun will be out tomorrow;
I've got a right to think like this;
And my reason is connected to the season of Christ-mas;
'Cause though it doesn't seem right, one night this;
Place of low worth held the birth of One priceless.
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« Reply #58 on: December 30, 2011, 01:49:53 AM »

I think you have to ask yourself is this spiritually edifying.

Fr. Seraphim Rose in his "The Orthodox World View" talked about this kind of music.
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In my opinion Tupac just doesn't fit the description as something an Orthodox Christian should be listening to. I think one needs to look at contemporary music and judge just what kind of lessons they want to take from it.  Just in my personal experience, anything I'm listening to driving home from liturgy-- which is usually a two and a half hour drive-- if it isn't AFR or Orthodox music, just doesn't mesh with the sound I had just had in my ears. Whenever I would try to listen to something secular after liturgy, would just conflict with the peace and love I had from just being in the church. Listen to whatever music you like, but understand, if it's outside of the church, it might not be good for you.
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« Reply #59 on: December 30, 2011, 04:53:30 AM »

Amen Fr. Seraphim Rose.
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« Reply #60 on: December 30, 2011, 06:49:55 AM »

Another friend of mine recently made a song about Tim Tebow!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHzuyrT2uE8 (TEBOWIN' A Tribute to Tim Tebow by Hip Hop Artist Brinson)

He was just interviewed about the song by ESPN:
http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/index?id=7388166 (Even Christian Faith-based MC has TimTebow Song)


This is one of his older videos from a few years back.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQaRgKATV74 (Solar Powered Brinson feat D.M.A.U (Gospel Rap))


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« Reply #61 on: December 30, 2011, 07:07:08 AM »

Is there not something to be said here about Tupac's ability to create music that people can relate to?

Surely he has a certain ability to evoke emotion and feeling through his music. Those feelings and emotions may not be distinctively Christian, but they can be distinctively 'human' and can relate to any of us.

Don't get me wrong. I don't appreciate 99% of his music.

But there needs to be something said for secular -- or at least not overtly Christian -- music that has the ability to make us feel and think.
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« Reply #62 on: December 30, 2011, 07:27:52 AM »

Manalive and Achronos,


Do you watch TV, and Movies?

Do you play video games?


If so then you really can't pull the monk card on us. Anyone who dislikes rap or even christian rap, but still listens to secular rock, pop, country......etc. Or even watch tv, movies, and play video games really can't say anything to those who listen to rap music.


Maybe if you stopped listening to country, rock, pop....et. And stopped watching the tube, movies and stopped playing video games then I would care what your musical tastes were, but until then It really doesn't matter what your thoughts are about rap music. Nor does it matter what your thoughts are about christian rap music for I know what this music can do. Not only in my own life, but also in the life of others. And at the end of the day this is the bottom line. For how many people have you helped get off drugs? Get out of gangs? Get out of a violent life style? How many people have you helped wait to have sex till marriage or helped in not wanting to get an abortion?

Yeah, alot of people may not like this kind of music, but that's their own personal preference. And so to put a spiritual guilt trip on someone else for listening to rap music is hypocritical if you still listen to non church music yourself of any genre. It is even hypocritical if you still watch non-church tv shows, and movies. It is hypocritical if you are pulling this card while playing modern video games. And so use it when you become a monk yourself.


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« Reply #63 on: December 30, 2011, 07:30:25 AM »

Selam to all.

I have to commend both Jenorm and EA for supporting Christian Artists, who are doing what they can to evangelize the audience that particularly loves the hip hop and rap genre. They are the REAL messengers of peace, love, brotherhood, and the lifting up of the humanity of the person in Christ whatever his/her race may happen to be. We know what the others are singing about, their fruit is the evidence, their music and its message is one of the many reasons that thousands are dying on the streets today victims of the glorified thuggish life .

What we see with the Christian artists like you guys said is a wonderful thing; they need to be encouraged for reaching out to those who can be reached with their music. I cannot tell anyone what to do however I for one am all in favor of taking away all the monetary support of those “secular and Violent” artists and I believe that if a person is Christian they should put their money where their heart is,  help the Christian laborer, who labors in the service of the Gospel to continue to do what he or she is capable of doing. Do not spend your money to listen to or help disseminate that kind of music and its message of violence and hate; do not support the messengers of immorality and death. We all know that those secular rappers are so much against the Christian rappers for one MAIN reason; it’s their own version of PR and hitting the competition for THE Money! Nothing else but money, the Christians have a different message from the others, and for this reason, the clash of massage makes it essential for the Christian to choose what he or she will listen to and help grow. However the thug life propagators cannot support their message other than the lame excuse of calling it ‘real’ where as they try to defame the Christians as “unreal” and yet for Christians the message of the Gospel is REAL! The message of the human rising above the beast is being A REAL HUMAN BEING! The solution the Gospel offers both in this world and the next is REAL!


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« Reply #64 on: December 30, 2011, 10:57:35 AM »

jnorm, my apologies for offending you. My post was in response to the music Tupac represents not this Christian rap that you happen to like. I was not saying don't listen, read, or watch secular things-- neither is Fr. Seraphim. I said judge for yourself what kind of music you listen to. If it's spiritually edifying, then there probably isn't any harm in it. The point was that a Christian ought to be different from the world. I never once said don't have anything to do with the secular. The card you are saying I pulled is not the card I am pulling. Also, I am pretty sure there are people who aren't monks that don't play videogames or listen to the type of music Tupac represents.

Everyone struggles to live an Orthodox lifestyle. Lord knows how much I do. For your consideration, I listen to classical and orthodox music; I don't have cable or satelite tv; I limit myself to what kind of dvd's I watch; I don't read books that are post-modern, vulgar, or grotesque; And I haven't owned or played video games in over a year. That is my lifestyle. I would never think nor tell someone I'm living the way a Christian should. All I am saying is discern for yourself what is spiritually edifying.

Manalive and Achronos,


Do you watch TV, and Movies?

Do you play video games?


If so then you really can't pull the monk card on us. Anyone who dislikes rap or even christian rap, but still listens to secular rock, pop, country......etc. Or even watch tv, movies, and play video games really can't say anything to those who listen to rap music.


Maybe if you stopped listening to country, rock, pop....et. And stopped watching the tube, movies and stopped playing video games then I would care what your musical tastes were, but until then It really doesn't matter what your thoughts are about rap music. Nor does it matter what your thoughts are about christian rap music for I know what this music can do. Not only in my own life, but also in the life of others. And at the end of the day this is the bottom line. For how many people have you helped get off drugs? Get out of gangs? Get out of a violent life style? How many people have you helped wait to have sex till marriage or helped in not wanting to get an abortion?

Yeah, alot of people may not like this kind of music, but that's their own personal preference. And so to put a spiritual guilt trip on someone else for listening to rap music is hypocritical if you still listen to non church music yourself of any genre. It is even hypocritical if you still watch non-church tv shows, and movies. It is hypocritical if you are pulling this card while playing modern video games. And so use it when you become a monk yourself.



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« Reply #65 on: December 30, 2011, 02:38:12 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Is there not something to be said here about Tupac's ability to create music that people can relate to?

Surely he has a certain ability to evoke emotion and feeling through his music. Those feelings and emotions may not be distinctively Christian, but they can be distinctively 'human' and can relate to any of us.

Don't get me wrong. I don't appreciate 99% of his music.

But there needs to be something said for secular -- or at least not overtly Christian -- music that has the ability to make us feel and think.

Amen Amen!  I smell you on that one, that was really part of the point of why I posted this thread, but a lot of folks clearly disagree with Tupac being considered an "artist", but like I said in the OP, I read a plurality of novels because they contain the depth of the human experience, and my music library is equally as diverse as my bookshelf.  I agree completely with  Manalive's sentiments that "if it isn't Orthodox it might not be good for you" but if we ourselves are Orthodox the Grace can survive.  As for me, I listen to diverse musics and read diverse literature because I want to challenge and confront those diverse aspects of my personality, both those that are perfectly Orthodox and those idiosyncrasies which need to readjust.  If the Church is a spiritual hospital, for me, listening to music and reading novels is a way to exercise my therapy and bring out underlying  questions and issues of my psychology to the surface.  This is why killing, robbing, and adultery saturate the Bible, not simply as warnings, but literary vehicles for spiritual growth as the stories challenge us to dive deep into our experience of God to make sense of our experience of ourselves.


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« Reply #66 on: March 14, 2013, 06:54:55 PM »

Knowing that Pac chose the thug life makes "Changes" the greatest parody song about streetz life ever.

Good sampling of The Way It Is though.

Im listening to Keep Ya Head Up, which is a song I do like from him.

Always been more of a Biggie Smalls fan
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« Reply #67 on: March 14, 2013, 08:17:08 PM »

I like Biggie. I like Tupac too, but I love Biggie.
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« Reply #68 on: March 14, 2013, 08:24:28 PM »

I like Biggie. I like Tupac too, but I love Biggie.
I was reading up on someone saying Rakim was overrated. That's crazy.

His 2nd album with Eric B is better than Paid in Full.
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« Reply #69 on: March 15, 2013, 04:16:25 PM »

I like Tupac's socially conscious music before he signed to Death Row, then he sort of became West Coast garbage. Me Against the World was his best album, imo. Either way, I think that Ice Cube was still a better rapper for the West Coast and probably one of the most influental rappers of all time--definitely top 5 GOAT.

Rakim is garbage; extremely boring and choppy flow and repetitive references to his Islamic faith. The only good thing about him are his revolutionary rhyme schemes. Same with Nas; the guy is so dull and boring. One good album and then he became garbage. Kool G Rap is better than both, along with Big Pun whose flow was untouchable.
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