All day yesterday I fielded emails from loyal Jay Z fans who wanted to give their points of view about the controversy surrounding his lyrics.

Acia writes:

Dear Ms. Rose,

Let me start by saying that I read your blog everyday. I was going through your post and I came across "Former Drug Dealer&& Rapper Denies Jesus"....let me say that I found this totally offensive. I am a college student at South Alabama and I totally deny Jesus. What does his past and his present have to do with his faith???Why bash a brother who knows the truth and refuses to be a slave to religion that we were given once we stepped off the slave ship so that we would be more obedient and complacent. It's closed minded people like yourself that continue to push back our progression.

If Jay-Z wants to dress the way he dresses and put out the image that he is displaying that is him!....It is not for you to judge or anyone else!&& believe me no matter what you post or anyone else post...He will continue to sell because there are people out here like me that can look deeper into things and not play GOD by passing judgement!

- I Born Understanding

Darren B. writes:

Hey Sandra, I love your site at times. I can't lie I read it daily but you have went over the top with your Jay-Z post. Whatever insider told you he says “If Jesus payin’ LeBron, I’m payin’ Dwyane Wade" gets their lyrics of songs off the internet. In the line before he says i got a "plug" special ed i got it made If "JEEZY'S" paying lebron im paying dwayne wade. A plug is a hook up or connect and jeezy made the song Kobe Labron when he is referencing to the price he pays for his drugs. Their referencing these players numbers to reflect the prices. Kobe being 24 labon 23 wade 3. Jayz is only saying hes got the best prices. Also the lyric about Jesus cant save you life begins when church ends is also speaking on the girl who is caught up in the nightlife. You have to listen to the entire verse and not pick out a few lines. That is the reason why rappers have to "DUMB" their lyrics down because the majority of the public is ignorant. Thats why stupid songs like Im Wasted get daily spins. No thought just im wasted. Thank you so much and I would hope you correct this post because it is very inaccurate.


Candace F. writes:

I wanted to say something about the fuss over Jay Z lyrics. Why is this a hot topic? I believe music is open to interpretation... so while I see and understand why ppl are ringing the alarm...i also don't think he was denying Jesus per se... I think ..if one looks at the verse as a whole.. he is discussing girls that get lost in the big city lights when they go to NY from small towns ... and they get used and abused... he is saying that when they are in that state of mind the Jesus can't them ... the girls are that "sheltered" all through childhood then come to the big city and go buck wild ...and when ppl are telling them it's wrong they don't listen and they think it's cool because they weren't exposed ...yada yada .. you see where I'm going with this.. I just think it's time we as a people start looking within instead blaming everything else for their failures or their kids' failures --- the parents don't know how to cipher the bs in the media as a whole beit music, internet and/or T.V. so how can they teach their kids.. It's all about critical thinking... but what do I know it's just my opinion.. Will you post something on the girl that was ganged raped?

Thanks,
Candace F.

  • Kat

    *sigh* :coffee:

  • http://createspace.com/3393054 iscream

    NOT AGAIN!!!!!!!

    Geesh can we at least get a different picture of Jay. I love the one when he was walking out of a building wearing that Gucci shirt smiling.

    Mmmm...

    Slow News day???

  • iyonah

    I try my best to bypass the post centered on religion and public interpretation for my own reasons. I will say though - WELL SAID to the 3 emails posted. Especially #2 & 3 - I interpreted the lyrics to be the same as they did.

  • Anna

    Jay has his own voice and his own PR team but fans look out for him for free. I am not into hip hop but appreciate the emails to clear things up. Why do I feel like I want to listen to his CD. I think all Sandra's posting about him is subliminally(sp) making new fans for him. LOL.

  • Ms.kaylamomma

    Why are people taking it that serious? It's just a song. Jeez!! If you are worshipping Jay Z then you SHOULD take up for him. But if not, why are we giving him so much of our attention. There is so much more going on in the world than this 80 year old rapper. Moving on!!!

    @ Kat

    Where do you get the emoticons from?

  • http://imani-lamar.blogspot.com rhiannon

    This again??? Next........

    @Ms.kaylamomma http://sandrarose.com/sr-smileys/

  • MrsHawthorne77

    Not in the mood to interpret Jay-Z lyrics today...just not in the mood

    :yawn:

  • LovelyLady

    Here we go again

  • KaraZ

    Yes Sandra, will you be posting anything about that 15 yr old girl that was gang raped? I can't worry about this dude JayZ, he's not paying any of my bills or contributing positively to my life, soooo can we have a month long moratorium on any posts referencing this ugly dude.

  • http://createspace.com/3393054 iscream

    How about the lady who advertised to have sex for Yankee tickets, got arrested and now she is getting 15 mins of fame. Front page of the paper, guest on the news.

    I freaking hate the media. They fed into any stupid thing.

    How about within the past 6 months 3 different women have killed children in drunk driving accidents? WTF is going on? Is the pressure of motherhood driving these women crazy????

  • http://twitter.com/eastpointvet eastpointvet

    talking about jay and religion again #weoffdat

  • Krysi J

    iF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD, please do not refer to any of his commandments.

    its useless for you to speak of GOD's word if you don't believe in it??

    and besides that...

    this conversation is getting old.

  • wiggy2272003

    Agree with Iyonah all the emails are intelligent well written point of views with that being said I don't like how the first one trys to go in on S for posting and presenting a different point of view. THIS IS A BLOG! thats what they are for. Dismissing others point of view AND RELIGOUS BELIEFS as closeminded IS CLOSEMINDED at best. Secondly I didn't think she stated antything as fact just presented some emails.

    Also this is at least the third time this particular issue has been posted. What more can be said?

    I also agree with 2 and 3 interpretation

  • Anna

    KaraZ, what happened to the 15 yr old was crazy. How the hell when you find out that someone is being gang raped you go to the scene and become a participant? I hope the young lady is ok and can fully mentally try to recover and I hope she sues the school the city and all the punks parents.

  • LovelyLady

    For email number one. Is this person saying Africa doesnt practice Chrisitanity??? And the only reason blacks know Christ is because we were forcd into believing????? *The Devil Is A Lie I Say* Because Christianity in Africa began in the 1st century, BEFORE blacks were slaves.

  • ELove

    I don't care ABOUT this kind of post regarding Jiggles BUT what he represents to me is A very-n-highly successful entertainer in the Hip-Hop Commercial-Era with TONS of fans... Regardless of how I feel about him personally THAT FACT can't be disputed :lol:

  • LovelyLady

    Not to mention Christians in Africa form one of the largest groups!!!!

  • LovelyLady

    E Love...agreed

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    **crickets** and some zzzzzzzzzz

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    **crickets** and z(s) at the email. Camel made a pack with Young and Rain Man.

  • artistman999

    Really..Just Really

  • artistman999

    :notworthy:

  • LovelyLady

    :offtopic:

    Can we get a post about MoreHouse College changing its dress code and not letting males wear womens clothes :nono:

  • artistman999

    Hey can someone tell me how to change my avatar?

  • ReadTheBlog

    We should all submitt to Allah's will, and be good Muslim men and women, we won't have to worry about any of this mess.

    Insh'allah :-)

  • wiggy2272003

    Lovely lady I saw the original article in the AJC about that, the ban on womens clothing was only one of many of rules being enforced as was way down on the list. The rest were the usual saggy pants, profanity etc. Banning womens clothing is just a newer code so I think thats why the focus is on that.

  • Ms.kaylamomma

    @rhiannon

    Thanks!

    @ Sandra

    I will even take another Obama post before I have to read about JayZZZZZZZZZ and his lyrics. What about morning wood?

  • PAHairston

    Hello All, to each his own but the young 15 year old who was raped by at least 10 guys and 10 more watched? Lord, what are we teaching our children these days or should I say, we're NOT teaching our children these days. So sad, so sad. My prayers are with her. Peace.

  • Anna

    LovelyLady Says:

    Can we get a post about MoreHouse College changing its dress code and not letting males wear womens clothes
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    If you type in morehouse colleg dress code in the search box on the right Sandra did a post about it.

  • LovelyLady

    ^^^

    Thanks, Anna
    ------------

    ReadTheBlog Says:

    We should all submitt to Allah’s will, and be good Muslim men and women, we won’t have to worry about any of this mess
    -------------- :nono:

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Sandra, if you don't allow Charles admission, then you prove my point that Charles is your alter-ego.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Cross-dressing and sagging are signs of mental illness.

  • BayArea

    Shouts out to Darren B. for breaking it dowwwwn! I didn't comment yesterday (why bother?!?!) but I kept saying to myself, "I was just listening to this CD this morning, he says: “JEEZY’S". Anyway...Jay Z got lyrics for that A$$.

  • iyonah

    RTB you on twitter? Salaams ...

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Let's see if you all jump on ReadTheBlog like you jump on me when I post scriptures. **waiting**

  • Kat

    once again....*sigh* :coffee:
    NEXT!------>

  • ELove

    WHAT I'm about to say is MY OPINION and in NO WAY disrespecting anyone else's point-of-view:

    THAT 15 year old doesn't need our prayers... She NEEDS some individuals within her family structure with some DAMN BACK-BONE and go form a Hit-Squad to take out EVERYONE that was involved INCLUDING the on-lookers (Real)

    AGAIN, This is MY OPINION !!!!!

  • intensemocha

    ON JUDGEMENT DAY-GOD WILL DECIDE JAY-Z'S FATE!

    UNTIL THEN CONTINUE SPECULATING-LOL!

  • LovelyLady

    E Love :clap:

  • KaraZ

    I usually don't condone violence, but in the case of this child who was plied with alcohol, raped for two and a half hours by her peers and adults and left for dead in an alleyway while others watched, I completely agree. Hell I would even contribute $$$ to their legal defense.

    I mean my GOD! She was only 15. Then watching some CNN videos her school mates are actually blaming her for the gang rape.

  • Divinebrown

    Karaz.....that story has me trembling. I AM BAFFLED....really. My mind cannot even process why someone would do something like that.

    They called her a "churchgoer" that struggled to fit in.

    That breaks my heart.

  • Divinebrown

    ANDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD....WHAT ARE ADULTS DOING HANGING OUT AT A FREAKIN HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING DANCE?? Get a freakin' life, losers.

    I'm moving my kids to Europe!!!!

  • jazi65

    It breaks my heart every time I see that story on the news about that poor girl.

    I heard the onlookers can't be charge..INSANE!

    Get some names and addresses & send the media to their home, put a camera in their face and have them explain how they could stand there and watch that young girl be violated.

  • starr

    That story about the gurl being raped and people watching and joinin....was probably one of the worst things i've heard in awhile. I don't usually wish ill on anybody....but there isn't a punish that suitable for any of those involved, and the azzholes who just watched.....how do u even sleep at nite....smdh

  • flyqtnva

    I quit ...yo

  • flyqtnva

    As far as the rape of the young girl...I AM NOT SURPRISED AT ALL that people sat around and watched and did nothing...not surprised or shocked in the least bit.

  • intensemocha

    HARD TIME COMMENTING ON THE GANG RAPE STORY-I STILL CAN'T WRAP MY MIND AROUND IT-COTEMPLATING /RATIONALIZING THE ACTIONS OF EVERYONE INVOLVED GIVES ME A HEADACHE

    THE DETAILS ALONE ARE ENOUGH TO ASK THE QUESTION "GOD WHY" AND "WHAT HAVE WE BECOME AS PEOPLE" TO ALLOW SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN TO A "CHILD"

    I'M EXTREMELY DISGUSTED BUT YET AGAIN WE FUEL YOUNG MEN WITH SEXUAL IMAGES AND PLACE NO SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY ON THEM FOR ACTING ON THEIR SEXUAL URGES-WE CALL YOUNG GIRLS WHORES AND SLUTS FOR CAVING INTO THE PRESSURE TO HAVE SEX WHEN IT'S CLEAR "THAT'S WHAT MOST MEN/BOYS WANT FROM THEM"

    AND WHEN THEY ARE VICTIMIZED "SOCIETY" STILL BLAMES THEM

    I HIGHLY DOUBT THERE WAS ANOTHER FEMALE PRESENT-BECAUSE I BELIEVED THAT "SHE" WOULD HAVE REPORTED THE EVENT

    THIS ATTESTS TO THE BELIEF OF "BOYS WILL BE BOYS" YEP AND YOU SEE WHERE THIS TYPE OF ATTITUDE WILL GET YOU-SOME SICK SHIAT LIKE THIS-ALL SHE WAS TO THEM WAS AN "OBJECT" TO THEM

    NOBODY CARED ABOUT THE EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL PAIN THEY WERE INFLICTING UPON HER-BECAUSE TO THEM THE ENDS JUSTIFIED THE MEANS

    THEIR D$CKS WERE HARD AND THAT WAS ALL THAT MATTERED!

  • intensemocha

    IN OUR SOCIETY MEN ARE ENTITLED TO SEX -THAT'S THE UNDERLYING MESSAGE WE REINFORCE EVERY TIME A GIRL/WOMAN IS RAPED AND WE BLAME THEM INSTEAD OF THE RAPIST

  • Anna

    @ intense. If there were another female there she would have been raped. The punks were fueled by alcohol, stupidy, peer pressure , self control, immaturity and lack of commonsense.

  • candycane

    Can we get a post about MoreHouse College changing its dress code and not letting males wear womens clothes
    ************
    WTF?! are you serious. Dayum are there that many men wearing womens clothes to school. That's craaaaaaaaaaaaaaazy LOLOLOLOL!!!!

    That's gonna crack me up all day

  • terika83

    Religion and having your faith in GOD and Jesus...or shall I say Yahweh and Yashua is not the same. You can deny a religion because you don't agree with their beliefs but believe in the Bible and GOD's word and accept him as your father. (Ex: some religions celebrate christmas but the bible says not to) and etc. and who is to say which one is right? People look down on Jehova's witnesses but the bible says you are SUPPOSED to go out and witness so why is it such a bad thing?

    As far as Jay-Z...idk what he does behind closed doors, but some of his lyrics, symbols on his clothes, things he says and does are suspect.

  • terika83

    @35 attorneymom ...uh oh I guess I'm next? LOL