Identity: Nuggets From A Rap Icon

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‘Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.’

I wish this statement is not true. Unfortunately, Oscar Wilde is unarguably correct.

Today thousands, if not millions, of people are left confused and dissatisfied in the wake of  a deluge of information, or misinformation. Constantly, we are flooded with mixed signals, which are impossible to miss or avoid, about our identity.

Conversely, let me tell you what identity really is.

To do this, I will like to employ the words of one rapper I respect, Lecrae Moore. This is one dude who lives out his Christian faith and values unashamedly. In spite of his huge success he did not lose his identity, as many in his niche are wont to do. Admirably, he keeps living out the fact that true significance is beyond the physical trappings of life; beyond glitz, glamour and swag.

Embedded in his 2008 rap song, Identity, if you listen beyond the beats and mastery of rap, are priceless nuggets of ‘Identity truths’. I hope to unearth them.

  • You are not what you wear or how you look:  Your looks, physique, or appearance may check out; the person you see in the mirror may be pleasing to you. Don’t be fooled! All these is just a veneer to cover your insecurity.
  • You are not what people say: The review of people about you maybe favourable; you may ride high on the waves popular opinion. Beware! You may find yourself struggling, constantly, to fit into people’s mold. I bet you, you can’t keep up. Eventually, you will hate the person you become.
  • You are not your success: The record you make today will either be duplicated or surpassed by another tomorrow. Remember the Olympics. How do you then view yourself? Be wise! Do not define yourself by your achievements. No matter how huge and unprecedented. It is only a matter of time.
  • You are who God says you are: A product gets it’s identity or branding from its manufacturer. Irrespective of customer reviews, whether favourable or not.

“Identity is found in God. Any other identity will self destruct.”
– Lecrae

Guy, your worth is exceedingly more than the swag you are so bent on getting, and the impression you are dying to make on those superficial babes. Lady, your value surpasses, by far, the attention or rejection you get from those shallow dudes.

You are chosen, accepted, secure, loved. Unreservedly. By God! Here lies your identity.

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Guilt: A Hip-Hop Artist’s Response

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He knew deep-seated guilt, bubbling from a wrong he did. He Ignored his feelings, thought up a convenient solution, and stacked another wrong – abortion on fornication. He is Grammy Award winning Christian Rap Artist Lecrae Moore.

This is a follow up post to Guilt Trip, where I talked about the feeling of guilt, its blessings  and how we erroneously respond to it. Read it here.

Lecrae’s story, unlike Adam & Eve, and Judas Iscariot’s, is one that shows the immeasurable benefits of allowing guilt lead you to honesty and confession, which births healing. He lived a life of sex and drugs, got his girlfriend pregnant, they committed an abortion; he needlessly, suppressed the guilt for years, but eventually changed course, and chose to tread the path of confession.

Today Lecrae is the better for it. Through his story, which he told in his song, Good, Bad, Ugly (Anomaly Album, 2014) (Watch it below),

and a recent interview with John Piper and John Ensor, (Watch it below),

he has set an example for young people to quit being self-serving and embrace the freedom and peace that comes from confession. John Ensor commented on the song, Good, Bad, Ugly, saying, ‘…this song is a powerful testimony of the outworking of God’s grace’.

From the interview (read the transcript), Lecrae’s last words were, ‘…my prayer is that people will find healing…not be ashamed…will know that confession is not the end of the world and it actually brings healing.’

These are words of wisdom from experience. Heed them!

Remember, ‘If you confess your sins, He [Jesus Christ] is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse from all unrighteousness.’ (Emphasis mine)


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