Thursday, September 16, 2004

Ain't No Bizzzness Like Show Bizzzness

Whitney Houston proved she's back on top of her game when she performed at the World Music Awards. Curvy and flushed with colour, Whitney belted out her hits to an appreciative crowd. The girl gained some weight...She gained some weight! I she back? You know how the grip is a hard monkey to get off your back...Just ask Mary (Kate or Blige)...We will find out.

And othah show bizzzness news...Thanks Remmie Fresh

Kanye West’s The College Dropout was nominated for a Stellar Gospel Music Award on the strength of his hit single, “Jesus Walks.”

The Lord giveth, but the Stellar Gospel Awards taketh away.

West’s album was up for Best Gospel Rap Album. The nomination was drawing criticism from other gospel groups (haters), who claim that the lyrics on the rest of the album could offend listeners.

The committee for the Stellar Awards decided to rescind their nomination for The Dropout, which was given a nod for Rap/Hip-Hop CD of the Year category.

In a statement, officials explained the basis for the removal.

“The reason for removing the CD from the ballot is that some of the songs on the CD contain explicit lyrics and the CD carries an explicit language warning symbol on its cover, therefore it did not meet the Stellar Awards criteria,” the statement read.

Apparently, the committee misunderstood the totality of West’s work due to the hit song “Jesus Walks,” but were educated that some of the album contains explicit content of a worldly nature.

“After being made aware of the explicit lyrics in the other songs from the CD, the Stellar Awards nominating committee felt the CD lyrical selections were not in the best interest and spirit of gospel music,” the statement continued. “Therefore, the Kanye West CD was immediately removed from the Hip Hop CD of the Year category and the entire ballot.”

The Nominating Committee even apologized to their base for the inclusion of West on the ballot in the first place.

“The Stellar Awards’ Senior Management and the Nominating Committee certainly did not intend to offend the Gospel Music Community with this glaring oversight. We have implemented corrective actions to make sure that such an error never happens in the future”

Other Christian groups nominated include Tonex, Ziklag and God’s Little Soliders.

I'll keep you posted


Panama said...

I'm glad they came to their senses...I already don't take gospel rap serious, I was about to have to quit taking the whole gospel community serious...

And G...that ain't my rap at all...or at least you can't prove it cuz nobody else was around to verify it!!!!!!!!!!!

G. Cornelius Harris said...

I'll keep you posted

Young Pip said...

Rap? That's the Devil's music!

MiniMee said...

I saw that one coming. I didn't think they were gonna let Kanye keep that one, LOL.

Jamille said...

I will always love Whitney and her music.

I don't blame the management of the Stellar Gospel Awards at all.

Gamma Ray said...

What kind of nomination committee is this they cant listen to an album theyre nominating before they nominate it? furtherlymore, what kind of christians are they nominating this song? its not all that spiritual, uplifting, nor does it truly have some Godly message. Its a rapper rapping about his thoughts on jesus, he's not praising Him, glorifying Him or anything. I mean, ANYbody can write a song about Jesus but that doesn't mean it needs to win a Gospel award.

G. Cornelius Harris said...

Gamma...I love you like a play cousin...But you got to get outside the box just a little bit...A course I got to take you to school...So pay attention...


Pronunciation: 'gäs-p&l
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English gOdspel

1 a often capitalized : the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation b capitalized : one of the first four New Testament books telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; also : a similar apocryphal book c : an interpretation of the Christian message (the social gospel)
2 capitalized : a lection from one of the New Testament Gospels
3 : the message or teachings of a religious teacher
4 : something accepted as infallible truth or as a guiding principle

Gamma did you check out definition #1...Just cause your momma said it was this way don't make it right...I'm so tired of the old suit and crossing wearing, following by the rules of the C.O.G.I.C. law, "Holier Than Thou", if my great great great great great great great great great grandmother didn't do it must not be the good word Christians...It is time us to break some of the old tired traditions...Those type of people sound kinda like the same high priest that hung Jesus out to dry...Scared of a little remix...Jesus said out with old ways and end with the new...I'm tired of people playing Jesus out to be this individual that had no personality...Dude was a renagade to the fullest...This is the same cat that turned water into wine...He turned water into wine! He didn't kick it with the high priest...He hung out with the sick and crooked tax collectors...The cheats...Everybody...He wasn't trying to relay a message to you saved folks...But to the unsaved...Kanye probably isn't worried about what we think of the song...Because it wasn't for the holy crowd...It was for everybody else...Check out these lyrics;

"To the hustlas, killers, murderers, drug dealers even the strippers
To the victims of Welfare for we living in hell here hell yeah
Now hear ye hear ye want to see Thee more clearly
I know he hear me when my feet get weary
Cuz we're the almost nearly extinct
We rappers are role models we rap we don't think
I ain't here to argue about his facial features
Or here to convert atheists into believers
I'm just trying to say the way school need teachers
The way Kathie Lee needed Regis that's the way yall need Jesus
So here go my single dog radio needs this
They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus
That means guns, sex, lies, video tapes
But if I talk about God my record won't get played Huh?
Well let this take away from my spins
Which will probably take away from my ends
Then I hope this take away from my sins
And bring the day that I'm dreaming about
Next time I'm in the club everybody screaming out"

How is he not glorying God? But since it don't fit “Dr Watts” or Mahalia Jackson its wrong...Come on...Grow up...I'll keep you posted

Jazz said...

I conversed with a friend about this post and he said something that stopped me dead in my tracks. I had to share this,he said...

"Who are we to judge? For all we know,...God or Kanye's experiences with God moved him to write that song, maybe for one person, a million people or himself. It made people think, so it was all good" cb

(See Jamille? Gave credit to the person that said it. teehee, i kidd i kidd)

Think of other secular artists that have been moved to do the same thing like...

*The Commodores - Jesus Is Love
*Howard Hewitt - Say Amen
*MC Hammer - That's Why We Pray

The man was paying homage to God! That should never be dissed or dissmissed.

Brenda said...

Amen brother Amen! Touch not my Kanye or my Witney! Nobody knows the troubles they've seen. Kanye the man in my book. R'Kelly? Yea it was aiight, but Kanye's was anointed.

As for rap, the music goes with the generation. I watched the reaction to my teenaged daughters when it comes to music. They were really tuned in with the rappers that rapped gospel. I say as long as they hear the word and learn of the love of jesus, so what! It's not the music it's the message in the music.

HeavenLei/Blumoonbabe said...

Booo to the Stellar Awards... why did they nominate it in the first place?

As for Whitney... I'm glad to see she's doing well.

Dayrell said...

Mmmm, interesting. 'Cause I seem to be on two sides of the track here.

Well truthfully, I admire Kanye for stepping out of the stereotypical 'hip-hop/rap' imagery and actually having the guts to make a song so powerful as "Jesus Walks", especially when knowing in the back of his mind that controversy, regarding his song, was likely to explode like a time bomb after its release (due in time). Because his song is indeed that much powerful. I personally looove the song. And don't despise it in any way at all.

On the other hand, I can see why the Stellar Awards Committee vowed to remove the album's nomination due to the explicitness of additional songs on the album (because for real, let's be honest ya'll, look at track #10 "Workout Plan", and tell me that that song isn't 'slightly' the epitome of EXPLICT lyrics...come on now!! ...then, that track lies just 3 tracks away from "Jesus Walks"...hmmm? oook?)...I mean, I respect and admire my man Kanye TREMENDOULY for all that he does musically, (very much!!!) I even own the "College Dropout" album myself along with other additional underground music by him, but, I just have to lay the realness out there on the line for just a moment here. :)

So, there’s no doubt that I see two sides of the situation.

But, in the midst of all this craziness, I must say, one thing stood out as a distinct mystery to me. And, that was the Stellar Awards nominations system. (????) For instance, why couldn't they have just nominated the 'single' ONLY (you know, for best "Rap/Hip-Hop Single of the Year") instead of the album as a whole?...and if there was no such category, they could have created one. I think doing that would have probably cut down a little more on the controversy and perhaps made matters less difficult then they already were. But then again, I could be wrong?? Who knows?? LoL. Just a thought though. :)

Plus, I say all of this b/c I think that that song is surely to great to be left un-noticed.

...But, on the flip side, I’m ecstatic about my girl Whitney!!! I’m glad to see her clean up well. Very well at that! She is truly REPPIN’ in a good way!!! Yay. Kudos to her. I knew her time would come. *smile*