By Tetaun Moffett | EX Ministries
According to an article written by thegospelguru.com “Gospel powerhouse Kierra Sheard’s BRL Experience 2013 drew to a close last night! While there, Sheard showcased new music from her forthcoming album as well as a christian rendition of a Kendrick Lamar hit. Check out the 26 year old rock out to her rendition of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe.”
It seems as though every time a celebrity mentions the word sin, God, Jesus or Church in their lyrics we some how find a way to embrace their music but avoid addressing their lifestyle. We use code words & cliches like “much grace, don’t judge and God ain’t done with them yet”. In the music and entertainment industry, the minute a celebrity quotes a scripture we lift them up, invite them to our platforms and sing their songs.
Lamar is an up and coming rapper who mixes his brand of music with sacrilegious themes and clever hooks. He was first discovered by Lady Gaga.
With his first album still climbing the charts, popular “
christian Hiphop” artist such as Lecrae, Propaganda and others have publicly express their affections towards Lamar’s brand of rap music and/or ability to perform 16 bars. But getting back to Sheard, lets carefully examine the original lyrics to the song she covered/remixed during her performance.
I am a sinner who’s probably gonna sin again
Lord forgive me, Lord forgive me things I don’t understand
Sometimes I need to be alone
B**** don’t kill my vibe, b**** don’t kill my vibe
I can feel your energy from two planets away
I got my drink, I got my music
I would share it but today I’m yelling
B**** don’t kill my vibe, b**** don’t kill my vibe
B****don’t kill my vibe, b****don’t kill my vibe
Look inside of my soul and you can find gold and maybe get rich
Look inside of your soul and you can find out it never exist
I can feel the changes, I can feel a new life
I always knew life can be dangerous
I can say that I like a challenge and you to me is painless
You don’t know what pain is
How can I paint this picture when the color blind is hanging with you
Fell on my face and awoke with a scar
Another mistake living deep in my heart
Wear it on top of my sleeve in a flick
I can admit that it did look like yours
Why you resent every making of this
Tell me your purpose is petty again
But even a small lighter can burn a bridge
Even a small lighter can burn a bridge
I can feel the changes
I can feel the new people around me just want to be famous
You can see that my city found me then put me on stages
To me that’s amazing
To you that’s a quick check with all disrespect let me say this
I’m trying to keep it alive and not compromise the feeling we love
You’re trying to keep it deprived and only co-sign what radio does
And I’m looking right past you
We live in a world, we live in a world on two different axles
You live in a world, you living behind the mirror
I know what you scared of, the feeling of feeling emotions inferior
This s*** vital, I know you had to
This s*** is vital, I know you had to
To die in a pitiful vain, tell me a watch and a chain
Is way more believable, give me a feasible gain
Rather a seasonal name, I’ll let the people know this is something you can blame
On yourselves you can remain stuck in a box
I’mma break out and then hide every lock
I’mma break out and then hide every lock
[Bridge] + [Hook]
You ain’t heard a chorus like this in a long time
Don’t you see that long line
And they waiting on Kendrick like the first and the fifteenth
Threes in the air I can see you are, in sync
Hide your feelings, hide your feelings now what you better do
I’ll take your girlfriend and put that p***** on a pedestal
B****don’t kill my vibe, B**** don’t kill my vibe
Walk out the door and they scream it’s alive
My New Year’s resolution is to stop all the pollution
Talk too mother***** much, I got my drink I got my music
I say B****don’t kill my vibe, B****don’t kill my vibe
B**** don’t kill my vibe, B**** don’t kill my vibe
[Death to Molly]
“I thought this song was perfect, don’t repeat what he (Kendrick Lamar) though he said what he said in the lyrics,” said Sheard. “There was a struggle there, even in Kedricks lyrics. Theres a struggle there, a desire to want to be right. Because he admitted that I’m (Lamar) a sinner and he’s probably gonna go do it again”… Sheard without a doubt had to first at least learn the song before she created her own version.
In the video (original video) you saw a method often used called text painting. Text painting – the style of music should match what the words are trying to say. In this case the imagery tell of several mixed messages.
The video or lyrics don’t reflect repentance nor does it emulate the gospel as we know it. As a matter of fact they mock water baptism as it is written in scripture. So for Sheard to justify her remix version “Flesh Don’t Kill My Vibe!” is either an insult to the gospel we preach or she’s just that naive. The music (song) is sick or immoral and can not be regurgitated into to something appropriate for church or ministry.
Now in this case adding lyrics that contain a christian ideology or theology doesn’t change the original intent or vehicle. Religious jargon with immoral music all together mixes influences.
Daniel 3:4-6 says, “Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the CORNET, FLUTE, HARP, SACKBUT, PSALTERY, DULCIMER, and ALL KINDS OF MUSIC, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.” There was a mixture of sounds as describe that was familiar to the children of Israel and unto the pagans. So we’ve taken the sound of the world under false pretense, thinking we’re getting people to acknowledge God. But “when they hear the sound, the acknowledge Kendrick Lamar.”
Sheard has summons what she’s serenade. She took the music of a song with a message that’s perverted and made an attempt to change the message to positive or inspirational (gospel). It’s impossible to do because your brain has already accepted the songs message. You mind has mind stamped “B*** don’t kill my vibe” frequencies and related them to the original message. (alcohol, sex, death) It is impossible to change that stamp, even though she sung new words – “flesh don’t kill my vibe” with her mouth, her body and chemicals have recorded Kendrick Lamar’s original message, its still prevalent in mind of the listener.
What she has done in this case is offer her platform to Lamar by affirming his influence and music. Now youth and young adults if not already in church, will go out and purchase his music. An album full of corrupt communication, sexual immorality and by the way, a few religious references and themes.
The world already knows they are sinners so why are we so fascinated with them when they are content with their spiritual condition. Everyone is waging the christian flag but are not converted and because of our compromise and desire to be where they are – they never witness Christ the way they are suppose to. What they see is the same spirit that’s in them. But sadly this is once again a failed attempt at trying to be relevant.
This is grievous. The so called gospel industry continues to mix the worlds song before the people justifying it as ministry. A bad cocktail (pun intended). Sheard is deceived just like many who keep trying to manipulate people into accepting their music. What’s next a Two Chain remix, how about a Drake or Nicki Minaj version. Have we become more concern with covering and remixing the worlds music than honoring God. It is not our mix that draws them, its the HOLY SPIRIT. So if your music reflex an anti-christ spirit then who’s being drawn back to what?
In Ezekiel Chapter 40 God judged the Levites for taking musical talent from the Chaldeans. They took what belong to the heathens. Recruiting their practices and talents. (Ezekiel 44:12-13 Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity (perversion) therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, said the Lord God, and they shall bear their iniquity And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.) Although there are no longer Levitical priest there are still consequences when we mix influences. It’s evident that Sheard wasn’t singing unto the Lord a new song but one of old wineskins full of perversion. (2 Corinthians 6:17, 1 John 2:15-17, Ephesians 5:19)
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Ri’Shard | Oh my gosh!!! Ya’ll are soo judgmental. Its MUSIC!!! It aint like she sang the lyrics. She REVAMPED AND DID IT TO GLORIFY GOD!! SHE DIDNT GET UP AND COVER THE EXACT SONG!! SHE TOOK THE WORDS, AND USED IT TO ATTRACT THE YOUNGER GENERATION. The BRL Conference is a youth conference! Most of the kids there were under 18 I promise you that they listen to the song the original version! Their are certain things that attract certain people to the word. It was something to attract to the youth.
Wayne harmon I will be the first to say it. This “ministry” does nothing but harm people. If there is so much to grieve about in this, why don’t you pray for her if you this is so wrong. We as Christians quickly throw stones, and others jump on the bandwagon because they lack the strength to stand on their own and come up with an independent opinion. Again if you feel this way stop capitalizing and start praying. We are ONE BODY, but we cannot be effective if we continue to cut off the head to spite the face.
Marcell I personally think this is being made into a bigger deal than what it is. I agree, today’s music is going downhill and brainwashing many but I don’t see an issue with her turning the song around and making it about God. Are we not supposed to try to reach those who are unsaved? Too many “Christians” today like to sit on their high horse and look down on those who aren’t saved or aren’t as spiritually mature and THAT is the issue. You never know who could be reached with that song. I also don’t see any issue with Lecrae. How can you make a difference if you only try to interact with those who are saved? It’s time to go out and reach others and bring them into the kingdom of God. Let’s not judge and start acting.
John | I love how yall can judge this lady who u don’t even kno, but ppl can’t commet on how stupid you and this article is. It’s n**** like u that make ppl not want nothing to do with the church, thenget mad when ppl like Kierra try to go where they are and clean up the mess you made. Getcho life! Anybody tryna hear this stupid a***** is just as whack as the n***** who wrote it. Keep ya mouth off ppl you don’t know.