The Devil's Music?

A little over a week ago, Dallas-based minister and founder of EX Ministries Elder G. Craige Lewis took his message to the families stationed at U.S. Armed Forces bases in the far Pacific. It seems Elder Lewis has a contemporary new twist on that old standard about the kids' music being a tool of Satan himself.
This time around, it's hip-hop, rather than heavy metal, that's being spotlighted as a corruptor of youth.
In his sermons, Lewis trots out urbanized versions of the same arguments fundamentalists used in the '80s to demonize the leather-clad longhairs, from calling Lucifer the original rebel to playing dubious backwards messages "hidden" in popular artists' albums. (It seems Jay-Z has replaced Judas Priest and Queen as a key perpetrator of backmasked subliminality in the new millennium.)
That hypocrisy — "I'd like to thank God the Almighty for the success my record about killing men who wear a different color bandana than I do has received" — and the worship of earthly delights are rampant in mainstream rap is no secret to anyone with eyes and ears. And yes, there's a possibility that it might have a detrimental effect on impressionable kids with no positive role models (or brains). That MCs are consciously and actively recruiting for Satan is less clear; what seems more likely is that Elder Lewis is using the same words that fundamentalist critics of every performer from Amadeus to Iron Maiden employed to scare parents into forcing their offspring to go to church.
In the hip-hop world, that's known as "biting."

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