I listen to rap when I work out, and I’ve noticed that some of the songs have good lyrics.
Rappers are story-tellers. Yes, they swear and their messages aren’t always Christian. But if we are aware of what to watch out for in secular rap and listen to the radio edits, we can learn a lot.
Here are three rap songs that can help you find beauty and truth in secular rap.
- “Not Afraid” by Eminem
“I’m not afraid…To take a stand. I guess I had to go to that place to get to this one. Now some of you might still be in that place.”
Eminem’s songs delve into the darkness of his experiences. But his story of struggling is universal. We all have darkness in our pasts and we need to learn how to reconcile these experiences with the futures we want to live.
If we follow Jesus, He is able to carry us out of whatever we are facing.
- “Starting Over” by Macklemore
“I’m just a flawed man… If I can be an example of getting sober, then I can be an example of starting over.”
Falling back into past sin is hard. It is the reminder that we are going to have to fight sin our entire lives.
Macklemore tells the story of his drug relapse, and his raw emotions cut to the core for anyone who has failed to live up to their image.
As Christians, we will feel like are starting over almost every day, but God’s grace does not run out.
- “Strong Enough” by B.O.B. featuring Taylor Swift
“I wish I was strong enough to lift not one but both of us. Someday I will be strong enough to lift not one but both of us.”
This song is a reminder of our perfect weakness. Life is too much for us, and we aren’t strong enough to carry ourselves through it, much less someone else.
But in Christ we embrace weakness. We accept the difficulty of life and learn to lean into God, who is strong enough for all of us.