Biblical References in Rap and Hip-Hop

  • BDP - Why Is That

    BDP - Why Is That
    BDP - Why Is That "Genesis chapter eleven verse ten, Explains the genealogy of Shem, Shem was a black man, in Africa, If you repeat this fact they can't laugh at ya, Genesis fourteen verse thirteen, Abraham steps on the scene..."
    - BDP The song goes on to recount the book of Genesis.
  • Eazy-E- First Power

    Eazy-E- First Power
    Eazy-E - First Power "I am the ressurection and the fife, He who believes in me though he die, yet shall re-live, And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die."
    - Eazy-E "And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
    - John 11:26
  • Tupac - So Many Tears

    Tupac - So Many Tears
    Tupac - So Many Tears Lyrics: I shall not fear no man but God/Though I walk through the Valley of Death/I shed so many tears (if I should die before I wake)/Please God walk with me (grab a nigga and take me to Heaven)" Bible Verse: Psalm 23:4 - "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
  • Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise

    Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise
    Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise "As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I take a look at my life and realize there's nuttin' left."
    - Coolio "He guides me along the right paths, for his name’s sake. Even though I walk, though the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;"
    - 23rd psalm
  • GZA Feat. Killah Priest - B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instriuctions Before Leaving Earth)

    GZA Feat. Killah Priest - B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instriuctions Before Leaving Earth)
    GZA Feat. Killah Priest - B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) "Dropped a jewel like Solomon, but never followed men..."
    - GZA This illudes to the twelve Jewels of Islam, in which the first two jewels are made to represent knowledge and wisdom.
    Other refrences include comparisons to different points in his life such as Solomon, Jacob, and Job.
  • Jay-Z - "D'Evils"

    Jay-Z - "D'Evils"
    Jay-Z - D'Evils "I break bread with the late heads, Picking their brains for angles on, All the evils that the game'll do, It gets dangerous, money and power is changing us, And now we're lethal, infected with D'evils"
    - Jay-Z He is referencing Jesus and the Last Supper and Jay-Z's drug dealing money.
  • Wyclef Jean - John 3:16

    Wyclef Jean - John 3:16
    Whclef Jean - John 3:16 "What do you mean, John 3:16? For God so loved the world, every man packs an M-16."
    - Wyclef Jean "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
    - John 3:16
  • The Notorious B.I.G. – You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)

    The Notorious B.I.G. – You're Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)
    YThe Notorious B.I.G. - You're Nobody' "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil -- for you are with me, Your rod and your staff, they comfort me, You prepare a table for me, in the presence of my enemies, You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows, Surely goodness and love will follow me -- all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever"
    - Puff Daddy/ Psalm 23
  • Notorious B.I.G. - "Ten Crack Commandments"

    Notorious B.I.G. - "Ten Crack Commandments"
    Notorious BIG - Ten Crack Commandments BIG's "Ten Crack Commandments" mirror the commandments Moses received from God in Exodus.
  • Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)

    Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
    Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop "Talking out your neck, sayin' you're a ChristiaExplainn, A Muslim, sleeping with the gin, Now that was the sin that did Jezebel in, Who you gon' tell when the repercussions spin?"
    - Lauryn Hill
    Lauryn parallels women's sexual immorality to that of Jezebel's in The Book of Kings
  • "Forgive Them Father," Lauryn Hill

    "Forgive Them Father,"  Lauryn Hill
    Luke 2332 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[c] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.Song: "use your kindness as their ammunition,
    shoot you down in the name of ambition.Forgive them father for they know not what they do"
  • Lauryn Hill - To Zion

    Lauryn Hill - To Zion
    Lauryn Hill - To Zion “The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet; they shall call you the City of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.”
    - Isaiah 60:14
    Lauryn compares her new born baby (named Zion) to the power of Zion told in the Bible: "Not the joy of my world is in Zion"
  • Black Star - Thieves In The Night

    Black Star - Thieves In The Night
    YouTube Video "They say money's the root of all evil but I can't tell
    You know what I mean, pesos, francs, yens, cowrie shells, dollar bills."
    - Black Star "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs."
    - 1 Timothy 6:10
    Or is it the mindstate that's ill?
  • Every Ghetto Every City

    Every Ghetto Every City
    References Revelation when paralleling her new found freedom in being an independent woman to the New Jerusalem
  • KRS-One - "Spiritual Minded" Album

    KRS-One - "Spiritual Minded" Album
    YouTube Video
    KRS-One's self-titled album's track, "The Truth", was a prequel to KRS's future album, "Spiritual Minded". The song's content questions the reverence of the cross symbol within Christianity and the violence associated with it. KRS also states that reading the Bible is over emphasized, and personal reflection is more important. With "Spiritual Minded", KRS continues to explore these ideas with songs like "Take It To God".
  • Kanye West - Never Let Me Down

    Kanye West - Never Let Me Down
    Kanye West - Never Let Me Down "I done did dirt and went to church and get my hands scrubbed
    Swear I've been baptized least 3 or 4 times"
    - Matthew 27:24 Other various God refrences.
  • Jay-Z - Lucifer

    Jay-Z - Lucifer
    YouTube Video "Jesus, I ain't trying to be facetious, but, Vengeance is mine" sayeth the Lord, you said it better than all"
    - Romans 12:19
  • Kanye West - Jesus Walks

    Kanye West - Jesus Walks
    YouTube Video "Jesus walks, God show me the way because the Devil trying to break me down, Jesus walks with me, The only thing that I pray is that my feet don't fail me now, Jesus walks, And I don't think there is nothing I can do now to right my wrongs, Jesus walks with me,
    I want to talk to God but I'm afraid because we ain't spoke in so long"
    - Kanye West Throughout the entire song Kanye prays and asks God to show him the way.
  • DMX - Lord Give Me A Sign

    DMX - Lord Give Me A Sign
    YouTube Video "No weapon formed against me shall prosper
    And every turn that rise against my judgment, thou shall condemn
    For this is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is of me, said the Lord"
    - Isaiah 54:17 The rest of the song features him talking to God/Jesus.
  • India Arie - Psalms 23

    India Arie - Psalms 23
    Psalms 23 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG9i5RMLBC8 Lyrics: "I've Seen Money come between my best friend and me/I've Seen Old friend become new enemies/I've Been Through a couple of litigations/I've Been Through character assassination." Bible Verse: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteous
  • Rick Ross- "Holy Ghost"

    Rick Ross- "Holy Ghost"
    Rick Ross - Holy Ghost References 1 Timothy 6:10, among others
  • Kanye West - No Church In The Wild

    Kanye West - No Church In The Wild
    Music Video
    "Jesus was a carpenter, Yeezy he laid beatsHova flow the Holy Ghost, get the hell up out your seats, preach."- Jay Z (Verse 1) Jay Z is comparing Kanye's work in making beats to the manual labor of a carpenter and just as Jesus needed the Holy Spirit in order to begin his religious work, Kanye needed Jay to begin his rap career.
  • Kanye West - No Church In the Wild

    Kanye West - No Church In the Wild
    Music Video
    "Human beings in a mob, What's a mob to a king? What's a king to a God? What's a God to a non-believer, who don't believe in anything? Will he make it out alive? Alright, alright, no church in the wild"- Fank Ocean (Hook) A reference to the Christian concept of the Great Chain of Being, a strict hierarchical categorization of all life and matter with God at the very top and kings above all other humans.
  • Kanye West - Mercy

    Kanye West - Mercy
    Music Video
    "Well, it is a weeping and a moaning and a gnashing of teeth. It is a weeping and a mourning and a gnashing of teeth. It is a - when it comes to my sound, which is the champion sound, Believe (believe!)"- Fuzzy Jones (Intro) “…the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” - Matthew 13:42 This verse describes those who will be sent to Hell.
  • Angel Haze - No Church in the Wild

    Angel Haze - No Church in the Wild
    You Tube Video "What's a king to a God? What are humans to the king of the sky this pride that I'm wearing an this things on my mind"
    - Angel Haze Angel Haze shows her own take on No Church in the Wild.
  • Pusha T – Exodus 23:1 ft. The-Dream

    Pusha T – Exodus 23:1 ft. The-Dream
    Music Video Pusha T's track, "Exodus 23:1" references the Bibical verse from which it is named. The song primarily is a diss against rappers Lil' Wayne and Drake. "Do not spread false reports. Do not help a wicked man by being a malicious witness." – Exodus 23:1
  • Frank Ocean - "Pyramids"

    Frank Ocean - "Pyramids"
    Music Video
    One of the major themes throughout "Pyramids" is the corruption of women through the vices and lust of male counterparts. "I found you laying down with Samson and his full head of hair, Found my black queen Cleopatra, bad dreams, Cleopatra"
    -Refers to Samson, of Judges - Narrator may be jealous of his super strength and esteemed role within society.
  • Kendrick Lamar - Backseat Freestyle

    Kendrick Lamar - Backseat Freestyle
    You Tube Video "Shooters go after Judas, Jesus Christ if I live life on my knees, ain't no need to do this"
    - Kendrick Lamar When Kendrick refrences Judas, he is refering to Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, known for his betrayal of Jesus. He is also stating that he is like Jesus Christ and will stand for what he believes.
  • A$AP Rocky - Jodye

    A$AP Rocky - Jodye
    You Tube Video "Please talk to me lord, I am here for you lord"
    -A$AP Rocky Throughout the song he is expressing his anger to the lord and then he finally calls out to God and asks to talk to him.