Watch the Throne // No Church in the Wild
I didn't see as many shows last year as usual, but I spent about as much money because I bought tickets to the Jay-Z/Kanye West collabro-tour. Beyond having the good sense to buy tickets to what was one of the best shows I've ever seen, I had the good fortune to see it in Ye's hometown of Chicago.
The duo released the third music video from their collaborative album Watch the Throne last night. The video is for the song No Church in the Wild, also known as My Favorite Track on Watch the Throne.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw a trailer for the Great Gatsby, and I was surprised to hear No Church in the Wild. There are many, many Kanye songs that could represent the excess that comes to mind when I think of the 1920s, but No Church in the Wild isn't one of them.
Part of the reason that I like the song so much is that it speaks to a part of me that is trying to come to terms with growing up Southern Baptist and then earning a PhD in science. It speaks to a part of me that supports the power of people and not the framework. It speaks to a part of me that thinks the framework is necessary.
It does not speak to the part of me that wants to drive a Maybach, throw my diamonds in the sky, or mix the Goose and Malibu. I can't lie, I respect the Good Life as much as anyone else who understands what it means to struggle, but No Church in the Wild is about something else. Watch the video and share your thoughts.
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 nonbeliever who don't believe in anything