The game is filled with chain flashing, money flashing, and braggadocio. Wale denies these stereotypes by constantly displaying his proper knowledge of simple etiquette, be it through his lyrics or his actions. To me, wale is a genius trapped in a game filled with fake gangsters and trend-followers. In a simple sense, wale is a trendsetter; he brings his own style to the table, he is his own man, which is something that is always preached in the rap game but barely ever put on display. I chose the song “Golden Salvation” because it speaks to the exact topic that I previously discussed.
Basically, throughout the song, Wale explains how rappers boast diamond-flooded chains bearing the face of Jesus. But, while wearing these chains, the rappers aren’t serving Christ in any way, shape, or form. In fact, the Jesus piece is simply written off as another regular old piece of Jewelry. Salvation is defined as deliverance from sin and its consequences. They expect the chain itself, the diamonds, and shiny components to deliver them to new heights in life, they completely ignore the face that the chain consists of; hence the name “Golden Salvation”.
With this line: “N*gas use me to shine, I been helping you stunt, look, why hose rapping dudes anti hit me in months? ” Wale shows that he believes that these young men – particularly black men – should go to Jesus more often and ask him for assistance in life instead of placing their destiny on living the typical flashy lifestyle. He follows this up with “l don’t ask for too much, colored in Wow’s, women will play you close, ad them hungry Jokers will try and test yea, now yea confidence through the roof, still you show no respect kid, the good book said praise but you so stuck in your ways you got my image appraised”.
With this, he’s saying that Jesus doesn’t ask for much, Music As Resistance Wale Golden Salvation By Mudstone and their chances of getting robbed will increase. Also, he uses a play on words with “praise”. Implying that the bible tells us to praise the lord but instead, they get his an appraisal on a chain bearing his face. This song speaks volumes to the terrible trends the rap industry tends to set and cause millions to follow. It also showcases Wale’s ability to drop knowledge on important topics in the black community and also do it in an intriguing way that requires you to not only listen, but also deeply think about the lyrics.
Lyrics: Pray Praises Give thanks To the Fad Holy Water Jesus piece But don’t nobody want know Jesus’ peace, no N*gas use me to shine I been helping you stunt Look why these rapping dudes anti hit me in months I don’t ask for too much Covered in Wow’s Women gong play yea closer And them hungry Jokers gong try test yea Now they bumping your record Yea confidence through the roof Still yea show no respect kid The good book said pray But you so stuck in your ways You got my image appraised Why you sinning out waiting Fornicating with women I sat right there on your table Don’t bow your head for grace Though I’m keeping you graceful
Brothers was born to cheat Though I question who faithful Fast for me nope Blasphemy though Rap to it so racks up To match up with me froze How can a diamond supersede my wisdom I seen a reverend with five of me as he read his scripture This is bible readings to people with malice intentions With a Cuban attached On a secular scene I died for you all Now n*gas die over me Jesus piece Jesus piece Jesus piece But don’t nobody want know Jesus peace Sierra Leone diamonds LA to New York got me’? If nobody stores have me Some probably would know about me All over paparazzi Shout out to Murrain
See they commercialism me I’m sure there will be more robberies Work New chain swag get your crew laid fast Or laid down or not a ticket next to dad And the bible told you wait on my arrival But patience was your problem So get Jacob to come find me And religion is a style if not Then why this sit a quarter mil No fugal see Jacob tell you that Sis real Hallelujah the things you do to be the manure You never thank me at shows but you keep me on tour Sunday services pastor is the wealthy ones working it Preaching Armageddon while collection plates been circling the room Fears but a tool
And Gospel gone commercial pray the purpose isn’t cruel And the workers in the pulpit want they blessings to improve And they stone me on the cross and insignias stone me for the josh’s And the ash’s foolish What am I who are yea I’m coming down from the sky cause insignias keep praying to shine Look Amen For the price of fame What would you do to have me’ say your name See I promise I would never cop another chain but the arms spent on these VS. Got When that Budgets drop my accountant stop me for a second and said not today not today For the price of fame It is such a shame