The difference is The Kings in the Bible brought Gifts, not Boasted
By Erica C. Davis
Dr. Dre, Jay Z, and Rick Ross recently collaborated on a track “3 Kings”. The irony in the name and or humor based on the lyrics to suggest the opposite of the titles literal meaning. I find it very interesting that these 3 men often refer to themselves as rappers, ballers, ni**as and now kings. If they are comparing themselves to The 3 Kings in the Bible, they differed greatly in their characters, achievements, gifts and most importantly their relationships with God. Therefore, I find this title or rather label interesting considering the lifestyle that these modern-day ‘kings’ lead and portray. A king is one of whom Webster defines as, “A male monarch of a major territorial unit; especially: one whose position is hereditary and who rules for life” or in essence, “A paramount chief.” Thus, it appears as if some sordid mockeries of Christian beliefs are at play in the theme of the Rick Ross’ upcoming CD release, “God Forgives, I Don’t”. Primarily because the Three Kings in the New Testament came to uplift a Savior who would teach and practice forgiveness. On the other hand the so-called, present-day Three Kings are blatantly promoting the exact opposite “God Forgives, I Don’t!” Furthermore, growing up in Church, I learned that the ‘Magi’ (who many refer to as the ‘Three Kings’) are only mentioned in the New Testament. Although, scripture does not give insight as to a definitive number of wise men that came from the East bearing gifts; research teaches that there were at least three according to the gifts that they presented. The three kings, as I was taught brought gifts of: gold, frankincense and myrrh, contrary to boasting of money, cars and b*tches.