Given Christ’s comments on the rich throughout the Gospels, it’s more than a little ironic to see rappers expressing their faith by rocking diamond-encrusted copies of his visage around their necks. On new single Golden Salvation, Wale uses a play on words to remind his peers that material abundance and spiritual riches are two very different things: “Jesus Piece Jesus piece, Jesus piece / But don’t nobody want to know Jesus’ peace.” Lee Majors takes us to church on the production tip, enlisting a full gospel choir to accompany the D.C. representative as he delivers his mordant verses. An unknown director’s official visuals provide a cinematic illustration of the fine line between God and mammon. Fans can find Golden Salvation and much more on Wale’s The Gifted LP, released in June via Maybach Music Group.
Written by richard on 10/1/13
The last time we gathered to discuss a Wale album is was 2011, and the release of Ambition felt like a moment in hip-hop history, like watching DC’s prodigal son standing at rap’s crossroads. The former underground...
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