UNIQUE WAYS RAPPERS PORTRAYED JESUS CHRIST
UNIQUE WAYS RAPPERS HAVE PORTRAYED JESUS CHRIST.
Christian themes have long proliferated hip-hop. There have been a slew of rappers over the years who have either directly proclaimed to be. Or implied that they are the Son of God. Whether it be through Christian imagery. Like Kendrick Lamar wearing a crown of thorns, or downright proclamation. When Kanye West compared himself to Jesus, Jesus Christ has remained a steadfast presence in rap music since its inception.
Lil Nas X is now the most recent rapper to embody himself as Jesus Christ. On Jan. 8, the Montero rapper announced his new Christian-themed single “J Christ” would drop on Jan. 12. The cover art for the song caused a ruckus online as Lil Nas X could be seen getting crucified on the cross, not to mention the song in question has also caused some issues with Christian listeners because of Lil Nas X’s sexuality as a gay man.
12 Rappers Who’ve Portrayed Jesus Christ
Lil Nas X
On Jan. 8, 2024, Lil Nas X hit up X, formerly known as Twitter. To announce an upcoming single titled “J Christ,” which is set to drop on Jan. 12. Along with cover art that finds a crucified Nas X. Being hoisted up by several individuals.The Georgia rap crooner says the single is “dedicated to the man who had the greatest comeback of all time.” Aside from the cover itself, Lil Nas X also shared a short video clip teasing “J Christ” in which he portrays a futuristic version of Jesus Christ on the cross before transforming into an angelic robot.
The cover art for Tupac Shakur‘s first posthumous album, 1996’s The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, eerily finds a drawing of the late rap icon tied to a cross much like the image of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Under the moniker Makavelli, Tupac chose to include the names of various sections of Los Angeles on the inset of the album cover’s cross along with mentions of some of New York City’s boroughs. Also featured on the posthumous cover art is a message from ’Pac himself that reads, “In no way is this portrait an expression of disrespect for Jesus Christ.”
Ab-Soul is another rapper who has toyed with religious imagery for the majority of his career, but never so literally as on the cover of his third studio album These Days… in 2014. The religious cover was meant to communicate that Soulo sacrificed so much on this album in order to save his fans from bad rap music.
In 2021, Dax released the visual to his song “Child of God.” The video finds Dax aiding a dying Jesus Christ. Moments before he was forced to drag the cross to his own crucifixion. The song itself finds Dax rapping about the “trials and tribulations” he’s faced the past few years. But ultimately thanks God for helping him see the light.
Blac Youngsta faced the wrath of the internet after posting a mock Crucifixion photo on his Instagram back in 2017. The photo was an ode to Tupac Shakur’s album cover of The 7 Day Theory, but people begged Youngsta to take the photo down. Atlanta rapper Ralo even went so far as to offer Blac Youngsta $10,000 just to remove the photo.