But I Got Church in the Morning
The song opens, "She say she wanna drink do drugs and have sex tonight," which sounds like the first verse of countless rap joints, but then it follows-up with, "But I got church in the morning," and suddenly a whole new fascinating element has been added to this song. BJ the Chicago kid has introduced to us this concept of the seductive woman who is eager to have sex and misbehave, but adds the element of how he, our protagonist, is tempted to get wild, but knows he would be far too messed-up to then go to church in the morning. BJ is basically asking how he can give-in to this ostensibly preferred world of sex, drugs, and alcohol, yet still balance that with the fact he wants to feel like a good person--something he achieves through attending church.
We all of course have lives full of temptations and urges that could interrupt our desire to also be a fulfilled person. It doesn't have to be, "Church in the morning," that keeps us from being irresponsible. It could be that we want to drink and be wild, but have work the next day, or a friend's child we need to babysit, the list goes on. BJ strikes a nerve with this song however, as so much mainstream rap is about sex, drugs, and drinking, and he's discussing how all that looks great, but hey, he has church the next morning--and then adds one more interesting idea with the, "Sinful woman," at the end too (more on that shortly).
Don't Wanna Be Saved
|BJ spreads his arm into a cross-like position and proceeds to fall backwards,|
appearing in a pose not unlike individuals falling backwards into water to be baptized and, "Saved."
The music video for the song continues this theme, with its mixture of our song's artists being, "confronted," as it were with a scantily-clad and sexy woman who clearly is eager to have sex, with this followed by imagery of church, people singing, and a preacher sweating whilst exclaiming his sermon. We vary between these images, until at the conclusion of the song we see everyone in church--as well as the thought-to-be-scandalous woman arriving decked-out in a beautiful sun-dress, illustrating that even the stereotypical idea of the woman being the temptress and the man being the wholesome God-fearing individual doesn't always stand, because after all, even if she had some drinks, did drugs, and then had sex, she's here in church now too, so who the Hell are you to judge?
|The supposedly, "Sinful," woman arrives to church.|
It's a fascinating song and video, with the mixture of religion, sexuality, and its taking of the regressive idea of the woman as a sinful creature who needs her chastity protected by the wise man and flipping that at the end (at least in the video, it could be argued the song by itself portrays the sung-about woman in a more derogatory way as a solely sexual creature). Yes, this is a rare case where the music-video actually adds to the song and introduces some interesting things to mull over about the meaning of what is sung about and shown. The music and imagery all combine to form an incredibly interesting piece of media that as you can see from my article clearly sparked a lot of thought in me, and may very well in you too.