So somebody sent a song in a group recently and I downloaded it but didn’t listen to it until I went through my media library on Wednesday morning. You know how Whatsapp files are, usually titled AUD-20150430-WA0001.mp3 or something like that.
Well I was confused…
“Stunner is dissing himself?”
Till I realized it was actually Mudiwa, I couldn’t separate the voice really, but mentions of wealth and Jehovah in the same sentence slapped the back of my head to say, “Hey, wake up. It’s that guy, the gospel alternative for Stunner.”
Let’s face it really, both of these guys are two-sides of the same coin. They do braggadocio raps in Shona, kind of sound the same and have huge fan-bases with mixed feelings. The only problem is with Mudiwa, it sounds a bit off-ish to me to have him include the name of Jehovah in a diss record or let alone record one. Stunner is forgiven because he already is secular so nobody can really point fingers at him. There is no standard by which he can be judged.
And yes people judge, no matter how often we say the statement, “Don’t judge.” – Well I am not sure if highlighting the truth is judging. If it is, I deserve a robe at the Supreme Court. I honestly do not think it was a wise decision for Mudiwa (expected to be a believer) to battle Stunner (who may be a believer, but perceived as worldly).
“Bring my Bible Mimy,”
“… thanks.” *pages flip*
Let’s turn to the book of John. There we have it, John 18 vs. 36:
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”
Let me remind Christians that don’t read the Bible much that Christianity is based on Jesus Christ. He is the main authority we quote as far as, “What would Jesus do?” Thus like Noble Stylz highlighted in a Wednesday post, Stunner managed to lure Mudiwa (a Christian) into his worldly battle ground which potentially makes him lose support from Christians that read the Bible. Add to the fact that his Papa varnished into oblivion. Mudiwa really has his brand under threat.
In that portion of scripture we realize that whilst Jesus had the power to tell his devotees to fight for him. He emphasized that his battles are not of the world. We see this idea throughout the Christian Bible. Ephesians 6:12 emphasizes that we do not wrestle flesh and blood. You may have your own interpretation of these verses of course. Remember, mans interpretation of scripture is not necessarily the word of God. With some things however it is almost clear to see before you even know such a scripture exists.
Okay, what about Stunner. Should we not quote a scripture for him too?
Well we’d love to, but Stunner did not set himself up to be judged by the Bible. Mudiwa by establishing himself as a public minister of God’s work has set himself up for a higher code of standards and once again, I can prove that ambassadors of God’s work are judged by a higher standard.
1 Timothy 3:1-3 – “Here is a trustworthy saying: whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money…”
This verse is basically talking about leadership positions in the church if you go to it and follow through. In bold I have highlighted areas that come to question on the character of a leader like Mudiwa.
Is he temperate and self-controlled by being quarrelsome on twitter with a secular artiste? Does his behaviour teach his followers how to handle battles the way Jesus would’ve done it? What do his lyrics about wealth and money in the diss record itself say about his love of money? Are you still defending him despite the scriptural references?
Fair and fine, Mcpotar is not holy either. The series he put this under is called, “When I Was High.” I will tell you the same view sober or high on any day, but “when I was high” is a metaphor. But lets pretend Mudiwa is not a Christian ambassador and view it as rapper vs. rapper. We all make our mistakes.
Viewing the songs in general:
Both songs have some punches thrown, but I am somehow inclined to give Stunner a win on this one based on his premises. The premise used by Mudiwa is dope but the sextape and headboard issue are overplayed. What really made Mudiwa lose for me is associating a hate song to another brother with his blessings from Jehovah. But that’s my opinion; the blog is called Mcpotar.Com after-all.
Will this battle Bring Zim Hip-hop back?
Nobody said Hip-hop was dead. Hip-hop has been alive before this beef, this issue just gave the press something to write about Stunner and Mudiwa.
Do you think it’s a gimmick?
I don’t really know, but it surely got you reading my blog again. Please feel free to follow or unfollow me on twitter (depending on if my opinion pissed you off). The handle is @Mcpotar
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