Liberate Your Mind with the Empowering Wisdom of Hip-Hop – Part 5

Whenever we as human beings commit misdemeanors or suffer from one of many vices which effects others or ourselves, we sometimes justify our behavior by blaming the Devil.

How many times have you heard someone say, “The Devil made me do it.” whenever they have been caught being on the wrong path in life?

However, rapper Jeru the Damaja, who is a prophet in his own right, says we are in fact making the Devil happy.  The very same devil that man has conveniently created to give him a excuse to neglect virtuous actions.

As you all should know the Devil does not really exist (well, I hope not).  He is just a metaphor of all what’s wrong in the world with all its ignorance, violence, greed, selfishness, manipulation, corruption and, most sadly, lack of self-knowledge and wisdom.

We are indeed the devil himself.

The fact of the matter is that this so-called devil has the capacity to be within all of us, and it is in our power not for it to possess us and weaken our resolve for doing good and improving ourselves.

In the following enlightening tune, Jeru portrays in lyrical form how the devil’s maniacal grip on one’s consciousnesses and conscience can bring about nothing but pain and destruction to one’s character, body and soul.

Jeru Tha Damaja – Ain’t The Devil Happy

Verse One:
As devils search for the secrets to immortality
I alter my physical chemistry
Walk through the valley of the shadow of death
I exist even when no things are left
Vibrations transcend space and time
Pure at heart because I deal with the mind
That’s why I compose these verses
Audible worlds, my thoughts are now universes
Written on these pages is the ageless
wisdom of the sages, ignorance is contagious
So I hope you keep your focus
There’s no hocus-pocus, in the end, it’s just us
Devil got brother killin brother, it’s insane
Goin out like Abel and Cain
Wisen up and use your brain
There’ll be no limit, to the things that you can gain
In positivity, balance it with negativity
Until then, ain’t the devil happy
Verse Two:
I hate when the devil’s happy, so I wear my hair hair nappy
Knotty, won’t go out like John Gotti
He came from the caves to destroy everybody
And we like fools destroy our own bodies
Too many niggaz chillin, bad boys boom boom
This leaves no room for the flowers to bloom
Seeds blow in the wind, another drug killing
What, are we accomplishing? Nothing
What’s, the matter?
Why everytime I look around another brain gets splattered?
Some pockets get fatter but it don’t matter
The devil’s the only one who really gets fatter
Lead ruptures flesh, spleens are shattered
Dreams are shattered, another Queen without a King
What will out children become without proper guidance?
Probably nothing, so ain’t the devil happy
Verse Three:
Niggaz are in a state of nothingness
Hopelessness, lifelessness
If you’re in range I hope you hear this
And try to change this, cause it’s disatrous
Who gets the most loot, who gets bust?
Dollar bill y’all, is the god we trust
THe days blow by like dust
Even Men of Steel rust
We’re out here acting ridiculous
When, only we can save us
Mentally enslave us, for little or nothing kill our neighbors
Animalistic, caniballistic, behavior
Look to the sky for your savior
He won’t save ya, he didn’t save your forefathers
Why bother, brothers? You must discover
The power of self, know thyself, or find thyself
Hating thyself, killing thyself
While he collects the wealth that you sit back and murder for
Ain’t the devil happy

9 Comments

  1. “We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.”-Oscar Wilde

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    Exactly, my dear Oscar!

  3. buddha's remedy says:

    “A great change of our psychological attitude is imminent, that is certain…we need more psychology, we need more
    understanding of human nature because the only real danger that exists is man himself, he is the great danger, and we are pitifully unaware of it, we know nothing of man, far too little. His psyche should be studied because we are the origin of all coming evil.”
    –Carl Gustav Jung

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    @Buddha – an ominous quote there from Mr Jung, and a warning to every human being who possesses a mind. Jung seemed to think that we are all on the edge of committing evils, hence the need to be fully aware psychologically of ourselves and our conduct.

    Self-knowledge would go a long way towards staving off the demons from within.

  5. Linda says:

    This is a great idea- in my experience there is lots of wisdom to be gained from hip-hop and soul. Have you read The Tao of Wu? I’m going to check out the other hip-hop posts tout de suite!

  6. buddha's remedy says:

    if conscious is the root..the blooming flower is you..seeing,breathing,and in touch with mother nature.

  7. buddha's remedy says:

    just made that one up..does it make sense to anyone? or is it jibberish..cuz…i seem to think im on to something.

  8. Jason Cooper says:

    @Buddha, I think you are really on to something with your previous insightful comment.

    If we are able to reconnect with this root which is the very foundation of consciousness/nature, of which we are all a part of, we may then experience true personal growth (“blooming flower”).

    If you have the time you want to read these two posts which are related to your wise thought that you shared with us:

    http://www.knowledgereform.com/2009/09/28/living-consciously-in-a-technological-world/

    http://www.knowledgereform.com/2010/07/27/manly-p-halls-lessons-of-self-unfoldment-part-1-personal-growth/

  9. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi Linda, thanks for your comment.

    You are quite correct, there is much we can learn from different genres of music including hip-hop.

    Most people seem to be ignorant to the true roots of hip-hop, and think that its only purpose is to produce nothing but violent, money-hungry and disrespectful young hoodlums, which is not helped by the negative image painted by the mainstream “Gangsta Rap” of black men in today’s fearful society – this manufactured genre is continuously pushed out there by the record companies in the past few years.

    Please read my take on black culture of hip-hop and its real roots and purpose:

    http://www.knowledgereform.com/2010/03/30/liberate-your-mind-with-the-empowering-wisdom-of-hip-hop-part-1/