Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower are linked to Ja Rule, Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes
By Spider Perez, GroupSRV.com – Ja Rule, The Notorious B.I.G., Krayzie Bone, Busta Rhymes, along with current hot Rap artists “K-OS” (pronounced “chaos”) and MTV’s Pimp My Ride host, “XZIBIT”, as well as DMX were all reared as Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Who would suspect that the Watchtower Society and Jehovah’s Witnesses was the religious and moral “spring” from which these Rappers “drank” during their formative years? Many, if not most of these Rappers once spent their Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons peddling Watchtower magazines door-to-door.
This is a “phenomenon” which is begging to be researched and explained.
Ordinarily, most informed persons are surprised when they learn that a Jehovah’s Witnesses individual or even a JW family has/have attained celebrity status. Why?
The latest 2005 statistics released by the WatchTower Society indicate that out of the United States’ population of 290,000,000 people, only about 1,000,000 Americans are active Jehovah’s Witnesses; with another 1,300,000 persons occasionally attending WatchTower meetings.
With Jehovah’s Witnesses comprising such a small percentage of American society, it does seem rather odd that so many JW-Reared persons would show up in any specific category of celebrities; and even more so when that category is Rap or Hip-Hop musicians.
Can you name a JW-reared tennis superstar; other than sisters Venus and Serena Williams? Can you name a JW-reared super Model; other than Naomi Campbell? Can you name a JW-reared NBA superstar; other than Kevin Garnett?
Can you name a JW-reared television or movie actor/actress/producer who is a current superstar; other than the various members of the “Wayans Family” — Kennan Ivory, Damon, Marlon, Shawn, Kim, etc.? (Yes, you can thank the next JWs who knock at your door for influencing IN LIVING COLOR and other Wayans family projects.)
In music genres other than Rap/Hip-Hop, there are a few scattered artists who were reared as Jehovah’s Witnesses, but nowhere as many as is found in the unlikely Rap and Hip-Hop genre.
There are the various “Jackson Family” children — Michael, Janet, LaToya, etc. There is Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine (heavy-metal). Then there is Prince, who has had much made of his recent so-called “conversion”, but he may have actually been “reared” as such.
This ongoing phenomenon is screaming for attention from not only students of the WatchTower Society, but for the recognition and study by social scientists.
No one should think that the above named Rappers exhaust the list of those who were reared as Jehovah’s Witnesses, or the Rappers who have other JW connections. There are many other “less well-known” Hip-Hop and Rap musicians who were reared JW (Phife Dawg, Layzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, other “Bones” and other artists on the “Mo Thugs” label), as well as many other JW-reared “wanna bees” and others who use “Jehovah” (or variations thereof) in their lyrics or even titles.
There are even at least two other Rappers who have use variations of “Jehovah” as their own monikers. Then, there are the “behind-the-scenes” people with JW connections, such as the JW-reared Rap producers Focus and Earl Mackie .
Editor – Ja Rule is a play on “Jah or Jehovah rules” a biblical reference Jehovah’s Witnesses share with Rastafarians. The other side of the coin may be the musicians are on the “smart” side of being brought up Jehovah’s Witness: they left.
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Da Truth KRAYZIE BONE