Listen to the single below.
I really should be sleep right now but I have to write this review that many people have been pressing me to write. On Friday, October 1, 2010, Canton Jones leaked an intriguing new track titled “In Da Club” to various online Christian music media outlets. You have just heard this song and I’m sure many of you have had various reactions to it! Below are the lyrics to the now notorious new single from CaJo.
They done let them _______ in da club! Oh my God (x8)
Oh my God! Look at all these _______ in da club
Look at all my _______ showin’ love
We done bought the bar _______ (‘zactly)
Tell the bar tender we _______ daiquiri’s
I wanna party _______. and I get a buzz off this music
Get high of of _______ when I feelin’ can’t loose it
Atmosphere is crazy everybody feel the same
And man if you ain’t feelin this you a certified lame
I came in the _______. One who sent me
Pullin’ up clean in an all black Bentley
Close the door gently, step out stuntin
We done covered all charges so everybody commin’
Long line outside, be patient, no skippin
Extra police in case _______ start trippin
Leave your _______ home and put your _______ away
Cause you don’t really need all that to party anyway
Can’t stop ’em, so you might as well join ’em
_______ walkin’ ’round actin’ like they club owners
Even the DJ is with them _______
And when he yell, “Switch!” every _______ switches
Man. You either wanna be one, or be with one
You tryna figure out just how to get one
To come and talk to you; have a conversation
All these _______, in da club, tell me what’s yo’ hesitation
I see two over there, and three over there
And four in the back with they hands in the air
Unified (?) got much power
Laughin’ and gigglin’ like it’s comedy hour
My God! They done let them _______ in da club!
And them _______ is talkin’ to them thugs and showin’ love
And them thugs is askin’ and wonderin’ they tryna see
Where the party is gonna be the followin week, now we gon’ see
Now ladies, now, now ladies, now now
Ladies. If you in da club let me hear you say, “Oh…..”
Now fellas, now, now, fellas, now, now
Fellas. If you in da club let me hear you say “Oh…..”
I believe Canton’s main intent was to invoke the exact controversy and conversations that are being portrayed on all the blog sites and Christian Music sites. When Lecrae first released his Rehab symbol everyone connected it with something evil. Lecrae chose not to give it an explanation right away. But when he did people began to calm down and stop making assumptions. Now what adds to the controversy of this track is some choice words that CaJo used on his God The Father mixtape. Canton using the words, “nigger” and “faggot” are still fresh in everyone’s mind so obviously “In Da Club” was going to turn heads and get people talking. But is this a Gospel song?
What I will say first is just because a song is talking about God (or the Good News) doesn’t mean God (or the Good News) is in the song. Not talking about this song in particular, just saying. But I do think that Canton’s intentions for this song were pure. Now keep in mind that’s coming from a Kingdom Artist whose approach is very different. Without giving too much away, I have a song in the works as we speak called Kryptonite Kiss. And it’s deep. The track is actually done by an artist who used to work with R&B singers Jeremih and J. Holiday. Some would say that it has a “Bedroom Sound” And I won’t deny the fact. But the lyrics is where it is at. If you were playing this song in the bedroom, listening to the message I’m giving through the lyrics you will immediately turn the song off and at least think about what you’re doing. And it’s just like with this song, without having an UNDERSTANDING of what’s actually being said (or not being said) it falls on deaf ears.
I’m reminded of Acts 8:30 & 31 with this. You see with Kingdom Music the message should be clear and evident. But at times the message may have to be explained. Unless this song is explained it’s effectiveness may not lie where it needs to be. And non-Christians and Christians alike may not understand what this truly means. And we all know confusion is never a good thing. I watched the interview with Mr. Jones and he explained this song and I can’t agree or disagree with his method. He says the song is about Christians being in the club. He says we need to even go into the clubs and saves souls. Show people that we can be out and have fun but not do what the world does. (May I add that there are many Christian Clubs out there and some see that as wrong also) Canton said that we are fisher of men and we have to go everywhere. We need to go to the highways and byways to spread the Gospel. He said that he purposely censored and bleeped words out because too many times we allow ourselves to let the world silence us.
Now one thing this song does is causes some serious self-examination time. A lot of people have been writing me to condemn Canton and also complain that he swears in this song. But you know what? Canton left blanks. PEOPLE have filled in those blanks. When I first heard the song I filled in the blank with Christians. My take on this is if you filled it in with a profane or vulgar word then you need to take a look at yourself and ask why is that the first word that came to your mind. The answer may be because that is the words that you constantly hear through the secular music you listen to. Or even, those are the words you allow to come out of your mouth on a daily basis. Just something to think about!
Another thing I thought about is, a lot of people on these blog sites have been pretty brutal about this song. And they may have some valid points. But the disturbing thing is, many Christians are IN THE CLUBS! Many Christians who have knocked this song are IN THE CLUB. And you guessed it right, many Christians aren’t IN THE CLUB to spread the Gospel. Now I’ll be honest, if one is not strong in their faith, then no they can’t effectively minister in the club. But can it happen? Yes.
Okay so I’ve hit a lot of points but where do I Preacher Boy stand? I definitely get where Canton is coming from and see his vision for the song. In his interview he said this is something he prayed about and sought the Lord for. He said he got the go ahead. Who am I to say this isn’t what he was supposed to do? You see Canton ultimately has to be accountable before the Lord. We have no heaven nor hell to put him in. All we can do is pray that what he does is of God and not of flesh. So do I think that this song can save a non-believer? No. Not at all. Because to a non-believer this song sounds a lot like other stuff they listen to.
But really I think who Canton Jones made this song for is those who claim to be believers. Yuuuppp! Stick with me here. You see, I think he may have done this so we can reflect on our own lives. Why do we immediately think of profanity when the word went blank? One reason could be that once the Kirk Franklin and Lecrae stops playing are ears and minds are flooded with sounds from Kanye, Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Something to think about. Or maybe he wrote it to all those club going Christians. There’s a lot of them out of there. Believe me I know, I was one of them. Maybe it’s to convict them or just to get them thinking. What are you doing in the club first of all. And if you are there are you trying to win any souls? Or are you simply conforming. I’m just throwing ideas out there to you all! In the end I enjoy this track but I’m not sure if it will save a soul of the lost. But I do believe that this track definitely get people thinking. It already has spurred a lot of conversations. I really want to hear your thoughts so PLEASE comment and let us know what you think. Until ___________ time!
_________ God, _________ Music, _____________ Life (The word is LOVE)
Canton Jones explains the song: