War is My Destiny - Ill Bill and Immortal Technique
After you watch this, you might feel like you just watched the most violent and epic cartoon ever made. This video is an example of a genre that might actually be too violent for popular culture. The fusion of hardcore rock and underground rap, with lyrics heavily influenced by religion, is an enigma in the world of music. At the same time that our society has proven to enjoy violent music, we have not taken a shine to music that combines violent tendencies and religious influences. For example, at the end of Immortal Technique's verse, he spits "Killing in God's name, cuz war is my destiny."
The reasons why this type of music hasn't caught on in our culture are obvious. One, Technique and Ill Bill take one of the oldest institutions in our society, one that is presumably a good thing, and literally smear it with the blood in their lyrics. Second, some artists in this genre of music actually have Islamic extremist roots. Groups like Jedi Mind Tricks, who have songs titled "Death Messiah", "Butcher Knife Bloodbath", and "Razorblade Salvation", enthusiastically rap against Western ideals. Their extremist inclinations are most evident in this song:
While I admit that I do have Immortal Technique and Jedi Mind Tricks on my iTunes, and that I do enjoy both of their production value, I feel like their lyrics are actually harmful to relations between religions. These artists use violence as an outlet for their woes, mainly pertaining to religions.