It go Halle Berry or hallelujah
Do you pick worldly pleasures in the form of Halle Berry, or a principled religious life aka “hallelujah”. Southern artist Big KRIT portrayed this very dilemma with the artwork of his mixtape 4Eva N A Day.
This could also be a metaphor for our civilization’s future rather than just an individual. Will we carry on with a Hollywood centered mindset or an enlightened one? Will we worship celebrities or God?
This concept goes all the way back to St. Augustine. In his City of God he portrays all of human history and civilization as a conflict between the City of Man and the City of God. It was written shortly after Rome was sacked by Visigoths, but Augustine counsels the faithful not to worry about the fate of the material world, but rather to be concerned with the heavenly world, the New Jerusalem.
It seems like Kendrick doesn’t choose Halle Berry at random: Like the pronunciation is the same for Halle Berry and hallelujah, that’s make a pun and we can also understand that Halle Berry and Hallelujah are two entities of a same kind. Like material and spiritual.
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