Turn arenas into churches

from Jay Z – Heaven Lyrics on Rap Genius


A sly declaration of his god-tier status: attendees to his concerts are like worshippers in a church.

Hov refers to the parallels between his concerts (any concerts, really) and spiritual gatherings in houses of worship. The faithful attend and praise and commune; they even share common symbol systems. Hov made a similar connection in the closing lines of his verse on “No Church in the Wild.”

There actually is a church converted from an arena, Joel Osteen’s Church in Houston, Texas, which once was the Compaq center where the Rockets played. Imagine the vibe in that place…!

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