Jesus was a carpenter, Yeezy he laid beats
Hova flow the Holy Ghost, get the hell up out your seats, preach

from Kanye West (Ft. Frank Ocean & Jay Z) – No Church in the Wild Lyrics on Rap Genius


Hov sets up himself, Kanye, and Jesus as a new version of the Trinity, and ends the verse with an exhortation to the crowds that will inevitably see the song performed on tour.

Jay speaks of Kanye as though he is a manual laborer, laying beats as one could lay bricks. Jesus practiced carpentry, a form of manual labor. Just as Jesus needed the Holy Spirit to descend in order to begin his ministry, Kanye needed Jay for him to begin his rap career. Basically, Jay is to Kanye what the Holy Spirit was to Jesus right after his baptism.

Kanye’s notorious ego comes through strong here. First, the comparison to Jesus Christ is made so casually as if it were obvious. Second, the implication is that describing Kanye merely as a person who lays beats is like describing Jesus as a person who merely worked as a carpenter.

Hov also mean that you can’t be completely judged by your line of work alone — it cannot tell what sort of person you truly are.

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