I still pray to the Lord, forgive me for my actions
Cause I still spit gangsta, think Muslim, and act Catholic

from Beanie Sigel (Ft. Freeway & Young Chris) – I Can't Go on This Way Lyrics on Rap Genius


Beanie is conflicted over the dissonance between his thoughts and actions. As a practicing Muslim through the Church of Islam, he is asking forgiveness from God for the violent gangsta actions that he feels he must do to protect himself and his family. He also frets about self-guilt and shame (particularly in this song), which are often behaviors that are stereotypically associated with practicing Catholics.

In a sense, by grouping these three together he is also equating the gangsta lifestyle to a religion.

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