Rakim, “Holy Are You”

15 Jul
Oh. My. God.

Oh. My. God.

From Nah. Jump for review and lyrics.

Immense and apocalyptic, “Holy Are You” is a clinical exhibition of the skills that make Rakim a titan. My favorite lines are probably “I bring darkness to the light, split the atom,” “Wrapped tight, rap like I’ve been preserved in time/Spit the holy water, then touch it and turn it to wine,” and “Walk on water? Nah, neither did Jesus/It’s a parable to make followers and readers believers,” but it’s really hard to pick favorites and parse lines from something as densely and deeply lyrical as this. It’s just fantastic throughout.

The beat, possibly a Kid Capri creation, thrums insistently into the dark. It’s not quite as thunderous as the lyrics deserve, but the David Axelrod sample and keyboard plinks throughout lend the storm of synths a little elegance.

Oh, and this may be the song of the year. It’s been pulled from a few blogs, but, well, you know how to Google. The Seventh Seal cannot drop soon enough.

Lyrics:

Holy are you
Holy are you
There is no God but you
There is no God but you
Praised be the Lord

I need to talk to y’all for a minute
And be serious for a minute

Holy are you
Holy are you
There is no God but you
There is no God but you (Rakim Allah)

G-O-D, the God MC
Yeah

For those who find it hard to believe, and it is
Why they call me the God MC, the lyricist
Trace this down to the roots from Genesis
The world wonder, I’m still standing like pyramids
Design so vivid, every brick it got a story to tell
My rhyme flow different like a heiroglyphic
Mind prolific, infinite, like mathematic
The first language, now add that, and add graphics (Go ‘head)
Then go let the blocks know it’s the gospel
Life’s new manual, so watch close
Do new Michelangelo with Pablo Picasso
Prepared to show you the cosmos and ride flows
Even my lyrical metaphysical
What this’ll do is help you get to your spiritual pinnacle
You find your mind too far-fetched for it to fathom
I bring the darkness to the light, split the atom
It’s like watching the big bang theory emerge
I take titles, bond them to reveal new words
They want a clear view
From the farthest and darkest corners of the universe
To a corner near you
A pharaoh in ghetto apparel, stay blinged up
Fort Knox display, a modern day King Tut
Wrapped tight, rap like I’ve been preserved in time
Spit the holy water, then touch it and turn it to wine
It’s the God

Holy are you
Holy are you
There is no God but you (I am, I am the Alpha and Omega)
There is no God but you
Praised be the Lord

We were children of the most high, so we fell
From paradise to holy hell
Probably descendants of the Holy Grail
Another part of history they won’t reveal
Times’ll only tell
You waiting for Judgment? It came
In the form of a thug in the game
To create a strong position, there’s blood in my vein
The chemical is identical, we one and the same
With seven letters in all three of my government names
Walk on water? Nah, neither did Jesus
It’s a parable to make followers and readers believers
From Egypt to Budapest, Rakim is the truest left
Understand the Scriptures like the minister Louis F
I told you who God is, you ignored me like most the prophets
Jesus, Solomon, Abraham, Moses and Muhammad
I showed the scholars, we’ll fulfill the broken promise
I spit this truth to predict the future like Nostradamus
Like Revelations, I’m hoping my quotes reveal
The seven spirits of God when I open the seal
Interpret the holy Qu’ran, these flows will guide you
Translate the Torah, and decode the Bible
Warn the elders in the mosques, masons and the law
The seven churches, the synagogues, it’s the Renaissance
Skin of bronze, like the Messiah
Rakim Allah’s ’bout to reveal the biggest secret than time
Man, the God

Holy are you
Holy are you
There is no God but you
There is no God but you
Praised be the Lord (I am, I am the Alpha and Omega)

Rakim Allah
Peace

7 Responses to “Rakim, “Holy Are You””

  1. Dstackz July 15, 2009 at 2:03 PM #

    The track is serious but you misinterpreted a few lines, here:

    WRONG: Life’s new man, you blokes, so watch close
    Do new Michaelangelo with Pablo Picasso

    RIGHT: Life’s new manual, so watch close
    The new Michaelangelo and Pablo Picasso

    ^Something about that still doesn’t sound right though…

    WRONG: From the fathers in the darkest corners of the universe

    RIGHT: From the farthest and the darkest corners of the universe

    WRONG: All the elders in the maws made the songs and the laws
    The seven churches of Senegal, it’s the Renaissance
    In the Bronx, like the Messiah
    Rakim Allah’s ’bout to reveal the biggest secret in time
    Man, it’s the God

    RIGHT: Warn the elders in the mosques, ma-sons, and the law
    The seven churches, the synagogues, it’s the Renaissance
    Skin is bronze, like the Messiah
    Rakim Allah’s ’bout to reveal a bigger secret than time and the God

    • Rockabye July 17, 2009 at 9:06 PM #

      I went back and listened again and changed some of it; I’m as sure as I can be that he says “Do new Michelangelo” and “Man, the God” at the end, though.

      Thanks for stopping by and correcting. I appreciate it.

  2. Kenshinxxx July 16, 2009 at 8:12 AM #

    “From Egypt to Budapest, Rakim is the truest left”

    TRUE!

    Peace from Hungary

  3. Patrick Shields August 2, 2009 at 10:56 PM #

    Being a christian I disagree with the ideology and philosophy, but this is a monster track…

    • Rockabye August 3, 2009 at 10:38 PM #

      As a non-religious person, I think this is all a little bit of hokum. But this track dwarfs life.

  4. Get Prepared 4 Life August 12, 2009 at 10:01 PM #

    Correction- I think he says” Create this composition” Rakim is the best MC ever in word play and how to get his massages across to make you think.

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