Eshon Burgundy “For the Love of Money” album reminds me of a perfect date.

After setting the tone with the opening act at Carnegie Hall from the the intro “Devoted” featuring Kristin Taylor to “Bloodfire” featuring Steven Malcolm. Eshon Burgundy next set of songs felt like I was outside at a live jazz set sitting in the grass enjoying the show of my life with my wife by my side.

“Let Them Fall” featuring Jeremiah Bligen is where I started noticing how soulful this album is. I really liked that. I can actually picture Eshon Burgundy on stage with a live band and a few singers, maybe a gospel choir on some songs preforming this album.

The message in “Let Them Fall” featuring Jeremiah Bligen was something to really think about and it made me realize how important it is to un-bottle pain we all may endure, especially men. I have two points I want to make about that song.

I woke up in prison in my young adult life one morning and asked myself, “How did I end up here?” I wanted to physically cry at the decisions I made in my life up to that point but you can’t do that in prison and you can’t do that in the projects I caught my case in!

Point 1:

Have you every seen someone bleeding out from gunshot wounds gasping for air asking for water? In their last breath you see the light leave their eyes and as they look at you fading from this life; you can see all the regrets from every decision they made up to choosing the game.

Most people need Psychiatrists after witnessing things like that but most people that live in poor communities never receive that help. To be honest even if they could get the help I think they’d still turn it down because living in environments which includes violence, drugs, deaths and etc. it becomes normal in my opinion.

Eshon Burgundy rapped about P.T.S.D. he had from what he had seen in his early life. I’ve always said to myself when you grow up seeing murder, drugs, prostitution, drug dealers, and etc. in everything the poor community may bring to the table it has to have some post dramatic stress syndrome symptoms.

It causes identity crisis as well and we may develop a Robin Hood complex by living in our version of the Have and the Have Nots. We make excuses for killing your own community like the one I had. You know the one I had as an ex-drug dealer. “I didn’t bring this to the United States and flood the hood with it” type of attitude.

In a close proximity of violence, domestic violence, fatherless homes and where the role models are the ones with the money it’s easy to become a product of that environment. It’s easy to still carry a lot of the view points from our inexcusable past into our Christian walk years later and still not be healed . We will never experience true freedom in Christ like that. If we don’t let that go it will hinder us in our freedom in Christ!

Even being teased from our lack of name brand wardrobes in our youth may effect us later in our spending habits and being slaves to the lender. Good thing those same tennis shoes Eshon Burgundy had was able to walk on water to Jesus!

Point 2:

What I realized about “Let them Fall” is; it is not always a physical cry we need to be free in Jesus. It’s a spiritual cleansing we need that we get by letting go of our emotions we get from old self inflicting wounds. By crying out to God we get that freedom we need to replenish our souls. If not, this pain we will not let go, it will not allow us to grow in Christ.

Eshon Burgundy really touched me of a pain that hinders me to this very day. The pain I have by not knowing my biological father. To be honest I don’t even know how to pray for my biological dad and I’m having a real hard time of forgiving him. I have my good days and bad days. The tears for him have dried out a long time ago but I do see the effects it has on me in my real freedom in Christ. (Pray for me.) But in the meantime I’m going to take Eshon Burgundy’s advice and “Let them Fall.”

I believe Eshon Burgundy is saying we have to find a way to give all our emotions that hinder us to God! Our pains, our misdoings, our bad decisions, our pride, and our bad role models that have effected our viewpoints to find real healing in Christ the Risen Savior.

After being told all my life that real men don’t cry I discovered it’s other ways to cry. Eshon let his tears go on the track and we have to find a way to cry like a man even if it’s not by showing our physical tears in order to grow with Christ.

Ghostface:

““You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?” Matthew‬ ‭5:43-46‬ ‭NIV‬‬

How many of us have been wronged? How many of us have been betrayed by our closet friends, family members, spouses, kids and people we may have loved? How many of us still pray for the ones who have done these things? How many of us have forgiven them? How many of us still love them?

This is one of the things I love about Eshon Burgundy and this album “For the Love of Money!” He makes you think and brings scriptures to songs and it convicts you!

Eshon Burgundy spit a bar in Ghostface saying, “My heart reinvented after I repented.” That bar made me have a thought about how we can be mad at people and having sleepless nights while they are in their homes snoring if we don’t forgive them and repent.

The Bridge alone should make all of us take a good look into our hearts and make sure we can forgive the ones that have hurt us or betrayed us with a kiss like Eshon Burgundy said. Or how Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss.

WE CAN’T GET INTO HEAVEN WITH HATE IN OUR HEARTS!

[Bridge to Ghostface]

“You got hate for me, I got hope for you
You got hate for me, I got hope for you
You got hate for me, I got hope for you
You got hate for me, I got hope for you
You got hate for me, I got hope for you
You got hate for me, I got hope for you
You got hate for me, I got hope for you
You got hate for me, I got hope for you”

Conclusion of “For the Love of Money” by Eshon Burgundy:

I don’t understand why some Christian hip hop artist shun the title “Christian” with excuses like I don’t want to be labeled. Or you can’t reach who you need to reach with that Christian title.

I always ask myself, “I thought God broke and open boxes as well as doors? If it’s about Christ anyway why are so much of your selfish intentions in it? Do you really think you are reaching any audience without God anyway?

Don’t get me wrong I know the perspective of the crazy fan and I don’t think you have to say Jesus, Jesus, Jesus in every bar, but sometimes I feel some artists have put God in a box by saying a Christian label or title won’t help “THEM” reach the people who needs to hear their music.

Doesn’t the name of Jesus have power in it? Or do you pray in your name?

Even if you intentionally take rapping about Jesus bars out of your music and make references of Jesus(hidden hints) so the heathen or world won’t get it but the Christian listener will get it to sell more records; you maybe showing your true intentions of reflecting self and not Jesus. I said maybe because only God knows our hearts, but to each it’s own and if the shoe fits…..

That’s one thing Eshon Burgundy did not do on “For the Love of Money” or honestly in any of his music. We could learn from that. God elevates who He chooses and in order to break the chains of sin. We have to quit rationalizing it with worldly perspectives and selfish goals.

Overall, this album was great. No skips necessary, the song placements are outstanding along with the skits on the album. The rest of the album is consistent with songs like, Cotton, Never Fold, For.Wmn featuring S.O. and Jeremiah Bligen (One of my personal favorites), Testify, and Barry this album is a must hear for everyone.

For the Love of Money” by Eshon Burgundy  is a perfect date, but even perfect dates have to end. Thankfully I can just hit repeat and play it all over again.

This album is Bookkeeper247 approved. Check it out.

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