“But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”(Matthew 23:11-12 KJV)
Right off the top Yaves hits you with Matthew 23:11-12 and I loved it. This establishes that if you are a new listener to Yaves, as I am, that he is a Christian with mad rap skills! He’s aggressively letting you know who he believes in, (Jesus Christ) and where Jesus sits in his life! Yaves is letting you know that he has humbled himself before God and you should too. He checks a man’s pride on “Rumble Young Man” and how people exalt themselves above God.
“A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.”(Proverbs 29:23 NKJV)
Yaves holds nothing back on “Revolver” featuring Keisha Sole. Even though I think it’s flat out in your face hard; I feel it’s done out of concern and love. He says, “How you cop J’s and your bills ain’t paid” on this track. My sentiments exactly. These words speak truth and the realization behind the words are alarming in our communities.
Not only are you taking a chance for pennies and going to prison for trying to shine but you’re taking a chance with your soul for a pair of J’s. And J’s could be the Michael Jordan shoes literally or rims, cars, houses or just respect, but nothing is worse than enslaving your soul for material things.
I love how he flips on “Chains and Whips!” “Black boy we don’t value your black life.” I was like WHOA! The illusion is definitely not on trial in this song! What really stood out on this interlude track was how he held us accountable for what we do in our communities, but he offered the reason by mentioning William Lynch and telling us not to fall for the trap! There is no excuse to do what we do to each other after listening to this song and I pray someone takes that seed back to someone who needs it and God waters it for them.
The metaphors throughout the whole ep had me gasping, “this young man is good with an old soul” and the lyrical content definitely is full of The Good News. From worshipping false gods, to the street life, he covered it all in just seven songs. At the end of the day I think this is a God fearing, bold, honest, Ep by Yaves and I’m looking forward to seeing what God has for him in the future.
In Winters Ear” is BookKeeper Approved and thanks Yaves for Changing the Culture 4 God!