Kanye West – Follow God (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)
“Follow God” is the third track on Kanye West’s 2019 ninth studio album ‘Jesus Is King’ released on October 25, 2019. The spiritually-themed album seems to take on many aspects of society and life in connection with a religious view.
“Follow God” is a follow-up song to Kanye’s 2016 track “Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1” from ‘The Life of Pablo’ album. ‘Stretched hands’ is a popular term in the Bible in reference to seeking help by extending your arms. The same gesture can be seen while praying to a deity in many religions.
In the only verse of the song, Kanye speaks about trying to live his life right. Granted, the life of Kanye has not been a smooth sail. He has been the subject of public scrutiny for years and years due to his ‘controversial’ behaviour. For an outsider, it may seem like a movie. But for Kanye, it was all very lifelike.
Kanye then shifts to talk about his dislike for social media interactions; “I was looking at the ‘Gram and I don’t even like likes.” In September 2018, Kanye expressed his views on “likes” in a Tweet;
‘Likes’ are known to be a way of seeking approval from people participating in social media. Higher the likes count, the higher is the perceived level of acceptance and approval. Scientific studies have found that this trend could often lead to people developing serious mental issues when social media ‘acceptance’ drops.
Listen to the track below.
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Kanye West talks about several interactions with his dad in which he gets lectured on to behaving more “Christ-like.” However, the twist is that Kanye is actually trying to teach his dad about Lord. But this conversation leads to an argument and dad screams at him that arguing with the father “It ain’t Christ-like.”