Two of rap music’s newest stars collaborated with a video that is an ode to violence, death and Satan. Post Malone and 21 Savage demonstrate the entertainment industry’s obsessions with death culture in the video for their song “Rockstars.” The video glamorizes the pop star lifestyle while showing the rappers murdering numerous people on-screen with swords and being doused in enormous amounts of blood. Pop culture’s continued promotion of sinful rebellion has made it easy for the subtle deception of the Devil to reach the unsuspecting young music fans today.
Open Promotion of The Devil
Post Malone flashes the satanic cornuto hand sign in the early moments of the video.In the opening of the video Post Malone poses on a throne-like chair flashing the cornuto hand sign – often associated with Satan. He also sits in a red suit. Later in the video a serpent slithers up his leg:
The Bible very clearly identifies Satan as a serpent in Genesis 3. It was there the Devil lured Adam and Eve into sin – by deceiving Eve into eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This was the one fruit in the entire Garden of Eden The Lord forbade the first two people on Earth from eating. In fact, God told Adam:
“Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:16-17).
But when the serpent arrived, his lies caught the unsuspecting Eve off guard and tricked her:
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:1-5.
Satan deceived Eve promising her that if she ate the forbidden fruit she would not die and instead would be god-like. Rather than obeying God’s Word, she should rebel and disobey – because that is where life really gets better and exciting. And certainly, this is what Post Malone promotes in the lyrics of his song:
“Ayy, I’ve been f—-’ hoes and poppin’ pillies
Man, I feel just like a rockstar (star)
Ayy, ayy, all my brothers got that gas
And they always be smokin’ like a Rasta
F—-’ with me, call up on a Uzi
And show up, man them the shottas
When my homies pull up on your block
They make that thing go grrra-ta-ta-ta (pow, pow, pow)” (source).
Glorifying fornication, drugs and gun violence have become staples of rap and hip hop for years. With his rapid ascent to super stardom, Malone relishes in the new life his rock star status has given him. And then he makes reference to past openly satanic rock influences:
“Ayy, ayy, switch my whip, came back in black
I’m startin’ sayin’, “Rest in peace to Bon Scott”
Bon Scott was the lead singer of heavy metal band AC/DC, one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Scott died shortly after the band completed their song Highway To Hell after passing out in the back of a car due to excessive alcohol poisoning. The album released after his death was titled Back In Black (which Malone subtly references in the above lyric). Note that the AC/DC logo featured a lightning bolt – an occult reference to Satan:
In the Bible, The Lord Jesus Christ said: “… I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” (Luke 10:18). In recent decades, the occult has co-opted the lightning symbol to represent the Devil. Beginning And End has detailed how artists from Lady Gaga, to Robin Thicke and David Bowie have used the lightning in their videos and imagery. For example:
The album artwork for Highway To Hell also featured band member Angus Young with Devil horns and a tail and Bon Scott wearing a pentagram necklace:
Post Malone continued his rock n’ roll homages with a reference to Jim Morrison:
“Ayy, close that door, we blowin’ smoke
She ask me light a fire like I’m Morrison
Ayy, act a fool on stage
Prolly leave my f—-’ show in a cop car”
Jim Morrison was the lead singer of the rock band The Doors. As mentioned in our article “Bruno Mars Souled Out – Illuminati Satanic Blasphemy”, Morrison was steeped in the occult and paid homage to Satanist Aleister Crowley on the cover for their album ’13’ where the band sits around a bust of Crowley:
Crowley, one of the foremost satanists of the 19th and early 20th century is a revered figure in pop music inspiring acts from the Beatles to modern day rappers. His mantra “do what thou wilt” is a call to pursue whatever sinful lusts one desired. He encouraged sinful rebellion, occult ritual, drug use and human sacrifice. He said of Christianity:
“That religion they call Christianity; the devil they honor they call God. I accept these definitions, as a poet must do, if he is to be at all intelligible to his age, and it is their God and their religion that I hate and will destroy” – (Crowley, The World’s Tragedy).
Morrison was known as a shaman who practiced witchcraft on stage during performances. He claimed to be possessed by demons and that a spirit gave him the ability to make music. His lyrics brazenly mocked the Bible:
“Cancel my subscription to the Resurrection
Send my credentials to the House of Detention
I got some friends inside,” (source).
The Doors believed Hell was far more “fascinating” and a better place to be than in Heaven with God and their music preached that deception. Post Malone shows a similar blasphemous disrespect in many songs specifically taking The Lord’s name in vain like “Oh God” and “God d—.” In his song “On God” (a slang term for being very serious about what one is saying)” Post Malone raps:
“I might just steal your b—, that’s on God
I might pull up in that 6, that’s on God
All my homies off the s—, that’s on God
All these b— off the s—, that’s on God
Ay, ay, that’s on God (that’s on God)
Ay, that’s on God
That’s on God, that’s on God (that’s on God)” (source).
Tragically, Jim Morrison died at age 27 in a hotel bathtub of an apparent heart failure.
Post Malone continues:
“Ayy, s— was legendary
Threw a TV out the window of the Montage
Cocaine on the table, liquor pourin’, don’t give a damn
Dude, your girlfriend is a groupie, she just tryna get in
Sayin’ “I’m with the band”
Ayy, ayy, now she actin’ outta pocket
Tryna grab up on my pants
Hundred b—s in my trailer say they ain’t got a man
And they all brought a friend”
The Bible says:
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” – 1 John 2:15-17.
Rockstars embodies all 3 temptations the passage above warns against: 1) lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life. The song boasts of open drug use and drinking and rampant fornication giving the listener the idea that this is what “being on top of the world” and achieving success is all about. Much of hip hop music is crafted to promote envy and covetousness – with rappers bragging to the very listeners who made them rich in the first place.
Hip hop lyrics bombard fans with the notion that “if you do not drive the Bugatti I drive, live in the mansions like me or have 100 women like I do, then you are nothing and a nobody.” Most rap video spend a good portion of screen time devoted to watching the singer throw money at the camera, show off luxury cars or other displays of their wealth.
Jesus Christ preached a stark warning for those obsessed with the “Rockstar lifestyle”:
“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” – Luke 12:15-21.
Having all the wealth in this world means nothing if you are destined for hell. Without forgiveness of sin all the cars, cash and fame will not matter – because none of it will come with you after death. This is what Satan wants the world to ignore – how utterly fragile life is. We are not promised tomorrow, much less decades of life. And the more we are distracted by pop culture and the endless quest for wealth and fame, the less we focus on the state of our own souls. Do not be deceived.
Illuminati Death Culture
“But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” – Proverbs 8:36.
In the video, numerous scenes depict Malone and 21 Savage murdering people with swords sending massive amounts of blood spraying all over the set. In the days of Noah before the flood, the world – consumed with sin and evil was also focused on violence: “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them;” (Genesis 6:13).
Today’s society has seen a renewed fascination with violence as ultra-graphic and gruesome effects of murder and bloodshed have come the norm, whether it be on hit shows such as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. Hip hop music has done its part to keep violence on the minds of millions by a steady stream of lyrics filled with a celebration and glorification of death. Here are some of 21 Savages lyrics from hit song “No ‘Heart”:
This small sample is typical of his lyrics (which are so profanity laden it is not even worth posting censored versions of them). With songs like Bank Account or singing odes to cash by saying “Numb the pain with the money” – 21 Savage has made a massive success essentially singing about the same things over and over again: his relentless quest to make money, his history as a child drug dealer and his willingness to shoot and kill anyone for the slightest offense at a moment’s notice.
Promoting Satan – The Price of Fame
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” – Mark 8:36.
This is the price to be paid in today’s Hollywood entertainment culture – the more sinful rebellion an entertainer promotes, the quicker the road to riches and fame. The first musicians to ever feature the cornuto devil horns were the rock group Coven whose album, Witchcraft Destroys Minds And Reaps Souls, was banned shortly after its release in 1969. The inside album photo featured the group standing before a satanic altar holding the cornuto sign. One track on the album was a 13-minute recording of a satanic black mass ceremony (the first ever such audio recording made).
Coven would prove to be an inspiration to a whole generation of rock performers who now saw it as cool and marketable to openly promote the Devil.
Coven’s first track was called Black Sabbath. One of the writing credits on the album went to a man named Oz Osborne. Less than a year later British rocker John Osborn changed his own nickname to “Ozzy Osborne” and his band changed their name to Black Sabbath, clearly taking inspiration from Coven. Black Sabbath would go on to sell millions upon millions of records with music that was overtly satanic.
And now rap music has picked up the mantle of leading the young minds of listeners all over the world into rebellion. And all with one goal in mind – making money.
1 Timothy 6 says:
“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” –1 Timothy 6:10-11.
When the Devil tempted The Lord Jesus Christ in the wilderness he offered the riches of the world:
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” – Matthew 4:8-11.
Many entertainers have taken this exact offer – willingly shedding all morals and standards for fame. Even if it means embracing sinful, satanic rebellion. Beginning And End has chronicled for years the many artists who have openly blasphemed God or promoted witchcraft and the occult for money. From Tyler The Creator, Beyoncé, Rihanna or Katy Perry, numerous megastars have disregarded the God of Creation and their own salvation to satisfy their earthly lusts.
Pray for Our Society
Unfortunately, many stars today do not learn from the past. Whether it be Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, the many stars in “The 27 Club” (who all coincidentally died at the age of 27) or other entertainers through the years – many megastars died broken, emotionally shattered and in depression. Countless superstars ended their own lives drug and alcohol addicted and alone. In the end the fame, fortune and earthly success could not bring peace to their souls.
Jimi Hendrix said he was tormented by demons until his mysterious death. Michael Jackson was allegedly addicted to powerful drugs and unable to sleep more than 2 hours a night. Kurt Cobain took his own life with a shotgun despite having millions of records sold, a massive fan base and a young wife and child. These rock stars were broken and miserable until the very end despite “having it all.” True peace and joy can only come through the Gospel of free forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27). The world’s version of peace is based on human achievement. Divine peace is from above – and it is the assurance that no matter what happens in life your soul is eternally saved, and your future will be in Heaven with God as a born again, forgiven child of the Creator.
If you are a Christian pray for Post Malone, 21 Savage and the many young entertainers willing to promote any form of corruption to live as rock stars. Pray for the light of the Gospel to shine in their hearts and for them to repent of their negative sinful influence. And if you are not a Christian, understand that the Devil has indeed infiltrated pop culture and will use any means to keep you distracted from God’s message of salvation in Jesus Christ. Lord willing, society will start to understand that nothing in this world is worth losing your soul.