"Jesus Christ is my nigga"

Likely fake but damned funny! Get it? Damned!?

From YouTube:

"I helped my pastor make this music video when I was in high school. Thought you guys might get a kick out of it! May the Lord bless and keep you. : )"
Rappin' for Jesus! (Bandcamp, thanks, Vann Hall!)

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  1. I looked into this last week when it was making the Facebook rounds, and I don’t buy it – the whois registry for the church is a little funky, the wayback machine doesn’t show it existing at all, its only address is a PO BOX and it’s just slightly too unselfconscious.

    Hilarious, yes. But I’m betting on inauthentic.

    1. The bit with the smoke machine… that just seems too perfect. Yeah, without reading the description I would have thought this was from the Tim and Eric show.

      And if it is defunct, then why does it have a webpage at all? Funny stuff, but I live in Texas. I’ve seen real rap outreach videos done by old white people and retired cops. They are just not this funny.

    2. Look at the website the video links to. It was registered January 2013, but the church apparently shut down in 2004. The website is also suspiciously lacking any information. The address for the church takes you to a street with no church on it. “Pastor James Colerick” is nowhere to be found in the US. It’s so obviously fake. The only reason this makes it onto BoingBoing is because they’ll post anything that makes the christian religion look bad.

      1. The only reason this makes it onto BoingBoing is because they’ll post anything that makes the christian religion look bad.

         Awww…. *sniffle*

        1. Yeah, I’d go with funny. This barely qualifies as making fun of the religion, unless being an old white American from rural Iowa is a religion now.

          1.  It’s a parody of the ongoing narrative that depicts christians as out of touch with the rest of society. Even if it’s real (and I think we all know it’s not) the only reason we’re all laughing is because it makes these people look bad.

          2. Seriously. Inner city religious groups and networks are huge and well represented. Anyone who has ever heard an unironic “Only God can judge me” or considered having something similar tattooed on them knows this. You can find a storefront church on almost any city block.

            Now in politics, yeah the theocrats are out of touch. And they deserve all the scrutiny, piss-taking, and criticism they get.

          3. “the ongoing narrative that depicts christians as out of touch with the rest of society”

            I grew up in a Conservative Christian home. Trust me, the people being parodied ARE out of touch with society. That’s what happens when people get most their “news” from the “700 Club” with occasional supplemental data from “FOX News” during major events. You can gripe and while all you want about a “narrative,” but that won’t change the simple fact that the population in question is very badly out of touch with the rest of society.

            Read “An Open Letter to the Christian Entertainment Industry” for a more detailed look at how and why Christian Entertainment is so painfully and obviously out of touch with reality.

          4.  If it’s legitimately trying to make Christians look bad Antinous and Felton have ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

      2. This was, I think, meant to be funny, but if it has a serious purpose it is, I think, to mock the hypocrites who do a good job of making the Christian religion look bad. But then I guess your point is taken. There are a lot of people who call themselves Christians who, without trying to be funny–and sometimes with the intent to harm others–do a perfectly good job of making Christianity look bad.

      3. “The only reason this makes it onto BoingBoing is because they’ll post anything that makes the christian religion look bad.”

        Then why haven’t they posted the entire contents of the Bible?

    3. At the time of VHS:
      There was no Papyrus typeface for chyron computers. 
      People didn’t use the term “Nigga” as an honorific – at least white people didn’t
      How does anyone know of, but mispronounce Notorious B.I.G.?

      I could be wrong.

      1. “Nigga” goes waaaay back. I mean think of the ubiquity of NWA in the late 80s, just for example. But, I have to agree that it’s likely somebody getting their prank on.

      2. 0:24 – Stock photo featuring young guy with Jersey Shore Blowout.  No need to dig deep to find out this video is a fake.

        1.  Kids sported cuts like that in the late 80’s early 90’s. Dep and a blow dryer, or just Dep for the wet look. Pretty good choice of photo for lacking fashion markers.

    1. I’m going to hook you up with a 1970’s style, Quinn-Martin, TV series all your own, “John Nguyen: Geek Detective”! Each episode you’ll be solving a new case with the application of technology based deduction. You’ll need to work on a cheesy grin, a pointed finger and the catchphase, “That’s Nguyen… as in win!”

  2. I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as “West Dubuque” either.

    But that doesn’t stop the video from being funny.

    1. Ding-ding. You are correct. There is an East Dubuque (in Illinois, across the Mississippi River from Iowa) and a WESTERN Dubuque (in Iowa), but not a West Dubuque.

      1. West Dubuque is somewhere in the same alternate universe with Journey’s “South Detroit”, which is called “Downriver” by the locals, or could refer to Windsor.

  3. Yeah, likely fake I reckon. Before posting, I looked up the church site but didn’t go further than that. Updated! Thanks all!

  4. Whois query for westdubuque2ndchurchofchrist.org…

    Domain ID:D167595099-LROR
    Domain Name:WESTDUBUQUE2NDCHURCHOFCHRIST.ORG
    Created On:15-Jan-2013 02:28:05 UTC
    Last Updated On:15-Jan-2013 02:28:05 UTC
    Expiration Date:15-Jan-2014 02:28:05 UTC
    Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, LLC (R91-LROR)

    Site is created with Go Daddy Website Builder v6.1.1.

    Looks legit.

  5. Absolutly not fake I grew up with multiple pastors from many churches. Pastors like this guy has the mentality of a child, they make good pastors because they are kind and enthusiastic make a good grandfatherly  leader figure for a social group but they are sheltered, childlike and ignorant but always focused on the faith and jesus. Of course not all or most pastors are like this.  I am describing one kind of personality I encountered a few times during my lifetime in multiple small churches

    1. Shall we dub this “Type 1: The Moonchild”? Please continue with the Complete and Exhaustive Taxonomy of North American Pastors, both Feral and Domestic.

    2. I know guys like this too, and this sort of thing—assuming it’s real, which seems unlikely—isn’t as evil as some would like to make out. It’s obvious these guys are the ‘anti- hip hop’ but having a go.

      If I was a Christian kid again and my pastors did this, the message I’d hear is, ‘We’re clearly not into this stuff, but we appreciate the fact that you are. Don’t do drugs, be a good American,* but otherwise, do what you do with our blessing!’ The lyrics are kitsch and the rhymes don’t really work, but if my experience with hip hop is anything to go by, that’s supposed to be a good thing!I’m really hoping this ends up in the Hip Hop Family Tree.

      *I’m Australian, so the nationalistic stuff is a little lost on me…

  6. Who cares if its fake. And who cares if someone is offended by it!

    I’m a practicing Christian, more of the WWJD variant than a bible thumper, and I think this is hilarious. Why? Because there is an element of truth behind it. This type of stuff does emerge from the greater “church” once in a while…and the only proper response is to laugh. If these folks are making fun of these types of believers, I’m fine with it. The fact is any good church congregation encourages people to laugh at themselves.

    I’m forwarding this to my church council for consideration!  If its real, its funny. If not, great parody! The old Captain Kangaroo guy with the incense makes it really bounce.

  7. The Youtube version of this was funny. You could hit the 2 key and it would pick up right at “…rice is muhnigguh”

  8. Wow, this one is tough. Thought the outdoor shot would give it away, but all the cars I could make out are period correct. But the lighting feels too good, and the blue screen before and after make no sense, especially if you have that lighting and editing skills. Next obsessive step would be to google streetview to see where those outdoor shots were to take place. Or could just wait to find out who really did this.

  9. It has too much of a knowledge base of rap, rap artists and rap videos for someone to get so many things wrong. Its satire.

  10. BASED upon even a cursory bit of research, there is only one Church of Christ in Dubuque, Iowa, and it is a storefront with 13 members. The Church of Christ is a Southern religion, centered mainly in Texas, Tennessee and Alabama. You’re not going to find an aggressive inner-city church in Iowa!!~…btw, you WILL find a hilarious stock photo of Catholics taking communion if you check the C of C website cited in the video.

  11. I live in Dubuque, Iowa and just by seeing the outdoor shots I can tell you it is not in Dubuque. And “West” Dubuque consists of a lot of small farming communities that all send their kids to one high school in Epworth IA. I have been to the types of churches that would think this was a good idea though, and they would not see the humor in it, all good intentions and love and such.

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