Marvin Sapp On JAY-Z’s ‘4:44’: “The World Gets What Believers Don’t”

by Krystal Franklin

July 9, 2017

Photos by by Bennett Raglin/WireImage and Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Roc Nation

Marvin Sapp weighed in on JAY-Z‘s critically acclaimed 13th studio album, 4:44 going platinum in five days with, at the time, no physical copies for sale.

The five-time Grammy nominated singer and Pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the success of the 47-year-old rapper’s latest project.

#TransparentConversation #MyPersonalOpinion I was asked a question the other day that I wanted to address via social media. Here's the question, "Jay-Z's album went platinum and it hasn't even been released to the masses yet! It went certified platinum just on tidal!! Coming to apple and all other outlets next week!!! What is that saying?" My response, "The world supports its own." Not one supporter of Jay-Z (Believer or Non Believer) questions his lifestyle, beliefs or commitment to his wife. They know that the messenger is flawed but they support his message to the tune of 1 million sale and it hasn't been release to the masses yet. I believe the world gets what believers still don't or refuse to understand. #myopinionon That the message is always bigger than the messenger. Believers won't buy gospel music of some artist because of their presumed flaws and questionable life. Making them (the artist) bigger than the message of Christ and in doing so silencing this great gospel message musically and slowly but surely putting this industry of gospel music on life support that has the ability to impact the masses. #AgainMyOpinion One day I pray that we all drop our rocks and remember that everyone and I mean everyone that God used in scripture was flawed and or had issues that wasn't Jesus Christ and thats why we needed his redemptive work in our lives. However even with their flaws and all God used them to deliver a message of hope and healing. Support the Message of gospel music and let's keep it alive.

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In his response, he says that gospel music is on “life support” and that although JAY-Z admitted to his infidelity, “not one supporter questions his lifestyle, beliefs or commitment to his wife”, thus spawning a platinum selling album.

Hmm. He does have a valid point.

Sapp’s episode of TV One’s Unsung airs Sunday July 16 at 9/8p. The 22-time Stellar award winner is reportedly gearing up for the release of his 12th studio album and his newest single, Close, can be heard on radio stations everywhere. Check out the official lyric video below.

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