Brinson's "Tebowin'" Puts Christianity Under Center
Rocks Off is fascinated by Tim Tebow for the simple fact that he is one of the most divisive figures we have seen in the last decade. He parts the Red Sea of public opinion, like Obama does the U.S. House of Representatives.
One doesn't need to live in Denver to understand this.
Simply, scroll a Facebook feed on Sunday, or watch ESPN analysts lose their composure over a debate on whether he belongs under center on any given Sunday. Football purists and those inspired by his blatant defiance of the conventional quarterback will fight to the death over whether Tebow deserves the attention he's getting.
To not help matters any, "Tebowing" is inspiring the same fanaticism that came with "planking" and "owling." So it was a matter of time before a rap song about Tebow would take center stage.
This week, ESPN's Scoop Jackson http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/index?id=7388166">wrote about Brinson, a Christian rapper from Jacksonville, FL regarding his tribute track, "Tebowin.'"
Rocks Off talked to the spitter about "Tebow hating" and having faith, and that inspired some thought.
Rocks Off: Why in the hell is Tebow so divisive? Is it because of his faith or because his style of play?
Brinson: I think it's because of his faith, really. Faith can either be the greatest thing about a person or it may be the thing people hate the most about that person, especially if you have a platform to talk about it. I know many people who stand up for the faith just like him and they get the same persecution. They can't stand him because of it.
RO: That could be it, or maybe it's because Christianity and football don't mix. They are opposites at their core in terms of what they represent on the surface. Football and hip-hop have some violent tendencies, so you can see some parallels in those two concepts having difficulty meshing with Christianity. There's a chemistry problem, don't you think?
B: I relate to him in that sense. In Christian rap, we have to work harder than the average rapper. We have to work harder at our craft. But I really see any sort of entertainment as a sort of platform to convey a message of Christ. [Hip-hop] is just a platform. This particular music I make is about giving honor and expressing my love for God. That's what Tim Tebow does. If he wins or if he loses, he wants to express love to his creator. A lot of people don't step into a church. They might listen to a hip-hop CD. If hip-hop is the language of a generation, then I have to be an interpreter.
RO: So, being a good Christian aside, is Tim Tebow a good football player?
B: I think he has really progressed as a football player. You can't just come into the National Football League and win and just not be good. You have to be good at something. You can't have a learning curve in the NFL. It's sink or swim. They wouldn't have this record if he wasn't any good.
RO: So why did you decide to write the track? (Note: Brinson wrote the track in September on a plane on his way to Denver for a show, before Tebow started the much-talked about win streak that sparked contentious debate about his talents, or lack thereof).
B: I know right now he is a figure for a lot of kids. Whether he wants to be seen as this or not, people are looking at him as the modern day representation of Christianity. I just love his boldness for the Lord and how he's been carrying himself with integrity. He's really setting the standard in the spotlight. He's living for the audience of one, which is for the Lord.
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