Just watched the video for CMBYN, and while this is just one straight, cis, white Christian guy's opinion, but I think it is definitely one of the more artistic and unique interpretations of Christian symbolism I've seen in a while. Did it make me uncomfortable in some regards? Sure, but that's what good art is supposed to do; comfort the uneasy and unease the comfortable. Honestly the hubbub about it is GROSSLY out of proportion for one very big reason;
It's Paradise Lost, but made by a gay black man.
Seriously, the imagery and the thematic progression of the video has HUGE "its better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven" vibes, and while Paradise Lost is considered a modern classic, CMBYN is not being afforded the same status simply because it was made by an unashamed gay black man and the artistry reflects his reality as an unashamed gay black man, and that makes shitty white people clutch at their pearls and shriek "won't somebody PLEASE think of the children!?"
It's a good video, and I hope Nas's career does alright after this colossal shitstorm because this video has proven that he can do far more and is much more than just "the black country rap guy". I wanna see what else he has in the quiver.
Also, it's a bitchin' tune to boot, I really like the dichotomy of the higher vocals and lower droning aspects.