Many can be Religious…you ain’t Spiritual.
Mic-key Boston is not an advocate for corrupted implications of religion as these given applications in themselves yield strife between peoples, consequently disabling them to live amongst one another harmoniously. Within this, one may find the presence of an ironic conceit; the aspect of monotheism in itself has always advocated for nothing but Love. Big Brosky is a practicing Muslim and there is no concealment of this within the bars and pentameters of his verse. It is unfortunately rather disappointing to him as a monotheist to see the institution of religion become a conflicted affair and nefarious vehicle to further deviant causes within our universal nexus. Instituted religion within specific societies may be used as an avatar to further political ideologies and misguided agendas. In this regard, it may be abused regardless of whether it is from a Judaic, Christian or Islamic authority.
As a practicing Muslim, Mickey Boston is more poised on focusing on the soul rather than physical and mechanical movements within a prayer. In essence, the physical body itself may be in prostration while the heart, mind and soul are somewhere else, lost in translation, failing to realize that one is in front of his/her Divine Creator. Spiritual realization of the Divine is quintessential. Brosky is interested in exploring and delving into a spiritual consciousness of God. Undeniably, one should attempt to be immersed and whole-heartedly engrossed in understanding the myriad truths about the Truth, and God, to Brosky, is the Truth.
No human currently living on this planet is perfect—there is not a soul that treads it with a perfected heart, mind, soul and physiology. Granted. Brosky is specifically interested in fixing his own soul instead of fixing other peoples’. As result, his hip-hop is not interested in imposing nor shoving his spiritual views, philosophies and thoughts on others or down their throats, why do something like that? It is enough for people and audiences to know that he Muslim and it remains at that.
“I don’t entirely like religious people as they tend to always pass judgement on others while failing to bring their very own faults to account. By intertwining themselves in this tangled fabric, they’ve woven, and now wear, a garment that fails to lay emphasis on the spiritual. Sometimes I am in insatiable desire to tell every scholar, Rabbi, Priest and Imam that is too busy judging to judge himself. Constructive criticism is one thing however, alluding to people of other faiths or beleifs as ‘other’ or ‘Goyim‘ is archaic.” – Big Brosky.
Spiritually Conflicted with Hip-hop?
Undeniably, the dyad between body and soul is a raging battleground. Balancing the world becomes rather burdensome in some cases and this is something that is present within the personal doings of Mickey Boston…read below…
Remember Beirut? Remember Fallujah? Remember Mississippi? Remember Waco? They still burn.
Being a hip-hop artist requires one to be a public figure. Being a public entity means that one goes beyond just doing shows and talking to the people. The public spotlight can get to one’s head. The basis of spiritual teachings within the confines of monotheism always called for a clear distinction between the seen and the unseen, the real and the apparent, the external and the internal, the formal and the spiritual.
Even priests, Rabbis and Imams are public figures no doubt and their conflicts are somewhat like that of any other public figure in attempt to perfect his/her soul. Undoubtedly, monotheism has always revealed that Divine knowledge originated and developed under conditions of strict discipline of quietism, seclusion, renunciation and incessant devotion to prayers under the guidance of God. These exercises of finding seclusion render one to pivot him/herself where they are constantly shifting from both the public and private–one minute you’re inside, the next you’re outside.
Mickey Boston is well aware of this and so the aspect of shifting from indoors to outdoors is present within his lifestyle. He will be spotted at the show rhyming and being a public figure while in the very same night head home and retreat into his spiritual asylum/abode, garment himself in his spiritual robes (or rags for the bigots) and excercise some silenced exercises of dhikr.
Does this lifestyle conflict with his hip-hop and making music? He feels that it does as he notes that he can become so humbled that he no longer possesses the energy to want to do a show because doing a show requires him to be loud. Over the years, he has struck a balance and is now able to execute both.
According to the Islamic standard of judgment, the seeker after Truth, as stated above has to pass through many stages before he can actually feel himself in commination with the Truth being the ultimate object. The elementary condition is to have an unshakable faith and a firm resolve in doing or not doing a thing that is termed ‘niya’ (intention) in Muslim theology which is followed by repentance and penitence. The next stage is called “Mujaheda” (probation of striving). When it reaches its zenith then the revelation process begins which is known as “Mukashfa” (the uplifting of veil).
From here, the beleiver may rise to state of joy. He then develops a hate of all wealth, pomp and show. In essence, do what you do for God and nobody and nothing else.