Ye’s “Follow God” in Review

by Gisele Campos

“Follow God” is a musical masterpiece by Kanye West. This song is about West’s relationship with his father, Ray, and his relationship with God. At the beginning of the song, an unknown voice says, “Stretch my hands to you,” which immediately reminded me of Kanye’s song “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” from his Life of Pablo album. It is apparent that Kanye has been exploring his religious background in his music in recent years. His father, a Christian marriage counselor, is featured in the music video and tells a story from Kanye’s childhood at the beginning of the video. This story sets the tone for the video and song. 

Ray talks about when his kids saw snow for the first time, and they were scared to walk through it. Ray walked first and told them to follow in his footsteps. Kanye following his dad in the snow is also a metaphor for him following the footsteps of God. From making this song, Kanye says he realized for the first time in 42 years that his dad is his best friend. This song seems to be an ode to his relationship with his father and God. 

The word that came to mind when I heard this song for the first time was “BANGER”. Throughout the entire song, he keeps an incredible rhythm making the song consistent. Kanye also made this song extremely concise at just one minute and forty-five seconds, and I think that is partly what makes it so great. This is the perfect song to listen to when you want to get “in the zone”. This song can lock you in if you’re trying to work out, get pumped up, or just focus on something. Ever since the first time I heard this song, I’ve been obsessed with it. 

Rating: 4/5

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