Black Jesus (song)

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"Black Jesus"
Single by Everlast
from the album Eat at Whitey's
B-side "Children's Story"
"Graves To Dig"
Released 2000
Format CD
Genre Blues rock, alternative rock, alternative hip hop
Label Tommy Boy Records
Writer(s) E.Schrody
Everlast singles chronology
"Painkillers"
(1999)
"Black Jesus"
(2000)
"Deadly Assassins"
(2001)

"Black Jesus" is a song by American rapper, singer Everlast from his 2000 album Eat at Whitey's. The song was released as a single in October 2000. The song is loosely based on life events of Seth Allen, the real Black Jesus.

The lyrics of the song are not about religion, as Everlast sings about how his career has had its ups and downs. The video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund, and featured Everlast walking around the streets of London and the London Underground, passing very strange people, makes it to the top, and walks past clowns and little people. The video later ends when Everlast has made it to the top of a building. Two parts of the video were cut for TV, mainly the part where he is walking along the road and gets hit by car, and at the end of video where Everlast jumps off the top of the building. The video received heavy rotation on UK music channels Kerrang! and Q.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Black Jesus (Radio Edit) 4:20
  2. Children's Story - featuring Rahzel 3:20
  3. Graves To Dig 3:23
  4. Black Jesus (Album Version)

Lyrical references[edit]

Come back on the one and kiss my love gun

Love Gun is a song originally by US rockers KISS, taken from their album Love Gun which was released in 1977.

Shook ones keep Shakin'

Shook Ones are two songs (Part I and Part II) originally by Mobb Deep. Everlast actually recorded a cover of Part II on the Loud Records rap-rock collaboration album, "Loud Rocks".

Manhattan keeps makin', Brooklyn keeps takin'

The line is borrowed from the song The Bridge Is Over by Boogie Down Productions from the album Criminal Minded.

Haven't you heard the bird, bird, bird yes the bird is the word

This is a lyric from the song Surfin' Bird, originally by The Trashmen.

And it go on and on like a rolling stone, baby, anywhere I lay my hat is my home

Taken from the song Papa Was a Rollin' Stone originally by The Temptations

the kids are alright

Taken for the song The Kids Are Alright originally by The Who