Some people see the devil where there may be none.
Really... is Bey worshiping the devil because she is learning the New York money game from HOVA?
In some circles, the dress (Theirry Mugler 1992) is seen as a status symbol beyond the financial reach of most people buying the pair's music.
The dress was also seen in George Michael's Too Funky video.
(You know the one - it featured super models prancing on stage in avant garde frocks.)
But this is what rap is selling - a lifestyle beyond the reach of most people.
This past Christmas - a group of people put some money together to purchase a couple of outfits for me to thank me for my help in the past years.
They convinced a few of my young cousins to look through my wardrobe for the labels and designers found on most of my clothes.
On Christmas day - I opened packages from Jhane Barnes and Hugo Boss.
Don't get me wrong - I like these labels.
But I never pay retail for the pieces.
I know some retail buyers who can get a $1000 Armani coat for $100.
I get $200 Jhane Barnes shirts for $20.
The status is in the savings - not the price paid for each piece.
I would have never bought this stuff for myself at those prices.
But for these rap inspired families - the status was in the cost of these items.
Don't get me wrong - I like fine art, design and fashion - but these all take a back seat to humility, love and compassion.
What good is there in owning a Basquiat, Warhol or Herring original at the expense of ones ability to assist ones neighbor?
What good is a Patek Philippe or Vecheron Constantin watch if one cannot even tell time?
What good is a Paul Smith suit if one cannot get out of their car to assist someone with a flat tire?
What good is a Bell 407 helicopter to fly to the next city over?
(A lot of people have Cessnas - but my boy (name omitted) really impressed us with his 407).
Maybe these articles are correct.
Maybe Jay and Bey have sold their souls for the material rewards of their fame.
Maybe Bey's dress and Jay's lyrics are a hint of what is truly important in their lives.
Or judging by their philanthropic work - maybe they are just into fashion.
I 'aint mad at em - but that's not the life for me.