2018 has been a quiet year for Illijam but he’s back with new single “All That Glitters.” The rapper took the time to answer some questions for our Fast 5 Fridays segment.
What is the general message behind this song?
“All That Glitters” contemplates how some of the most enticing, entrancing things can actually enslave us and leave us feeling empty, debauched, and far from God. I recount my own personal struggle with pornography and how God has been faithful to progressively liberate me from it. In the song, I ask: what if the power to break free from addiction’s glittering lies is finding what truly satisfies? The Bible tells us Jesus is the human soul’s “exceeding joy” (Psalm 43:4) and “in his presence there is fullness of joy; at his right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11); and because “all men seek happiness” (Blaise Pascal), realizing that Jesus truly satisfies is tremendously motivating in our fight to break free from sin, which severs us from Him.
How did you get inspired to create it?
I was inspired to write this because I see so many people cheating themselves of what could truly satisfy them. My prayer is that many will fall out of love and break off their affairs with their empty, ruinous, illicit lovers (i.e. anything they love more than God) and find that they were created to be most fulfilled when in devoted communion with their Creator.
Who produced the song and how’d the production come about?
My man Wontel from the West Coast produced this joint! I had been following him on Twitter since he executive produced the Rapzilla 2015 Freshman 15 album, and I saw him tweet that he had some beats for sale in December 2017. Since then, we’ve been chopping it up, and we may even have a few other songs in progress…
Is this track part of an overall project or a standalone single?
What can we expect this song to be the start of?
You might say this song is a thread from a broader tapestry…stay tuned in late Fall 2018/Early Winter 2019.
Why should people listen to this song or your music in general?
Liberation from addiction to porn or any sort of enslaving, besetting sin is possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. And a tremendous aid in fighting that battle is realizing that Jesus is more pleasurable than sin. That is what I hope this song encourages people to believe. I think people connect with my art because it’s the fruit of relatable life experiences from a heart that wants folks to realize, even amid the heartbreak and darkness of this world, there’s true hope and joy to be had in Jesus. I pray my listeners know Jesus intimately and find Him so satisfying that they “count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Him.” (Philippians 3:8 – #CountItLoss).