Charlamagne Tha God penned an essay for XXL about an article he found on Noisey.com. The article was a review of the Jay Z and Beyonce’s On The Run Tour and how they were too perfect.
This article posed a larger question for Charlamagne Tha God, are we so comfortable with mediocrity that we criticize those who are great instead of praising them.
Here is an excerpt from the essay:
“Well, I’m not the highest grade of weed in the dispensary, but I would assume that Jay Z and Beyoncé, who have been in the game for quite a while, have surpassed that 10,000 hour mark thousands of times already. If their performance comes off, as Noisey put it, “Excruciatingly perfect,” then kudos to them—it’s supposed to! The article says, “It’s almost as if the whole thing had been filmed and edited ahead of time.” Jesus Christ! What kind of world do we live in when people are being criticized for actually being prepared, for executing flawlessly, for not missing notes or forgetting their lyrics, and for not falling on stage?
“This isn’t a personal attack on Jeff [the author] at all. I’m just using this as an opportunity to teach. The moral of this story is, we are too comfortable with mediocrity nowadays. We are so comfortable with it that the greatness of others makes us uncomfortable, especially when we don’t recognize greatness within ourselves. I can give it up for Hov and Bey for being masters of their craft and their gifts because I know Allah God has blessed me with my own gifts. A lot of times, we see other people prospering, making the most of the gifts that God blessed them with and we get angry and frustrated because we haven’t found our gifts yet.”
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