Jessa Duggar Seewald’s husband is going to try his hand at rapping in the next episode of Jill & Jessa: Counting On, and Jessa doesn’t seem completely comfortable around his new friends who know how to flow.
TLC recently shared a preview of his Tuesday’s episode of the Duggar family’s new reality series on the Jill & Jessa: Counting On Facebook page, and it looks like it’s going to focus mostly on Ben Seewald’s appreciation of rap music. Jessa Duggar’s husband has such a blast hitting the recording studio with a few popular Christian rappers that he decides to drop a beat. However, TLC doesn’t include Beninem’s rapping in the Jill & Jessa: Counting On preview below, likely because the network is hoping that viewers will tune in to the show to see Benilla Ice in action. Instead, viewers get to hear Ben explain what a chorus is while rappers Mike REAL and Flame record a few lines of a new song.
As you can see, Jessa Duggar is unusually quiet in the clip above. She doesn’t offer her opinion about the music that her husband obviously loves, and she doesn’t chime in until the end of the preview when MC Seeweezy attempts to use rapper slang by making a comment about “spittin’ the bars.”
“That’s what they call it: ‘spittin’ the bars,’ ” Jessa teases.
Jessa Duggar might look a bit awkward in the video above because the reality show star straight outta N.W.A. (Northwest Arkansas) wasn’t allowed to listen to music with a beat while she was growing up. During an interview with Beliefnet, Jessa’s father explained that this style of music makes people want to dance, and the Duggars have an issue with movin’ and groovin’ because they believe that it stirs up sinful sexual feelings.
“It makes you want to dance. But it’s not good on your heart and your mind,” Jim Bob Duggar said of tunes with a beat.
“As far as dancing, something that we believe—it’s a personal conviction—is that a lot of times, when a guy sees a girl dance, it really can be defrauding to a guy, especially if they’re dressed immodestly. The definition of defrauding would be building up sensual desires that you cannot rightfully fulfill.”
During a 2014 interview with Cosmopolitan, Jessa Duggar revealed that the Duggar kids’ favorite music genres are Southern gospel and bluegrass. In other words, she probably didn’t listen to Christian rap at all before she married Ben Seewald.
“Ben has been a fan of Flame’s albums and connected with him over email about their mutual love of Christian hip hop music,” the episode description reads. “After hitting it off, Ben decided to take his family to meet Flame in-person and discuss his interest in inner city Christian ministry.”
— FLAME (@FLAME314) December 21, 2015
Ben Seewald probably isn’t trying to bring home the Benjamins by launching a career as a Christian rapper, but it’s possible that he’s using his new friendship with Flame to brand himself as an edgy evangelist. During a recent Facebook discussion, Ben revealed that he wants to attend seminary school.
“I’m still learning, and I do have a long way to go,” Ben wrote. “In order to get to seminary I need to finish my undergrad requirements, so that is what I am currently doing.”
Ben revealed that he’s finishing his undergraduate education through the Moody Bible Institute, so he’s likely enrolled in one of the school’s distance learning programs. Moody’s main campus is located in Chicago, and Jessa Duggar has revealed that she’s willing to move away from Arkansas so that her husband can complete his education.
“If Ben’s seminary that he’s looking into requires us to move, then we might eventually move,” Jessa said during her appearance at Southern Woman’s Show in Orlando, according to In Touch Weekly.
Jill & Jessa: Counting On is already difficult to film because Jill Duggar is away in Central America on a long-term mission trip, and the show is in danger of being cancelled because it’s bleeding advertisers. If Jessa and Ben were to move away to Chicago, their decision could be the final nail in the coffin of the Duggar family’s reality show career.
If Jessa Duggar and her husband do quit receiving their TLC paychecks soon, do you think Ben Seewald will try to rebrand himself as an edgy, inner-city preacher who spits his sermons? Or do you think he’ll end up sticking around in Arkansas to continue working for Jim Bob?
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