Emcees have been rapping about religion and referencing it since the inception of Hip Hop into pop culture.
Rappers employ the art of rhyme to communicate specific and unspecific messages to their audience that sometimes include Christian terminology. Scholars often hear Christian terms used by rappers and identify that artist with Christianity, which sometimes leads to pastors holding secular artists accountable to the standards of the faith.
However, this analysis is inaccurate, according to Dr. Miller recently released a book titled "Religion and Hip-Hop" that examines the relationship of the art form and the faith more closely. Religion diversity and hip hop challenges her peers to stop studying hip-hop through the lens of Christianity, and to view rappers more as products of their own environment.
The Christian Post recently interviewed Miller in attempts to tackle some of the tough questions related to the study of religion and hip-hop and the separation between the two. Why do you think that many rappers use religious or Christian terms in hip-hop music?
I think that more often than not [rappers use of religious terms in music] is highly unconscious … it is a part of entertainment. Also, [there] are definitely cultural expressions that are of familial inheritance of particular aspects of religion.
Could you provide me with an example of this? In … three books [were released] by rappers that all made use of religion in really interesting ways and also figure that KRS-One [released] Gospel of Hip-Hop.
Is he selling hip-hop as a religion? Is he selling Christianity? But is [that statement valid]? Do you think that Christianity is the most popular religion within hip-hop? I think that [rappers] make use of Christian terms, ideas and resurrection stories. I think the reason why these uses proliferate, especially the Christian uses, is because the story really sells.
Christianity holds an immense amount of political, social and cultural weight in our society. So if you want to sell a particular human idea or an idea about yourself, what better way to do it than to read yourself through the Christian story?
On your website you make a statement saying the question, "Can the church be hip-hop? Can you elaborate on the meaning of market maintenance and this statement in general? Market maintenance is a theme that I developed in "Religion and Hip-Hop. One of the things that I find problematic about the current scholarship that we do have in religion and hip-hop is … [all] analysis is done within a Christian theological perspective.
I also think that most of the scholars writing about religion in hip-hop are they themselves personally Christian, and so they read their own Christian experience and their Christian theological understanding into the way that they analyze religion in hip-hop.
Ds at the same time. It puts faith based institutions over more "deviant" cultural productions like hip-hop. I call that approach market maintenance.
Their primary motivation is not to understand the uses of religion in hip-hop- [they care about] the black church more so than a rigorous academic analysis of religious uses in hip-hop. Certainly we [also] have the proliferation of hip-hop churches- pastors who used to be rappers … whose churches are by default "hip-hop" in some kind of way.
How do you feel about artists, who create "Christian hip-hop," who are basically communicating their faith through the art form? I think Time Magazine just [wrote a piece] on Lecrae and the rise of Christian rap music and one of the things that really fascinates people is how Lecrae is able to maintain a very mainstream sound while also still holding on to his faith in a way that perhaps they might argue Tupac did.
I think there are many people who are able to hold on to their faith [in hip-hop]. Meek Mill is a mainstream rapper whose song "Amen" had religious themes that were considered blasphemous and offensive by some critics.Religion and Hip Hop Monica Miller Now 40 years old, hip hop has evolved from being a local art form found on the streets of New York’s South Bronx to an international phenomena shaping a generation.
In the Hip-Hop culture, many people view this culture as one way or the highway. Although this may seem like the trend, making that assumption adds to that same cultural appropriation. Hip-Hop became mainstream in the s, and since has been trying to show the world what the black male or female has been going through at the time.
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Mar 06, · Hip Hop and religion are not two things that seem to have much of a connection to each other to the average person. Professor Anthony Pinn of Rice University has based 20+ years on it . Feb 02, · Religion and Hip-Hop Culture is a new and free edX online course being offered by Rice University’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship. The class will feature Religious Studies Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) Anthony. Feb 02, · Rice launches Religion and Hip-Hop Culture online course Free class by Anthony Pinn and Bernard ‘Bun B’ Freeman kicks off March 24 HOUSTON – (Feb. 2, ) – Religion and Hip-Hop Culture is a new and free edX online course being offered by Rice University’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship.
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Hip hop or hip-hop, is a subculture and art movement developed in the Bronx in New York City during the late s. The origins of the word are often disputed.
It is also argued as to whether hip hop started in the South or West Bronx.