Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God

Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God

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Why is the battle between good and evil a recurring theme in rap lyrics? What role does the devil play in hip hop? What exactly does it mean when rappers wear a diamond-encrusted qJesusq around their necks? Why do rappers acknowledge God during award shows and frequently include prayers in their albums? Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God tackles a sensitive and controversial topic: the juxtapositiona€”and seeming hypocrisya€”of references to God within hip hop culture and rap music. This book provides a focused examination of the intersection of God and religion with hip hop and rap music. Author Ebony A. Utley, PhD, references selected rap lyrics and videos that span three decades of mainstream hip hop culture in America, representing the East Coast, the West Coast, and the South in order to account for how and why rappers talk about God. Utley also describes the complex urban environments that birthed rap music and sources interviews, award acceptance speeches, magazine and website content, and liner notes to further explain how God became entrenched in hip hop.When we claim to do empirical work or ethnographic work, wea#39;re already assuming this kind of positivism thata#39;s face-to-face, but ... tools, now that wea#39;re having to excavate sound and expressions and lyrics and sentiments and peoplea#39;s ideas virtually. ... What I find really interesting about his work is just the rawness that you get in his music and that type of existential wrestling ... I think for me hea#39;s the number one MC. Wow. Okay, ita#39;s on record. Maybe we dona#39;t want to put that in there.

Title:Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God
Author:Ebony A. Utley
Publisher:ABC-CLIO - 2012-06-11


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