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Author Johnson, Andre E.

Title Urban God Talk : Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality
Published Lanham : Lexington Books, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (247 pages)
Contents Somewhere underneath the MC's wit and the evangelical word : toward a Christian ethical evaluation of hip hop polemic / James W. Perkinson -- The message from the wilderness / Michael D. Royster -- "To set at liberty them that are bruised" : exposing liberation theology within hip hop / Weldon Merrial McWilliams IV -- "Put your hands together" : the theological meaning of call-response and collective participation in rap music / Angela M. Nelson -- "Let the redeemed of the lord say so" : viewing rap music as a form of African-American spirituality / Darrell James Wesley -- From the same womb of the same struggle : hip hop music with the blues and the gospels / VaNatta S. Ford -- Performing spirituality : Lil Wayne's letters from a New York jail / Sharon Lauricella -- Rap with soul and pray with flow : youth on hip hop musicality and Catholic spirituality / Tim Huffman and Amira De la Garza -- Embracing the nation : hip-hop, Louis Farrakhan, and alternative music / Dawn-Marie Gibson -- Oath continuities : the inner structure, meaning, and spiritualism of "Mau Mau" hip hop / Mickie Mwanzia Koster -- My soul knows how to flow : a critical analysis of the history of urban Black Christian-themed rap / Erika D. Gault -- Morality, the sacred, and God in Ghanaian hip hop / Harry Nii Koney Odamtten -- In the church, in the streets : a spectrum of religious expression in Christian hip hop and spoken word poetry / Shanesha R.F. Brooks-Tatum
Summary Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality, edited by Andre Johnson, is a collection of essays that examine the religious and spiritual in hip hop. The contributors argue that the prevailing narrative that hip hop offers nothing in the way of religion and spirituality is false. From its beginning, hip hop has had a profound spirituality and advocates religious views-and while not orthodox or systemic, nevertheless, many in traditional orthodox religions would find the theological and spiritual underpinnings in hip hop comforting, e
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African American churches.
African Americans -- Religion.
Christianity and the arts.
Hip-hop -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Popular culture -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Form Electronic book
Author Brooks-Tatum, Shanesha R. F.
De La Garza, Amira
Ford, VaNatta S.
Gault, Erika D
Gibson, Dawn-Marie.
Huffman, Tim.
Mwanzia Koster, Mickie.
Lauricalla, Sharon
McWilliams IV, Weldon Merrial
Nelson, Angela M
Odamtten, Harry Nii Koney
Perkinson, James W.
Royster, Michael D
Wesley, Darrell
ISBN 0739168304