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Title Kendrick Lamar and the making of black meaning / edited by Christopher M. Driscoll, Monica R. Miller and Anthony B. Pinn
Edition [1st edition]
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2020
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge studies in hip hop and religion
Contents Cover; Half Title; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: K.Dotting the American cultural landscape with black meaning; Part I Section.80 (2011); 1 Kendrick Lamar's Section.80: Reagan-era blues; 2 Can I be both? blackness and the negotiation of binary categories in Kendrick Lamar's Section.80; 3 Hol' up: post-civil rights black theology within Kendrick Lamar's Section.80 album; 4 Singing experience in Section.80: Kendrick Lamar's poetics of problems; Part II Good kid, m.A.A.d. city (2012)
10 Loving [you] is complicated: black self-love and affirmation in the rap music of Kendrick Lamar11 From 'blackness' to afrofuture to 'impasse': the figura of the Jimi Hendrix/Richie Havens identity revolution as faintly evidenced by the work of Kendrick Lamar and more than a head nod to Lupe Fiasco; 12 Beyond flight and containment: Kendrick Lamar, black study, and an ethics of the wound; Part IV DAMN. (2017); 13 "Real nigga conditions": Kendrick Lamar, grotesque realism, and the open body; 14 DAMNed to the earth: Kendrick Lamar, de/colonial violence, and earthbound salvation
15 Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. as an aesthetic genealogy16 'I'm an Israelite': Kendrick Lamar's spiritual search, Hebrew Israelite religion, and the politics of a celebrity encounter; 17 Damnation, identity, and truth: vocabularies of suffering in Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.; 18 Hebrew Israelite covenantal theology and Kendrick Lamar's constructive project in DAMN.; Conclusion: KENosis: the meaning of Kendrick Lamar; References; Contributors; Index
5 The good, the m.A.A.d, and the holy: Kendrick Lamar's meditations on sin and moral agency in the post-gangsta era6 'Real is responsibility': revelations in white through the filter of black realness on good kid, m.A.A.d. city; 7 'Black meaning' out of urban mud: good kid, m.A.A.d city as Compton griot-riff at the crossroads of climate-apocalypse?; 8 Rap as Ragnarök: Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and the value of competition; Part III To Pimp a Butterfly (2015); 9 Can dead homies speak? the spirit and flesh of black meaning
Summary "Kendrick Lamar has established himself at the forefront of contemporary Hip-Hop culture. Artistically adventurous and socially conscious, he has been unapologetic in using his art form, rap music, to address issues affecting black lives while also exploring subjects fundamental to the human experience, such as religious belief. This book is the first to provide an interdisciplinary academic analysis of the impact of Lamar's corpus. In doing so, it highlights how Lamar's music reflects current tensions that are keenly felt when dealing with the subjects of race, religion and politics. Starting with Section 80 and ending on DAMN., this book deals with each of Lamar's four major projects in turn. A panel of academics, journalists and hip-hop practitioners show how religion, in particular black spiritualties, take a front-and-centre role in his work. They also observe that his astute and biting thoughts on race and culture may come from an African American perspective, but many find something familiar in Lamar's lyrical testimony across great chasms of social and geographical difference. This sophisticated exploration of one of popular culture's emerging icons reveals a complex and multi-faceted engagement with religion, faith, race, art and culture. As such, it will be vital reading for anyone working in Religious, African American and Hip-Hop studies, as well as scholars of Music, Media and Popular Culture"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Christopher M. Driscoll is Assistant Professor of Religion, Africana, and American Studies at Lehigh University. Driscoll is also cofounder and former chair of the Critical Approaches to Hip Hop and Religion group at the American Academy of Religion. Much of his work attends to hip hop culture, including editing a 2011 special issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religionon the topic, he is coauthor ofBreaking Bread, BreakingBeats: Churches and Hip Hop - A Guide to Key Issues(Fortress, 2014), and more. Driscoll is also author ofWhite Lies: Race & Uncertainty in the Twilight of American Religion(Routledge, 2015), and coauthor (with Monica R. Miller) ofMethod as Identity: Manufacturing Distance in theAcademic Study of Religion(Lexington, 2018). Monica R. Miller is Associate Professor of Religion, Africana Studies, and Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University, USA. Miller is the author of Religion and Hip Hop (Routledge, 2012), The Hip Hop and Religion Reader, coedited with Anthony B. Pinn (Routledge, 2014), Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US, coedited with Anthony B. Pinn and Bernard "Bun B" Freeman (Bloomsbury, 2015), Claiming Identity in the Study of Religion: Social and Rhetorical Techniques Examined ed. (Equinox, 2016), and Humanism in a Non-Humanist World ed. (Palgrave Macmillan) among other books, numerous essays, and book chapters on the topic. Miller is cofounder and current cochair of the Critical Approaches to hip hop and Religion group at the American Academy of Religion and has presented nationally on the topic over the past ten years. Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is also the founding Director of Rice's Certer for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning. Pinn is also the Director of Research for the Institute for Humanist Studies (Washington, DC). In addition to courses on African American religious thought, liberation theologies, and religious aesthetics, Pinn co-teaches with Bernard "Bun B" Freeman a popular course on religion and hip hop culture. The course received media coverage from a variety of outlets including MTV. He is the author/editor of over30 books, including Noise and Spirit: Rap Music's Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities (NYU Press, 2003); The Religion and Hip Hop Reader, coedited with Monica R. Miller (Routledge, 2014); and Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US, coedited with Monica R. Miller and Bernard "Bun B" Freeman (Bloomsbury, 2015)
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 22, 2019)
Subject Lamar, Kendrick, 1987- -- Criticism and interpretation
Rap (Music) -- Religious aspects
Rap (Music) -- 2011-2020 -- History and criticism
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / Rap & Hip Hop
RELIGION / Spirituality
Rap (Music)
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Driscoll, Christopher M., editor
Miller, Monica R., 1981- editor
Pinn, Anthony B., editor
LC no. 2019029731
ISBN 1351010824
Other Titles Kendrick Lamar & the making of black meaning