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Author Zanfagna, Christina, 1980- author

Title Holy hip hop in the City of Angels / Christina Zanfagna
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
©2017
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Description 1 online resource (206 pages)
Series Music of the african diaspora ; 19
Music of the African diaspora ; 19
Summary "In the 1990s, Los Angeles was home to numerous radical social and environmental eruptions. In the face of several major earthquakes and floods, riots and economic insecurity, police brutality and mass incarceration, some young black Angelenos turned to holy hip hop-a movement merging Christianity and hip hop culture-to ?save? themselves and the city. Converting street corners to open-air churches and gangsta rap beats into anthems of praise, holy hip hoppers used gospel rap to navigate complicated social and spiritual realities and to transform the Southland's fractured terrains into musical Zions. Armed with beats, rhymes, and bibles, they journeyed through black Lutheran congregations, prison ministries, African churches, reggae dancehalls, hip hop clubs, Nation of Islam meetings, and Black Lives Matter marches. Zanfagna's fascinating ethnography provides a contemporary and unique view of black LA, offering a much-needed perspective on how music and religion intertwine in people's everyday experiences."--Title screen
Notes This book is based upon the thesis: Ph. D. University of California, Los Angeles 2010 with title Holy hip hop in the City of Angels : music, urban space, and the politics of conversion / by Christina Maria Zanfagna
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Performer "In the 1990s, Los Angeles was home to numerous radical social and environmental eruptions. In the face of several major earthquakes and floods, riots and economic insecurity, police brutality and mass incarceration, some young black Angelenos turned to holy hip hop--a movement merging Christianity and hip hop culture--to 'save' themselves and the city. Converting street corners to airborne churches and gangsta rap beats into anthems of praise, holy hip hoppers used gospel rap to navigate complicated social and spiritual realities and to transform the Southland's fractured terrains into musical Zions. Armed with beats, rhymes, and Bibles, they journeyed through black Lutheran congregations, prison ministries, African churches, reggae dancehalls, hip hop clubs, Nation of Islam meetings, and Black Lives Matter marches. Zanfagna's fascinating ethnography provides a contemporary and unique view of black LA, offering a much-needed perspective on how music and religion intertwine in people's everyday experiences."--Provided by publisher
Subject African American musicians -- California -- Los Angeles.
Christian rap (Music)
Christian rap (Music) -- California -- Los Angeles -- History and criticism.
Music -- California -- Los Angeles -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Rap (Music) -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Rap (Music) -- California -- Los Angeles -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Encyclopedias.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520968794 (electronic bk.)
9780520968790 (electronic bk.)