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Christian Hip Hop and Traditional Gospel

Sankofa: Connecting the Present to the Past
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Jonathan Skinner

on 4 December 2013

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Transcript of Christian Hip Hop and Traditional Gospel

Jesus Christ
Christian Hip Hop
New Kids on the Block
Charles Albert Tindley
Pioneers
JC & The Boyz
A desire to worship and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through the art form of music.
The purposes of the genre are edification and evangelism
Scripture in an Urban Context
We'll Understand Better By and By
GRITS
The Sankofa Relationship of Traditional Gospel Music and Christian Hip Hop Music
Thomas A. Dorsey
Sankofa: Looking Back, Moving Forward
Revolutionary forms of worship in the black church
Importance of Lyricism
Music with a Message
Promotes Transcendent Emotional Response
1980's
First commercial gospel rap record: Bible Break by Stephen Wiley in 1985
Dc Talk
Gospel Gangstaz
Kirk Franklin
Michael Peace
Lecrae
Trip Lee
Da' Truth
KJ-52
Bizzle
Theological Considerations
Pastoral and Evangelistic
Varied
Eschatology
Theology of the Hood
Authority of Scripture
Communal Love
Criticisms- G. Craige Lewis
The Label "Christian" Rapper
Where do we fit in Hip Hop Culture?
Where do we fit in the Black Church?
Canton Jones
Spirituality in Hip Hop:
Outside of "Christian Hip Hop"
KRS One
Kanye West
"I ain't here to argue about his facial features/ Or here to convert atheists into believers/ I'm just trying to say the way schools needs teachers/ The way Kathie Lee needed Regis/ That's the way y'all need Jesus/ So here go my single, dog, radio needs this/ They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus/ That means guns, sex, lies, video tapes/ But if I talk about God, my record won't get played, huh?/ Well, let this take away from my spins/ Which will probably take away from my ends/ Then I hope this takes away from my sins."
-Jesus Walks, Kanye West
Tupac
"If I upset you don't stress, never forget God isn't finished with me yet. I feel his hand on my brain, when I write rhymes I go blind and let the Lord do his thing.
But am I less holy, cuz I choose to puff a blunt and drink beer with my homies? Before we find world peace, we gotta find peace and end the war on the streets, my Ghetto Gospel.
-Ghetto Gospel, Tupac Ft. Elton John
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