Hip Hop's Hostile Gospel: A Post-Soul Theological Exploration

Hip Hop's Hostile Gospel: A Post-Soul Theological Exploration

by Daniel White Hodge

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Is there such a thing as a Hip Hop ‘theology’? Drawing on interviews from those in the Hip Hop community, and a critical engagement with the theological and ecclesiological ruminations of over 8,500 songs, Hodge aims to paint a picture of what a Hip Hop theology of community might entail, how it may look, and what it could feel like.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608468454
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Series: Studies in Critical Research on Religion Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Daniel White Hodge, Ph.D. (2006), Fuller Graduate Schools, is Associate Professor of Youth Ministry at North Park University in Chicago. He has published monographs, research reports, and many articles, on Hip Hop and youth, including The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rimbs, Timbs, & a Cultural Theology (2010).

Table of Contents

Series Editor Preface vii

Preface viii

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction: Hip Hop's Complexity & Theological Intricacy 1

The Quest for God in Hip Hop 4

The Study of Hip Hop Culture 9

Hip Hop's Theology: An Oxymoron? 13

The Hostility of A Gospel 22

The Research & Background 26

Chapters 28

1 Context, Societal Change, & the Construct of Hip Hop Culture 30

The Social Conditions of the 'Hood 32

The Post-soul Emergence 40

Soul & Post-soul Variations 41

Hip Hop & Postmodernism 47

4 Key Elements of Hip Hop & Postmodernism 50

Chapter Summary 52

2 God in the Cypher: Theological Narratives in Hip Hop 53

Theological Inferences 57

A Tribe Called Quest 57

Digable Planets 62

Nas 68

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 73

Kanye West 77

Ice Cube 82

Kendrick Lamar 86

Lauryn Hill 90

Chapter Summary 94

3 Hip Hop's Totemic Prophet: Tupac Amaru Shakur 95

Tupac & the Post-soul Context 99

Locating Tupac's Gospel 108

Toward a Theology of Tupac the Post-soul Prophet 113

Chapter Summary 114

4 Violence, Death, & Suffering in Hip Hop Context 116

Violence in Context 122

Processing Pain & Violence 128

Contemplating Violence in Context 131

Transmediated Violence & A "Just God" 142

Chapter Summary 147

5 No Jesus in the Wild: Race, & The Jesuz Figure 149

The Hip Hop Community & The Jesus Figure 160

The Outlawz & Black Jesuz 166

Toward Sensationalized Images of the Hip Hop Jesus 172

Chapter Summary 174

6 Conclusions: What is Theology & Spirituality in Hip Hop? 175

Five Central Typologies of Jip Hop's Theological Sensibilities 186

Hip Hop's Post-Soul Centrality 193

The Neo-Secular Sacred within Hip Hop 196

Further Research in Hip Hop & Spirituality 199

Appendix 1 The Source Magazine's Top 100 Rap Albums 203

Appendix 2 Top 25 List Generated from Interviewees of Hip Hop Theologically Influenced Artists 206

Bibliography 207

Index 220

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