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The Soul of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs and a Cultural Theology

The Soul of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs and a Cultural Theology

by Daniel White HodgeDaniel White Hodge
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What is hip hop? It's a cultural movement with a traceable theological center. Daniel White Hodge follows the tracks of hip-hop theology and offers a path from its center to the cross, where Jesus speaks truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830837328
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 07/23/2010
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Daniel White Hodge (Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies) is adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Citrus College. A former music industry professional and author of Heaven Has a Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel and Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur, he serves as a national trainer for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI).

Table of Contents

Langugae Disclaimer 9

List of Tables & Figures 12

Introduction: From the Margins of Isolation to the Main Stage: A Theological Reflection on Hip Hop 13

Session 1 A Bird's-Eye View of Hip Hop 31

1 Back in the Day: Tracing the Origins of Hip Hop 35

2 Hip Hop & the Post-Soul Matrix 63

Session 2 The theology of Hip Hop 73

3 Pain, Misery, Hate & Love All at Once: A Theology of Suffering 75

4 Where Are My Dawgs At? A Theology of Community 104

5 Jesuz Is Hip Hop: A Theology Of The Hip Hop Jesuz 125

6 Tupac's Nit Grit 'Hood Gospel: A Theology of Social Action & Justice 141

7 Finding Jesus in the Shadows: A Theology of the Profane 157

Session 3 Missionally Engaging Hip Hop's Theology 187

8 The Scandal of Loving the Ethnos: Beginning the Dialogue of Hip Hop Missions 189

9 See You at the Crossroads: Jesuz, Hip Hop & Missions In Post-9/11 America 210

Epilogue: Reflections from a Hip Hopper 232

Reference Cited 235

Index 247

What People are Saying About This

Melvin Donalson

"When most scholars, critics and religious voices have taken a reductionist approach to Hip Hop culture and music, Dr. Daniel White Hodge reveals the complexity, spiritualism and inspiration that shape Hip Hop. As a Hip Hop pastor, Dr. Hodge successfully connects the transforming philosophies that exist between Christianity and Hip Hop theology. Insightfully, he underscores the distinctions between the commercialized lyrics and behavior that permeate mainstream media and the more consciousness-raising messages in the content and rhythms of grass-roots Hip Hop. Dr. Hodge boldly invites the reader to contextualize the life and activism of the biblical Jesus in order to appreciate the collective power and relevance of Hip Hop culture."
Melvin Donalson, Ph.D., author of Hip Hop in American Cinema

Craig Detweiler

"Daniel White Hodge engages in deep listening, hearing the authentic cry for justice inherent in Hip Hop. He samples the sharpest scholars to forge his own sound---raw, gritty, real and hopeful. Give The Soul of Hip Hop plenty of play."
Craig Detweiler, Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture, Pepperdine University, editor of Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God

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