Noise And Spirit: The Religious And Spiritual Sensibilities Of Rap Music by Anthony PinnNoise And Spirit: The Religious And Spiritual Sensibilities Of Rap Music by Anthony Pinn

Noise And Spirit: The Religious And Spiritual Sensibilities Of Rap Music

EditorAnthony Pinn

Paperback | November 1, 2003

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Rap music is often seen as a Black secular response to pressing issues of our time. Yet, like spirituals, the blues, and gospel music, rap has deep connections to African American religious traditions.

Noise and Spirit explores the diverse religious dimensions of rap stemming from Islam (including the Nation of Islam and Five Percent Nation), Rastafarianism, and Humanism, as well as Christianity. The volume examines rap’s dialogue with religious traditions, from the ways in which Islamic rap music is used as a method of religious and political instruction to the uses of both the blues and Black women’s rap for considering the distinction between God and the Devil.

The first section explores rap’s association with more easily recognizable religious traditions and communities such as Christianity and Islam. The next presents discussions of rap and important spiritual considerations, including on the topic of death. The final unit wrestles with ways to theologize about the relationship between the sacred and the profane in rap.

Title:Noise And Spirit: The Religious And Spiritual Sensibilities Of Rap MusicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.57 inPublished:November 1, 2003Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0814766994

ISBN - 13:9780814766996

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Noise and Spirit is a thought provoking collection of empirical works that ultimately offer even the most reluctant of scholars a great vantage point from which to build on a continuing examination into, and further discussion of, the fragile and often contentious alliance between rap and religion. This is clearly a definitive work worth reading.”
-The Sociology of Religion

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