Urban God Talk: Constructing A Hip Hop Spirituality by Andre E. JohnsonUrban God Talk: Constructing A Hip Hop Spirituality by Andre E. Johnson

Urban God Talk: Constructing A Hip Hop Spirituality

EditorAndre E. JohnsonContribution byJames W. Perkinson, Michael D. Royster

Paperback | August 17, 2015

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Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality, edited by Andre Johnson, is a collection of essays that examine the religious and spiritual in hip hop. The contributors argue that the prevailing narrative that hip hop offers nothing in the way of religion and spirituality is false. From its beginning, hip hop has had a profound spirituality and advocates religious views-and while not orthodox or systemic, nevertheless, many in traditional orthodox religions would find the theological and spiritual underpinnings in hip hop comforting, empowering, and liberating.
Andre E. Johnson is the Dr. James L. Netters Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Religion and African American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary.
Title:Urban God Talk: Constructing A Hip Hop SpiritualityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.96 × 5.57 × 0.71 inPublished:August 17, 2015Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1498521053

ISBN - 13:9781498521055


Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Theoretical and Methodological ApproachesChapter 1: Somewhere Underneath the MC's Wit and the Evangelical Word: Toward a Christian Ethical Evaluation of Hip Hop PolemicJames W. PerkinsonChapter 2: The Message from the WildernessMichael D. RoysterChapter 3: "To Set at Liberty Them that are Bruised": Exposing Liberation Theology within Hip HopWeldon Merrial McWilliams, IVChapter 4: "Put Your Hands Together": The Theological Meaning of Call-Response and Collective Participation in Rap MusicAngela M. NelsonChapter 5: "Let the Redeemed of the Lord say so": Viewing Rap Music as a Form of African American SpiritualityDarrell WesleyChapter 6: From the same Womb, of the same Struggle: Hip Hop Music and its Connection with the Blues and the GospelsVaNatta S. FordChapter 7: Performing Spirituality: Lil Wayne's Letters from a New York JailSharon LauricallaPart II. Hip Hop and ReligionChapter 8: Rap with Soul and Pray with Flow: Youth on Hip Hop Musicality and Catholic SpiritualityTim Huffman and Amira De la GarzaChapter 9: Embracing the Nation: Hip Hop, Louis Farrakhan, and Alternative MusicDawn-Marie GibsonChapter 10: Oath Continuities: The Inner Structure, Meaning, and Spiritualism of Mau Mau Hip HopMickie Mwanzia KosterChapter 11: My Soul Knows how to Flow: A Critical Analysis of the History of Urban Black Christian-Themed RapErika D. GaultChapter 12: Morality, the Sacred, and God in Ghanaian Hip HopHarry Nii Koney OdamttenChapter 13: In the Church, in the Streets: A Spectrum of Religious Expression in Christian Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry in Atlanta and DetroitShanesha R. F. Brooks Tatum

Editorial Reviews

The scholarly study of hip hop and spirituality is strong and growing. Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality adds a serious and much needed anthology to this field of study. What Dr. Johnson has done is essentially capture cutting edge research and help the field rise to new levels of thought and scholarship. What Dr. Johnson has here is a canon for a stronger understanding of hip hop and spirituality. A must read!