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Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God
Why is the battle between good and evil a recurring theme in rap lyrics? What role does the devil play in hip hop? What exactly does it mean when rappers wear a diamond-encrusted "Jesus" around their necks? Why do rappers acknowledge God during award shows and frequently include prayers in their albums? Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God tackles a sensitive ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published June 11th 2012 by Praeger
(first published January 1st 2012)
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Dr. Utley, I'm so sorry it took me 6 years to finish reading Rap and Religion, but it was worth the wait...the book was amazing! I found myself reading and re-reading passages because the analyses were so deep and complex. I learned about Jesus pieces and the Five Percent Nation, and I learned how both inform hip hop messages of resistance. You deftly illustrated how the iconography, lyrics, and "real life" happenings work together in hip hop to resist persistent oppression. And I must say, that ...more
Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. is a professorpreneur. As a Professor of Communication Studies at California State University Long Beach she researches, publishes, and teaches interpersonal communication. Her expertise has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network as well as other national and international radio, print, and online outlets. As an entrepreneur, she curates experiences and develops products ...more