Religion & Hip-Hop. The current perception of either culture is that they do not belong together. It’s an oxy-moron. They’re oil and water. But are they, really? “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West, “G.O.D.” by Common and Ceelo, “Muhammed Walks” by Lupe Fiasco, “Who Do You Believe In?” by 2Pac, “Faith” by Kendrick Lamar, “B.I.B.L.E.” by Killah Priest, “All Praises Due” by Mos Def, and countless other hip-hop artists’ songs mention or discuss religion. Artists even have religious names or refer to themselves as deities: Hova, Charlamagne Tha God, Yeezus…Rev Run, even.
Do you feel religion has a place with hip-hop, and vice versa? Checkout The Breakfast Clubs interview (Power 105.1) with Bun B and Anthony Pinn. They will be co-teaching a course on Religion and Hip-Hop at Rice University. The two of them discuss how that course came about and touch briefly on the issue of religion and hip-hop. Details on the course are as follows:
Date: March 24th (6 week course)
Location: Online – www.edx.org
Course Name: Religion and hIp-Hop (RELI157X)