Posts Tagged ‘christian hip-hop’

Proving Rap is Sinful: A Quick Guide

If you’ve found the recent debate in some circles of Christianity about hip-hop to be a bit overwhelming, I’d recommend focusing here. I suspect that Scott Aniol represents some of the best arguments out there against the rap as a musical genre, while Shai Linne is not only a successful Christian...
December 19th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Against Erasure: Why Hip-Hop and the Gospel Belong Together

There is a lot to say about the recent flurry of posts regarding the NCFIC panel about Christian hip-hop. I’ll start by pointing you to Joe Carter’s round-up of the whole thing. Included is a transcript as well as the video, and then a number of links from around the web that refute the panel....
December 3rd, 2013 | Culture, Music, Religion | Read More

Additional Thoughts: Giving Grace to “Crossover” Artists

Last week I penned an article for Biola’s new Center for Christianity, Culture & the Arts. You can read the article here, but I’d like to expand on my conclusion. Here’s how I ended the article (yes, spoiler alert): Here’s the principle we all ought to keep in mind: grace should...
September 16th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Lecrae Answers the Questions Many Have Asked: “Rebel” or “Gravity”?

A couple weeks back, Lecrae released a track exclusively through Rapzilla, one of Christian hip-hop’s top sites (if not the top site for the genre). In the track, Lecrae pits a version of his old self (“Mr. Rebel”, named after his third album) against his current views (“Mr....
September 12th, 2013 | Music | Read More

Lecrae Clears Up Church Clothes

Last week, Reach Records artist Lecrae dropped what has been his most controversial release yet, Church Clothes (you can download it here). It has reached nearly 200,000 downloads in about a week, which I wouldn’t say is anything to be scoffed at, particularly considering the messages Lecrae is...
May 24th, 2012 | Blogging, Culture, Featured, Media, Music | Read More

Desiring a Tattoo: A Case Study

This post may seem a little strange, so allow me to say a few things to start. First, this post is something that’s been brewing in my head for a few years, but I hadn’t formalized it. As such, I’m not quite as set on my thoughts here as I am for other posts. I request a bit extra grace...
May 23rd, 2012 | Culture, Featured, Music, Religion | Read More

Lecrae, Church Clothes, and Mainstream Attention

[Update: My Audio Review for The Christian Manifesto] Over at XXL Mag, a hip-hop oriented magazine, Lecrae was interviewed about his mixtape Church Clothes, which is set to release today, May 10th. I’ve watched a couple of debates on the topic already. People tend to land in one of two places:...
May 10th, 2012 | Culture, Featured, Music, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

Lecrae Performs in a BET Cypher

I know I wrote extensively on Christian Hip-Hop for a week or two, and perhaps some of you are tired of it already. But if you found any legitimacy in the genre, here’s some great news. Earlier this week, BET had their annual awards ceremony. In fact, ever since 2001 the show has been a coveted...
October 12th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Music, Religion | Read More

Christian Hip-Hop: One Last Issue

We have come to the close of this series on Christian hip-hop. Surely there is much more to say, but for now we shall allow these last three pieces, in addition to this one, to suffice.
September 5th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Music, Religion | Read More

Christian Hip-Hop: Some Content May Surprise You

In my undergraduate education, I was a student of Biblical studies. I was also an avid rap fan. Many people can hardly put those two things together. I’d often find myself writing out a theology paper while listening to the latest rap album I had purchased. While I did listen to some rap (and other...
August 26th, 2011 | Culture, Featured, Music, Religion | Read More