Propaganda Doesn’t Have an Answer, and Neither Do I

Last week, Humble Beast artist Propaganda released his latest album, Excellent. You can snag it here for free, or you can support Propaganda and the label by purchasing it on iTunes, a physical copy from their website, or at a show. The album lives up to its title, and is definitely worth a listen. Most people who’ve heard of Propaganda prior to this release know him from his now-famous G.O.S.P.E.L. video. He’s a great poet and an energetic performer who considers his words carefully; this is not only something I appreciate deeply, but that I’m quick to point people towards when I get the chance. Continue reading Propaganda Doesn’t Have an Answer, and Neither Do I

“Christian” Hip-Hop: What Does That Even Mean?

Last week, we talked a bit about the importance of Christian hip-hop/rap as a genre, and then provided numerous examples of theologically-influenced lyrics from within the genre. Hopefully you’ve taken a few minutes to check some of those artists out. What follows today is a discussion of a debate that has long existed within the genre, but has recently taken a front seat. Continue reading “Christian” Hip-Hop: What Does That Even Mean?

A Primer: Why Christian Hip-Hop is Here to Stay

If you haven’t been following the Christian music scene for awhile, I can’t really say that I blame you. Much of the music we label as “Christian” is, frankly, boring. If a particular band or album is beautifully done, it is usually either considered a step away from the “Christian music” scene (i.e., they did not mention Jesus’ name explicitly in that last album, and so are no longer being Christian in their music) or it is a fluke. There are, of course, exceptions to this. Some artists and bands have created beautiful music that Christians can embrace, but with the sheer number of artists out there, the contemporary Christian music scene is stale. Continue reading A Primer: Why Christian Hip-Hop is Here to Stay