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 genres, for that matter) that at times felt at odds with the content of what I was writing, that simply wasn’t the case with the rap music I was listening to. In fact, there were times when the lyrics would help provide me with a picture of something from the Biblical text. Continue reading Christian Hip-Hop: Some Content May Surprise You

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