Noise and Spirit: The Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities of Rap Music / Edition 1

Noise and Spirit: The Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities of Rap Music / Edition 1

by Anthony B. Pinn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814766994

ISBN-13: 2900814766995

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: New York University Press

Rap music is often seen as a Black secular response to pressing issues of our time. Yet, like spirituals, the blues, and gospel music, rap has deep connections to African American religious traditions. Noise and Spirit explores the diverse religious dimensions of rap stemming from Islam (including the Nation of Islam and Five Percent Nation), Rastafarianism, and…  See more details below

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Rap music is often seen as a Black secular response to pressing issues of our time. Yet, like spirituals, the blues, and gospel music, rap has deep connections to African American religious traditions. Noise and Spirit explores the diverse religious dimensions of rap stemming from Islam (including the Nation of Islam and Five Percent Nation), Rastafarianism, and Humanism, as well as Christianity. The volume examines rap's dialogue with religious traditions, from the ways in which Islamic rap music is used as a method of religious and political instruction to the uses of both the blues and black women's rap for considering the distinction between God and the Devil.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900814766995
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Making a World with a Beat: Musical Expression's Relationship to Religious Identity and Experience1
1African American Christian Rap: Facing "Truth" and Resisting It29
2A Jihad of Words: The Evolution of African American Islam and Contemporary Hip-Hop49
3Rap, Reggae, and Religion: Sounds of Cultural Dissonance71
4"Handlin' My Business": Exploring Rap's Humanist Sensibilities85
5Bringing Noise, Conjuring Spirit: Rap as Spiritual Practice107
6Rap as Wrap and Rapture: North American Popular Culture and the Denial of Death131
7The Spirit Is Willing and So Is the Flesh: The Queen in Hip-Hop Culture154
8The Rub: Markets, Morals, and the "Theologizing" of Music173
9Rap, Religion, and New Realities: The Emergence of a Religious Discourse in Rap Music184
Selected Bibliography193
About the Contributors201
Index203

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