Noise and Spirit: The Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities of Rap Music

Noise and Spirit: The Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities of Rap Music

by Anthony B. Pinn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814766978

ISBN-13: 9780814766972

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),

Overview

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.

The first section explores rap’s association with more easily recognizable religious traditions and communities such as Christianity and Islam. The next presents discussions of rap and important spiritual considerations, including on the topic of death. The final unit wrestles with ways to theologize about the relationship between the sacred and the profane in rap.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814766972
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents


Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Making a World with a Beat: Musical Expression’s Relationship to Religious Identity and Experience
Rap and Religious Traditions
African American Christian Rap: Facing “Truth” and Resisting It: Garth Kasimu Baker-Fletcher
A Jihad of Words: The Evolution of African American
Islam and Contemporary Hip-Hop: Juan M. Floyd-Thomas
Rap, Reggae, and Religion: Sounds of Cultural Dissonance: Noel Leo Erskine
“Handlin’ My Business”: Exploring Rap’s Humanist Sensibilities: Anthony B. Pinn
Rap and Issues of “Spirit” and “Spirituality”
Bringing Noise, Conjuring Spirit: Rap as Spiritual Practice: Mark Lewis Taylor
Rap as Wrap and Rapture: North American Popular Culture and the Denial of Death: James W. Perkinson
The Spirit Is Willing and So Is the Flesh: The Queen
in Hip-Hop Culture: Leola A. Johnson
Rap and the Art of “Theologizing”
The Rub: Markets, Morals, and the “Theologizing” of Music: William C. Ban?eld
Rap, Religion, and New Realities: The Emergence of a Religious Discourse in Rap Music: Ralph C. Watkins
Selected Bibliography
About the Contributors
Index

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