Political Melodies in the Pews?: The Voice of the Black Christian Rapper in the Twenty-first-Century Church

Overview

In this fascinating study of contemporary Christian worshippers, David L. Moody analyzes Christian rap music against traditional Christian theology. For many, mixing the sanctified worship of God with music originating from unconsecrated avenues has become difficult to accept. From the back alleys and streets of “the hood” to the club scene of urban America, Christian rappers walk to a different beat than the preacher at the pulpit. However, similar to a street evangelist, the Black Christian rapper is about ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (5) from $66.67   
  • New (3) from $66.67   
  • Used (2) from $68.88   
Political Melodies in the Pews?: The Voice of the Black Christian Rapper in the Twenty-first-Century Church

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$51.99
BN.com price
(Save 30%)$74.99 List Price

Overview

In this fascinating study of contemporary Christian worshippers, David L. Moody analyzes Christian rap music against traditional Christian theology. For many, mixing the sanctified worship of God with music originating from unconsecrated avenues has become difficult to accept. From the back alleys and streets of “the hood” to the club scene of urban America, Christian rappers walk to a different beat than the preacher at the pulpit. However, similar to a street evangelist, the Black Christian rapper is about singing praise to God and delivering the gospel message to his “lost homies” on the streets. Moody examines the emergence of hip hop based ministries and their place among youth with the Black community.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Angela Nelson
David Moody examines the relationship between contemporary black Christian rap/hip hop and black liberation theology. This topic is fascinating to me and caused me to think “why didn’t I think of that?!” It is interesting how he draws parallels between the themes in the lyrics of antebellum and postbellum black spirituals with the themes in contemporary black Christian hip hop rap songs. I believe Political Melodies in the Pews? is just the kind of scholarship to extend the current analyses regarding theology, popular culture, African American studies, and hip hop culture.
Marvin A. McMickle
From the street demonstrations of the Civil Rights Movement, to the ideological struggles of black theology and black power, the black church has always sought a contemporary way in which to give voice to the meaning of the faith. With the rise of hip-hop as both a musical and cultural phenomenon the same issues arise; how do you present a changeless gospel to a fast- changing world. This book takes us into the world and work of black Christian rappers. Their melodies and methods may be different, but the intention is still focused on how to reach the masses.
Journal of American Culture
In Political Melodies in the Pews?, Moody opens the door for us to examine an understudied subject, and he has raised poignant questions to consider. As Christian music continues to play an important role as part of the worship service in Black churches across the United States, studies such as these are important contributions to better understanding cultural practices within these and similar communities.
The Journal Of Religion
This is a wonderful reference for readers who seek clarity on the purpose of Christian hip-hop. Moody’s own belief is made evident in the first pages and . . . is the book’s driving force.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739172360
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Moody is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the State University of New York at 'swego (SUNY 'swego).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sing my Brother, Sing! Say what’s on your mind; Do it with a rhyme!
Chapter 1: The “Liberating Dream” through Black Christian Rap Music
Chapter 2: Performing Hip Hop in the Black Church: Political, Spiritual, or just plain Entertaining? Hip Hop as a Culture: Rap as an Art Form
Chapter 3: Black Liberation Theology: Political, Spiritual, or just a plain old voice from the Past?
Chapter 4: Jesus “The Brown Skin-Revolutionary”: Was Jesus a Marxist Rapper?
Chapter 5: What Would Jesus Rap About?
Conclusion: The Role of the Church Today
Appendix A. ABC Transcript/Jeremiah Wright
Appendix B. RIAA 2008 Consumer Profile
Appendix C. Slave Population of the U.S.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)