"Utley (California State Univ., Long Beach) presents a unique study of the cultural and sociological context in which religion and hard-edged rap intersect, mainly from the mid 1990s to the present. Also, the book's laid-back prose offers a quick read. . . . Summing Up: Recommended."
"Rap and Religion is elegant, compelling, and desperately needed. Utley's bracing exploration of the godly and divine in rap music illuminates new, powerful, and poignant intersections between the politics of religion, race, gender, and commerce. A remarkable scholarly achievement, and a gift to hip hop fans everywhere."
Michael P. Jeffries, Author of Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-HoP≪/i>, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Wellesley College