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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (July 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830837329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830837328
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Daniel White Hodge engages in deep listening, hearing the authentic cry for justice inherent in Hip Hop. He samples the sharpest scholars to forge his own sound---raw, gritty, real and hopeful. Give The Soul of Hip Hop plenty of play." (Craig Detweiler, Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture, Pepperdine University, editor of Halos and Avatars: Playing Video Games with God)

"When most scholars, critics and religious voices have taken a reductionist approach to Hip Hop culture and music, Dr. Daniel White Hodge reveals the complexity, spiritualism and inspiration that shape Hip Hop. As a Hip Hop pastor, Dr. Hodge successfully connects the transforming philosophies that exist between Christianity and Hip Hop theology. Insightfully, he underscores the distinctions between the commercialized lyrics and behavior that permeate mainstream media and the more consciousness-raising messages in the content and rhythms of grass-roots Hip Hop. Dr. Hodge boldly invites the reader to contextualize the life and activism of the biblical Jesus in order to appreciate the collective power and relevance of Hip Hop culture." (Melvin Donalson, Ph.D., author of Hip Hop in American Cinema)

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Daniel White Hodge is a dynamic speaker, scholar, Hip Hop theologian, Tupac Shakur scholar, & racial bridge builder that connects Urban Popular culture (Including but not limited to Hip Hop, Race/ Ethnicity, class, socio-cultural concerns, The Black Church, & The Emergent Urban Church) with daily life events. Dr. White Hodge has been an active member of the Hip Hop Community for over 20 years and continues to not only study the culture from both an academic and practical perspective, but live it as well. His unique perspective on Hip Hop and Theology challenges his audiences to look beyond the "outer surface" and go into the deeper parts of the culture.
www.whitehodge.com

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Truly a redemptive work.
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This also bridges the divide between Hip Hop and communities of Faith in a brilliant way.
John Watson
It is informative, insightful, challenging and just an overall good read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Manning on August 1, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed Hodge's treatise on a theology of Hip Hop Culture. It is clear that Hodge purposely stretches the traditional Christian reader and calls him or her to an engagement with Hip Hop that is rarely found in the church. I have the benefit of authentically viewing his work through both lenses, as a Christian student of the Scriptures as well as a product of the Hip-Hop Culture. As I read this book, I recited many of the lyrics that he cited and agreed with statements that I thought to myself in my college dorm room just a few years ago. I appreciated Hodge's willingness to say what few others would dare. As I read, I found several areas in which I completely agree and others where I am cautious to step out as far on the limb that Hodge is dancing on.

What I most appreciate about this book as that he gives the Hip-Hopper a soul and a voice. It's easy to dismiss these people as lost in their sin, but he gives them an unexpected "benefit of the doubt" However, I found that he may go a little too far by identifying Hip Hop artists such as Tupac Shakur and DMX as "prophets" by comparing their lyrics to the Biblical texts of Job and King David. While he makes his point well that the feelings of oppression and suffering are the same, I feel that the glaring difference is a commitment to the rule of God and the principles of repentance and belief that God requires and is evident in the Biblical texts that he sites. For example, Hodge sites Jeremiah 15:15-16 as the prophets ability "to connect with Hip-Hop's suffering contexts. (page 89)" However, in this text, Jeremiah clearly articulates that he has committed his cause to Yahweh. This cannot always been said of the "prophets" of the Hip-Hop culture.

He also, seemingly, reads more into hip-hop lyrics than are there.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin T. on September 4, 2010
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The Soul of Hip Hop is thought provoking, deep and spot on! The message is a fresh and out of the box approach to the traditional "churchy" point of view. I love the way he presents the Hip Hop community as a people group. Daniel White-Hodge gives those who come from outside the 'hood a real look at the history and progression of this community not only from an analytical perspective but also from his personal experience. This book challenged me to think on a higher level and view the world from a deeper place in my heart and soul.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BP on October 3, 2011
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This book offers fantastic cultural context for what the Good News of Jesus looks like within the world of Hip Hop. It is informative, insightful, challenging and just an overall good read. I highly recommend it to anyone working within the urban context who wants a deeper understanding of culture and how Jesus can, and already does, speak within Hip Hop.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Watson on September 7, 2011
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I predict that once this title sells out it will continue to be in demand... as long as engaging HIP HOP global culture matters... and there is a need to understand why it matters... here is a good place to start this important dialogue. I know of no other book like this that speaks both to the Church & HIP HOP community with the core questions of ultimate meaning in the mix.

This is the first book that could help bring the Martin Luther King Generation back together with the HIP HOP generation without asking the HIP HOP generation to give up what it has learned about life and culture.

This also bridges the divide between Hip Hop and communities of Faith in a brilliant way. Anyone who cares about relevant inter-generational communication should not ignore Daniel White Hodges work -- including those interested in breaking down the gap between popular culture and the academy.

I must Add... That Now that KRSONE has decided to launch and establish "The Temple of HIP Hop". This book will be at the cutting edge of wrestling with the issues related to Christ and Culture as it relates to this powerful global movement. Deeper examination of the issues related to personal empowerment in a New Age sense rooted in Eastern spirituality in contrast to a Christ Centered Empowerment will need further exploration. I highly recomend reading "The Celtic Way of Evangelism": http://www.amazon.com/Celtic-Evangelism-Tenth-Anniversary-Edition/dp/1426711379/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1356036193&sr=8-1&keywords=the+celtic+way+of+evangelism along with this book. Power rooted in love will be the bottom line for many young people in the Hip Hop movement. The way of demonstration is core to real teaching... do not just tell me... Show me... Be the Truth you proclaim.
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