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The Soul of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs and a Cultural Theology Paperback – August 23, 2010
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"Hodge provides fresh insights about the music and the culture from which it sprang . . . An exciting and important book that can help veteran fans and newbies read between the lines of this major musical phenomenon." (Steve Rabey, YouthWorker Journal, January/February 2011)
"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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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.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by BP
I predict that once this title sells out it will continue to be in demand... as long as engaging HIP HOP global culture matters... Read morePublished on September 7, 2011 by John Watson
Incredible examination of the crossing and correlations of authentic Hip-Hop culture and authentic Christianity. Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by Joshua Canada
In this important text, Dr. Hodge opens a door of understanding for those of us outside of the Hip-Hop community. Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by Amazon Customer