"A noteworthy text that adequately peels back the complex relationship between Hip Hop, religion, and theology, Hodges monograph should be a required reading for any undergraduate or graduate course on the contemporary black church, black theology, or urban youth/young adult ministry." (Brandon Winstead, Journal of Youth Ministry, 2011)
"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)
About the Author
Daniel White Hodge (Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies) is CEO of White Hodge Services, offering educational, consulting and speaking services surrounding issues of racial reconciliation, intercultural communication and urban culture. He is also lecturing professor at Eastern University and adjunct professor at Fuller Graduate Schools. A former music industry professional, he serves as a national trainer for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and the Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI). Hodge is the author of Heaven Has a Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel and Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur,
and The Hostile Gospel: Finding God in the Post Soul Theology of Hip Hop.