Is There a God on the Mic? Hip Hop’s (Untold) Religious History
At odds with abiding critiques of Hip Hop’s celebration of materialism, misogyny and violence, this talk highlights how religion has long been a centerpiece of the music and culture. Telling the less familiar story of Hip Hop’s religious history, we will cover a range of religious performances from such early artists as KRS-ONE, Tupac and Lauryn Hill up through contemporary figures like Kanye West, Remy Ma, Chance the Rapper, and Kendrick Lamar. Josef Sorett is an Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Columbia University, where he also directs the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice.