We brought this question up when another shooting occurred in Florida in one of our previous articles.
This time another rapper was shot dead while driving his Maserati in Vegas. So, we ask some of you gospel artists, including the preachers of the black church…Read full article, here.
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Bishop T. D. Jakes Says “It’s not the Method But the Message’ about Christian Hip Hop [VIDEO]
“Gospel Hip Hop has made significant contributions to the next generation,” said the Dallas mega pastor, though he admits that the older generation still cringes a bit when they hear its aggressive beats and contemporary sound.“If you’re like me, you love the old hymns and the old songs that we were taught, but this debate happens every 20 or 30 years or so,” he noted.
He tells us to not get caught up in the method but the message is the key to glorifying God. Watch for yourself.
The name of this song is ‘Remixed, I’m Brand New’, but really we do not see and hear a difference than listening secular rap artists.
This sort of music would really make anyone go back out in the world and desire the real thing. G. Craig Lewis allegedly stated that christian rap is okay, but not hip hop gospel…Read full article, here
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African American Seminaries and Churches Say They Must Embrace Christian Hip Hop For Next Generation
Originally posted: Nov. 12, 2011
“If we’re going to take young people seriously, we have no choice,” said Alton B. Pollard III, dean of the Howard University School of Divinity.Howard University recently had their annual convocation featured the rocking beat of Christian hip-hop artists Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and Sean Simmonds, and professors are using spoken word — poetry performed as social commentary — to examine the New Testament.“In order to be relevant, in order to do youth ministry, you can’t do ministry without engaging hip-hop,” said Maisha Handy, who has taught a course on hip-hop and Christian education for two years at Atlanta’s Interdenominational Theological Center.Howard’s Pollard concedes that seminaries “have come a little late to the dance,” but says its better to embrace hip-hop rather than be intimidated by it. And though some might cringe at the genre’s misogynistic, violent and drug-related undertones, it’s not all that different from the church’s initial reaction to jazz or the blues.“Some artists do definitely exhibit egregious behavior and that behavior should never be condoned,” said Joshua Wright, a sociologist at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, speaking at a hip-hop panel at Howard. “But this does not make all hip-hop artists devil worshippers.”Wright pointed to Christian hip-hop artists — self-described “misfits” who are caught between two worlds — as an example of how hip-hop can be harnessed for good.Michael Eric Dyson, a Georgetown University scholar who teaches a class on hip-hop superstar Jay-Z, said religious critics of hip-hop need to look at their own leaders.“As much as you want to dog a rapper and steamroll his or her lyrics, steamroll some sermons, too, of the bishops and the imams and the rabbis,” said Dyson, who was headed to a concert featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West.Dyson spoke in an open collar, and advocates say dressing down is just one way some churches can indicate an openness to hip-hop culture.“Maybe we need some fitted caps on Sunday,” said the Rev. Willie J. Thompson, Jr., an assistant pastor of a Presbyterian congregation in Springdale, Md., who helped coordinate Howard’s Christian hip-hop concert. “Maybe we need to dress down. Maybe we need to change some of the things that we’ve become accustomed to.”Read more HERE
Rapper DMX Performs Gospel Song on Dr. Drew Life Changers Show?
Thanks to C.W. for a tip on this one! This is actually pretty sickening to see. Now that rapper DMX has been released from prison, he apparently has a change of mind and a change of heart. He performs a song called “Keep You Head Up”. At first we thought it was just a spin off the late rapper Tupac’s song but he has actually rapping about God. To be more accurate, he’s taken the 1970’s song, “Keep You Head to the Sky” by Earth, Wind and Fire and turned it into a gospel rap song. DMX did something similar to Mary Mary on the Black Girls Rock! show this month- turning EWF’s secular song and twisting it along with another gospel song.
Christian Rapper The Ambassador Gives Half Baked Confession to Affair on 700 Club
During a recent appearance on CBN’s “700 Club,” Christian rapper and pastor William “The Ambassador” Branch and wife Michelle opened up about what he called a “non-sexual but very inappropriate relationship” that he had with another woman.
“I really didn’t tell true truth until it (the affair) was over,” the rapper and pastor said on the show.
According to a report, in May 2009, William Branch was dropped from his record label, Cross Movement Records and revealed to his fans but not to his family news of the affair. In April 2010 he released a public confession in hopes to restore and heal his family.