Welcome to RapandReligion.com—the #1 source for news and commentary on hip hop and religion. I am Dr. Ebony Utley, the author of Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God. In addition to featuring songs and videos from the book, this blog will keep you in the know when rap and religion collide. Explore the site and come back often for updates.
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Jesus and Tupac had a lot in common. Continue Reading
September 13, 2012, is the sixteenth death anniversary of Tupac Amaru Shakur. While riding in the passenger seat of Suge Knight’s BMW Tupac was shot four times while waiting for a light at the intersection of Koval Lane and Flamingo Road in Las Vegas. He succumbed to his injuries on Friday, September 13, 1996. He was 25 years old. Continue Reading
Listen to one of my favorite interviews with Cypher Lounge Radio. My segment runs from 28:27-48:00. Here’s a description of the show from their site. Welcome to Cypher Lounge Radio where Hip-Hop meets Jay Leno with a twist of CNN. Kareem Fort, the brain behind the scenes and Talented Emcee/Songwriter/Cypher Lounge Host, Hassahn Phenomenon invites celebrities, indie artists, and anybody out there changing the world to an experience where they get to relax, reflect, laugh, converse, and showcase their talents.
Listen to my interview with Bruce, The Ethics Guy. Dr. Bruce Weinstein is an American ethicist who hosts “Ask the Ethics Guy!” a question-and-answer series on Bloomberg Businessweek online and writes an ethics column there. He asks about the connection between rap and religion.
Read Noah Kelly’s take on Rap and Religion from his article in the Long Beach Post. The Long Beach Post is comprised of LBPOST.com and the monthly print publication covering news, life, business and sports in Long Beach, California.
Read about the 10 things HipHopDX learned from reading Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God. HipHopDX is the source for up to the minute news on all hip hop artists, weekly album sales reports, release dates news and much more.
If you’re anything like me, you were scratching your head when the news broke that Snoop had a spiritual awakening and is not only Rastafari and a reggae artist but Bob Marley reincarnated. Hence, his new name Snoop Lion. While it all sounds supremely farfetched, I’d like to discuss appeal of Rastafari to gangstas. Continue Reading