Political Melodies in the Pews?

Political Melodies in the Pews? : The Voice of the Black Christian Rapper in the Twenty-First-Century Church

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The book explores the views that Christian theology is a theology of liberation and by means of this spiritual deliverance, an innovative, yet, revolutionary voice (Gospel hip hop) has emerged from the pews of the Sunday morning worship hour in the Black church. It is the author's contention that the emergence of Christian hip hop based ministries has taken on the role of a new liberating theological theme among youth within the Black community.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 132 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739172360
  • 9780739172360

About David L. Moody

David L. Moody is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego).show more

Review quote

In Political Melodies in the Pews?, Moody opens the door for us to examine an understudied subject, and he has raised poignant questions to consider. As Christian music continues to play an important role as part of the worship service in Black churches across the United States, studies such as these are important contributions to better understanding cultural practices within these and similar communities. Journal of American Culture This is a wonderful reference for readers who seek clarity on the purpose of Christian hip-hop. Moody's own belief is made evident in the first pages and ... is the book's driving force. The Journal Of Religion David Moody examines the relationship between contemporary black Christian rap/hip hop and black liberation theology. This topic is fascinating to me and caused me to think "why didn't I think of that?!" It is interesting how he draws parallels between the themes in the lyrics of antebellum and postbellum black spirituals with the themes in contemporary black Christian hip hop rap songs. I believe Political Melodies in the Pews? is just the kind of scholarship to extend the current analyses regarding theology, popular culture, African American studies, and hip hop culture. -- Angela Nelson, Bowling Green State University From the street demonstrations of the Civil Rights Movement, to the ideological struggles of black theology and black power, the black church has always sought a contemporary way in which to give voice to the meaning of the faith. With the rise of hip-hop as both a musical and cultural phenomenon the same issues arise; how do you present a changeless gospel to a fast- changing world. This book takes us into the world and work of black Christian rappers. Their melodies and methods may be different, but the intention is still focused on how to reach the masses. -- Marvin A. McMickle, President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity Schoolshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: Sing my Brother, Sing! Say what's on your mind; Do it with a rhyme! Chapter 1: The "Liberating Dream" through Black Christian Rap Music Chapter 2: Performing Hip Hop in the Black Church: Political, Spiritual, or just plain Entertaining? Hip Hop as a Culture: Rap as an Art Form Chapter 3: Black Liberation Theology: Political, Spiritual, or just a plain old voice from the Past? Chapter 4: Jesus "The Brown Skin-Revolutionary": Was Jesus a Marxist Rapper? Chapter 5: What Would Jesus Rap About? Conclusion: The Role of the Church Today Appendix A. ABC Transcript/Jeremiah Wright Appendix B. RIAA 2008 Consumer Profile Appendix C. Slave Population of the U.S.show more