Hip Hop: An Expression and Critique of the Black Church

Hip Hop: An Expression and Critique of the Black Church

This workshop will examine the biographies and creative work of three leading hip hop artists, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Chance the Rapper, using these artists and their work as case studies for the connections between hip hop and Black Church faith and practice. Specifically, we will examine three themes integral to hip hop and Black Church theology: providence, confession, and structural sin. The allotted time will include forty minutes of content delivery (including the listening of musical selections), thirty minutes of a manuscript bible study style examination of a lyrical text, and twenty minutes of open sharing of insights from participants on the subject (including q and a).

Participants will learn how to better identify religious themes in secular music and better appreciate the myriad ways the sacred and divine intertwine. Beyond the creative component of the workshop, participants will increase their cultural competency through increasing their understanding of the history and theology (implicit and otherwise) of hip hop and the Black Church respectively. While the workshop is, perhaps, particularly suitable for groups no smaller than 6 and no larger than 25, the workshop is adaptable for any size audience.