Christians and Christianity have been central to Hip Hop since its inception. This book explores the intersection of Christians and Hip Hop and the multiple outcomes of this intersection. It lays out the ways in which Christians and Hip Hop overlap and diverge. The intersection of Christians and Hip Hop brings together African diasporic cultures, lives, memories and worldviews.

Moving beyond the focus on rappers and so-called "Christian Hip Hop," each chapter explores three major themes of the book: identifying Hip Hop, irreconcilable Christianity, and boundaries.There is a self-identified Christian Hip Hop (CHH) community that has received some scholarly attention. At the same time, scholars have analyzed Christianity and Hip Hop without focusing on the self-identified community. This book brings these various conversations together and show, through these three themes, the complexities of the intersection of Christians and Hip Hop. Hip Hop is more than rap music, it is an African diasporic phenomenon. These three themes elucidate the many characteristics of the intersection between Christians and Hip Hop and our reasoning for going beyond "Christian Hip Hop."

This collection is a multi-faceted view of how religious belief plays a role in Hip Hoppas' lives and community. It will, therefore, be of great interest to scholars of Religion and Hip Hop, Hip Hop, African Diasporas, Religion and the Arts, Religion and Race and Black Theology as well as Religious Studies more generally.

chapter |29 pages


Edited ByTravis Harris, Erika Gault

chapter 1|31 pages

A history of Christians and Hip Hop

Edited ByTravis Harris

section Section I|27 pages

Identifying Hip Hop

chapter 2|13 pages

Blendzville Global

A conversation with Andrea “M$. Blendz” Castleberry
Edited ByTravis Harris

chapter 3|12 pages

If my faith had a YouTube

Digitizing Christianity and Hip Hop: an interview with Beleaf Melanin
Edited ByErika Gault

section Section II|90 pages

Irreconcilable Christianity

chapter 4|36 pages

Black White supremacists

An interrogation into “Christian Hip Hop’s” relationship with the White man’s religion
ByDaniel White Hodge, Travis Harris

chapter 5|14 pages

From “gospel” to global

A talk with Anthony “DJ AA1K” Amos
Edited ByTravis Harris

chapter 6|21 pages

“The prince of peace ain’t down with police brutality”

Gospel Gangstaz confronting White supremacy post-LA uprising of 1992
ByMatthew Linder

chapter 7|17 pages

Skipp Coon

Race, religion, and Black radical history in Hip Hop
ByPhillip Luke Sinitiere

section Section III|114 pages


chapter 8|24 pages

The ruptures and reconfigurations of identity through Christian Hip Hop in Southern Africa

ByIbrahim Abraham, Tuomas Järvenpää

chapter 9|23 pages

Latinx innovators in the emergence of Los Angeles Hip Hop

Expanding the intersections of Christianity and Hip Hop
ByJonathan Calvillo

chapter 10|21 pages

“We Gon’ Be Alright”

Kendrick Lamar and the theology of affirmation
ByDarrius D. Hills

chapter 11|16 pages

The gospel according to Ye

Kanye West, The Life of Pablo, and authentic Christianity
ByTimothy N. Welbeck

chapter 12|28 pages

“How you gon’ see ‘em if you live in the fog’?

Theodicy in the lyrics of DMX
ByTrudy Mercadal