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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 51–59.
Published: 01 March 1991
...Angela Spence Nelson Copyright © 1991 by Duke University Press 1991 Theology in the Hip-Hop ol Pub/it Enemy and Koo/Moe Dee Angela Spence Nelson The racial oppression of black people in many ways has fueled and shaped black musical forms in America. One example is the blues, which originated...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 12–24.
Published: 01 March 1991
...Michael Eric Dyson Copyright © 1991 by Duke University Press 1991 Perlorman,e, Protest, and Prophety in the Culture ol Hip-Hop Michael Eric Dyson From the very beginning of its history, hip-hop music-or "rap," as it has come to be known-has faced various obstacles. Initially, rap was deemed...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 25–40.
Published: 01 March 1991
... rhetorical trends within the hip-hop movement-the cultural context surrounding the creation of rap music: (1) a boogie-woogie hip-hop wave, (2) a rock 'n' roll hip-hop wave, and (3) a hard-core hiphop wave. Rap Music and tbe Boogie-Woogie Hip-Hop Wave Rap music began in the mid-seventies, in the South Bronx...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (2): 105–109.
Published: 01 September 1994
... position on the hip-hop crowd at this event seems clearly that of a spectator, although one with a particular capability to recognize the subversive potential of what he sees and hears. In his second chapter, "The Black Urban Beat: Rap and the Law," Baker offers a more focused and critically honed reading...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 March 1991
...-are not fundamentally different from the problems caused by apartheid in South Africa . In fact, Mandela has become a symbol of resistance to America's rapping 8. James Bernard, "The Rise of Rap: Reflections on the Growth of the Hip Hop Nation," African Commentary (June 1990): 50. 9. Frantz Fanon, The Wretched...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 85–87.
Published: 01 March 1991
..., and Patty Romanowski . Fresh Hip-Hop Don't Stop. New York: Random House, 1985. Hager, Steven. Hip-Hop: Th e Illu strated History of Break Dancing, Rap Music, and Graffiti. New York: St. Martin 's, 1984. Toop, David. The Rap Attack: African five to New York Hip Hop. London: Pluto, 1984; Boston: South End...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 142–145.
Published: 01 September 1989
...); "illin'" (to mess up). And, like most black 1. For a more comprehensive treatment of rap, see my "The Culture of Hip-Hop Zeta Magazine 2, no. 6 (June 1989), 44-50. This article originally appeared in Christianity and Crisis, March 16, 1987, and is reprinted with permission. Black Sacred Music 3:2, Fall...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (2): 99–104.
Published: 01 September 1994
...].ecting Black explores subjects from Christianity to neonationalism, from liberal theories of race to hip-hop culture, from Toni Morrison to Michael Jackson, and from Martin Luther King, Jr., to Leonard Jeffries. Dyson is among a few black critics breaking new ground, resisting racial essentialism at one...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (1): 64–77.
Published: 01 March 1994
... historically told them about black history.I? The hard-core rappers strongly advocate self-help and self-determi- 15. Ibid., 15-6. 16 . Kool Moe Dee, "Knowledge Is King." 17. Boogie Down Productions, "You Must Learn," Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop (Jive, n87-4-J, 1989). Tut, Tuture, and Context 69...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): v–vii.
Published: 01 March 1991
... and scholars may not be entirely a one-way street: The poem "125th Street Rap Session," was written in 1967 by C. Eric Lincoln, the distinguished professor of religion at Duke University and one of my own most influential teachers . The youths of hip-hop culture might very well ask themselves : Where were...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 80–83.
Published: 01 March 1991
... past. Well, rap on, Brother! Well that's the way the bunny hops. Rap right on, Brother! An' that's the way the pickle pops. You don't have to scratch And you don't have to smile. Baby, grinnin' and scratchin' Have gone out of style! Yeah! Grinnin' and scratchin' Is clean out of style! Now, Brothers...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (2): 109–112.
Published: 01 September 1994
... music, secular or sacred? Much work has been and is being done at the moment on all these questions, but for someone just tuning in on the debate Baker's book is an excellent introduction. Even for those already immersed in hip-hop music and culture, his reflections on the larger movements, both...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 89–94.
Published: 01 March 1991
... "Happy Feet," 63, 64, 66 "Hate, Rape, and Rap," 2 Hawkins, Edwin, 8 Index 91 "He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper," I7 "Heah Comes de Judge," 12 Heavy D and the Boys, 34 Henderson, Alex, 38 Henderson, Douglas "Jocko," 27, 37, 42 hip-hop: beginnings of, 29-31; Christian, 8- IO; culture of, 31, 34 Hirsch, E. D...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 41–50.
Published: 01 March 1991
... and the Furious Five's "The Message." Gil Scott-Heron has been putting words to music for twenty years, and he and the Last Poets are considered "godfathers" of "message rap." There were a number of rappers who followed the ideological path r. See Steven Hager, "Afrika Bambaa ta's Hip-Hop, " Village Voi ce...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (2): 91–101.
Published: 01 September 1991
... bashful, did not make a great success at this. The next thing open for me was a position as 94 1"e R. llaniel DeH Reader "bell hop" at the Cataract Hotel in Niagara Falls. The manager knew my father and mother and was acquainted with my aspirations. I never was required to be a regular bell boy. My...
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Black Sacred Music (1993) 7 (1): 17–28.
Published: 01 March 1993
... Dance," African Fon11n 2 (Fall 1966 ): 88; Zora N eale Hurston, " Characteristi cs of Negro Expression," in Nancy Cunard, ed., N egro Anthology (N ew York : Negro Universi ties Press, 1969 ), 39 -46. Dancing to Rebalance the Universe 19 is the simple, two-footed rhythmic hopping up and down, often...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (1): 205–217.
Published: 01 March 1994
... the secular exterior of popular music in order to uncover its interior religiosity. I will begin with the blues, the foundation of all American secular music, and proceed up to the current hip-hop era. Blues When the blues first began to develop as a commercial art form during the early r 920s, it was viewed...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (1): 178–201.
Published: 01 March 1994
...-Pepa's hip-hop hit single "Let's Talk About Ams."35 Social protest is the overarching theme of rap music, overlaid with desire, of course, but a new twist to the anger and outrage welling up from the context of ghettos and gangs is provided in Ice Cube's poignant "It Was a Good Day."36 It was a good day...