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Afterword: An insider perspective

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The year 2014: we now see that things we thought were far apart are closer than we could’ve ever imagined. We now see that hip hop, which began as a small, regional movement in the 70s, has blossomed into a worldwide cultural phenomenon...

Introduction: Context and other considerations

Anthony B. Pinn

Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, Professor of Religious Studies, and Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Monica R. Miller

Monica R. Miller is Assistant Professor of Religion & Africana Studies, Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... but also, is a collaborative endeavor with a hip hop artist (Bernard “Bun B” Freeman) which we hope opens up and models new approaches of engagement. In this way, this book incorporates an “insider” perspective, that is seldom included in existing...

Mapping space and place in the analysis of hip hop and religion: Houston as an example

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... and working “made [him] the G …, the hustler …, the grinder, the baller, the gangster [he is] today.”Bun B (Bernard Freeman) featuring Rick Ross (William Leonard Roberts II), David Banner (Lavell Crump), 8Ball (Premro Smith) and MJG (Marlon...

Real recognize real: Aporetic flows and the presence of New Black Godz in hip hop

Monica R. Miller

Monica R. Miller is Assistant Professor of Religion & Africana Studies, Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... the progenitors of aporetic flow are often those who k(no)w where to go in turning illegibility into forced recognition. If W. E. B. Du Bois asked so long ago about black life in America: “How does it feel to be a problem?”W. E. B. Du Bois...

Bun B on religion and hip hop: An interview (by Biko Gray) with Bun B

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, along with the late Chad “Pimp C” Butler (1973–2007), formed one half of the influential rap duo UGK (Underground Kingz) and also became a successful solo artist. As an artist, Bun B understands hip hop...

Concluding thoughts: The future of the study of religion in/and hip hop

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...The well-known and critically acclaimed group The Roots, in their track “Understand,” boast a provocative hook that, at face value, discusses a “traditional” transcendent deity:People ask for God, ‘till the day he comes, see God’s face—turn...

Zombies in the hood: Rap music, Camusian absurdity, and the structuring of death

Anthony B. Pinn

Anthony B. Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, Professor of Religious Studies, and Director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning (CERCL) at Rice University, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Scholarly Books

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...How does it feel to be a problem?—W. E. B. Du Bois, from the Souls of Black FolkWalkin’ talking dead, though we think we’re living (black zombies)—Nas, from “Black Zombie”W. E. B. Du Bois frames as a “problem” the presence of African...

Conspiracy is the sincerest form of flattery: Hip hop, aesthetics, and suspicious spiritualities

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... Anthony B. Pinn, ed., Noise and Spirit: The Religious and Spiritual Sensibilities of Rap Music (New York: New York University, 2003) begins with a convincing discussion of the blues and spirituals as earlier iterations of such existential...

Imperial whiteness meets hip hop blackness: A spiritual phenomenology of the hegemonic body in twenty-first century USA

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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... that is now 10,000 years old and giving evidence on all sides of its likely destiny in disaster, without a significant re-visioning of what a “human being” is in relationship to what “nature” is (Shepard 1998a, xxvi, 16, 278; 1998b, 103). both...

#NOWTHATSRELIGIONANDHIPHOP: Mapping the terrain of religion and hip hop in cyberspace

Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Although much research has been conducted on the early adoption of information communication technologies by hip hop practitioners, music producers, and artists, the discussion of religion and hip hop in cyberspace has been understudied...