In the last issue of West Coast Fiya, I talked about the lyrics in Hip-Hop and what the lyrics represent in Hip-Hop music. The lyrics can speak to us on having fun, it can speak on social & political issues, it can speak on how we kill one another with violence and drugs, also lyrics can speak life in someone who feels that all hope is gone. So we must be very careful on what we feed our minds with, and what we listen to or allow ourselves to be entertained with. And guard against negative undertones that can grab the pureness out of children and youth. So let’s give our youth positive hip-hop to listen to and allow the music to speak life in their lives. Amen.
Now we come to an interesting topic of Holy Hip-Hop verses Christian Rap. Really!! Man, I remember having this same debate about Hip-Hop verses Rap back in the day. Wow!! Very interesting how I’m talking about this now in the realm of God’s Kingdom. Anyway, let’s really break this down to its core. First, can we really say that Hip-Hop from its origin is or could be “Holy”? The answer is No. Hip-Hop from its origin to me could be considered innocent but not holy. Let me explain, if you remember in my first article of Hip-Hop Redeemed, I talked about how Hip-Hop started. Hip-Hop wasn’t even a form of music but it started be as a substitute to gang activity turning negative energy into positive energy. So right there tells you that Hip-Hop can’t be Holy. Hip-Hop as a culture may tend to have some touch of spirituality within it. But it’s not a form of religion. No one in Hip-Hop is claiming to be a Pastor, a Cardinal, a Bishop, or an Overseer and if they are they don’t have a clear understanding of those terms from a biblical aspect. I really like KRS1 as an artist, but even with KRS1’s Temple of Hip-Hop so-called Bible of the Hip-Hop culture, I wouldn’t even consider that any more than just a book, because you can’t compare the Holy Bible to a book that talks about a culture. Hip-Hop does not show you how raise a family or live righteously. Hip-Hop to me is comprised of four elements and they are MCing, DJing, B-Boying and Graf Writing, and the last element is knowledge. Hip-Hop Music is a collaboration of all music in existence. But that doesn’t make Hip-Hop “Holy”. So, with all that being said I think we need to do away with tagging or labeling the music altogether and say we are Christians Rappers or Urban Theologians. First off, when we accepted Christ in our lives to be Lord in our life, we now represent Christ. Rap is a form of poetry and putting words together. Rapping is an action or stating your comment in a rhythmic way. So I say let’s get away from putting a tag or a title on what we do and really get to the core of why we do this form of music. This music allows the Gospel MCs to speak the word of truth, where most Pastors or Bishops would not traditionally go to preach the word. This music allows the Gospel MCs to attempt to speak life into our youth where as the world would take our youth’s life and market and promote sex, money and murder in the mainstream hip-hop music. We want God’s people to stay on the path of righteousness and turn from sin and repent, because the kingdom of God is at hand.
So please let’s not get caught up on the name of what we are doing, but really concentrate on the mission by which we are doing it for and that’s to help win souls for Christ and carry out the Great Commission found in Matthew 28: 18-20 which says in the NKJV
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Take care and be blessed. God Bless You. One Love!!
By: Leo “The Lion” Brown