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Can Hip-Hop Be Holy? Part One

This has been one of the most debated topics of the past few years, since Holy Hip-Hop really started trying to carve its own place in Hip-Hop history. A lot of ministers and older believers have stated that hip-hop can’t be holy, because of the main theme in most of today’s current chart-toppers. I have even read where a Minister J. Newcomb wrote on BlackGospel.com: “Satan is the author of Hip Hop and God is the author of Holiness.” His argument goes on to talk about the pioneers who are credited for creating hip-hop Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash and others were separate from Christ.  “These men by no means at the time were confessing Christ. These were men who where in a separated place from God and in that separated place they conceived what’s known today as Hip Hop. Just like God needs a body Satan does too. Satan provided the pattern for Hip Hop and man provided his availability.”

 An organization called the Fellowship of Holy Hip-Hop answered his argument by saying, “Man created Hip Hop, true. But, just like paper was invented by man to put the Word of God on it and made “Holy” to be used for His Purpose, Hip Hop can also be Holy” and be used for God’s Purpose. The Ark of The Covenant, though made by man, was just an ark until God made it “Holy”. It was so “Holy” that anyone who touched it without permission was struck dead by God; please see 1 Chronicles 13: 5-13.”

Now before we get into a lot of semantics this is what I do know, hip-hop is a culture and rap is the music. While there are some very negative, degrading lyrics in rap music and the hip-hop culture to say it was created by Satan, misrepresents all who make positive rap music, and hip-hop as a whole.

Kirk Franklin delivers God’s word undiluted through hip-hop and rap music. Kanye West’s record, “Jesus Walks,” and DMX‘s record “Lord Give Me A Sign,” both glorify and praise God. Cassidy last album had 2 powerful track, “Done For Me” & “Leanin On The Lord Side” featuring Angie Stone and most recently a freestyle battle Asian rapper named Jin, who got a record deal with Ruff Ryders Records after winning Freestyle Fridays on BET’s 106 & Park now raps for the Lord. Are these artists evil because they are hip-hop artists or affiliated with hip-hop?

Because of these artists and many others, there are generations of young folks who are hip-hop heads, who also grew up in church. Youth leaders in churches all over the country are using hip-hop to reach these youngsters. Using what they are interested in to teach them about God. How can that not be Holy.

Legendary Rapper Kurtis Blow has started The Hip-Hop Church in Harlem, NY. It take place Wednesday nights and many kids and cats on the street are learning about God, and now he has churches all over the country comin to him to teach they how to do it. Run from the legendary group RUN DMC, who are credited to introducing millions of people to hip-hop has given his life to Christ and now goes by the name Rev Run and puts out the very inspirational Words of Wisdom daily, inspiring many people.

Legendary emcee KRS-One released a great CD called Spiritual Minded. That CD inspired my book by the same name which is a daily devotion for the hip-hop generation, combining hip-hop lyrics and biblical elements. Anyone who knows me, knows I am hip-hop. Does this make any of us any less Christian, because we are hip-hop heads. Does this make us or anyone who uses hip-hop to spread the word, evil.

Who is Minister J. Newcomb or anyone else to judge Hip-Hop or what they don’t understand? If God can take Saul and convert him into Paul The Apostle who is responsible for writing a large portion of The New Testament and bringing the Word to the gentiles. Responsible for starting many churches in the early days of Christianity, why can’t God use Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop artists to get the Word to the streets, the youth, the hip-hop generation (the modern day gentiles).

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: Make a loud noise, and rejoice and sing praise.- Psalm 98:4

Make Sure You Check Back For Part Two Of Can Hip Hop Be Holy? feedback and comments welcomed, those who feel me and agree and those who don’t. I would like to hear from all of you!


About AJ Woodson

AJ Woodson is a Father, Author, Writer, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian, and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.


6 thoughts on “Can Hip-Hop Be Holy? Part One

  1. You know I’m with you 110% brother. For anyone to say that hip hop is evil, what they are really saying is that God is not powerful enough, not omnipotent enough to take whatever He desires and use it for His own good. Hip Hop is simply a tool and God can use any tool to spread His word.Judging the art form, condemning the art form is taking on the posture of God and controlling how we all must worship and praise Him.

    Posted by Monique Woods | October 13, 2011, 12:11 am
  2. Pardon the typos … in a little bit of a deadline over here …

    Posted by A.C. The P.D. (@ACthePD) | October 7, 2011, 4:34 pm
  3. I believe HipHop is one way human-kind has created, being divinely inspired by the spirit and will of The Creator, to avoid the hypocrisy that has society in such turmoil as it it in … This hypocrisy of a society infected with Separatist, fake, man-made ideologies and idol-ologies that, in fact, separate people from their relationship with other humans. Mother Nature and The Creator of all of the Blessings … HipHop is a Unifying force and power, divinely inspired by The Creator … Religion, like Nationalism and Race-ism, is a Separatist establishment of economic power and influenc, everything that humans use HipHop the most to escape …

    To more understand my position on HipHop vs Religion and Separatism, I refer you to the “WHY” article at the top of http://www.HipHopPhilosophy.com … Or, I can just post it up here, if you want me to AJ …

    Posted by A.C. The P.D. (@ACthePD) | October 7, 2011, 4:33 pm

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