Christian Hip-Hop Responds to Mainstream Music’s New Gospel
These were the questions we asked:
1. The media is heralding Chance the Rapper and Kanye West as making great “gospel” music. Yet Christian artists that do the same, are often left out of the conversation. Why do you think it’s ok for non-Christians to dabble in the gospel, but Christians get flack?
2. What do you think of this quote? “[Chance the Rapper’s] Coloring Book, on the other hand, feels like the first great hip-hop album to successfully channel the centuries-old musical traditions of the black church without anything like pretension or irony. This in itself feels like something of a miracle. I say this with the utmost love but hip-hop is a profane music and always has been; its energies aren’t celestial, but fully flesh-and-blood.”
3. Why do you think Christian artists who dabble in “non-Christian” music get blasted for their “lack of faith” or “treason” against Christianity?
4. Do non-Christian artists make better Christian art than the Christians do? Explain.
1. Honestly, I don’t really think they are… I think he said that it was and the media is just reacting to one more crazy Kanye statement. I don’t think any serious journalist would consider that record as a “gospel” record. As far as Chance goes, I haven’t had a chance (no pun intended) to check it out. I think the reality is that the world will always accept its own as long as the artists keep acting like secular artists. The minute they make a full commitment to Christ you will see them get ostracized just like CHH rappers. It comes down to a how committed is the artist to living like Christ.
2. That just sounds like one more hipster quote from a journalist trying to sound deep.
3. Because CHH fans are super possessive of their artists. To them, the music represents more than just some raps on a percussive beat. It represents a spiritual conviction. Put it this way… when you buy a can of Coke you want it to taste like Coke. The minute you tamper with the formula the fan base gets upset.
4. Of course, not…that’s just the perception and the stereotype. There’s terrible and great art all over the place. The reality is that the fans want Christian versions of the secular hip-hop they used to listen to. So the non-Christians set the standard that Christian artists usually seek to follow. That’s why that’s the perception.