Friday, October 21, 2011 | 8:06am
SOUND OFF: Is Hip Hop A Religion?
Steve Stoute poses interesting evidence to the support such claim. But are you sold?
A few weeks back I shared some excerpts from a new book by one of Hip Hop advertising pioneers, Steve Stoute. I’ve begun reading “The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture that Re-wrote the Rules on a New Economy.“ And while the title is a little long its a sophisticated look at a generation of cultural revolution the sparked the onset of racial colorblindness.
In the introduction, Stoute poses an interesting premise. He suggests that Hip Hop is a religion.
Hip Hop has taken on the attributes of a religion. Not a name-brand religion practiced as such or one that’s rooted in existing religious orders. But I do want to argue that a mentality that embraces all colors is godly. I will argue that hip-hop can be seen as having the same markers that occur with all major religions- among them a connection to community, a connection to spirit through personal experience (in the music itself), a coherent doctrine and morality, code, ritual, an organization and hierarchy , and a mythology featuring heroes and leaders. History matters too, especially in telling of how hip-hop rose up from the urban ashes to elevate and empower its adherents in much the same way that the most enduring religions throughout history have come about.
I never thought about it that way but he presents evidence to support his claim. While I can’t argue that there are some similarities, as a Christian it’d be blasphemous for me to “admit” I worship another God(s). But do I? Do you?
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