Friday, April 23, 2010

Should the words 'Hoes', 'Dick' & 'Jesus' be used together in the hook of a rap song?

Local Memphis, TN. preacher and pastor of The New Mount Olivet Baptist Church, Kenneth Whalum Jr., recently published a book, "Hip Hop Is Not Our Enemy: From A Preacher Who Keeps It Real". The book encourages the Black church to embrace Hip Hop culture. More specifically, he urges churches and other groups and civic orgs to refrain from blaming Hip Hop for the societal ills that plagues our community.

In speaking to a local news outlet, Whalum said, "if we embrace the hip-hop generation and not reject them, we can co-op the culture and allow them to create something new and better and lift the whole world to a better place." You know what? I couldn't agree with him more. As a product of the "Hip Hop generation", I take offense to the charge that Hip Hop is the bane of our existence. Point blank: it has always been my take that "bitches & hoes" have long existed before the birth of the Hip Hop urban youth cultural explosion.

But speaking to what Whalum suggest as "creating something new." In steps up and coming Hip Hop artist Lil B, from the group The Pack, with what appears to be a new take on Gospel Rap. I don't quite know if this is what Kenneth Whalum Jr. had in mind as far as using Hip Hop, from a spiritual point of view, to make the world a better place. But I'll let you be the judge after listening to the following song, 'Look Like Jesus'. Not exactly the well embraced 'Jesus Walks' by Kanye West, but still creative all the same, and reality based, as Lil B. sees it.

Check it out and tell me what you think:


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