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Free Content AmeriKKKa’s most wanted: Hip Hop culture and Hip Hop theology as challenges to oppression

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This article deals with Hip Hop and its cultural intricacies. Hip Hop transcends the mediated tropes of sexualized PoC bodies only yammering for money, fame, fortune and to ‘be the best’. Hip Hop is much more than tattoos, arpeggiated high hats and snares, gold chains, fancy grills and baggy pants. No, Hip Hop is a culture; a lifestyle; something that we in the academic community must take into strong consideration and begin to not just analyse it for tenure processes, but begin to ask, what does and can Hip Hop offer pedagogically and how might it inform our own scholarly work? Hip Hop is larger than the radio, commercialized artists and record industry branding. It is a culture, a people, a movement, a growing community of people that live, breathe, eat, love, hate and work just as anyone else does. Hip Hop cannot be easily understood or defined. This article gives an overview of both the academic pursuit of Hip Hop Studies and the subfield of Hip Hop and Religion.
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Keywords: African American culture; Hip Hop art; Hip Hop culture; Hip Hop music; Hip Hop studies; black art; black popular culture; rap music

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: North Park University

Publication date: August 1, 2018

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  • The main aims of Journal of Popular Music Education, especially initially, will be iteratively to define the parameters of the field and disciplines of its readership and contributors (especially with regard to other journals in popular music and music education), this being an emerging field of scholarship and practice. The other principal aim will be to disseminate excellent critique and other forms of scholarship (e.g. phenomenological) in and related to the field. The journal will have an inclusive, global reach. 'Education' and 'popular music' are terms that we expect to be stretched and problematized through rigorous examination from multiple international perspectives.
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