The 116 Life Ep. 16: Social Justice, you are your ministry
Are you a fan of Christian rap? If so, you won’t want to miss this episode where Ace and Mykael dive into the past, present, and future of Christian Hip Hop content and messaging.
During the episode, our hosts explore how Christian rap has evolved over time, from its early days of being very explicitly Christian and mission-focused, to becoming more nuanced and tackling bigger topics in a more creative way.
They also discuss the shift that happened in the early 2010s, with OG Lecrae’s Church Clothes mixtape series being the first of a shift in the content of Christian rap.
This shift saw artists tackling topics such as the black and brown experience and police brutality, which caused some to question whether the music was still Christian.
Social justice and CHH
One of the most impactful moments of this episode is the conversation on the Trayvon Martin incident and how it divided the Christian community.
Ace reflects on how artists like Derek Minor, Lecrae, Sho Baraka, and Propaganda led the conversation about social justice and awakening in America to the evangelical church.
However, there was backlash from the evangelical church towards the content of Christian Hip Hop, which reflected the times and the social justice awakening happening in culture.
This episode highlights the importance of using music as a tool to spread messages that matter and how it can lead to significant changes in society.
As our hosts note, there is room for different styles and approaches within the Christian hip hop genre, and it will continue to evolve over time. Overall, this episode offers a fascinating look into the evolution of Christian rap and its impact on the community.
This episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in the evolution of Christian Hip Hop and its messaging.
So, what are you waiting for? Tune in to the episode now and let us know your thoughts on the evolution of Christian Hip Hop.
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