AFR 221
Giving God a Backbeat: Rap Music, Religion & Spirituality Spring 2017 Division II; Cross-listed as AFR221 / REL263
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On the surface, religion and rap music may seem as if they have little in common. Yet, like other Black musical traditions such as spirituals and the blues, rap is rooted in African American religious traditions. In this course, we will explore the ways in which rap music intersects with the sacred and secular worlds. Through an examination of black religious traditions, lyrics, music videos, and digital media, we will unearth what Anthony Pinn calls the “spiritual and religious sensibilities” of rap music. Grounded in culture-centered criticism, we will investigate the rhetoric of rap and religion through the theoretical ideas of Black Liberation Theology and hip-hop feminism.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 20
Class#: 3017
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be evaluated on their class participation, response papers, quizzes, and a final class group project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: AFR Core Electives; AMST Arts in Context Electives;

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