*Today nothing seems amiss concerning hip–hop’s influence on music, Western culture, clothing, and the new hip-hop lingo Lingo – An animation scripting language.
Now, hip-hop has progressively reached another movement–the hip-hop gospel movement.
Several well-known religious leaders and scholars chronicle the combination of gospel and hip-hop in The Gospel Remix, which is considered a moving yet sophisticated approach to reaching the hip-hop generation through evangelism Evangelism
The book provides introspective and diversified accounts of successful tools used by religious scholars and prominent black Evangelical pastors who have welcomed hip-hop into their congregations.
In the Introduction, Evangelist and scholar Ralph C. Watkins, also the author of I Ain’t Afraid to Speak My Mind (Unity Council, 2003), asks pivotal questions that have weighed heavily on the minds of several leaders all over the world: “How do I become an involved participant observer in the hip-hop community? How do I take part in hip-hop? How do I get in, to sit in to be involved?”
To gain some understanding of the culture, Watkins says, “I had to live these two passages, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 and Matthew 9:9-13. I had to become hip-hop by embracing one of the pillars of the culture. The vehicle to reach people was through the music, so I had to become a DJ. The first problem was that I was not a DJ.”
Watkins along with Pastors Jason A Barr, Jamal-Harrison Bryant, William Curtis and Otis Moss chronicle their personal experiences with the hip-hop generation, while engaging in a somewhat provocative dialogue on “how to get in, to sit in” and be involved in the hip-hop movement.
The Gospel Remix is a slim book, just under 150 pages. Yet it is an insightful read that will open doors for more conversation on hip-hop and interfaith dialogue.