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Spirituality in Hip-Hop Many people view hip-hop from only a commercial standpoint This would force them to believe that since mainstream rap is riddled with references to violence sex and money that there is a lack of reverence or acknowledgement for God This problem is remedied however if one looks deeper into the sources of hip-hop Mainstream music is the sub-genre of rap in which the consumers most readily purchase For rap the ideas that sell the easiest are these sex and money-filled songs which have no lyrical value and are really only enjoyed because of the good production and beats behind the song I am an avid lover of hip-hop and my connection with this type of music extends into the underground where I have gained a vast knowledge about the rest of the world and ideas most of which would have been hidden to me if I had not encountered this type of music Underground hip-hop is more likely to contain a deeper message because the artist on average puts more effort upon lyrical content than commercial rappers This is because they are more concerned with keeping their lyrics real and respect their music as more of an artform contrasted with the mainstream artists focus on making money Two songs I chose which somehow relate to my own theology are Divine Disappointment by Alias a member of the independent group Anticon and Next Testament by Sage Francis a Rhode Island native and also the vocalist in the live band Art Official Intelligence Before I delve into these songs I feel it is necessary to give a brief profile of these two artists Alias as I already mentioned is a member of Anticon This is an unique group consisting of more than ten members many of which have solo and other group projects on the side Many of the members of this group are poets and their works oftentimes reflect this side
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