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Author Zanfagna, Christina, 1980- author.

Title Holy hip hop in the City of Angels / Christina Zanfagna.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    306.4842 ZAN    Available
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Description 206 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm.
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Series Music of the African diaspora ; 19
Music of the African diaspora ; 19.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, discography, and index.
Contents Introduction: Earthquake music and the politics of conversion -- "Now I bang for Christ": rites/rights of passage -- Hip hop church L.A.: shifting grounds in Inglewood -- Beyond Babylon: geographies of conversion -- The evangelical hustle: selling music, saving souls -- Roads to Zion: hip hop's search for the city yet to come -- Epilogue: Aftershocks.
Summary "In the 1990s, Los Angeles was home to numerous radical social and environmental eruptions. In the face of several major earthquakes and floods, riots and economic insecurity, police brutality and mass incarceration, some young black Angelenos turned to holy hip hop--a movement merging Christianity and hip hop culture--to 'save' themselves and the city. Converting street corners to airborne churches and gangsta rap beats into anthems of praise, holy hip hoppers used gospel rap to navigate complicated social and spiritual realities and to transform the Southland's fractured terrains into musical Zions. Armed with beats, rhymes, and Bibles, they journeyed through black Lutheran congregations, prison ministries, African churches, reggae dancehalls, hip hop clubs, Nation of Islam meetings, and Black Lives Matter marches. Zanfagna's fascinating ethnography provides a contemporary and unique view of black LA, offering a much-needed perspective on how music and religion intertwine in people's everyday experiences."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Rap (Music) -- Religious aspects.
Christian rap (Music).
Rap (Music) -- California -- Los Angeles -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9780520296206 paperback
0520296206 paperback

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