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Some posts worth reading on Christian rap

Here are just two posts on the recent Christian rap issue that are worth reading:

What Rap Means

Shai Linne and Scott interacted in a mutually respectful way, I felt. And I hope they can dialogue publicly. If they do, I would like to hear more from Shai on this question of what rap means. I found it intriguing and helpful when he talked—much more knowledgeably than I ever could—about the spectrum of styles within the rap genre. Perhaps my exposure to rap has been limited to whatever makes it onto NPR, but all the rap I’ve ever heard means something pretty clear, I’d say. It means “bravado.”

On Reformed Rap

Joe Carter’s statement bears heeding: “Those of us who believe, as I do, that the medium of Reformed hip hop is defensible should give these men—and other critics—an opportunity to hear an informed defense of the genre as a genre. It’s not enough to condemn, we must also convince. But before we can convince others that the genre itself can have a positive—or at least neutral—influence apart from the message it carries, we should first be sure that we ourselves understand the medium we are defending.” One reason I’m not convinced of the legitimacy of rap for Christian purposes is that I’ve never heard such a defense. I’ve heard that it is more word-centered than other genres, which may be true―but it fails to address the issue of genre. I’ve heard that musical style is neutral, but that is theologically defective. And I’ve heard those who object to using Christian rap called names such as legalist and racist, but again no argumentation regarding the genre itself—which is necessary to properly evaluate the charges of legalism or racism.

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  1. Dear Administrator(s):

    If I may be a tad bold here, I would strongly suggest — urge, even — that the discussion points and examples of Christian Rap be stripped down to their bare elements, the most intricate, specific, infinitesimal, elements of music/genre/performance/lyrics/instrumentation — without which readers & thinkers like myself are in great deficit when it comes to trying to understand things and come to hypotheses/conclusions.

    It has been suggested to me that doing so would cause some readers to stop reading one’s argument because of the risk of having offended the reader because the reader liked a certain song — whether it be Christian Rap or otherwise.

    To which I say: I stop reading one’s argument PRECISELY for the OPPOSITE reason. If the same writer who criticizes a certain genre/trend of music cannot identify the most minute, the most infinitesimal of elements/properties in the lyrics/music/enunciation/performance, I myself find that I STOP reading.

    With all due respect to all authors, is there not such a thing as inductive reasoning? Indeed there IS such a thing as inductive reasoning. And may I say to you today, friends, my belief is that if we abandon it, then we falter. And I don’t want us to falter.

    I’ve posted a few original (or perhaps one might call them borrowed in certain respects) Christian songs at my Box dot com profile. I accept all criticism. Heck, I even criticize my own lyrics and my own instrumental parts. WHY must we let ourselves be restricted to deduction, and abandon inductive reasoning? WHY must we ignore the bare elements? Where’s the profit in that? Where’s the benefit in that?

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