Hip-hop isn’t dead it just went corporate. As many rappers already know hip-hop was birthed by a beat and purposeful message. Today that idea is no longer a foundation of hip-hop. However, Christian rap is bringing credibility back, but one thing stands in its way – pride.
Sadly, music artists no longer care about good content. It’s evident in the type of music the radio plays. This shouldn’t be a shocker to anyone though. If people don’t want to buy good content then artists will put out what sells.
Christian rappers are different though. In a world where the almighty dollar reigns, they take pleasure in rapping about the Almighty God who reigns forever and ever. They are outcasts for certain. So why do they continue to do it?
Most of them believe they can reach the hip-hop culture through music. This is definitely a slippery slope. They run the risk of becoming the thing they are trying to change. In other words, they are becoming the culture rather than changing the culture.
One of the negative traits of this culture is doubt and pride. This leads the rapper to question everything except himself. This type of attitude shouldn’t be associated with someone who claims to follow the Christ.
That’s the main question for Christian hip-hop. Can the message be gentle, peaceful, non-judgmental in an age of glorified and corporate hip-hop? I would say if Christians can use their God-given artistic talents and remain humble then they will always have a step up on mainstream hip-hop regardless if they sell or not.