DATE: Thursday, May 14th, 2020
TIME: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (EST)
Increasingly, scholars of hip-hop are investigating the culture’s intersection with religious meaning and sentiment. Courses are springing up at universities around the country, with works by Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and others bearing scrutiny, for their appeals to fealty.
However, some would argue that underlying this examination is a more pressing query; one that, even unknowingly, may undergird the entire project: Could hip-hop, with its manifold beliefs, objectives, and often sublime corpus of texts, be a religion, itself?
In his talk, Is Hip-Hop A Religion?, Harry Allen takes on this issue; perhaps the central question bracing the current explosion of hip-hop and religion studies: Have hip-hop’s artists configured an indigenous spiritual system; one that might be designated a “faith”? Is Hip-Hop A Religion?, with its thought-provoking conclusions, is an ideal talk for probing the purpose of art and the metaphysical in today’s complex world.
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