Is it possible to have holy hip hop? According to The Truth Behind Hip Hop the answer is no. G Craige Lewis claims that hip hop is a religion. However, many believe that the church can use rap music to reach out to young people. Some say that although man created hip hop, just as paper was invented by man to put the word of God on, hip hop can also be be used for God's purpose.
'Holy Hip Hop' is the title of a DVD presented by Christopher Martin, better known as Play from the rap duo Kid 'n Play. He says that he has personally witnessed how Christian rap music can be used as a powerful outreach tool to advance the gospel, positively impact and change lives for the better.
But what is holy hip hop? According to Wikipedia, gospel rap uses Christian-themed lyrics to convey positive messages and express the rapper's faith. While many mainstream rap artists include rhymes about God and Jesus, artists such as Kanye West, DMX, Nas and Tupac Shakur are not considered Christian hip hop, as their lyrics focus on worldly, often profane matters. Christian hip hop and rap artists tend to be professed Christians, and use the fact that they are urban or suburban as a positive issue to spread their faith, and like all Christian music, it can be experienced as worship. Christian hip hop has a history of being dismissed by churches as sacrilegious, or devil music. G Craige Lewis makes a living out of preaching his 'anti-holy hip hop' message. No money, no support, and no funded albums were the experience of many holy hip-hoppers, but artists such as Lecrae have brought Christian rap music to mainstream audiences.
There are several reasons for opposing it. It’s too new. It’s too worldly, even blasphemous. The new Christian music is not as pleasant as the more established style. It puts too much emphasis on instrumental music rather than on godly lyrics. This new music creates disturbances, making people act disorderly. The preceding generation got along without it.
Amazingly, this is not a criticism of holy hip hop, but was written way back in 1723 about the hymns of the day. As Ecclesiastes says, there is nothing new under the sun!