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Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)
Communication Studies (Communication)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
Shannon B. Campbell - Committee Chair
Second Committee Member
Darlene Drummond - Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Michael J. Beatty - Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Marvin Phillip Dawkins - Outside Committee Member
Contrary to popular belief, discussions of morality, spiritual sensibilities, and religion are major themes in the lyrics of rap music. The current study provides an exploratory content analysis of rap lyrics in an effort to better understand the ways in which rap artists and audiences thought and think about their spirituality. Results indicate that there existed a fervent and nuanced discourse around spirituality and its various forms during the rise of rap music between the mid 1990s and early millennium.
Hip-hop; African-American Theology
Harris, Christopher S., "Gods, God, & Soul Food: Young Black Spirituality in Rap Music" (2010). Open Access Dissertations. 448.