(BP): “Adoption” of Rap Music – Weekly Journal 12

In connection with my last post’s topic of slave spiritual transmutation and “adoption,” I thought I would look into specific examples in rap music. To me, the adoption of the slave spiritual by English Rugby is particularly reminiscent of the modern “adoption” of rap music by a large white audience. Although rap music appeals largely to…

(BP): Transmutation of Negro Spiritual – Weekly Journal 11

Earlier this month I came across an interesting article which I think is  significant in connection with my research topic. The New York Times article “How a Slave Spiritual Became English Rugby’s Anthem” by Andrew Keh discusses the transmutation of the slave spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” into English Rugby’s anthem. Keh examines how the song’s original…

(BP): Suicide in Rap Music – Weekly Journal 8

In the midst of the predominantly rough and tough rap music saturating the rap and hip-hop industry, I often find it is the emotionally vulnerable and open songs which resonate the most. When J. Cole raps about folding laundry for his wife or when Eminem raps about his fear of losing his daughter there is…

(BP): Ghostwriting – Weekly Journal 7

In the Rap and Hip Hop music circles, like many other creative art communities, there is a certain expectation of originality and authenticity. Take, for instance, the Drake-Meek Mill fiasco during which rapper Meek Mill called Drake’s authorship into question, and Rap-lovers had to decide whether his authorship really even mattered. As it turns out,…

(BP): Black Authorship Cont’d. – Weekly Journal 6

In my last post, I focused on negro spirituals with unexpected origins and motivations in terms of their authors. I would now like to take a glimpse at some of the more modern protest songs that have unexpected causes and intentions. One modern song which I feel depicts both the desire for escape and hope…

(BP): Black Authorship – Weekly Journal 5

In this week’s posts, I would like to take a look into the significance of Black authorship in both past and present negro spirituals and protest songs. During my research into the history behind certain negro spirituals and their authors, I was surprised at some of their origins and initial motivations. Given the circumstances surrounding…

(BP): Modern Ministers #2: Chance the Rapper – Weekly Journal 4

If Kendrick Lamar is the soul-searching life guide engaging in and encouraging a new spiritual movement, then Chance the Rapper (Chancelor Bennet) is the upbeat, giddily-devotional choir director poised to lead the congregation in song. As another artist who also executes prolific and outstanding performances (please, see here and be blessed), has garnered critical acclaim – he won…