(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…

(BP): Modern Ministers #1: Kendrick Lamar – Weekly Journal 3

It would be practically impossible to look upon today’s Rap landscape without noticing the influence of Kendrick  Lamar. From impressive appearances on The Tonight Show and SNL to winning several prestigious awards and collaborating with an assortment of artists like Drake, Kanye West, and Taylor Swift, Lamar has pushed the boundaries of Rap to the brink…

(BP): Very Hip, Much Hop – Weekly Journal 2

In my previous journal entry, I took a brief look at where my research would fit in a larger discourse. I would now like to take a step closer and examine the ways in which Hip-Hop and Rap, as social and commercial art forms, fit into mainstream society and culture. A rough, fleeting glance at Hip…

(BP): A Place in the Convo – Weekly Journal 1

I would like to launch my research – as well as my weekly journals – with a brief examination of how the topic of Modern Spirituals fits into the larger literary and social discourse. It does not suffice for a topic to simply be interesting, there must also be a certain relevance and significance. While…