Photo from Amazon.com
I just launched into Ben Westhoff’s book Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop and ran across this HipHopDX.com article of "10 Things They Learned" from reading it.
One of the more surprising: That porno-rap pioneers 2 Live Crew actually started out making songs about God.
In the pre-Luke-era of 1984, one of the first singles from the (then-California) trio of Fresh Kid Ice, Amazing V. and Mr. Mixx was called "The Revelation" and deals with the topic of heaven and hell.
There'll be many false prophets, devils in disguise
performing illusions before your very eyes
Some have eyes to see, and ears to hear
but they cannot utilize them because of fear
You have sell-out brothers who will sell their heart
for fame and fortune or to get a head start
But in the long run, they will see
that they are nothing but victims of prophecy
Time is running short, the world is in damnation
refuse to follow the laws of creation
We cannot all be Jesus Christ
but we still can make some sacrifice
Here’s the clip:
Props to my friends on the Holy Culture.net forums for the find.
Like I said, I just cracked the spine on my copy of Westhoff’s Dirty South but I’m sure there will be even more surprises to come. If any of them happen to involve the cross section of faith and hip hop you can be assured I’ll share them with you here.