Open Access Thesis
Lecrae (Musician)--Criticism and interpretation; Rap music--Religious aspects--Christianity; Christianity and culture;
Hip-hop and Christian cultures do not overlap too often, or do they? As a rapper, Lecrae is able to share his narrative through his lyrical content, which includes his Christian faith. This thesis examines the history of hip-hop, Lecrae’s personal influences, and the overarching movement within the two cultures. Lecrae’s persona, use of the hiphop and Christian platforms, and rhetorical decisions reveal him as an example of how the American culture both resists and embraces the less-likely artist. Some view Lecrae as the one bringing hip-hop back to its original origins, but others believe that he is tainting both cultures by trying to blend them. Regardless, Lecrae uses historical events, varying cultural languages, and his personal story to persuade his audience to see life differently.
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Department of Languages and Literatures
Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, Chair
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© 2015 Marci Swank
Swank, Marci, "Resurrecting the hip-hop and Christian cultures: Lecrae's unashamed use of the rap narrative, persona, and language" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 222.