Dr. Ebony Utley

Dr. Ebony Utley

Having never been a gangsta herself, Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D., confidently argues that most gangsta rappers have not been gangstas either. In her critically-acclaimed book, Rap and Religion: Understanding The Gangsta’s God, Utley argues that a gangsta is not a real person, but an identity donned by hip hop artists to establish themselves as authoritative figures. Incorporating her expertise in rap music, religion, and urban history, Utley explains how a God-sanctioned gangsta identity can be empowering.

Rhymes: Snoop Doggy Dog “Murder Was the Case,” Lauryn Hill “I Used to Love Him,” and The Coup “Mindfuck”


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[audio https://archive.org/download/RhymesReasons-EbonyUtley/RhymesReasons-EbonyUtley.mp3]

More Info on Ebony:

“The Utley Experience”

Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God


Songs From This Interview:

Snoop Doggy Dog “Murder was the Case”

Ghostface Killah “Malcolm”

Tupac “Blasphemy”

Thomas Dorsey “Precious Lord”

Saigon “Preacher”

Lauryn Hill ft. Mary J. Blige “I Used to Love Him”

The Coup “Mindfuck (A New Equation)”

Freddie Gibbs “The Ghetto”

Talib Kweli ft. Jean Grae “Black Girl Pain”

Nina Simone “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”

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