‘Muslim Cool’ Puts Its Faith in Hip-Hop, and Hip-Hop in Its Faith

Where Chance the Rapper injects spirituality into hip-hop, Muslim Cool injects hip-hop into spirituality.

Some years ago, a guy sidled up to me after a town hall meeting and asked, “Are you a Christian?”

I answered warily, not sure where the conversation was headed. He then handed me a mixtape of songs he thought I would enjoy.

It was mostly late-‘90s Christian hip-hop by artists like TobyMac. Such fare wasn’t high up on my personal playlist, but one song buried in the middle caught me by surprise: “Tennessee”, Arrested Development’s greatest hit.