'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.

Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip-Hop in the United States

Publisher: New York University Press
Length: 271 pages
Author: Sa'ad Abdul-Khabeer
Price: $30.00
Format: Paperback
Publication date: 2016-12

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.

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