Holy Hip Hop Artists
Rap is often associated with violence, crime and degrading raunchy lyrics. But some rappers have found religion and some even go as far as to include their spirituality in their work.
Being a famous entertainer can be strenuous. Some rappers use religion to maintain balance and focus in their hectic, stressful careers in the music industry. Some turn to religion at their lowest points in an effort to turn their life around. While some may use it as a publicity stunt, there are quite a few who were religious prior to acquiring fame and continue to express their belief well into their career. Check out this list of rappers bring god in their tour bus and on stage.
KRS-One is a legend in the rap game. His time spent as a Hare Krishna when he was a teenager is the origin of his name.
“When I went into the street, I was hanging with the Hare Krishnas,” KRS explained. “They used to come into the shelter and feed the homeless….My little philosophical self said, ‘Yeah, I’ll help you feed the homeless.’ ”
The people in the neighborhood teased him calling him Krishna, so much so that the Bureau of Child Welfare Services made an error on the paperwork and putting Krishna Parker instead of his given name Lawrence Parker. Then as graffiti became popular, his tag became K-R-S. He later added the ‘one’ to distinguish himself from other graffiti artists. KRS has always been openly spiritual and apparently charitable. KRS has the rare quality of an intellectual and deep spiritual spokesman. His values of intellect and education are sorely missed in this age of rap filled with decadent rapping about disrespecting women, a lot of shopping and generally showing off shiny stuff.
One third of legendary Queens based rap group Run DMC, Rev. Run Simmons may be the first rapper you think of when religion and rap are brought up. After tragedy struck in 2002 and Jam Master Jay was shot to death in a recording studio in Queens, Run was devastated. He started going to church, which made him feel better. He loved it so much, he became an ordained minister and began to rock the mic for Jesus.
Doug E Fresh
The undisputed king of beatboxing uses his talent as a stage performer to preach his love for scientology. Though the cult is completely based on the writings of an obscure science fiction writer, if it makes him a better person, I say go for it. What every butters your bagel if you will. If you like paying to get into heaven and you can’t help but feel yourself when your thetan levels are up there, then scientology is for you.