Gospel Music Shaping The Rap Game: 5 Hip Hop Albums Inspired By The Lord's Hymns

Gospel Music Shaping The Rap Game: 5 Hip Hop Albums Inspired By The Lord's Hymns
Chad Ashby

Hip hop music has always taken elements from other genres from rock to jazz and others, but it is through gospel music that several rappers turned to create uplifting music to engage fans. There is a reason why hip hop music has always been at the pulse of revolution and now it is arguably the most influential genre today. 

From the Winans, Mary, Mary, and other traditional gospel acts, hip hop and gospel have come together in ways that no one could have predicted, and to great success. Peep our list or hip hop artists who've called upon a higher power to get their point across for some of the best albums to do date.


1. Kanye West - 'Life of Pablo'

1. Kanye West - 'Life of Pablo'

On his current album Life of Pablo, Mr. West waxes poetic in conjunction with up and coming artist Chance the Rapper. On the opening track from the release, the two make references to God and Kanye adds more touches of gospel throughout the well-received album. Kanye has called this his gospel album, and since it broke streaming records, perhaps He was listening too!

2. Lauryn Hill - 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'

2. Lauryn Hill - 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill'

Still considered one of the most important albums in hip hop, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has influenced nearly every rap aficionado with its intense lyrics, calls to action, and spiritual overtones crafted throughout. In the now classic track ‘Forgive Them Father’, Hill calls on Him to make sense of it all

3. Chance The Rapper - 'Coloring Book'

3. Chance The Rapper - 'Coloring Book'

He may be new to the scene of mainstream, but Chance the Rapper has released several mixtapes that have pushed him quickly to the forefront of the industry. After co-writing several tracks on Kanye’s latest project, Chano dropped his latest effort, Coloring Book, which straddles the line between rap and gospel with ease. On it, listeners get a spiritual watershed moment of hymns and worship to create a decidedly Christian message that critics have hailed a musical masterpiece.

4. Nas - 'Distant Relatives'

4. Nas - 'Distant Relatives'

One of hip hop’s most formidable players has held a static relationship with God over the course of his career and on his 2010 musical opus Distant Relatives, the rapper spit a few bars about the pearly gates:

“Heaven’s just a mile away, I’m talkin’ heaven on earth. Ain’t got nothin’ to do with money…I’m talkin’ about heaven in your own heart, in your own mind.”

Bow, then bob your heads!

5. Queen Latifah - 'Black Reign'

5. Queen Latifah - 'Black Reign'

Recognized as one of hip hop’s first and most revered female acts, Queen Latifah turned to a higher power with the song 'Winki’s Theme', a tribute to her deceased brother and their spiritual connection, on Black Reign.

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