Ethics: Christian Rapper Teams Up with Snoop Dogg

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What would you do Wednesday!

A few Christian hip-hop artists have moved to secular record labels. Some Christian rappers are now performing in the same venue with secular artists. This type of affiliation is seen by some as being missional and/or as breaking the sacred-secular divide.

But what happens when your son’s favorite Christian rapper goes on tour with Snoop Dogg and does a couple songs with him?

Rapper X, arguably the top Christian rapper at the moment, is your 10 year old son’s favorite artist. Your son owns all four of his albums which listens to daily.

Your son mentions, as he recently found out, Rapper X is coming to your town soon. In fact, the tour date is next month. The concert happens to be on your son’s 11th birthday.

Rapper X concert tickets not only top your son’s birthday list – they are the list!

While looking up the concert you find some disturbing information. Rapper X is actually touring with Snoop Dogg. The website says that X and Snoop will perform their two new collaborated songs. It’s a nationwide tour and the site notes that Snoop will be performing some of his old hits.

Regardless of what you do next, you still have to talk with him about the content of Snoop Dogg’s music and probably Snoop’s reputation. Will you buy the ticket? Will you break his heart? Will you let your son keep Rapper X’s music? What will you tell your him? How will you tell him?

What would you do?

  • Pray and let him go to the concert trusting God will protect him from sin.
  • Explain that you don’t approve, but let him decide for himself.
  • Explain that this musical partnership is not godly so he is not allowed to attend.
  • Bring your son and all of Rapper X’s CD’s outside, read Acts 19:19 and burn them.
  • Or…
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1 Devin April 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

I wouldn’t take him as I would (in good faith) tell him that rapper X is working as a missionary to reach the crowds that Snoop Dogg has influenced. I would, as a consolation let my son have the money the tickets would cost and let him buy more Christian rap music with it.

2 Brent Hobbs April 3, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Think Devin has the right idea. No 10 year olds at a Snoop Dog concert. Be thankful Rapper X has had the opportunity to befriend and hopefully influence people in the entertainment industry.Pray for Rapper X and Snoop Dog too.

3 Stan April 3, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Very thought-provoking post. I love Christian hip-hop and rap (Lecrae, especially is my fave). I think if I were in that situation, I would listen to Rapper X’s music, especially the collaboration with Snoop Dogg and see what message he is portraying to young listeners. If the message in his lyrics hasn’t been changed or influenced by this new industry, then I think he truly is a missionary and is doing something awesome. If the industry has changed Rapper X and his music, then I’d probably talk to my son about it. Thanks for the post!

Stan

4 Mark April 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Devin and Brent, thanks for the comments. Would you worry at all that your son might be exposed and influenced by Snoop?

5 Mark April 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Stan, thanks for stopping by. Do you think that the message X is trying to portray may get lost because of his affiliation with Snoop?

I’m trying to get my mind around the missionary aspect of this joint venture. For example, when Christian missionaries go to a Muslim country they do not worship with them in the Mosque to reach them. So, why would a Christian rapper collaborate with a secular rapper and call that mission work?

6 Clark Dunlap April 3, 2013 at 10:41 pm

LeCrae? Don’t Go. Shai Lynn? Snoop will be saved or quit, so go.

7 Resequitur April 3, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Growing up in the public school system, I couldn’t imagine a time in which I wasn’t exposed to secular rap music. If you think about it, rappers like snoop are just like everyone else who convey their unbelieving philosophies to the world through that platform in an explicit manner, others do it more subtly than that. I wouldn’t go so far as to saying that makes it okay for a kid to go to a concert like that. I’m just saying that to avoid that kind of influence would be impossible. In that sense, homeschool your kid, don’t let him work anywhere besides church organizations, or places that members of your church go to etc. (I’m really taking what you said and pushing it to the extreme, but only to maybe to perhaps promote thinking on how we would approach this situation)

I like the answers so far

8 Mark April 3, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Clark, that’s funny – kinda.

Resequitur, so it’s an all or nothing with you? We either remove our kids from society or feed them to the dogs? Hmmm…

9 Adam April 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I would be deeply troubled…..that my son wanted to go to a rap concert 😉 I would say, “Son, don’t worry, U2 will be coming to town soon.”

10 KB April 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I’m torn.

On one hand, it’s easy to say “you can’t go” and to protect him from what might be.

On the other hand, I’d be intrigued as to what the message would be.

I actually would go with him, for a couple of reasons.
1) If this collaboration with Snoop is real and he’s making a difference (and you should be able to tell during Snoop’s presentation), then it’s great.
2) It’s another father-son bonding moment, and it raises both of your awareness of what he’s being exposed to and what you’re missing, which makes you more prepared when questions of the Gospel eventually arise. What he’s being exposed to is real, and will help to shop him how real the Gospel is.
3) As part of a music ministry myself, I’d be intrigued – this could very well be a learning experience for me as well.
4) No 10 year old of mine is going to any kind of concert without me. I have no intention of filming my own sequel of “Home Alone”.

11 Mark April 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

Thanks, KB. This may be a nuanced situation for some, but I’m pretty sure I would not let my son go. I don’t think I need to attend the conference and take a chance. I can read the reports afterward, etc.

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