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The gospel according to rap

Entertainment | Hip-hop artists increasingly explore Christian faith in their lyrics
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/16/18, 01:56 pm

Twenty-five years after his first rap album debuted, Snoop Dogg is reorienting his music, though not necessarily his lifestyle, to praising God. He announced last summer plans to release a gospel album called Bible of Love, due out in March. The album will feature mostly gospel remixes he produced and some tracks on which he raps. Last week, Snoop Dogg released the video for the album’s first single, “Words Are Few,” which shows him praying and praising in a nearly empty church sanctuary.

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Recent Christian releases

Music
by Jeff Koch
Posted 2/14/18, 01:54 pm

Like Never Before 

Nicole C. Mullen

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Passing the scene

Music | The deaths of four musicians who made their marks
by Arsenio Orteza
Posted 2/14/18, 01:41 pm

So many rock-era icons have died within the past few years that fans have grown accustomed to waking up to news of another one’s passing.

Still, the death on Jan. 15 of the Cranberries’ 46-year-old lead singer Dolores O’Riordan came as a surprise. Although their hit-making days were behind them, the Cranberries still occasionally performed and recorded, releasing an album of original material in 2012 (Roses) and an album comprising unplugged versions of their greatest hits last year (Something Else).

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