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Dee-1

Dee-1 is the stage name of David Augustine Jr., a Christian rap artist from New Orleans, La. Two of his mixtape releases have biblical themes — “David and Goliath” and “Psalms of David” — and he frequently talks about his Christian faith.

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Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper is the stage name of Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, a Christian rapper from Chicago who has had significant crossover success in the mainstream hip hop/rap category. His 2016 release “Coloring Book” won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album with its explicitly Christian lyrics, gospel influence. He is represented by Total Management.

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Kevin Gates

Kevin Gates is the stage name of hip hop artist Kevin Jerome Gilyard. He is a convert to Islam who is originally from Baton, Rouge, La. Contact via Atlantic Records publicity office.

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Sir the Baptist

Sir the Baptist is the stage name of William James Stokes. He is a “preacher’s kid” from the South Side of Chicago and bills himself as the “Hip Hop Chaplain.” His first album, “Saint or Sinner,” was released in May 2017. Jay Cohen at the Tympa Agency is his manager.  

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Jesse Is Heavyweight

Jesse Is Heavyweight is the stage name of Dallas-based rap/hip hop artist Jesse McDaniel. He has taken Anthony Pinn and Bun B’s hip hop and religion course at Rice University. He is a Southern Baptist.

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Su’ad Abdul Khabeer

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer describes herself as a “scholar-artist-activist.” She is an associate professor of American culture and Arab and Muslim American studies at the University of Michigan and the author of Muslim Cool: Race. Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States. She wrote and performs a one-woman work called “Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life.”

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Monica R. Miller

Monica R. Miller is an associate professor of Africana studies and religious studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn. and the author of Religion and Hip Hop (2012).

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Joerg Reiger

Joerg Reiger is a professor of Wesleyan studies and theology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. as well as an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. His areas of study include social justice, liberation theory, the relationship between theology and public life, and the misuse of power in religion, politics and economics.

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