Why do some Christian rappers only work with certain rap artists?
This question was recently asked, again. And one reason offered was the charge of artists being “super holy.”
I don’t think the issue is “super holy.” After all, that will be GREAT of someone was super holy. That will require a compliment not criticism.
Some have suggested that the reason for the lack of collaboration is because the groups/artists that do collaborate with one another are in relationship with one another.
That is most certainly true; therefore I think the question that should be asked is why are people in relationship with certain people and not in relationship with others?
Is there no time to be in a relationship with others? No opportunity? Is it geographical location?
What is the basis for a relationship? Is it music? Is it more than music?
I think the real issue is the importance of relationships, not the issue of working together musically, and since that is the issue, why then is there such a lack of relationship with one another in Christian Hip Hop?
Possible reasons (These are not things that I am approving or disapproving of or making a value call on, just some observations):
1) Christian Hip Hop is not one big interdependent movement but a thing that consist of many independent movements. In other words, every one has their unique agenda, which takes precedence over a universal agenda. Perhaps there is no universal agenda and if there is, what is it?
2) Christian hip-hop labels, big or small, or self employed artists, are preoccupied with their own work and thus have no time for “outsiders.” In this case, each party is consumed with his/herself or themselves, or with their own agenda.
3) There may be some unspoken personal gripes each party has with one another.
4) A view or practice of relationships being for utility purposes is one possibility. In other words, person A is not in a relationship with person B because he/she wouldn’t get, earn, or have ________. These types of relationships are utility in nature. Aristotle viewed these types of relationships as easily broken since it is based on selfish pursues. These relationships are maintained on the basis of benefits. He argues that there is really no genuine love in relationships of a utility nature because each does not love each other for themselves but for something that each can get from one another. Once they can’t get that “something,” the relationship dissolves.
5) Another reason is similar to the one above in that one of the parties is suspect of relationships being on a utility basis. In other words, one party is not in relationship with another for fear that the other party is looking for something. Now to clarify, every one is looking for something in a relationship whether that is love, companionship, someone to simply talk to, etc., but the fear is more materialistic, especially among artists, as in fear that they want beats, or to collaborate, or want the other to perform. This fear also prevents relationships just as relationships formed on the basis of utility prevent relationships. The latter are formed on the basis of some business that exist between the parties and thus the potential to have a relationship with others is short-circuited. The former prevents relationships out of the one party’s fear of it being business oriented.
I’m sure there are other reasons that can be offered but these are my thoughts and observations.
My prayer and hope is that the Christian-Hip-Hop Movement becomes one hip-hop movement with a universal goal that binds one another in the midst of each artist’s/ Group’s unique goal and that genuine relationships are formed with one another.