Sunday, May 27, 2007

Hip Hop Music and Church Unite

[Hip Hop Music and Church Unite]
Hip Hop EMass debuts locally.

by Rocco Vertuccio
photo by Ben Shutts
Published May 26, 2007

It's not your father's church service for sure. Religion meets rap in Rochester this weekend.

Rochester's oldest church hosted a new spiritual phenomenon. Hip Hop EMass made its debut at the church of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene on Saturday. Rappers from New York City and Toronto performed in a concert called “One Mic, One Life, One Love.”

"We’re basically spreading positive messages on how to come out of the old state of mind using God's influence with rap we are basically like rappers who deliver messages in our raps," said Jahdiel Newman, Missionary Men.

EMass started on the streets of the south Bronx in 2004. Since then, more than 20,000 people have experienced it across the country.


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