Jesus & the Hip-Hop Prophets: Spiritual Insights from Lauryn Hill and 2Pac, By John Teter and Alex Gee

Jesus & the Hip-Hop Prophets

Spiritual Insights from Lauryn Hill and 2Pac

by John Teter and Alex Gee

Jesus & the Hip-Hop Prophets
  • Length: 116 pages
  • Published: November 07, 2003
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3234
  • ISBN: 9780830832347

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Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur are modern-day prophets.

Written on subway walls and tenement halls, their lyrics challenge us as individuals and as a society to stop doing wrong and learn to do right (Isaiah 1:16-17). They paint an honest picture of life as it is lived, and hint at a vision of life as it ought to be lived.

With this book John Teter and Alex Gee invite us to enter into the world of these hip-hop prophets—to follow their message to its ultimate fulfillment at the feet of the Prophet-King Jesus. They invite you to

Follow the beats.

Let the truth speak through the beats of the streets.
Love is real.
Hope is real.
Jesus is real.

Follow the beats of these poet-prophets
as they lead to the feet of the Prophet-King.
The Word (Love is real)
The Truth (Hope is real)
The God-Man (Jesus is real)

Follow the beats as they drop from the lips
Of Lauryn Hill
Of Tupac Shakur
Of the Truth-Made-Flesh

Till they lead you to God.

"Alex Gee and John Teter's revolutionary approach of taking the music and lyrics of Tupac Shakur and Lauryn Hill, two of hip-hop's most innovative and sometimes controversial figures, and showing how the music drew them closer to God helps us to understand the positives of the hip-hop culture. Jesus and the Hip-Hop Prophets is a must-read for anyone working with youth today in America. Those of us in urban ministry are bombarded daily by the influences of the hip-hop world. We must learn all we can and embrace the truth found in hip-hop. Jesus and the Hip-Hop Prophets helps us do that."

Dr. Wayne Gordon, Lawndale Commity Church

"God's truth can be found in hip-hop, and Alex and John, along with InterVarsity, are brave enough to unpack this truth in order to reach this intercultural, multiethnic, multigenerational subculture of people who really don't know that God's Word has already said it. GET THIS BOOK, USE IT, and watch how it changes your view on communcating the gospel to youth."

Phil Jackson, Lawndale Community Church

"Jesus the Hip-Hop Prophets offers a healing drink of water from the ancient well of African American music and spirituality. Weaving together an inspirational tapestry of personal experience, passion for hip-hop and, above all, their deep commitment to the redemptive message of Jesus, the authors cast a light on the true brilliance of Tupac Shakur and Lauryn Hill. This is a book that should be in every church, school and neighborhood center in every corner of the country."

Craig Werner, author of Higher Ground: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield and the Rise Fall of American Soul

"Cleverly organized into seven short 'tracks' instead of chapters, this slim volume offers reflections on the lyrics of two popular recording artists, Lauryn Hill and the late 2Pac Shakur."

Publishers Weekly (October 27, 2003)


Intro: Follow the Beats
Track 1: Dear Mama
Track 2: Can't Take My Eyes Off You
Track 3: Every Ghetto, Every City
Track 4: That Thang
Track 5: Brenda's Got a Baby
Track 6: Life Goes On
Track 7: Changes
Outro: 'Bout It, 'Bout It
Shout Outs
About the Authors


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John Teter

Rev. Dr. John Teter is the founding and senior minister of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Long Beach, California. He served as the director of church planting for the Evangelical Covenant Church overseeing over one hundred new church plants. Building on that wisdom, John and his team created Fountain of Life Antioch, the church planting wing of FOL. God has used FOL Antioch to develop urban apostles in US inner cities, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and are preparing to launch new work in Kenya.

John is a Bible expositor, evangelistic preacher, and author of The Power of the 72, Get the Word Out, and Jesus & the Hip-Hop Prophets (coauthored with Alex Gee). He and his wife, Becky, live in Long Beach with their three children, and can often be found on the local tennis courts.

Alex Gee

Alex Gee believes that evangelism can be flavorful, soulful, and fun. His passion in life is helping others find their passion. His dynamic style communicates his love of God, motivating and encouraging others. He is the pastor of Fountain of Life Family Worship Center and president and founder of faith-based Nehemiah Community Development Corporation, both in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1994, he received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.