Since the early 90’s hip-hop fans have seen some indication of rapper’s that are Muslim. And as rap music progresses in age and continues to be the most dominant genre of music across the globe, more rappers are feeling comfortable displaying the Muslim faith in interviews, songs, and music videos.
In this article, I’ll go over the influence the Muslim culture has had over hip-hop artists, which rap artist are of the Islamic faith, and if there will be a growth in rappers converting to the religion.
What Is Islam?
Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion which professes that there is only one and incomparable God (Allah) and that Muhammad is the last messenger of God. It also states that submission to God is the means to get eternal salvation. Islam is the world’s second-largest religion and the fastest-growing major religion in the world, with over 1.7 billion followers.
Islam is a religion that teaches God is merciful, all-powerful, and unique; and He has guided mankind through revealed scriptures, natural signs, and a line of prophets sealed by Muhammad. The primary scriptures of Islam are the Quran, traditionally viewed as the verbatim word of God, and the Hadith, which reports the sayings and normative behavior of Muhammad (c. 570–8 June 632 CE).
What Is A Muslim
A Muslim is someone who follows or practices Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion. Muslims consider the Quran (Koran), their holy book, to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger Muhammad.
The History of Islam & Hip Hop
We find that in the late 80’s; early 90’s is when rappers started to gravitate towards Islam as a religion and way of life. The main reason for the influx of rappers associating themselves with Islam was because of black nationalists groups such as The Nation of Islam and The 5% Nation of God’s and Earths. The early 90’s was a quest for black identity within the African-American communities and at this time these two groups were prevalent.
Ice Cube – Speech At Nation of Islam Gathering
Nation of Islam & The Nation of God’s & Earths
In the 90’s rappers drew closer to Islam through the teachings of Louis Farrakhan of the nation of Islam, and Clarence 13x who is the founder of another black religious organization called The Nations of God’s and Earths. Rappers started to rap about the teachings of these two organizations in their songs. They also started to wear clothes and pendants that reflected their association with these two organizations and that helped spread the word about their affiliation even more.
Here is a List of Rappers That Are Muslim
- Mos Def
- Jay Electronica
- Talib Qwali
- Erica Badu
- Lupe Fiasco
- Kevin Gates
- Ghostface Killah
- Busta Rhymes
- French Montana
- Beenie Sigel
- Brother Ali
- Brand Nubian
Kevin Gate’s Hajj To Mecca