For the past two decades, Hip Hop has attained a significant presence in Romania. The fall of Communism as well as growing social unrest has led a growing number of Hip Hop artists to incorporate strong Orthodox and nationalist messages into their lyrics. However, not all Hip Hop fans advocate this stance. This essay argues for an investigation of how Romanian youth respond to the religious and spiritual lyrics in Hip Hop. This mixed-methods study examines whether Romanian youth gravitate toward "spiritual-oriented messages or religious-oriented messages" and are thus, "hardcore listeners" or "casual listeners." The results of the study highlight Romanian youth’s support of religious/spiritual Hip Hop as well as the ability of religion to foster tolerance.
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Chirilă, Oana Alexandra and Chaney, Cassandra D.
"Hip Hop, Religion and the Youth of Romania: A Preliminary Study,"
Journal of Hip Hop Studies: Vol. 5
, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jhhs/vol5/iss1/8