Is Francis the First Hip-Hop Pope? This G.O.O.D. Artist Says Yes (Video)
The Pope’s visit to the United States this week has infused many Americans with what could be aptly nicknamed “Pope Fever.” The reigning Bishop of Rome has earned himself a reputation for being a progressive, as far as the papacy goes, particularly because of his comparatively outspoken views on things like climate change and divorce. While many still argue that the Pope’s views on things like abortion and gay marriage remain outdated, even the most skeptical atheists can be heard applauding Francis for his shaking up of the Catholic church, which has invigorated the interest of young people around the world, perhaps nowhere more fervently than those in the United States, as we speak.
Earlier today, CNN spoke with Hip-Hop artist Malik Yusef, a musician, poet, and activist whose work with Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music have earned him acclaim from Heads. The five-time Grammy-winning producer has been on the road as part of the Act on Climate national bus tour, taking part in events and performances aimed at educating those living in neighborhoods most directly affected by things like pollution. As a representative of the Hip-Hop Caucus, Yusef has aligned the Pope with Hip-Hop in interesting ways, thanks to His Holiness’ call to action in addressing climate change. Speaking of the Pope Yusef says “He does things that the hip-hop culture gravitates to… He’s a fly person, he speaks his mind, he speaks his heart. That’s what hip-hop is.”
Is Pope Francis the first Hip-Hop Pope? Why or why not?