The Utley Experience

Hip Hop Publications

Utley, Ebony A. Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2012.

Rap and Religion Blog Dr. Utley writes about rap and religion on her blog.

Utley, Ebony A. “Resurrection Power: Rapper Appropriation of the Crucified Jesus.” Dr. Utley describes how rappers have appropriated Jesus’s characteristics.

Utley, Ebony A. “What Does Beyoncé Mean to Young Girls?Journal of Popular Music Studies 29, no. 2 (2017): 1-12.

Utley, Ebony A. “ ‘I Used to Love Him’: Exploring the Miseducation About Black Love and Sex.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 27, no. 3 (2010): 291-308.

Utley, Ebony A. and Brenda J. Allen, eds. “Hip Hop’s Languages of Love.” Women and Language 32, no. 2 (2009).

Utley, Ebony A. and Alisha L. Menzies. “Show Some Love: Youth Responses to ‘Kiss Me Thru the Phone.'” Women and Language 32, no. 2 (2009): 68-77.

Hip Hop Conversations

Social Movement Strategies and the Hip Hop Generation Dr. Utley identifies the similarities between the civil rights generation and the hip hop generation.

Left of Black Dr. Utley discusses the impact of religion on hip hop with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal.

Identifying with God: Jay-Z’s Power to Profit Dr. Utley claims that Jay-Z lives religion by connecting it to capitalism.

Why All the Silly Devil Talk Should be Taken Seriously Dr. Utley breaks down the race, gender, and class implications of the accusations that popular mainstream artists are devil worshippers or witches.

Dear Nicki Minaj: An Open Letter Dr. Utley writes to Nicki Minaj about being a Barbie.

Some Bittersweet Truths About Ashley Judd Dr. Utley tells the bittersweet truth about privilege.

Hip Hop Jesus Dr. Utley connects the experiences of urban rappers to the historical and spiritual Jesus who experienced oppression, was crucified by his haters, and was resurrected as a powerful god.

Patriarchal Entanglements Dr. Utley asserts that oppression is sexy at Cerritos College.

Is the Whitest White Girl the Best B-Girl? Dr. Utley asks the producer and writer/director of B-Girl about their colorblind casting choices.

Female Representations in Hip Hop During a fireside chat at Wake Forest University with Alta Mauro, Dr. Utley considers how much control female rappers have over their representations in hip hop.

Will Rap Help Eradicate Racism? As a guest on Kbeach.org radio, Dr. Utley argues that rap music will not positively impact U.S. race relations.