Defacing the Music – What Slips into the Grooves Once God Gets Removed
If you’re a Christian who loves Hip-Hop, then this book is for you!
The original intent of music was to bring glory and honor to the name of God as the Creator of all things. Yet, like all men born into this earth, music has been corrupted by the very thing that mankind was created to subdue: sin.
When Nas rapped that Hip-Hop is dead, it was personal… and it hurt. Yet Hip-Hop died long before Nas eulogized it. It died the moment its words were birthed into the world without God at its center. Adding insult to injury, Hip-Hop’s memorial gets defaced every time lyrics and beats are created without the intent to praise God; produced by artists who are sold out for their own kingdom, name and fame instead of the LORD’s!
But this book isn’t meant to be doom and gloom – there’s Good News! Like mankind, Hip-Hop needs to be reformed! Take a look at the image below: We’ve all played musical chairs. Every time the music breaks, a chair is removed from the circle; displacing one person as another takes the last coveted spot. In this image, God, the Chairman of Music, has lost His seat in what Psalm 22:3 calls “the praises of Israel” – a place He was meant to inhabit. There’s “treble” brewing in music when God gets removed.
Even so, this book is not about removing godless Hip-Hop music altogether – it’s about the hope of Hip-Hop’s restoration. At the end of the day, it’s all about God being the foundation of music; the “bass” if you will… no “trouble.”
About Reggie Legend (Chicago, Illinois Author)
Reginald Kee (d.b.a. Reggie Legend) is the author of over 16000 poems and haiku. Reggie has had his work featured on several online websites and forums for over a decade.
Seeking to increase his platform as a motivational speaker and workshop facilitator, Reggie began writing social commentary known as poetitorials: a combination of poems and editorials. These writings have gone on D6to spark dialogue in forums rangingpp from sites such as allhiphop.com to collegiate student newspapers and composition courses at Columbia College Chicago. The catalog of these writings can also be found on his “With a Strong Hand” blog at www.manufortiministries.com/With-Strong-Hand-blog.
He is the author of two self-published books: Steel Waters VOLUME I: DUPLicate AuthentICITY and Defacing the Music: What Slips into the Grooves Once God Gets Removed.
As a youth advocate, Reggie tours local school districts motivating a variety of students with material geared towards specific needs. Reggie offers direction to students in college-preparatory classes based on his own experiences through a series of workshops that reclaims the status of the word “genius” as an accessible commodity that exists in all of us through the formula GENIUS = PASSION + TALENT + PURPOSE. For young men who find it difficult to gain traction in school at the elementary and middle school level, Reggie created the Fox Valley Kings program to instill purpose and a sense of ownership in the one resource that makes us all rich: words. With the motto “Crowning Achievement One KING at a Time,” the students learn that they can influence their environment and determine how well they rule as kings by how well they manage the richness found in the power of words.
Reggie married his wife, minister Quiana Kee, on August 21, 2004. Together, they have two children and are co-founders of Ink Well Spoken and Manu Forti Ministries which serve as the marketplace and faith-based umbrella programs for their motivational speaking initiatives, respectively.
Reggie studied at the University of Delaware; receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering in 2000. He went on to earn a Master’s in Business Administration from Argosy University with a concentration in Leadership Management in 2006. Having spent over a decade of his career in the field of post-secondary education, he has honed his expertise and best practices in customer service to equip students and families with sound college preparatory skills and the ability to identify resources and effective strategies for financial planning.