Prophetic Beauty of Hip-Hop

By virtue of creation, and still more the incarnation, nothing here is profane for those who know how to see.
— Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ

The art of Hip-Hop, in its traditional form, was meant to stir and even disturb the hearts and minds of their listeners, conveying raw and gritty truths through rhyme. It’s not tough to see the connection between Jesus Christ's own disturbing and prophetic rhetoric, and an MC’s ability to denounce the ugly side of reality using the very imagery and rhetoric he despises. A.M.D.G.


Hear Me As I Am

True humility is seeing yourself the way God sees you. Nothing more. Nothing less.
— St. Teresa of Calcutta

 

I humbly present to you my music. The following tracks range from more serious tracks to parodies, from English to Spanish language, from questions to answers. In the end, music is but a small glimpse into the artist's soul. Hear me as I am. A.M.D.G.


Contemplating Hip-Hop's Fire

For it is not much knowledge that fills and satisfies the soul, but the intimate understanding and relish of the truth.
— St. Ignatius of Loyola

Real MC’s ignite the fire for conversation beyond the music. It is our role to learn from the conversations and accompany people in learning from the brilliant light this fire can shed on society’s concerns. Yet, if we are quick to judge the fire the rapper ignited rather than addressing what the fire’s light has revealed about society, then we will surely be burned by the rapper’s prophetic fire. In the end, it was never about the fire to begin with, but what the fire pointed to.

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Michael Martinez, S.J. thinks you’ll be surprised by how much Kendrick Lamar has to teach you about being prophetic in his controversial “Humble” music video.

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“Mask Off God” Rap: Unmasking Hidden Holiness

Jesuit rapper Michael A. Martinez, S.J. releases new “Mask Off God” music video and unmasks the hidden sacredness behind Future’s original song.

Prophetic Beauty: The Power of Hip-Hop and Faith 

Watch Michael Martinez SJ, discuss the power of Hip-Hop as a prophetic voice in the modern world at the fourth John Courtney Murray Forum Beauty Itself: A Night of Engaging, Encountering, and Enlivening the Beautiful  held April 6, 2017, Loyola University Chicago.


Live Performances

It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards one’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.
— St. Francis Xavier

Michael Martínez SJ spoke and performed on Nov. 29, 2017 at The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage's Catholic Q & A Event titled “Catholicism: Called to Tradition or Revolution?” Martínez commented that as Catholics, "practicing the Tradition does not allow us to forget the Truth that the love of God and love of neighbor are ONE. The Revolutionary part of the Catholic faith, is that the Truth must not remain some 'philosophical principle' taught long ago, but a Christian responsibility today -- by the grace of God. That is, to incarnate this Truth in our daily lives. This is what the Christian Tradition ultimately points to. This is the work of Christ's Revolution."