Hippin to the hoppin: An exclusive CNS ‘interview’ with @hiphopAugustine


St. Augustine depicted at Crosier House in Phoenix. (CNS photo/Crosiers)

VATICAN CITY — The St. Augustine we all know was a fifth century theologian hangin’ in Hippo,

famous for his writin, playin’ hard, then makin it right agin.

Today there’s a new dogg in the ‘hood, mixin God’s wisdom with beats so good.

It’s Augustine of Hiphop on Twitter, yo. Here’s a sample, so you’ll know:

But before you peeps flit over to da Twitter,

Grab a peek @ our big hitter — a CNS “interview” (a bit one-sided) with @hiphopAugustine, as he explains in refrain, who he is, where he’s been.


thanks fo the chance to do a interview

I hope ya don’t mind if I talk the way I always do

my hip hoppin days, they started one August

on the streets of Thagaste

when I says to myself — self, maybe life is more

than chasin another score,

doin dares, swipin pears, and who knows what for?

I oughta change my taste

I oughta try to be chaste

and let

my debt

be met

by grace . . . but not yet, not yet

it’s been a long journey since then

became a rhetorician

Momma kept prayin I’d become a Catholic Christian

so they was family tension

I guess I better mention

the Manichaean thugs, they attracted my attention

shoot, they was a manic flock

looked down on the common stock

said “if you aint talkin Mani I don’t wanna talk”

I stayed for a few years

Momma, she be sheddin tears

finally I ditched them and they spiritual careers

I be like Odysseus wit his turns and twists

started chillin wit a crew of Neoplatonists

they pointed me to wisdom

had a slammin system

but somethin still was missin

they talked about God but didn’t know how to listen

they God was all far away

I don’t mean to be dissin

but what else can I say?

it was like they got the goal but not the way

long story short, I kept pressin on

and a baller bishop by the name of Ambrose of Milan

paved my way to Christ

I became enticed

the way he told how God descended and was sacrificed

so I told my momma — boy was she surprised

and I got baptized

and the book of my life got mad revised

errbody conform

to some kind of norm

but you can only stay fresh

if you follow the Word-made-flesh

I try to spread the word

though I be soundin absurd

to the ears of the world — I gotta make it heard

so December 17, started tweetin up a storm

stayin true to form

I’m fiery for the kingdom cuz it’s wack to be lukewarm

peace out

— @hiphopAugustine

One Response

  1. thanks for sharing this great post. it’s very interesting! keep up the great work!

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