Troy Evans preaches at Edge Urban Fel­low­ship in a run­down Grand Rapids, Mich., neigh­bor­hood known for pros­ti­tu­tion. Inside what looks like an aban­doned office building are walls cov­ered by graf­fiti. There are tat­tooed people wearing base­ball caps and jeans. Three 20-​​year-​​old men holding mics get ready to bust out some elab­o­rate dance moves.

It may seem like a hip-​​hop show, but it’s actu­ally church.

Hip-​​hop churches started emerging in the late ‘90s.

Emmett Price, a pro­fessor of music and African-​​American studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, says the churches are on the rise in the U.S. and that they appeal to the latchkey generation.

Hip-​​hop cul­ture comes out of the moans and the cries of young people who felt ostra­cized and dis­en­fran­chised from society,” Price says.

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