New Hot 97.9 FM in Philadelphia lived up to its namesake recently, as the radio station’s Q-Deezy Show
played host to a heated debate between rap star Meek Mill and Philadelphia Pastor Jomo K. Johnson.
The controversy surrounded Mill’s song, “Amen,” off his recent Dreamchasers 2
mixtape, with Johnson calling for a boycott of Mill’s music.
If you haven't heard the song, we don't encourage you to seek it out however we want to provide context and background for this article and will quote the hook on the song:
The undercurrents of dissatisfaction concerning the absence of substance in the lyrical content of secular Hip-Hop today is fueling the advancement of Christian-influenced Hip-Hop. In addition to the growing number of talented, hard-hitting Christian-influenced rappers who are making no apologies for their Savior or their skills.
Some time in the 2000's the decline of authenticity in secular Hip-Hop began and the ascension of substance in Christian-influenced Hip-Hop started. Now the reasons for the decline of one and the rise of the other are still unclear. Perhaps it was when secular rappers began their venture into reality television, clothing lines, energy drinks, headphones, and the overall obsession with branding and mogul-dom, that the passion for rhyming took a backseat.
It's time for you to stop rapping.
Let that settle in for a second.
For some of you reading this article that was the most liberating thing you've heard in weeks. But it's time. There are a myriad of reasons that explain why it's time for you to stop rapping but right now you just need to embrace the joyous, liberating reality of your musical retirement.
For some, you need to hear the reality of something you know deep down is true but no one around you has the guts to tell you: you're just not that good. And I'm not talking to people just starting out and trying to sharpen your craft. You're off the hook here. I'm talking to you Mr. / Mrs. / Ms. 3 to 4 albums strong and all just aren't that good. No one is saying you're a bad person, but plenty of people are saying behind your back what you need to hear to your face - you're not a good rapper and you haven't been one for a while now. Deep down, you know it’s true but pride won't let you accept it. Well allow me to be the voice of reason, conscious and honesty - you're not that good and it's time for you to stop rapping. I'm not being mean but, for once someone is telling you the honest truth you've been waiting to hear and it’s time to hang up the pen, blackberry, iPad "Notes" app or whatever you use to write rhymes with. But hang on with me, I'll go deeper with you in a minute.
We keep hearing from web/tech gurus about how empowered artists are in the internet age, but yet, the numbers just don’t add up. It’s also ironic that tech bloggers like to promote the idea of “touring and t-shirts” as a solution to the
If you want to listen to the radio or watch or read a newspaper you have A LOT of choices ... right? You can watch MTV, BET, CMT, NBC, ABC, ESPN, CNN, HBO, Nick Jr., etc. That sounds like a lot of choices when flipping through the channels on TV. Do you notice that most of the shows are the same concepts, just with
The truth is: God is still at work!
Thanks to everyone who is downloading and spreading the "Church Clothes
I'm blown away at the response. It’s humbling and pushes me to keep going.
At the beginning of my musical career, my intention was to enrich and give hope to
I haven’t seen this much buzz in the Christian Hip-Hop community since … well, since
performed on the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. With the most highly anticipated
Christian Hip-Hop mixtape now here, we ask what happens after the music stops
on Church Clothes (puns intended).
1. Will 'Church Clothes' open the door for
I hate it when people whose opinions I really respect disagree on an issue.
So this whole “Are you a Christian rapper or not?” debate has been a little stressful and saddening for me. I’m watching artists who have played a role in my own growth and sanctification land at different places on this topic.
In the words of Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?”
Instead of writing a piece that argues for one view or another, I wanted to share some of the questions I’ve asked myself as I have tried to think through the “Christian rapper” label issue biblically.
When the Billboard charts came out last week, there was a rap album that debuted impressively high (No. 3 on the Rap Albums chart, No. 17 on the 200) despite not having much mainstream hip-hop exposure. That project was The Good Life, the fourth album from Trip Lee
. The rapper is signed to the growing independent label Reach Records, an Atlanta based team of
#1: Major publicity.
has garnered major publicity not only in Christian music but in the mainstream media. He performed on the BET Awards Cypha and was mentioned as a stand out. He performed on Paid Dues, the mainstream markets largest U.S. hip hop festival, and has garnered publicity on all major hip hop media outlets in the mainstream market.