It has been a busy year for Reach Records. They have transcended the stigmas associated with Christian Hip-Hop by illuminating an industry of darkness. Lecrae has charted number 1 in multiple categories including the Billboard Hip-Hop Charts, Gravity has sold over 100,000 units and the Unashamed Tour is going full throttle. Andy Mineo, one of the artists on Reach Records is making some serious noise with his singing and rapping abilities. He has collaborated with the likes of Lecrae, KB, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Sho Baraka, Derek Minor, S.O, Propaganda, Thi’sl, and more. Also he released a free album 'Formerly Known' which is one of our most downloaded with over 23,000 downloads and a successful YouTube series called “Saturday Morning Car Tunez".
In July news broke that Andy was thinking about releasing his debut retail album in December of this year. No official date or title has been announced but Andy Mineo recently said that he'll be releasing some visuals and singles in the coming months and the album will drop soon after.
When interviewed about the sound of this upcoming album, Andy Mineo said he will be working with producers such as JR of The Watchmen, Tyshane, Joseph Prielozny, and potentially Nottz (Kanye West, Notorious B.I.G., J Dilla) and Johnny Juliano with A&R work by Street Symphony. Andy also said the album will have an electronic bright feel with an experimental progressive hip-hop sound similar to what was heard on "Pressure" and "Every Word" off 'Formerly Known'. This matches the dubstep influence of supposedly titled "Misfit" which you may have heard Andy performing in concert and on tours since last year. To sum it up Andy Mineo said 'Saturday Morning Car Tunez' is a good foreshadowing of the fun cool vibe you can expect to hear from the journey his upcoming album will take you on.
Who would you like to see featured on his album?
Additional contributions by Steven Solis
Photo credits: Andy Mineo, KB, Trip Lee