Producer Rockwilder Dumps Secular Rap For Christian Hip-Hop
Producer Rockwilder is planning to take his award winning music to enter the world of Christian Hip-Hop, he said.
In an interview with Movement TV, the Grammy Award winning producer said he has become bored with the current state of Hip-Hop music and will be returning to his roots in the church.
“It’s a new movement going on. And it’s a situation whereas Hip-Hop has reached a level to where it’s boring. [I don’t] really wants to glorify the violent aspects of it,” he said. “Right now, I’m pretty much doing a 360-degree [change] and bringing it back to the essence when I was first raised on that and that Christian music.”
Rockwilder, born Dana Stinson, is well known for his work with childhood friend Redman.
In 1999, he produced Method Man and Redman's “Da Rockwilder,” a song considered classic by many in rap circles
Since his commercial breakthough he has produced for Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, Janet Jackson, Destiny's Child and others.
In 2001, he won a Grammy for a remake of Labelle's "Lady Marmalade" with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink for the film Moulin Rouge!
“Its like giving the secular world a rest and treading on this new ground, which is Christian Hip-Hop,” he said.”
Rockwilder implied strongly that he might never return to doing music for the masses in the manner he has before, but also will leave his options open to working with acts like Redman and Method Man.
“You know, I’m still who I am, but I know my focus and my drive is going to be towards Christian music. I like the message, I like the music, I like the way it is received,” he explained.
“We’re in a generation where we are killing each other rapidly and a lot of kids ain’t learning…so they are gonna learn from the streets. Basically the music is gonna raise some of these kids and I don’t want to be apart of that. I’m just for the Kingdom.”
Rockwilder is currently working with a number of Christian rap acts.