Thi’sl returns with a fan-requested Christmas song, “The Greatest Gift Ever,” on iTunes 11-29-11, following his earlier 2011 full-length hit album, “Beautiful Monster.” Best known for delivering The Gospel over hard-hitting, bass heavy trap music like “I Signed Up to Die” and “I Hate You”, Thi’sl steps outside of his typical sound with this single. Instead, he delivers the same characteristic heartfelt message laced with smooth holiday instrumentation. “The Greatest Gift Ever,” features production and co-writing from one of Christian hip-hop’s leading producers, Skrip, while the smooth vocals of High Society’s J.R. add color and depth to an already stunning track.
The concept for “The Greatest Christmas Gift Ever” sparked from a tweet to Thi’sl from a supporter requesting that he record a Christmas project. What began as a couple of tweets back and forth between Thi’sl and one supporter turned into a two-day discussion involving hundreds of tweets from fans about Christmas song concepts and ideas for track titles. The overwhelming fan interaction made the decision for Thi’sl to step out of his musical comfort zone an easy one to make, and so the writing process began.
When speaking of the song, Thi’sl states,
“Christmas time always makes me think about the people that will be stressed out about the gifts they can’t afford to buy. I wrote this song to give people a proper look at Christmas. Christmas, not about gifts, but about the greatest Gift, Jesus.”
Not only does Thi’sl offer a proper perspective of Christmas through his new release, but he also plans on delivering the hope of The Gospel through holiday outreach projects in his local community under his non-profit, ReBuild St. Louis. On December 17, 2011 Thi’sl will also be hosting and performing at his first concert in the St. Louis area in over a year. Thi’sl’s desire is that throughout this Christmas season people remember to not only have quality time with family and friends, but to also take the opportunities to build the Christian family through outreach and practical evangelism.