Listening Session: Papa San – One Blood

Many in Christian Hip Hop are just now hearing Papa San for the first time. Some attribute the awareness in Christian Hip Hop to Papa San’s son, Tyshane Thompson of 808xEliTE. While the popularity of Tyshane’s production and nearly the entire ‘One Blood’ sound being crafted by Tyshane are definitely factors, truth is San has been internationally known for 30 years. You may have also gotten an introduction to Papa San on Lecrae’s ‘Church Clothes 2’ song “The Fever” which also features Andy Mineo. However, again Papa San is a veteran that has amassed Stellar Awards, World Music, Marlin Awards, and Dove Award nominations long before any of this took place. Papa San was known as one of the fiercest and fastest sound clash “DJ’s” in Regge & Dancehall music in the mid-late ’80s. He carved his name in Reggae & Dancehall music history as being a part of the first few STING events in Jamaica, which celebrated it’s 30th year last year. Papa San signed a major record deal and had his music videos played on MTV (in the mid 90’s) just before getting saved in the late 90’s. After committing his life to Christ, Papa San became the first Reggae artist with Christian content to land on the Billboard Reggae charts. To date Papa San has 4 albums that have charted in Billboard’s Top 10 Reggae album chart as well as two #1 singles on the Billboard Dance charts. You can also catch Papa San on Kirk Franklin’s hit song “Awesome God” and toby Mac’s “Whoopsie Daisy (Catchafire)”.

I’m excited to see a resurgence of Reggae & Dancehall in Christian music, and expect to see ‘One Blood’ top the Billboard Reggae and iTunes Reggae charts when it releases Tuesday January 21st.

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1. Step Up ft. Da’ T.R.U.T.H.
Produced by Tyshane

2. Your Eyes Are On Me ft. Fred Hammond
Produced by Maurice Gregory and Tyshane

3. Radio ft. Lecrae
Produced by Maurice Gregory and Tyshane

4. One Blood ft. Stitchie
Produced by Tyshane

5. Running ft. Tasan
Produced by Tyshane

6. Get Right
Produced by Tyshane and Maurice Gregory

7. Revival ft. Israel Houghton
Produced by Maurice Gregory and Tyshane

8. Show Me ft. Tiffany Hall
Produced by Maurice Gregory and Tyshane

9. I Love You ft. Tyrone Andrew
Produced by Tyshane and ThaInnacircle

10. God Is The Best ft. DJ Nicholas
Produced by Maurice Gregory

11. God By My Side ft. Ryan Mark
Produced by Tyshane

12. Blessing ft. Sherwin Gardner
Produced by Maurice Gregory

13. Don’t Give Up The Fight ft. Jael Wiafe
Produced by Tyshane Thompson and Maurice Gregory

Chad Horton

Written by Chad Horton

Chad Horton has been in the music business since 2000 with a focus on digital distribution, streaming, playlisting, and social media marketing. Chad is currently a Partnership Producer at working with clients such as Blizzard Entertainment, Google Pixel, and more. Chad also owns and operates Originally from Northern California, Chad became a San Diego resident in 2004 where he currently resides with his wife and children.

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