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Levi Hinson

Levi Hinson is the only literal freshman on this year’s Rapzilla Freshmen List. The 14-year old rapper is from Oklahoma — not exactly a hip-hop hotbed. But the music became a family affair.

“My two older brothers are adopted, and they’re from Ukraine,” Hinson told Rapzilla. “The oldest of the two was really into hip hop. We were in the process of adopting them, and I just really wanted to be able to get to know them better. I got my dad to buy me some rap music. He got me a few like TobyMac and Lecrae CDs, so I started listening to those a lot, and I guess it just went from there.”



Hinson wrote his debut album Home when he made the transition out of home school.

“Going back into public school that year to start middle school was really tough,” he said. “I just didn’t feel like I belonged anywhere. That year, I just sort of wanted to find a comfortable place, a home. That’s where I got the title from, and then I just started writing.”

Hinson said he makes music as personal therapy. He didn’t expect his music to go anywhere, but the recent attention has given him a new sense of purpose for making music. He said he remembers seeing KIDD on the Freshmen list and being excited for him. And now, it is his turn to make his mark.

“It’s just been surreal,” he said. “I never thought I would be in that position. I always thought that I would just continue to make music for a hobby. But now it almost seems like a career opportunity.”

Along with being a rapper and producer, Hinson is a graphic designer. He designed the Home album artwork himself. He doesn’t need a computer to do work because of all the technology available for mobile devices. His favorite phone app is the one from Visual Supply Company.

He is now working on a follow-up project to Home, entitled Roaming. Hinson said he is about five songs into the album and is hoping to drop it in the summer or fall.

The Bible verse that he is trying to live by right now is Proverbs 24:27, which says, “Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready. After that, build your house.” This verse reminds him to slow down in life.

“Always prepare and always plan ahead,” he said. “Never rush into anything without thinking of it. For me, that’s been a struggle, just rushing into stuff and not thinking about it. There are consequences for every action that you make, and I really want to take that to heart and learn to be more decisive and know what I’m doing before I get into it.”







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Written by David Daniels

David Daniels is a columnist at Rapzilla.com and the managing editor of LegacyDisciple.org. He has been published at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, CCM Magazine, Bleacher Report, The Washington Times and HipHopDX.

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