Mike REAL reveals album release date, title, cover and tracklisting
The newest signee to Christian hip-hop record label Clear Sight Music is scheduled to release his first project next month.
The Mind of Hollis by artist Mike REAL will be his first album under the Clear Sight Music brand. Mike REAL grew up in Ferguson, Missouri and has been passionate about using his musical abilities as a ministry to build up those around him.
Label owner and fellow artist FLAME discussed his anticipation for Mind of Hollis, which will be released on March 3.
“Many people have been waiting for us to supply more Christian rap music and now that time has arrived,” he said. “I’m excited for people to hear passionate music that leads them to God while also experiencing the sonic pleasures of creative lyricism. The Mind of Hollis definitely feels like a unified body of work with the way Mike REAL has meticulously coordinated each interlude and song concept. He has a lot of talent and his diligence has paid off. I’m looking forward to March 3rd!”
FLAME isn’t the only one who is anticipating the project’s release. Mike REAL’s excitement is also evident as he describes the album.
“The concept of the album revolves around a TV show about my life,” he said. “The person ‘watching the show’ hears about my upbringing and thought processes as a teenager and adult. It is a very transparent project about God’s grace and mercy in my life. I think many people will be able to relate to it.”
Mike goes on to discuss how the sixth chapter of Isaiah inspired the album.
“When Isaiah saw the beauty of God he didn’t say ‘Woe is me, I am a murderer’ or ‘Woe is me, I’m an adulterer,’ but he said ‘Woe is me, I am a man of unclean lips,'” Mike REAL said. “This reminded me, and I hope it does to others, that even if you haven’t committed ‘big sins’ in your life it doesn’t mean that you’re any closer to God than anyone else. We all need God to give us a new heart that beats for Him. You’ll find these and similar themes throughout the album.”
Next week, Mike REAL will be releasing two singles, including “Catch Fire” featuring label mate FLAME. Mike REAL will be in concert in his hometown of St. Louis on March 6, 2015 to promote the new album.
Episode 1: Behind The Scenes
Episode 2: Pray to the East
Episode 3: 100 Bandz
Episode 4: Ford Probe
Episode 5: Hostage/Rescue Me feat. Jonathan Jefferson
Episode 6: The 6th Sense
Episode 7: Vital Signs
Episode 8: Catch Fire feat. FLAME & Jai
Episode 9: No Gravity feat. Derek Minor
Episode 10: Bird Seeds
Episode 11: Bad Girlz Club feat. Chris Cobbins
Episode 12: Season Finale/The Credits feat. Morie