Christian Hip-Hop Albums that Turn 10 in 2016

The year is 2016, and most of us are looking at the calendar saying, ‘Where has the time gone?’ When it comes to music, time flies even faster. Stop for a second and think about when your favorite album dropped. After the smile from your nostalgia trip ends, pause and ask yourself, ‘When did that drop?’ There is a good chance that your favorite record is 10 or more years old. Now pick your jaw up, sit up in your seat, and take a trip back to 2006 as Rapzilla brings you down a stroll of memory lane.

Here are 10 Christian Hip-hop albums that are 10 years old this year in no particular order.

1. I Am Not Them by Propaganda

Propaganda’s I Am Not Them was the third EP dropped by Tunnel Rat’s VII series. It was also heralded as the best record of the bunch and featured great production. The EP has a slew of guests including Lightheaded, Estee Bullock, Hilsyde, Macho, Othello, Reconcile, and more.

The project set the tone for all of the ensuing awesome music Prop would be dropping.

2. To Die Is Gain by Stephen the Levite

To Die Is Gain was Stephen the Levite’s debut record on Lamp Mode Recordings. The 21 track album only had a handful of features, most notably Shai Linne.

This album was a strong start for a gifted ministry minded rhyme sayer.

3. The Divine Use of Animosity and Ridicule by Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas’ The Divine Use of Animosity and Ridicule was an early Humble Beast project that featured the emcee handling the production and rhymes.

The album’s diversity and Thomas’ clever use of cadence and lyric make this album stand up 10 years later.

4. Box of Rhymes by Braille

Box of Rhymes was Braille’s third full-length album and helped him get on the map. After a run on James Brown’s World Tour, he then spent the following year on the road with De La Soul.

This success helped guide him and stepping out and creating Humble Beast with Odd Thomas.

5. Future Classic by Surreal & DJ Balance

The rapper and DJ duo managed to harness the sounds of boom bap rap from the 90s and apply that classic formula to this record. The result is something that shines among their peers.

Future Classic features bars from Sojourn, Braille, Sivion, and a few others.

What do you think?

Justin Sarachik

Written by Justin Sarachik

Justin is the Editor-in-Chief of He has been a journalist for over a decade and has written or edited for Relevant, Christian Post, BREATHEcast, CCM, Broken Records Magazine, & more. He also likes to work with indie artists to develop their brands & marketing strategies. Catch him interviewing artists on Survival of the Artist Podcast.

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