15 Christian Hip-Hop Artists Every Fan Should Know
Over the past 10 to 15 years, artists of different styles and messages have risen up and stamped their influence on Christian Hip-Hop. There are a bunch of artists that deserve recognition for their work and talents, but these diverse 15 are a sample of those that went above and beyond to become notable influences. These artists are ones that every fan should take their time to listen to and be knowledgeable about their contributions to Christian music.
Sho Baraka has had quite the experience in Christian Hip-Hop. Founding member of the 116 Clique, Baraka used to be with Lecrae, Trip Lee, and Tedashii at Reach Records. While Baraka and Reach had to part ways in 2011 due to some disagreements, it was not because of Baraka’s talent. He has always rapped about issues that he has personal qualms with and describing social conscience truths. Along with his mix of traditional musical instruments and hip-hop beats, Baraka is one unique artist. The Narrative and Turn My Life Up are a few of his albums.
This trio has been an influence on Christian rap for many years. By themselves, Odd Thomas, Braille, and Courtland Urbano have created music that challenges the listener’s approach to God, how we perceive Him, and our relationship with Him. Their music is different from today’s hip-hop, taking inspiration from old hymns and a variety of instruments that make their music sound more like progressive orchestra pieces. Listen to Instruments of Mercy and Worthy for a time of reflection and pondering.
Founder of God Over Money Records, Bizzle has quite the track record. He started out in the mainstream, touring with rappers like Lil Wayne and Lil Boosie. To say the least, he sold out to the world. In 2008 however, Bizzle did a complete 360 and devoted his life back to Christ. Since then, he has led a powerful movement about placing God first in your life, no matter what the cultural treasures. He even made a track throwing shade at Jay-Z for leading people astray. Crowns and Crosses, The Good Fight, and Tough Love and Parables are a couple of his projects.
From drummer to vocalist, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. has always tried to get to the heart when it comes to issues about Christianity. T.R.U.T.H. got his start back in 2003 when he got his EP Moment of Truth released by Cross Movement Records. While he has not had as much success as others on this list, T.R.U.T.H. is definitely one of the best lyricists here. It’s Complicated and Open Book are some of his best albums.
FLAME has been under the radar most his career. He started around the same time as Trip Lee, Tedashii, and the rest of the 116 Clique. Nevertheless, FLAME has been producing solid work with Clear Sight Music for the better part of a decade. Our World: Fallen, The Royal Flush, and Captured are albums that show his evolution as an artist.