After going toe-to-toe with the Mad Titan Thanos last year, the Avengers will reassemble in an attempt to get retribution for those they lost. As the world waits in eager anticipation for their heroes next, and perhaps final battle, it seems fitting that the world of Christian Hip Hop be assessed for comparison to the Marvel universe.
While our favorite artists will not have to fear the threat of a snap of the Infinity Gauntlet, the stakes in their own missions, are just as, if not higher than the fictional superheroes.
Lecrae – Tony Stark/Iron Man
While Lecrae, like Tony Stark, is not necessarily the oldest figure within the world of Christian hip-hop, he has been the face of the genre for over a decade. Stark and Lecrae’s journeys have run in parallel to one another, with Stark gaining a sense of maturity, even stepping into a surrogate father role for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and Lecrae evolving from the theology turned into rhymes of Real Talk and After the Music Stops to the vulnerability he exposed in All Things Work Together.
This comparison is of course helped by the mogul-like nature of the Iron Avenger and the figurehead of 116, as the former, funds and houses Earth’s Mightiest Heroes while the latter owns the largest Christian hip-hop label in the game.
Andy Mineo – Steve Rogers/Captain America
Despite being a considerably undersized young man in the midst of one of the world’s most brutal conflicts, Steve Rogers refused to shrink away from his duty to serve in World War 2. He was eventually granted abilities beyond any normal man. Nonetheless, these abilities never took away the ever persistent attitude of Brooklyn’s own Captain America, as he went on to face threats such as the alien Chitauri, the maniacal android Ultron, and his own best friend, Bucky Barnes.
Andy Mineo, particularly in recent years, has faced overwhelming issues of his own, with his spiritual and mental state being tested in situations that could break even the strongest resolves. Even with these struggles, Mineo has found a means to overcome, sharing his scars rather than allowing them to consume him. Rogers has become synonymous with the phrase, “I could do this all day” and Mineo will forever be known for declarative statements like “I ain’t done” and “You can’t stop me.”
WHATUPRG – Peter Parker/Spider-Man
Peter Parker, like WHATUPRG, emerged into the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe quickly, immediately becoming a force to be reckoned with. In his first appearance, the quirky high school student held his own against veterans of the superhero game including the Winter Soldier, The Falcon, and Captain America. Following this conflict, the Queens native went on to singlehandedly defeat the Vulture, and join a composite team of Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy to bring the fight to Thanos.
WHATUPRG has made himself known just as quickly, standing out both in sound and content against what one would consider “typical” Christian hip-hop. Both Spider-Man and RG have shown themselves to be figures of incredible potential, banding together with some of the strongest figures in their space and yet maintaining a distinct personality all the same.
Wande – Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
Exploding onto the scene of their respective domains, both Wande and Carol Danvers have proven to possess power beyond what many could have ever predicted. As indicated by important figures at Marvel Studios, Captain Marvel will be fundamental to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stepping into roles that were once reserved for founding Avengers Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor.
Wande’s signing to Reach Records indicates a similar commitment to the future, as Reach Records has finally heard the outcry of their fans to sign a female artist. After releasing music and building up her own fanbase for years, Wande has become a sign of Reach’s future, and will, in all likelihood, aid in pushing the label to heights previously unknown.
Lawren – Clint Barton/Hawkeye
One may refer to Hawkeye as the most underappreciated Avenger. His storyline is often drowned out by the stunning abilities of beings such as The Hulk and Thor or the moral conflicts of Captain America and Iron Man. Ultimately, the archer simply wants to return to a simple life with his family, living in peace rather than having to face threats from throughout the universe.
With Lawren’s announcement of his retirement from hip-hop, his desire to leave the musical world bears a similarity to Barton’s desire to hang up his bow and arrow. Nonetheless, the threat of Thanos has once again pulled Hawkeye into a pair of tights, and given the correct circumstances, perhaps Lawren will return as well.
Thi’sl – Luke Cage/Power Man
When hearing of Thi’sl’s tragic shooting just a few short months ago, the world of Christian rap was heartbroken. And yet, the ever faithful artist pushed forward, making a full recovery faster than anyone could have expected. Much like Luke Cage, even bullets could not stop the forward movement of Thi’sl. While Harlem’s superhero may have unbreakable skin, this musical veteran has shown an unbreakable spirit which is all the more powerful.
Parris Chariz – T’Challa/Black Panther
The leader of Wakanda has proven to be a fan favorite since his debut in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. T’Challa is sure to be one of the key figures in the future of Marvel films, and Parris Chariz is no different. Chariz has already earned the praise of several of his peers, with many dubbing him the best of modern Christian hip-hop. With thousands of fans behind him like the citizens of Wakanda, Chariz’s graceful flow is sure to continue making an impact for years to come.
Ty Brasel – Scott Lang/Ant-Man/Giant-Man
The journey of Scott Lang has been one of growth, whether that be in a physical or personal sense. Debuting in 2015 as a thief turned miniature hero, Lang has gone through significant changes. He has grown to sizes that even Goliath would shudder at, and joining the Avengers in their quest to put Thanos down for the count.
Ty Brasel has experienced meaningful growth in his own right, defeating his past vices to become a performer at Winter Jam events, develop an ever-evolving catalog of singles, albums, and features, and garner cosigns from some of the biggest figures in this space, Brasel is, without a doubt, Destined For Greatness.
Chance The Rapper – Wade Wilson/Deadpool
KB – Thor Odinson
Tedashii – James Rhodes/War Machine
nobigdyl. – Matt Murdock/Daredevil
Mogli The Iceberg – Stephen Strange/Dr. Strange
Angie Rose – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Rapzilla.com – S.H.I.E.L.D.
What do you think of this Avengers team? Who’s story do you think fits certain characters better?