Welcome to 2005, when George W. Bush was president, YouTube put out its first video on the Internet, and Hurricane Katrina hit the southern U.S. There were also some amazing Christian Rap albums put out that year that are now 15 years old! Below are 15 of them.
Da’ T.R.U.T.H. – The Faith
His second published album, this is Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s follow-up to his freshmen album, Moment of Truth. This album is as strong, if not stronger than his first album!
Notable Tracks: “Our World,” “Incredible Christian,” and “The Portrait”
Ohmega Watts – The Find
The Find is Watts’ first album. While the CHH veteran has mainly worked with other artists in his career, he brought everything he learned to this album! Watts pulls a lot of his inspiration from 90s rap, which you can hear in this album.
Notable Tracks: “Where It All Started,” “Full Swing,” and “Move”
DJ Maj – Boogiroot
For those who don’t know, DJ Maj is Tobymac’s DJ. In 2005, he decided to pull out his rhymes and DJ skills and put them all toward this album. This album also features many 2005 big-name artists like L.A. Symphony, Tobymac, and Manchild. Michael Tait also appears a couple of times!
Notable Tracks: “uAPPEAL,” “Boogiroot,” and “Love (So Beautiful)”
Flame – Rewind
His second studio album, Rewind was Flame’s follow-up album to Our World: Fallen. While this isn’t Flame’s best project, this project shows the sound and attitude of the next generation of CHH and Cross Movement in 2005.
Notable Tracks: “No Silence,” “Give Us The Truth Pt. 2,” and “Let’s Go”
John Reuben – The Boy vs the Cynic
The Gotee Records signee released his fifth album in 2005. This album contains some of his most famous songs and captures the rap/rock sound many rappers in the time harnessed.
Notable Tracks: “Out of Control,” “Nuisance,” and “All I Have”
Json – The Seasoning
This was Json’s debut album. The Seasoning is the first of seven albums Json has published so far. The album’s main theme is addressing that sin is humanity’s main problem and everyone has sin.
Notable Tracks: “Dig Deep,” “Take A Look,” and “A-Yo”
KJ-52 – Behind the Musik
Home of “Fivetweezy,” this album is about as KJ as you can get. There are the quirky songs like “Plain White Rapper,” the rap/rock fusion of “Are You Real?,” and an in-depth look into God in “God” featuring Rebbeca St. James.
Notable Tracks: “Fivetweezy,” “Plain White Rapper,” and “Are You Real?”
Timothy Brindle – Killing Sin
We’ve seen a wide range of CHH in 2005. Timothy Brindle’s Killing Sin is a monument of the violent attitude toward the Devil and sin. Fun Fact: this album is directly inspired by the classic Puritan book The Mortification of Sin by John Owen.
Notable Tracks: “Let’s Kill Sin,” “The Sinfulness of Sin,” and “The Humanity of Christ”
L.A. Symphony – Disappear Here
This five-man group also released their fifth album in 2005. This classic group had rappers Sareem Poems, Pigeon John, and bTwice. Check out what the early 2000s West Coast Christian Rap sounded like with this album!
Notable Tracks: “Timeless,” “Money Song,” and “Dance Like”
Othello – Elevator Music
Here’s another 2005 album brandishing that boom-bap! Now known as Ozay Moore, this artist is considered by many to be one of the greatest Christian Rap artists ever. Definitely check this album out!
Notable Tracks: “Organic,” “Elevator Music,” and “Good Will Chopping”
Pigeon John – Pigeon John Sings the Blues!
Contrary to the album’s title, Pigeon John isn’t singing. He is laying down his signature flow and sound in this album! He continued his own artistry away from L.A. Symphony with his third album.
Notable Tracks: “Nothing Without You,” “Sleeping Giants,” and “Upside Down Rotten”
Ambassador – The Thesis
There isn’t much to say about this album! In his second album, Ambassador is his usual self in The Thesis. This Cross Movement veteran and The Thesis is a must-know for any Christian Rap fan!
Notable Tracks: “Get Your Open,” “My Clothes, My Hair,” and “Oh Wretched Man”
T-Bone – Bonafide
One of his last albums, T-Bone switched up his typical style from his past albums of Tha History of a Hoodlum and Tha Hoodlum’s Testimony. His vocals changed to a deeper sound and a powerful, but still speedy, flow. This album is still T-Bone however, so check it out!
Notable Tracks: “12 Years Ago,” “Can I Live,” and “Follow T”
Shai Linne – Solus Christus Project
This is the Philadelphia native’s first album! Home to the first “Random Thoughts,” Shai Linne is spitting Christ’s greatness and pointing out problems within Christian entertainment.
Notable Tracks: “Random Thoughts,” “Angelz,” “Mic Check 1,2”
Tru Life – The Journal Vol. 1
While Tru Life isn’t a well-known artist in Christian Rap history, The Journal Vol. 1 is still worth a listen.
Notable Tracks: “Just Listen,” “Choices,” and “If I Could”