The dopest songs are commonly a collaboration of writer teams, producers, and musicians. These are producers and artists that have shown us the importance of carrying your own weight and killing it! Christian rap is no different…
*Criteria is based on artists and producers working on a full project or roughly 10 songs. No self-produced artist either.*
Zaytoven & Lecrae – Let The Trap Say Amen
Lecrae and Zaytoven took us on a ride thru the trap. Lecrae’s concepts over Zaytoven’s piano keys and trap symphonies were cultivating and edgy. The lead single “Get Back Right” started the ignition and is one to remember.
NF & Tommee Profitt/David Garcia – NF Catalogue
Tommee Profitt almost single handly ignited the torch for the suspenseful, dramatic, symphonic sound of NF’s catalog. He produced the mainstream breakout song “Let You Down” and so many others. Tommee Profitt and David Garcia collectively set the foundation for all the early NF projects. Nate and Tommee are our Eminem and Dr. Dre. They embody a distinct mixture of storytelling, rapid flows, and drama, which created an instant connection with fans.
Dre Murray & Wit -“Hell’s Paradise II,” “Stranger,” “Passenger Of The Knight,” “Gold Rush” (Swoope, Tragic Hero & Wes Pendleton), Southern Lights Dre Murray & Alex Faith Overexposed (Swoope & Tragic Hero)
Dre Murray & Wit have strategically been able to capture our attention over the years and keep us locked in. They’ve given us life lessons through smooth flows and beats to ride to. Wit plays as producer No I.D to Common (Dre Murray) on a few of their classic projects.
Aaron Cole & Saint X – Not By Chance
Aaron Cole really started coming to form in 2016 which is why we named him part of the Freshman Class that year. His blend of singing and rapping captured a fresh vibe to our ears. His sound gives us Drake vibes with a splash southern sauce. Cole’s consistency and growth landed him a deal with Gotee Records in 2017.
Aaron and producer Saint X cooked up a great mixture of heat on his Not By Chance project, along with numerous other bangers. Aaron set a major stamp on the culture in 2018 with numerous releases, which led to him winning his Dove “New Artist Of The Year Award” in 2019.
Rhema Soul & Gawvi (G-Styles)
Gawvi ( G-Styles) carried the weighty production title for the dynamic trio JuanLove, Butta P, and K-Nuff. They hit us with numerous classics, packaged with different flows and crowd rocking, uptempo beats. This four-headed monster couldn’t miss with pure hip hop at the core and The Good News at the forefront. Since then, we’ve seen the monster producer Gawvi has become!
Creating a sound for new talent is extremely hard as well as finding the right production for up and coming artists. One usually doesn’t outweigh the other. Some connections are made at the grassroots, others cross paths when labels get involved. However, it plays out, when it’s a match made in Heaven it’s a sweet, sweet sound. Be on the lookout for Part 2. It may be some of your favorites in the next one if they weren’t mentioned in this article.