Luke Smallbone Says Christian Rap’s Honesty is ‘Helpful’ to Christian Arts
For King & Country is no stranger to Christian rap. THey’ve done collaborations with Lecrae, KB, and Andy Mineo. We asked one half of the group, Luke Smallbone, what he thinks of the music.
“The problem with the pop structure of verse-chorus, verse-chorus, bridge-chorus – It doesn’t leave you a lot of room for lyrics. If there are too many lyrics, it’s forgetful,” he stated. “There’s something about the medium of rap that has a way of being very honest and in some cases, if you’re not being honest, you’re discarded.”
He feels that Christian hip-hop does a great job at communicating effectively and honestly.
“The hip-hop and rap genre as a whole, you’re not taken seriously unless you’re gutturally honest,” he shared. “Sometimes in CCM music, we’re a little bit careful to be as guttural as Christian hip-hop is. I think it’s very helpful to be transparent.”
He then recalled an interview where U2’s Bono was asked about Christian music. The interview can be found here.
“I would love if this conversation would inspire people who are writing these beautiful… gospel songs, write a song about their bad marriage. Write a song about how they’re pissed off at the government. Because that’s what God wants from you, the truth,” Bono said. “And that truthfulness …. will blow things apart.”
Christian rap does this all the time. CCM music being played on the radio doesn’t have this luxury because of the audience they are primarily reaching.
“When it’s truly real, I think we can learn something from that,” said Smallbone. “If you’re going to say something like what it means to love your enemy, they will love their enemy.”
He continued “…It’s super helpful to the Christian arts.”