2006 was 15 years ago. Does anyone feel old from reading that? Well, we’re taking it back today, as we are going over some of the standout albums that dropped that year. So here are 15 Christian Rap albums that turn 15 years old in 2021. The list below is not in any particular order.
Gospel Gangstaz – The Flood
While you can’t find this album on music streaming platforms, someone uploaded The Flood on YouTube (thanks channel Christlike Fresh Official). One of the last projects put out by this group, Mr. Solo and Chilly Baby keep doing their thing in this project.
Notable Tracks: “What It Do” and “My Life”
Playdough – Don’t Drink the Water
He’s now known as Krum, but back in the 2000s and most of 2010, he went by Playdough. This is one of his first studio albums. While this is heavy lyrically, you can definitely hear the rock influence Chrisitan rappers turned to in the 2000s.
Notable Tracks: “Up To Date,” “Don’t Drink the Water,” and “Sandal Sole”
R-Swift – Revolutionary Theme Muzik
This Christian Rap veteran released his sophomore album in 2006. You should check this album out if you want to see how R-Swift has changed over the past decade!
Notable Tracks: “Smile” ft. J.R., “Undisputed,” and “Dear Holy Hip-Hop” ft. Stephen the Levite and Shai Linne
Braille – Box of Rhymes
This album is good old Braille: him laying bar after bar on melancholy or hopeful beats. While it’s not his most popular album, it’s still an album from one of the best emcees in our space’s history.
Notable Tracks: “Everything Changed” and “Humility”
Trip Lee – If They Only Knew
The Reach Records veteran’s first studio album came out this year as well! Listening to it now, it displays how despite how Christian Rap has changed in the past decade and a half, Trip has stayed true to his message.
Notable Tracks: “Give Him Glory,” “Cash or Christ,” and “Lookin’ For Love” ft. J.R.
Lecrae – After The Music Stops
Lecrae has really evolved since his sophomore album. He’s got his deeper and at times gravelly delivery going on and the 2000s guitar riffs. If you haven’t go watch his music video for Jesus Musik, it’s a classic.
Notable Tracks: “Jesus Musik” ft. Trip Lee and “Prayin’ For You”
116 Clique – The Compilation Album (Chopped and Screwed by DJ Primo)
The original version dropped in 2005, but the Chopped and Screwed version is what makes this project memorable. Plus, Lecrae, Sho Baraka, Tedashii, Thi’sl, and Json all on an album is crazy!
Notable Tracks: “116 Anthem” and “Fanatics”
Japhia Life – Fountain of Life
Also, an east coast artist, Japhia Life in 2006 was in the middle of his music career. Many in CHH have drawn inspiration from Japhia’s music.
Notable Tracks: “We Cry Blood” and “All I Know”
Cross Movement – Chronicles: Greatest Hits Vol. 1
While there were no future volumes, this one is just fine. Instead of a traditional Cross Movement album, this compilation is filled with their most popular tracks and remixes of a few of them.
Notable Tracks: “Shock!,” “Who’s Da Man,” “What Do You See,” and “Lord You Are”
Pettidee – Thug Love
A cool aspect is that, when Pettidee uploaded his songs on YouTube, the songs that got placements have photos of what the placement was in the video. Check out “Ice Whites” and “Represent” to see what I mean.
Notable Tracks: “Glide Aside,” “Represent,” and “Ice Whites”
Tedashii – Kingdom People
Imagine Lecrae, Trip Lee, and Tedashii dropping all in the same year. That’s one reason why 2006 was such a great year. Some consider this to be one of the greatest Christian Rap albums of all time, so go listen if you haven’t!
Notable Tracks: “Houston We Have A Problem,” “Off Da Hook,” and “No More” ft. Lecrae
GRITS – 7
Some of Grit’s biggest hits are on this album. Their music videos for “Here We Go” and “Hittin’ Curves” are awesome as well. Go learn why this duo is one of the best in Christian rap!
Notable Tracks: “Here We Go,” “Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like)” [Liquid Beats Remix] ft. TobyMac, and “Tennessee Bwoys”
Stephen The Levite – To Die Is Gain
One of his first albums, this project proves Stephen is a super consistent artist. He’s just as hot on the mic now as he was a decade and a half ago.
Notable Tracks: “Disconnected” ft. Shai Linne and “…To Die Is Gain”
Fedel – Growing Pains Mixtape
You can’t find this project on streaming platforms or really anywhere it seems. Looks like you have to look for a hard copy to listen to this. You can read a review of the album here though!
Notable Tracks: “Underground Cypha” and “I’m Changed”
Propaganda – I Am Not Them
After spending years with the Tunnel Rats, Propaganda released his first project. He brought on a lot of features on this EP some still rapping and others who have hung up the mic.
Notable Tracks: “I Am Not Them” ft. Ozay Moore and Reconcile and “Tired of Lying”