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Is Christian Hip Hop much Better Today? [Editorial]

Let me start by saying, I have been a big music fan for quite a long time. I’m what the younger generation considers to be an ‘old head’. A genX-er, semi-super fan of Christian rap, and lover of just about all forms of Christian/Gospel music.

I’ve listened to and been a fan of artists like Grits, Gospel Gangstaz, TobyMac, Pettidee, T-Bone, KJ-52, Shai Linne, Canton Jones, K-Drama, S.O., and of course just about every single artist that came out of or was associated with Cross Movement Records. And over several years I’ve listened to CHH artists, like Lecrae, KB, the 116 Clique, and just about all the various Reach Records artists (mainly past and some present) to name a few.

I really think, or it is my opinion that the CHH genre and the music produced under its umbrella has evolved and has gotten much, much better. But how do we define “better”?

Even though some of the aforementioned artists have either taken a back seat to the performing/active production part of their music ministry. The genre continues through its legacy. Although some of these very artists are still cranking away at it, some are still in some ways involved in the industry and ministry in other capacities. A few have gone on to run their own recording labels and mentor younger CHH artists. Some have signed to major labels, and some have gone the independent route. Unfortunately, some have been lost to the heavenly realms and a few have left the faith altogether and sadly are no longer even believers.

This brings me back to the point of this article. It’s sometimes said, “CHH is not as effective in reaching and keeping the lost from an eternity without God, as it was back in the early 90s.”

So then how can it be considered better?

Well, a possible answer is that the music is better as it pertains to its production. Also, with more access to state-of-the-art equipment, producers, sound engineers, etc. the music has also gotten much better. It can be said as well that creativity, writing, and lyricism have in some ways gotten better too. And the biggest part, dare we say it, is the ability to reach the masses with the advancement of technology which is considered way better than back in the day.

Yet still, the question begs to be asked, has the main thing that makes Christian rap different from secular hip hop been lost for it to have improved so much so that even secular artists themselves are putting out their own CHH albums? And if so, then how much has all this improvement cost? What if any impact is it currently making in the world? And where will it go from here?

There are so many questions still left unanswered when it comes to Christian hip-hop’s bettering. And certainly, there are even many more answers to these questions. This I know for sure, that as long as CHH music exists it should continue to grow, in not just popularity but also in substance to enhance kingdom ministry. It is my hope and prayer that, it will be better and better as the years go by because better is always a good thing to strive for. Finally, there is the challenge to all current and past artists to keep the faith, advance the work, and continue to make Christian rap better for all generations to come.







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Written by Andrea Denise

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