While large Christian Rap collectives have arisen such as the Cross Movement or 116, there have been a number of artists who have operated as duos. Here’s a list of 10 CHH rap duos past and present.
*Note, this isn’t an exhaustive list, there are plenty more, and we’ll get to them!
1. Social Club Misfits
Fernando Miranda (known by his stage name, FERN) and Martin Santiago a.k.a. Marty Mar, have been making music together for over a decade since their start in 2011. Hailing from Miami, Florida, the two crossed paths at a radio station in the area, and the rest is history. The pair has released 8 studio albums, 5 EPs, and 15 singles. Initially dubbed the Social Club, the two joined Capitol Christian Music Group in 2016. Four years later, their album Mood // Doom was distinguished as the Rap/HipHop Album of the Year.
2. Evan and Eris
While older and young siblings are known to dispute, Evan and Eris have managed to get along in order to launch a professional music career. With collaborations with well-known Christian artists from Andy Mineo to Mali Music, the two have made their mark as artists and producers in not only the CHH realm but also R&B and gospel. In 2019, the two released their debut album Seasons.
3. The KnuBlack
Through family networks, rappers KnuOrigen (now known as Theo Blue) and Kay Sade started Out of the Blue, which was later renamed the KnuBlack. After their formation in late 2015, they released their first album, Blue Gene Origins that same year. While the band was short-lived, it wasn’t long before their interesting music paired with creative cartoon videos garnered attention. The duo act was elected as part of Rapzilla Freshman Class of 2017. Later that year the band released their final album, Ohana, before the two went on to pursue separate careers in 2018.
4. Dynamic Twins
While identical twins are already rare, it’s even more uncommon for them to both make their careers as rappers. Twin brothers, Noel and Robbie Arthurton got their start during the ‘Golden age of hip-hop, releasing their first album, Word 2 the Wize in 1991. It wasn’t long before they were sharing the stage with the likes of the CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, and DC Talk, to name a few. While they were mostly active up until the early 2000s, they have released a few songs over the past couple of years.
5. Mars ILL
This group dubbed after the famed Mar’s Hill was formed by Nathan Corona (known as DJ Dust,) and MC Gregory Owens, (known as Manchild). After taking part in another hip-hop group, the two eventually ventured to create their own group and released their first album Raw Material amid the Y2K scare. They continued to release more music throughout the early 2000s, and eventually partnered with TobyMac’s Gotee Records. After a break from producing new material, the group resurfaced in 2020 with “Win When.”
One of the newer CHH duos, brothers Jacob and Manwell Lundy got their start amid the pandemic. Their debut single, “Drama Queen” was released in 2020. Their fusion of R&B and hip-hop caught the eye of V. Rose, a pop singer, and soon they joined her new label Indie West MG Record Label. Around the same time, Lundi was listed among the ranks of the Rapzilla Freshman Class of 2021.
Brothers Michael and Anthony Wray are known for entwining their messianic Jewish identity with CHH, an unlikely but complementary combo. Their name translates to “strong ones’ in Hebrew. The two released their first album in 2001, HipHologetics. Early 2008, they signed with Json’s Lamp Mode Recordings. They went on to release Son of Man and Theophanies under the label. Later under Grace & Wrath Records, they released their latest album Origins, which came out in 2019.
8. New Breed
Siblings Rosario, who goes by Macho, and Elsie Ortega, started rapping as teens. Eventually, they ran into the Tunnel Rats in 1997, who invited them aboard. After some consideration, they joined the underground CHH group. The pair released Stop the Music in 2002, their first album outside of Tunnel Rats. They remained active throughout the early 2000s.
The duo responsible for the start of the Tunnel Rats, LPG was formed by teenagers Dax Reynosa (formerly known as Theory) and Jurny Big. Originally the acronym ‘LPG’ was for the Lord’s Personal Gangsters and was later reassigned as “Living Proof of Grace.” Earthworm, the cousins’ first album, debuted in 1995. They continued to produce up until the early 2000s.
10. Washington Projects
Born out of the Souljahz, a former CHH trio made up of Joshua, Je’kob, and Rachael Washington —the Washington Projects is comprised of the two latter siblings. The group formed around 2008 and released Commanders of the Resistance. From their start in Souljahz, the siblings have performed with music greats ranging from Boyz II Men and Ashanti. Their music has been described as a unique mashup of R&B, pop, soul, and hip hop.
Again, obviously, there is a lot missing here like Grits, the latter rendition of Gospel Gangstaz, Ill Harmonics, Sons of Intellect, and many more. We’ll introduce them later!