It has been a super long time since I’d posted anything, and I’ve finally gotten around to it. Life has just been super crazy, with the addition of the newest member of my family making her appearance back on April 4th. We named her Madeline Grace, and she is perfect, beautiful, and wonderful. Having a newborn again in the house is a bit of an adjustment as I am now recalling what functioning on small amounts of sleep really is. All of it incredibly worth it though.
The track I’m sharing today is an old Chiddy Bang track off their mixtape Swelly Express. It’s hands down my favorite track on the mixtape, and even now I just can’t stop listening to it. With that pitch-shifted hook, and some great lines it is no wonder how Chiddy Bang blew up as quick as they did. One of my favorite parts about the song though is how Chiddy looks at his life and talks about how he wants to live it in an uncompromising manner. Chasing his dream and doing it his way, not worrying about what others think. You also have to love a Harry Potter reference in a hip-hop song.
So here’s to going about life in an uncompromising fashion, focusing on what God has for you instead of getting caught up in what the world has for you.
A few days ago I came across the Beautiful Eulogy album Satellite Kite. It’s pretty much all I’ve been listening too. In fact, I’ve looked for any chance to listen to it. Especially while I’m at work. The production of the album is on point, with some beautiful chill wavish type beats, but more importantly is the lyrical content. The album has just really resonated with my heart, and really has helped to put my mind where it needs to be to start every day. These guys are nothing but encouraging as you hear about their everyday struggles, just trying to follow Christ the best they can.
One of the stand out tracks for me is called “Anchor.” With a feature from Portland folk-singer Josh Garrels, it is truly a beautiful song. “Anchor of my soul you sustain. When I’m in the storm you remain.” What a great chorus sung in Josh’s falsetto and reminder of how much God loves us. The lush sonic landscape filled with some effected piano is the perfect backdrop for these words. A little dark, but mostly hopeful. The rhymes are also incredibly compelling, and thought provoking.
Do yourself a favor and head over to Humble Beast Record’s page and download this album.
I came across a new website today. I know it’s not a “new” website but it’s new to me. The website is Humble Beast, and I am now a believer.
Charged with the mission of being, ” a creative collective of individuals who attempt to express our life through our gifts with our best.” These individuals happen to be incredibly talented producers and MCs. One of them being Propaganda.
His album Excellent is the featured album at the site on the moment and with good reason. Filled with chilled out beats, passionate and intelligent rhymes, and a desire to share Christ in a relevant way. I had always had a bit of a beef with Christian hip hop, since I thought a majority of it sounded like the new good hip hop I heard on the radio. Propaganda is the remedy to this. He shares his life, his experiences, and his faith with out sounding cheesy and the production is on point. It gears more towards the underground world of hip hop, which has always been the hip hop I’ve always enjoyed, but with a message parallel with my life.
I finally found exactly what I was looking for with hip hop, a perfect marriage of faith and creativity. Thanks Propaganda and Humble Beast. Download his album Excellent right here.
This track from the bay area production duo Friendzone has been on heavy repeat on my iPod the last few weeks. Every time I lesson to “Change” it just get’s better and better.
Filled with some difficult to understand, yet beautiful vocal production, and hip-hop beats, “Change” is the perfect representation of change. Anytime I listen to it, it just makes me go with the flow. Slowly taking my through a trip down memory lane where my life has been filled with plenty of change that has lead to amazing things. Whether it be meeting my wife, the birth of my son, or giving my life to Christ. Thankfully my life has been filled with lot’s of beautiful, unexpected change.
Take a listen and be reminded of all the good things that have happened in your life.
With the success of the collaborative project of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice, TNGHT, it seems like instrumental hip-hop/trip-hop trap has really taken off in popularity. With that in mind, I came across producer Josh Hawkins of Brooklyn who has put out his own offering of instrumental hip-hop.
Hawkins goes by the name Super Duper, and the name is definitely fitting. His EP release Momentary, is filled with lots of bleeps, synths, produced vocals, and drum machine, yet still managing to have that hip-hop vibe to it. The epitome of Hawkin’s instrumental craft is the track “Falling.” While clocking in at just under 3 minutes, it takes the listener for a ride through the world of Super Duper. Part video game, and part hip-hop, it’s definitely interesting enough for multiple listens.
Super Duper is definitely ready to fill a musical niche, and is making some darn interesting music. You can check out his EP here.
Last night at Chaos (Sagebrush Church’s Middle School Group), we had a guest musician come and perform. His name was Steven Cooper, and he is a young rapper from Kansas City.
He had performed a few songs, one being his track “Bigger.” It was great hearing some intelligent/non-corny lyrics coming from a Christian rapper, in a world where secular and Christian hip-hop rarely, if ever collide. Not to mention some great production and fantastic delivery from Cooper. He isn’t definitely someone to keep your eye on.
Even cooler, Cooper shared a little bit about his vision with us. He shared his desire to serve as a bridge for the secular and Christian world, a place where he can really serve God. I have to say he’s definitely on the right track.
Today I thought I’d post something a little different. I realize I had a category for hip-hop, but have yet to include some hip-hop in my site. Due to this I decided to scour the web for some solid, Christian hip-hop, and that’s exactly what I found.
Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada, is Irregular. While new to holy hip-hop, he is definitely not new to hip-hop. Having appeared on various mixtapes for secular rappers like Hieroglyphics and E-40, and opening for the likes of Raekwon and Taleb Kweli. With this new found success, Irregular ended up falling to the traps of the world. Specifically with an addiction to drugs.
However, through the power of Christ, Irregular was able to turn is life around, becoming completely sober, getting involved in ministry, and then putting out a mixtape entitled irregular4Christ, and his first EP Merely a Glimpse.
The first single off the EP is available for free here. Carrying the same title as the EP “Merely a Glimpse”, is exactly that. A glimpse into who Irregular is. Featuring some great production including some electric guitar, and other live instruments, it’s definitely worth checking out.