If someone took a poll asking about the birthplace of hip hop, most people definitely would not say the south. But, for veteran rapper Alex Faith, that’s exactly where his connection to hip hop started.
Drawn in by artists, like T.I, OutKast, Big Boy and Bubba Sparks, who were actually talking about things that were going on in his hometown of Atlanta, GA., Alex admits that, “After awhile I started to think, ‘Wow these rappers are talking about me, this is me and my life.’ So they made me want to become a rapper.” Eventually that influence would “translate to us wanting the same things that they talked about…like money, drugs, gold teeth etc.” But these days, Faith’s connection to and need for Jesus is what listeners hear through his raps. “…If you want to talk about cars or rims, money, or women, I’ll say, ‘Yes I talk about those things but I do it in a way that brings life.’”
Being raised in the south may have shaped Alex Faith’s personality, but being re-born in Christ cemented the transparency he has become known for, especially from previous releases such as “Honest to God” and “WLAK.” On his debut album, “ATLast,” Alex continues to share his faith in Christ while embracing who he is- southern roots and all. Faith is focused on, “using that part of me as a catalyst for the gospel to be able to share with folks who have a similar experience…someone may be going through what I went through and then I get to show them that there is hope through Jesus, that was the best solution that I’ve experienced.” More
Grace and Peace Records just released their second single off their album, Glimpses of Grace, entitled “Heart Beats” by Young Joshua. Along with the banger comes a fresh music video. Peep some of the lyrics from the song:
Yo it ain’t nothing perfect here
He is my perfection, no glory here
I’m fighting thoughts and a wicked heart
Yo my flesh is attached
Tryna run laps, praying i don’t relapse
If His Word is attached then I got nothing to worry for
In due time He’ll save you, nothing to hurry for
All in His timing, this mountain we climbing, gets smaller, through substance of things hoped for
Without further adieu, Heart Beats by Young Joshua:
Get this song and many more from a host of CHH artists on iTunes. The album includes original tracks from Eshon Burgundy, Braille, Stephen the Levite, Sivion and more! More
Some may disagree with this statement, but I feel like Christian Rap as a whole is growing. One thing in particular that is starting to stand out with this genre is female emcees. For years, it felt like women emcees were missing from Christian rap. Personally, I feel like women bring a different vibe and make their presence known on verses. It’s like they take a song to a whole different level. 2013 was a very monumental year for female rappers. Under the direction of rapper Thi’sl, an all-female compilation album, Gurl Code, was dropped. One of the females featured on this project was HeeSun Lee. She made her introduction in 2004 with her first solo album Re-Defined, so she is definitely no amateur to Christian rap. After almost 10 years, Lee is back with her second album Stereotypes.
First thing that caught my eye about Stereotypes was the album art. This is definitely something that was not thrown together; So much thought was taken. An elegant woman, covered in a dress of women’s faces, is seen sashaying across the cover. It leads the mind to wonder who exactly these women are (kind of hard to depict who is who) and if they too are stereotyped. If she was going with the goal of something that catches the eye, then she surely hit the nail on the head. Another thing that caught my eye was the title itself, Stereotypes. I feel like that is a topic we all struggle with but rarely speak on. Diving through this album, I noticed that Lee hit on not only stereotypes women and Koreans face, but she inspected society’s stereotypes as a whole. In fact, the intro of the album lists some of those exact stereotypes. The last thing that caught my eye about the album was the features. Some heavy hitters featured were Chris Cobbins, Erica Cumbo, MC Jin, and Social Club. There was a great balance of tracks with just HeeSun Lee and tracks with features. We really got her message that she was trying to deliver as well as hear some other artist sentiments on stereotypes. More