Scorching New Flame Song: “Trap Money”

This one goes very, very hard, as the rappers say.  Flame and his colleagues tear this song up.  Good to see Young Noah get some shine.  Believe it or not, I have rapped–in public, no less–with Flame and Young Noah.  And that is all we shall say about that. [Read more...]

What Is the Good Life? On Trip Lee’s New Book

This looks like a really helpful book: The Good Life by Trip Lee (Moody, 2012).  Moody has a nice website up at which you download the book’s first chapter.  Also, watch the video above to see Trip’s heart for this topic, which he rapped about in his most recent cd of the same name. This [Read More...]

The Two Hottest Songs from Lecrae’s “Gravity”

Yesterday, I noted that I just reviewed rapper Lecrae’s brand-new Gravity.  Today, I wanted to link to the two songs I consider fresh to the point of heat-seeking.  The first is “Falling Down,” produced by The Watchmen, which includes a Boyce College student named Alex Medina.  It’s a staggering beat, gothic and weighty, and Lecrae [Read More...]

Reviewing Lecrae’s Brand-New “Gravity”

Have you heard of the new album by Lecrae, probably the best-known Christian rapper today?  Gravity debuted this Tuesday and immediately hit #1 on the iTunes charts.  That’s a remarkable achievement, especially considering the history of gospel hip hop.  Actually, it’s a remarkable achievement for a Christian artist of any musical genre. Over at The [Read More...]

The Hip Hop Poet-Laureate of Evangelicalism Strikes Again

Jefferson Bethke, the Washington spoken-word poet who started a national conversation with his poem going after religion, has just released a new one entitled “Counterfeit Gods.”  It’s deep, thoughtful, and beautifully shot. Here’s hoping for more efforts like this from Jefferson and a whole generation of slam poets, rappers, beatmakers, and other artists who love [Read More...]

One of the Most (Honestly) Uplifting Songs of 2012

http://youtu.be/78MXG7NEE2M I blogged last month about Portland, Oregon rap group Beautiful Eulogy, part of Humble Beast records.  Here’s my favorite song from their album, also titled “Beautiful Eulogy.”  Both verses are powerful; the second, by the rapper Braille, hits hard, because Braille is referencing the difficulties he’s experienced after his marriage fell apart due, it [Read More...]

Rap You Must Listen To: “Through Hymn” on Church History

[bandcamp album=3968476305  bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB size=venti] Steve Forst, one of my students at Boyce College, just clued me in to a rapper I had never heard of: Through Hymn.  He specializes in hip-hop on church history.  You never know what to expect with under-the-radar rappers.  It took me one listen, though, to know that Through Hymn [Read More...]

Rapper Lecrae interviewed at South by Southwest

One of the world’s biggest music festivals, South by Southwest (SXSW), just wrapped.  Gospel rapper Lecrae was there and performed with Trip Lee.  While he was in Austin, allhiphop.com, one of the best-read rap websites, did a brief interview with him.  Lecrae has had a pretty wild year, which included recent praise from legendary southern [Read More...]

Linsanity! Part 2: Ex-Ruff Ryders Rapping & Asian-American Christianity

More Linsanity!  Last night Jeremy Lin led the Knicks to a stunning victory over the Lakers–featuring the NBA’s second-best player, Kobe Bryant–and Lin scored 38 points (!).  I don’t know if you care about sports, but that is truly astonishing.  This is a player who was just about to be waived two weeks ago.  That would have [Read More...]

Shai Linne & Fellow Artists Ask: Should Rappers Serve Churches?

This discussion from a bunch of gifted Lampmode artists like Shai Linne (a fellow Capitol Hill Baptist Church intern!) and Stephen the Levite about the state of Christian rap is quite interesting and entertaining.  Stephen the Levite, the dude with a wild beard, has some thought-provoking comments in several places.  Shai Linne shows his pastoral [Read More...]


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