Everybody Leave Lecrae Alone

I just read the long profile of rapper Lecrae in the Huffington Post. You should read it. Here’s a swatch: “I’m digesting C.S. Lewis and Tim Kellers and so on and so forth, Francis Schaeffer,” Lecrae said, referencing some of the most influential evangelical thinkers of the last half-century. “I’m seeing how they’ve affected culture [Read More...]

I Broke My Ten-Year Rap Hiatus Last Week

This is the evidence. I hadn’t rapped an actual song as an actual performance (to slander the term) in a good long while. Spencer Harmon and I (aka “Pale Reflection” as a group) did this song. It’s called “Boyce Anthem.” My Boyce College colleague Denny Burk put it on YouTube (recorded by student Matthew Carswell). [Read More...]

Problematic Teaching from NCFIC Hip Hop Panelists

I just had my attention brought to problematic teachings made by members of the NCFIC panel I blogged about last week. Dan Horn has suggested that, in the antebellum period, slaves ”were treated as part of a family.” He says so in this video. (UPDATE: link fixed.) This is highly problematic in historical terms. Many slaves were [Read More...]

Dr. Strange-Tunes: Or, How One Man Came to Love Christian Rap

This is a guest-post from Dr. Ryan Reeves, Assistant Dean at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Jacksonville Campus). He is also Assistant Professor of Historical Theology. His PhD is from the University of Cambridge and is centered in Reformation studies. Ryan is a friend of mine and reached out after the controverted NCFIC panel to publish the following. [Read More...]

Did a NCFIC Panel Really Say That Reformed Rappers Are “Disobedient Cowards”?

My friend and Grammy-winning hip hop producer Alex Medina sent me a link to the above video. It’s a panel from the recent Worship of God conference put on by the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches. Here’s what the event info says about the discussion: At the recent Worship of God conference, attendees were encouraged to prepare [Read More...]

Why I Love the Organic Christian Rap of Beautiful Eulogy (Free Download)

If you like good rap, original production, and biblically thick lyricism, you will enjoy Beautiful Eulogy. Based out of Portland, Oregon, and featuring Odd Thomas, Braille, and Courtland Urbano, BE–from the label Humble Beast Records–has established itself as one of the top Christian hip-hop groups. That could be read in the wrong way, I suppose. BE [Read More...]

One of the Most (Honestly) Uplifting Songs of 2012

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 appears, [Read More...]

Rap You Need to Listen to: “Satellite Kite” by Beautiful Eulogy

Free album by Beautiful Eulogy, the rap group created by Braille, one of my all-time favorite rappers, Courtland Urbano, and Odd Thomas.  I downloaded this recently and love it.  The melodic feel and hard-hitting rhymes are great.  The download link is below, and you can actually download a whole bunch of free albums from these [Read More...]

Reviewing Rapper Trip Lee’s New Album

Just published a review of rapper Trip Lee’s new album (out today), The Good Life.  Head over to the Gospel Coalition to check it out. Here’s a teaser: The rappers used to sit on the periphery of evangelical life. Now they’ve taken over. Their songs play not only in the streets, but in the minivans, the [Read More...]

Christian Rap Lives

This is a cross-post from the blog of Vitamin Z, where I am guest-blogging this week. Here are five great Christian rap songs.  This post comes to you ex nihilo.  I have no reason for writing it, other than my love for these songs. 1. Cross Movement, “Closer to You.”  This one is off the Holy Culture album.  When the album [Read More...]


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