So long as I can bear in mind, hip-hop music has been the soundtrack to my life. Being raised within the Southside of St. Petersburg, Florida, hip-hop was the heartbeat of the communityan outlet for artists to specific experiences of wrestle, pleasure, and success in city America.
Birthed within the Bronx within the 1970s, hip-hop has grown to turn out to be the largest music style on the planet. For the reason that first mainstream hip-hop songs (Sugarhill Gangs Rappers Delight and Kurtis Blows The Breaks) had been launched in 1979 and 1980, the artwork kind took off and by no means seemed again. Amongst different issues, hip-hop as a genrewith its capability to pack tons phrases into its brief areas of catchy, rhyming versebecame the proper conduit to speak messages of substance.
Enter Christian hip-hop.
Style God Used to Save Me
God used Christian hip-hop (CHH) to save lots of me 13 years in the past (hearken to the testimony of me and my greatest good friend, worldwide recording Christian hip-hop artist KB). The primary time I heard the gospel in a method I might comprehend was on the finish of a CHH album. God used the truths in that album to convict me of my sin and lead me to repentance.
The primary time I heard the gospel in a method I might perceive was on the finish of a Christian hip-hop album.
The primary industrial Christian hip-hop document was arguably launched in 1982: MC Sweets Jesus Christ (The Gospel Beat).MC Candy had a rhythm and circulation just like Kurtis Blow, who’s now a Christian. As we are able to see, these saved inside hop-hop tradition usually started utilizing the style to convey messages of fact relating to the individual and work of Christ in their very own lives. Kanye West is simply the most recent and highest-profile instance.
CHH has advanced in some ways for the reason that 1980s. Not solely has the inventive high quality turn out to be top-notch, however the fact and substance of the content material has sharpened as properly. CHH began garnering mainstream consideration round 2012 when Lecraes album Gravity debuted at quantity three on the Billboard high 200 chart and primary on the iTunes hip-hop charts inside its first week of launch. On the time it was the largest gross sales week ever for a CHH album.
My Favourite Christian Hip-Hop Songs
For sure, CHH has turn out to be an vital style that seeks to convey the sunshine of Christ right into a darkish world. To have a good time this style and to offer an entry level to these unfamiliar with it, Ive compiled a listing of 60 of my favourite CHH songs of all time. The checklist spans three many years and contains artists who at the moment are thought-about legends (The Cross Motion, The Ambassador) in addition to newer artists on the scene (KB, Andy Mineo, Bizzle).
These songslisten to them on a playlist we’ve created [Spotify|Apple Music]are expensive to me as a result of they’ve helped form my stroll with Christ since 2006. Some taught me deep theological truths (we name this lyrical theology), and a few have aided in my sanctification. Collectively they’ve remained the soundtrack to my new life in Christ.
My checklist is just not so as and is on no account definitive; one other individuals CHH checklist might look completely totally different. That is merely a listing of songs which have inspired me in my stroll since I’ve come to religion, and I hope they may encourage you as properly.
- Home Of Representatives, The Cross Motion(1999)
- One Two, The Ambassador (2000)
- Woman Named World, The Ambassador (2000)
- The Godhead, Flame (2004)
- Give Us the Fact, Pt. 2, Flame (2004)
- Our World, Da T.R.U.T.H. (2005)
- The Portrait, Da T.R.U.T.H. (2005)
- Christ Crucified, Shai Linne (2005)
- Solus Christus, Shai Linne (2005)
- Justified, Shai Linne (2005)
- Disconnected, Stephen the Levite feat. Shai Linne (2006)
- Jesus Muzik, Lecrae feat. Journey Lee (2006)
- After The Music Stops, Lecrae (2006)
- Worth Tag Da T.R.U.T.H. (2007)
- Our God, The Cross Motion (2007)
- Unhealthy Aint Good, Flame (2007)
- I Been Redeemed, Flame feat. Journey Lee (2008)
- Go Exhausting Lecrae (2008)
- Maintain On, Flame (2008)
- Joyful Noise, Flame (2008)
- Who Can Pluck Us, Flame (2008)
- Testify, Shai Linne (2008)
- Martyrs, Shai Linne (2008)
- Actual Imaginative and prescient, Journey Lee (2008)
- Cling to You, Journey Lee (2008)
- Dont Waste Your Life, Lecrae (2008)
- Indwelling Sin, Lecrae (2008)
- Get Busy, DJ Official (Journey Lee) (2009)
- Make Struggle, Tedashii (2009)
- Recent, Tedashii (2009)
- Brace Your self, Hazakim (2009)
- Kadosh, Hazakim (2009)
- City Missionary, Thisl (2009)
- 40 Deep, Lecrae (2010)
- My Life (Good Goal), Sho Baraka feat. Derek Minor (2010)
- Certain Factor, S.O. (2011)
- I Signed As much as Die, Thisl (2011)
- I Can Bear, S.O. (2012)
- Fallin, Journey Lee (2012)
- One Sixteen, Journey Lee (2012)
- Falling Down, Lecrae (2012)
- Give It Up, Stephen the Levite (2012)
- In keeping with God, Stunning Eulogy (2013)
- You Will, Andy Mineo (2013)
- 100, KB (2014)
- I Simply Wanna Get There, Jackie Hill Perry (2014)
- The Answer, Jackie Hill Perry (2014)
- Uncomfortable, Andy Mineo (2015)
- Right here, 2016, Sho Baraka (2016)
- Bless His Identify, Bizzle (2016)
- Not Right now Devil, KB feat. Andy Mineo (2017)
- All of the Time, Swoope (2018)
- Shining Down, Swoope (2018)
- Praying Arms (Remix), Ty Brasel feat. Journey Lee (2018)
- No Chains, KB (2018)
- You Cant Cease Me, Andy Mineo (2018)
- Lengthy Reside the Champion, KB (2018)
- Means Up (G.O.M. Remix), Bizzle, Datin (2019)
- Testify, Eshon Burgundy (2019)
- Boast, S.O. (2019)