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iNTELLECT, "Supreme" featuring Mitch Darrell

iNTELLECT Shares a Declaration That There Is Only One Who Is “Supreme” On New Record

Scripture provides warning that there will come individuals who will make themselves like the Most High (see Isaiah 14). They will foolishly attempt to establish themselves above the true and living God. While they may be able to fool some, the reality is that their perceived power is nothing more than a fallacy. Every one of them will have to bow before the Supreme Lord of Lords.

With his newest single, iNTELLECT drops a clear reminder of God’s place in this world and where man ranks:

“False prophets, they make profit, while people pray to the universe as if it has the power to reverse the curse/ It’s the power within, they say, with their hearts full of pride cause judgement has been delayed”

iNTELLECT once again partners with fellow Christian hip hop artist Mitch Darrell (North Carolina) on the perfectly executed Supreme. The duo float effortlessly on top of production by Quincytones as traditional boom bap sampling captures the ear of the listener.

Supreme released to digital music retailers on September 16, 2022.

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Song Details

Title: Supreme

Artist: iNTELLECT

Release Date: September 16, 2022

Production: Quincytones

Engineering: iNTELLECT

Features: Mitch Darrell

Recently released by iNTELLECT.

DIVE Series: Andy Mineo & Lecrae, "Been About It"

Hello, my name is DJ Expander, and welcome to today’s edition of The DIVE Series*. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

In the last edition of this series, we dove into Andy Mineo’s Coming In Hot single featuring Lecrae. As mentioned in the previous edition, we will dive into Andy Mineo’s follow-up Been About It single today.

“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” – Romans 13:8


About the Single

As mentioned previously, Been About It is the follow-up to Andy Mineo’s Coming in Hot, which I reviewed in the last edition. SAK PASE (the producer for Coming In Hot) and Andy Mineo co-produced the track. The song’s title directly references a slang expression, “Be about it,” which demonstrates taking a particular endeavor seriously and making a prudent effort to carry out that endeavor (in this case, following God over everything else).

Interestingly enough, Been About It was unintentionally dropped on Lecrae’s SoundCloud nearly a month before ‘Neverland II’ (the album that features the track). Unfortunately, this incident delayed the release of the album because Lecrae’s verse used lyrics from the Beastie Boys’ track from 1986’s ‘Paul Revere’, which was not cleared at the time by the co-producer of ‘Paul Revere’ (Rick Rubin) by the original Been About It release date of September 24th, 2021.

Once Rick Rubin cleared the lyrics, Andy Mineo worked hard to drop Been About It on October 1, 2021, officially. The official Been About It music video dropped two weeks later, on October 14th, 2021.

As mentioned in the previous article, SAK PASE has worked with artists such as Kanye West and JAY-Z. So this track had a significant chance of being playlisted and used in many ways. This track is on the official Reach Record’s Spotify Summer Eighteen playlist.


Interpretation of the Single

In the official Been About It music video Lecrae and Andy Mineo primarily pay homage to Hip Hop culture by recreating the cover arts of many very influential Hip Hop albums. In order, the following are the albums they paid tribute to:

  • The Chronic by Dr. Dre
  • Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by the Wu-Tang Clan
  • Madvillainy by Madvillain (Madlib and MF DOOM)
  • 3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul
  • The College Dropout by Kanye West
  • The Score by the Fugees
  • Capital Punishment by Big Pun
  • The Eminem Show by Eminem
  • The Black Album by JAY-Z
  • It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
  • King of Rock by Run-D.M.C.
  • Stankonia by OutKast
  • All Eyez on Me by 2Pac
  • It’s Dark and Hell is Hot by DMX
  • Straight Outta Compton by N.W.A.
  • Tha Carter IV by Lil Wayne
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin’ by 50 Cent

In the ending credits, Andy Mineo and Lecrae state, “Special thanks to the image makers and designers who have contributed to the rich history of Hip-Hop art that continues to inspire generations of artists.”

While I will not go over every line by Andy and Lecrae, I will go over the most meaningful lyrics of the track regarding what the track as a whole is conveying.

In the first verse, Andy states:

“Baby, why would I cheat? You my cheat day. You a treat, you a snack, uh. Fightin’ with your jeans ’cause you got it like that.”

This quote emphasizes that he will always remain faithful to his wife by comparing his wife to a snack that he would eat on his cheat days. As popularized here by Andy, it is important to stay loyal and faithful to your spouse if you are married. (See Romans 13:8).

In the chorus, he continues to hit us with unique bars saying, “In the gym, gettin’ brolic, hm.”

“Brolic” is a slang word for very muscular people. Andy conveys his hard work ethic in the gym to promote healthy lifestyle habits for mental and physical health, similar to his song from Neverland II, “You Know The Drill”. In this track, he says, “I’m in tip-top shape. They in TikTok shape. I’m a fix my plate.” He references making healthy lifestyle choices throughout the album, but this is just one of many.

The final bar I will dive into is where Andy and Lecrae partially interpolate lyrics from the song by Slick Rick called “La Di Da Di” by saying, “At the party, we don’t bother anybody like.”

This line is one of the multiple lines in which Andy and Lecrae partially interpolate lyrics from highly-influential Hip Hop artists in this song as an act of paying homage to their art and how it has influenced generations of rappers in the past.


Conclusion

Been About It by Andy Mineo, featuring Lecrae, and produced by SAK PASE, is a song with over 5 million streams on Spotify. While this track did not receive nearly as much attention or streams as Coming In Hot overall, Andy Mineo and Lecrae still have done a fantastic job of conveying the primary purpose of this song:

Pay homage to some of the most culturally relevant and influential Hip Hop albums and artists.

One thing that Hip Hop fans can take away from this is that this generation, and future generations, of Hip Hop artists are, like it or not, influenced by many of history’s most influential Hip Hop artists. This notion is evident in Christian Hip Hop today. There would be no “CHH” and glorifying Jesus through Rap without Hip Hop.


*About The DIVE Series

In this series, I DIVE into the clear and potential meaning of Christian Hip Hop singles, albums, and EPs.

In Special Edition installments of the series, I interview the artist(s) involved to get an exact idea of the true meaning of their art.

Thanks for checking out today’s edition of FiveTwenty Collective’s DIVE series! I drop a new installment of this series on the 5th and 20th of every month (except on Sundays).

God Bless,

DJ Expander

**See the full Been About It music video at the end of the article!**

Want more content on Andy Mineo? Check out my previous article now!

Introducing the newest addition to the FiveTwenty Collective family: DINO NUGGETS!

DINO NUGGETS is a music listening show that’s half podcast, half radio show. Each month, hosts Alexander Bitterling, Darius Mullin, and Daniel Potts bring three music picks to share and discuss:

  • one new CHH release from the previous month
  • one old CHH release that was released at least five years ago
  • one non-CHH release from the previous month.

The show is available on the FiveTwenty Mixcloud. (Disclaimer: You don’t have to have an account to listen!) Listen to the first episode below, and stay tuned for more every month!

The First Episode

Episode 01.01 includes tracks by:

  • Tobe Nwigwe, Coast Contra
  • Jeremiah Bligen
  • TobyMac
  • Wande
  • DJ Wise, Redcloud
  • Flame

DIVE: Andy Mineo & Lecrae "Coming In Hot"

Hello, and welcome to today’s DIVE edition with DJ Expander*.

This month I will be diving into two different songs by Andy Mineo that compliment each other in multiple ways. Keep FiveTwenty Collective’s website saved for the 20th of this month, when I will go over the second song!

Today, I will DIVE into a song from 2018 called Coming In Hot by Andy Mineo featuring Lecrae.

“And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all His work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that he had done in creation.” – Genesis 2:2-3


About the Single

On October 1st, 2021, Reach Records recording artists Andy Mineo and Lecrae dropped Coming In Hot.

Being produced by SAK PASE, who has worked with artists such as Kanye West and JAY-Z, this song had a significant chance of being playlisted and used in many ways. As if having Andy Mineo and Lecrae on it wasn’t enough!

This song is currently on multiple platforms and the official Reach Records’ Summer Eighteen playlist.

The Coming In Hot music video dropped on September 13th, 2019. Footage includes Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Wordsplayed, and the dance crew known as Kinjaz.


Interpretation of the Single

In Coming In Hot, Lecrae and Andy Mineo amazingly rap about multiple topics.

Being a follower of Jesus, American politics, and the Reach Record’s 2018 “Better Late Than Never Tour”. While I won’t go over every line, I will go over the seemingly most essential bars based on the primary topics of the song.

In the song, Andy states, “I testify, don’t need a subpoena.” Here, he is using court lingo to likely reference that he is unashamed about willingly testifying and witnessing to people about his faith in Jesus (See Romans 1:16).

In the subsequent line, he hits us with a banger bar saying, “They want my soul, better go to Korea.

Andy uses play-on-words with “soul” and “Korea.” He puts a double meaning on the word “soul” by also talking about the capital of South Korea, “Seoul.” Artists who sell their souls for notoriety and wealth, while at the same time ditching their morals, are typically called “sellouts.” “Sellout” is commonly used for Christian artists who sacrifice their morals for the world. Biblically, being a “sellout” in this particular sense is not good (see Mark 8:36).

Lecrae comes into the song in Verse 2 and kills it.

Yeah, I know I know I’m rachet, but I’m really saved.

Lecrae is known for mixing his Christian beliefs with the culture of Hip Hop. In his 2017 interview with 97.9 The Box, he explains how he is “rachet” and “saved” by the grace of Jesus.

The final few bars in the single I would like to speak about is when Lecrae says, “Even Trump gotta take a knee. When the horn blow, y’all gon’ see. Make the wall fall down like, ‘Yee’!

Regardless of our opinions on these few bars, let’s look at this objectively to avoid taking sides on the issue. Lecrae is referencing former President Donald Trump’s views regarding former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Colin is known for kneeling during the national anthem in NFL games. His goal was to bring attention to racism in America toward African Americans. Trump has spoken about Colin kneeling for the anthem by saying he shouldn’t disrespect America, the American flag, or the US Anthem.

Lecrae attempts to convey that Trump may not take a knee, but everyone in the world (including Trump) will “bow and confess that Jesus is Lord” when “the trumpet sounds” for Christ’s return. (See Philippians 2:10-11). In the last bar I mentioned, he notes Trump’s border wall proposition by directing his audience to Joshua 6 and nods to the Wall of Jericho. The Wall of Jericho fell. Lecrae uses this imagery to convey what might’ve happened to Trump’s wall after its construction.

Looking at this objectively from a Biblical point of view, Lecrae is correct to demonstrate that there is racism in America that we should address. He also accurately emphasizes that everyone will bow before Jesus when He returns, even those who don’t believe.

However, I think there is something to be said about people’s differing opinions on the subject.

Some people believe Colin was disrespectful to Americans by kneeling for the anthem and flag; some say he was respectful to the black community by raising awareness of racism; some even think somewhere in the middle. Regardless of your opinion on the subject, it’s safe to say that objectively racism, unfortunately, exists in America and that every knee will bow when Jesus returns.


Conclusion

Coming In Hot by Andy Mineo and Lecrae, produced by SAK PASE, is a song with over 91 million streams on Spotify. It was certified Gold by RIAA on August 19th, 2021.

In this single, Andy Mineo and Lecrae use similies, metaphors, and the like to emphasize their Reach Records tour, their political sentiments on racism in America, and, most importantly, Biblical references to their faith in God.

Four primary takeaways we, as believers, can take from this song are:

  • to be unashamed of the Gospel at all times
  • to not sacrifice our Biblical and Godly morality for fame or fortune
  • that racism, unfortunately, exists in America (and across the world)
  • that every knee will bow when Jesus returns.

For everyone—even those who are not believers—one takeaway from this song is that Andy Mineo and Lecrae care deeply about justice and their relationship with God.


*About the DIVE Series

In this series, I DIVE into the clear and potential meaning of Christian Hip Hop singles, albums, and EPs.

In Special Edition installments of the series, I interview the artist(s) involved to get an exact idea of the true meaning of their art.

Thanks for checking out today’s edition of FiveTwenty Collective’s DIVE series! I drop a new installment of this series on the 5th and 20th of every month (except on Sundays).

Check out the previous installment here!

God Bless,

DJ Expander

**See the full Coming In Hot music video at the end of the article!**


On the heels of the release of a slew of singles in 2022, DJ LostNFound has dropped his sophomore album CAESURA ll.

DJ LostNFound is curating this album to highlight 50 Christian artists inside CHH and within mainstream Hip Hop. His goal is to call attention to artists who, in his opinion, deserve a larger platform. He also hopes to continue the push for more unity in our genre. While an album probably doesn’t achieve this. The hope is it’ll continue the much needed discussion.

Fans can hear some from their favorite artists such as S.O., A.I. The Anomaly, Aaron Cole, 350, Datin, Big Breeze, Eris Ford, Battz, Reconcile, and more! CAESURA ll released worldwide September 2nd 2022.

Listen below and let us know your favorite songs and features!

Check out the original CAESURA here.

After Kham released his debut project in late 2020, he entered a state of depression.

Being a Black Christian, with fans whose views and comments opposed and harmed him, was challenging.

Day after day Kham was attacked on social media, and through direct messages, for his views on police brutality and vocalizing through his music that black lives indeed matter. This took a toll on him. It led him down a dark path mentally. He was exhausted and discouraged from being gaslit. Invalidated for wanting equality and justice for people that look like him.

This dark path took Kham away from music, away from friends, and away from family.

It wasn’t until his girlfriend confronted him about how he was feeling that he shared what had been burdening him.

His girlfriend encouraged him to begin the healing process and share the line ‘You can’t heal what you’re not real about’. From here, Kham began seeking therapy and community to help him in the healing process. This led him to begin writing music again.

While in the creative process, Kham had a dream in which he had a conversation with his unborn daughter.

He had to explain the state of the world and all that is happening. However, in the dream a shift happened and Kham realized his unborn daughter was him and he was God within this dream sequence. He was in fact sharing his confusion of the world with God.

This dream was so impactful that it led him to write the song To Whom It May Concern, a descriptive song that details the dream. Inspired by his recent encounter Kham wanted to begin to encourage others to begin the healing process themselves. He began writing a devotional about the healing process that he wanted to publish on The Bible App. During this time, he was in a virtual studio session with producer Godframe that led Kham to record I’m Healing. This was an anthemic song, pulled from the devotional he was writing, that he wanted to champion the process of healing and that nobody can ‘heal what they aren’t real about’.

With these two songs being inspired by his own journey, Kham wanted to release them together as To Whom It May Concern…I’m Healing.

Kham looks to challenge listeners to begin the healing process and heal together.

Get more from Kham here.

JIMMY ROCK and Reyer Collaborate On Their Third Release, a Reimagination of The Same Jesus

For the past 2000 years, people have wondered and debated about the identity of the one known as Jesus.

Martyrs have willingly given up their lives for His sake while others have declared war in His name. He has been called the Savior, a prophet, “a really good guy”, and a fictional character. For many, the truth that they have discovered is that this Jesus is The Same Jesus “who carried our shame, who rose from the grave”, and “He is making us new.”

JIMMY ROCK and Reyer collaborate on their version of the Matt Redman penned The Same Jesus.

The record blends an unique pairing of worship with EDM production to create a sound that is radio ready to capture the hearts of listeners world wide.

Releasing on Monday, August 29, 2022, The Same Jesus features Oleven. It marks the third release between JIMMY ROCK and Reyer since 2021. The duo’s prior releases include “Great Are You Lord (featuring Alaina Cross” and 2022’s remix of “Won’t Stop (featuring Steven Malcolm & Fern of Social Club Misfits)”. 

Having already hit airwaves across the globe, The Same Jesus is expected to close out the year as JIMMY ROCK and Reyer’s biggest collaboration yet.

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Record Details

Title: The Same Jesus

Artists: JIMMY ROCK, Reyer

Release Date: August 29, 2022

Features: Oleven 

Production: JIMMY ROCK, Reyer

Written: Matt Redman, Jacob Sooter, Joshua Silverberg

Check out the “Vibes [REMIX]” by JIMMY ROCK!


El Vow Releases Visual For K-Drama Produced La Playa

Summer’s Not Over Yet!

August brings about plenty of change. The fall season is right around the corner; students are pouring back onto school campuses; the music world starts the Q3 wave of new drops before the holidays arrive. With so much change happening, Texas-based DJ and artist El Vow is reminding everyone that summer hasn’t ended quite yet. Vow is keeping the summer heat rolling in his new animated video for his hit single La Playa!

The multi-talented El Vow is known for his production and performance skills, having worked with many of the biggest names in Christian hip hop. From Social Club Misfits, KB, to Lecrae, Vow’s musical resumé speaks for itself. With the official video for La Playa, Vow is showcasing his skills as an animator as well.

La Playa features animated versions of Vow and featured artist Halo hanging out on the beach, refusing to let go of the vibes of the summer season. CHH legend K-Drama co-produced the record with El Vow and Drama’s own avatar pops in during the visual as well.

“Animating the video was just as fun as making the song,” El Vow says. “Creativity has no ceiling.”

The official La Playa music video can be seen via El Vow’s YouTube channel. Watch it below.

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Video Details

Title: La Playa

Artist: El Vow

Release Date: August 4, 2022

Features: Halo

Production: K-Drama, El Vow

Engineering: El Vow

Animation: El Vow

Want more from El Vow? Check out this feature he did for Phyre Garza!

Spoken Worth Strips Back the Hidden Layers of Mental Health On His Single Checking In.

In America, mental health has become a major speaking point for society to rally around.

We create hashtags and print t-shirts to bring awareness to the cause all while overlooking our neighbor who is struggling. We turn a phrase by “checking in on our strong friends” and conveniently bypass our own warning signs. Perhaps it is time for us to hit pause on our efforts to remain culturely relevant and truly begin Checking In with the God who completely understands the human condition.

Checking In is the second release of 2022 by poet Spoken Worth. 

The single turns the camera inwards as Spoken Worth address the kaleidoscope of emotions that exist within each of us.

As Spoken Worth explains,

Checking In is about how all the different emotions we have as humans are God-given and should be welcomed by one another.” He continues, “It is intended to raise awareness around mental health and how we all need to be seen, heard, and loved.”

Released on August 25, 2022, Checking In features production from Bway who also produced Spoken Worth’s previous release “Just As We Are”.

The piano-driven calmness of the melody gives in to the weight of hip-hop drums and controlled transparency as Spoken Worth weaves a path from one feeling to the next that easily connects with listeners. It is a unique record that contains volumes in a running time under three minutes.

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Release Details

Title: Checking In

Artist: Spoken Worth

Release Date: August 25, 2022

Production: Bway

Check out Spoken Worth’s previous single here.

 

iNTELLECT shares New Kung Fu remix.

In the dojo of hip hop, emcees engage in lyrical sparring sessions to not only develop their skill sets but to showcase their abilities to all challengers.

It is the drive of competition that is rooted deep within the music’s foundation. At certain moments in time, there emerge individuals destined to change the hip hop landscape and bring about a New Kung Fu of sorts. For Ohio’s iNTELLECT, a combination of steadfastness and Gospel-centric focus continues to shift the culture.

In 2021, iNTELLECT collaborated with fellow CHH artists Mitch Darrell and coreywordsmith to drop the acclaimed single New Kung Fu. The classic boom bap hits listeners like a roundhouse kick to the face. The elite bars and punches caught the attention of producer Yasad One who connected with iNTELLECT, coming with a proposal to remix the record.

On August 19, 2022, the New Kung Fu [Yasad One Remix] was released across digital music retailers.

With heavy drums and a dusty vocal sample, Yasad One gives his spin on New Kung Fu. From the beginning, the banging drums and rough vocal vibe perfectly with the rhymes of iNTELLECT, Mitch Darrell, and coreywordsmith. If you’re looking for something that is gritty with an east coast feel, this is it!

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Song Details

Title: New Kung Fu [Yasad One Remix]

Artist: iNTELLECT

Release Date: August 19, 2022

Producer: Yasad One

Engineering: iNTELLECT

Features: Mitch Darrell, coreywordsmith

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