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The DIVE Series: Caleb Gordon, "God Good"

Welcome to this installment of The DIVE Series* with DJ Expander. With the seventh installment of this series, I am starting this month with a review of an absolute banger of a song. Last month, I reviewed SLEEPIN! by nobigdyl. and Closer by Hulvey featuring Torey D’Shaun. Today, I will dive into God Good by rap artist Caleb Gordon.

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.” ‭‭- 1 Corinthians 15:1-2‬‬‬


About the Single

Dropped on August 14th, 2022, the track God Good has a theme that heavily promotes the Gospel without unneeded religiousness. Plenty of bars that blew me away, so I hope it does the same for you!


Interpretation of the Single

God Good is a mid-length single for a hip-hop track with just over two-and-a-half minutes of content, but I will endeavor to clearly and concisely convey this song’s apparent and potential meanings.

Let’s dive into the track! The chorus begins with:

“God good, and my money good. And my fam good, and my girl good. And my friends good. Everything good. And we never spoil, like a canned good. I don’t gotta act. I ain’t in the hood. I ain’t from the hood. But they still love me, cause the music good.”

The beginning of the chorus lets the audience know that he has a very positive and honest outlook on life. He has found truth in the Gospel and life in Christ. I will elaborate on these topics later.

Caleb finalizes the chorus by saying,

“Say you coulda done it. Shoulda, woulda, could. I ain’t superstitious. I ain’t knocking wood. I am not religious. Is that understood? I am not religious. Is that understood?”

At the end of the chorus, he conveys that you don’t need to be “religious” or “pious” to be a genuine follower of Jesus Christ. He also mentions that he is not superstitious and promotes the idea that Christians must rely on Christ alone, not on pious-sounding superstitions or religiousness.

Caleb bounces off of the chorus into the start of the first verse by saying,

“Do you get it though. I don’t do the rituals. They ain’t hear me, so I had to give them visuals. Big God, but I had to keep it minimal. You don’t need a lot when you’re standing on them principles. Florida where its hot, but the rain come in intervals. I was simpin’ simpin’ back when Kendrick dropped the swimming pools. Now my mission is different, cause He winning, made my vision new.”

Caleb emphasizes that to follow Jesus, you don’t need to partake in artificial traditions or religious rituals. You don’t need all that when standing on the Bible’s principles and what Jesus taught. Additionally, he mentions how Jesus made his vision new. Caleb has become a different man thanks to his faith in Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

“Ima king. Sober mind, who I give it to. Who I listen to When your down deep in sin who going to visit you. When you get a new crib who going to live with you. When you get a new whip who going spin with you. Father, Son, Spirt, those are all Him. Father, Son, Spirt, All three of them. Father, Son, Spirt, those are all Him. Father, Son, Spirt, He’s all three.”

Caleb promotes having a sober mind unto God. He also includes the fact that God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is omniscient and unfailingly loves us.

In the outro of the song, he hits us with a few more bars, essentially saying,

“I don’t get it though. Why you over spiritual? Jesus told the demon leave and the demon gone. Why you extra? That is not God… Why you shaking that. That is not God… That don’t do nothing. That is not God. You need to stop it.”

At this point in the song, he speaks directly to the people who partake in many man-made traditions. They consider themselves “religious” to look “pious.” The people he is talking to do not keep Jesus and the teachings of God’s Word as the main component of their walk. Instead, they turn to unessential practices that aren’t even Biblical.

He finalizes the track by saying,

“Now let’s go praise God. Let’s go praise God. Let’s go praise God. Let’s go praise God. Let’s go praise God.”

Praising Jesus is crucial in every Christian’s walk with God and is way more critical than artificial superstitions, religious traditions, or nonbiblical rituals.


Conclusion

God Good is a single by Caleb Gordon. The production of the song is currently unknown m as that information is not in the credits of the song. At the time of this writing, this track had over 185,000 streams on Spotify nearly three months after its release. Caleb Gordon has done phenomenal work conveying the primary points of this track’s message:

It is not essential for genuine followers of Jesus to be “religious” or superstitious to look “pious” to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is, however, essential to believe in Jesus and the story of what He did for us (the Gospel) to be genuine followers of Christ.

As mentioned in the verse of the day, 1 Corinthians 15:1-2‬‬‬, “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.”

1 Corinthians 15 is about keeping Jesus and the story of what He has done (the Gospel), the main thing as Christians. Staying rooted in Jesus and His Word (including the Gospel) is essential for Caleb Gordon as a child of the King.

It is equally crucial for us as followers of Jesus to keep Jesus and the principles of the Bible (including the Gospel) as the main components in our walk with God without getting too hung up about being “religious” or “pious.”


About The DIVE Series*

In this series, I DIVE into the apparent and potential meanings 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

**Hear the full God Good audio at the end of the article!**

Want more content from The DIVE Series? Check out my previous article now!

The DIVE Series: Hulvey, "Closer"

Hello, and welcome to today’s edition of The DIVE Series*. My name is DJ Expander. This installment is the sixth I have done so far. I must say that I am enjoying being a part of the FiveTwenty Collective writing team!

Earlier this month, I reviewed SLEEPIN! by nobigdyl. Nearing the end of the third month of The DIVE Series’ run, I will study Closer by Reach Records artist Hulvey.

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” ‭‭- Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭11‬‬‬


About the Single

Dropped on October 14th, 2022, the track Closer features Torey D’Shaun. Production is by Joel McNeill, Carvello, and Ace Harris. The song’s overall theme is Gospel-centric.


Interpretation of the Single

Closer has a lot of Biblical meat, so I will attempt to cover it all concisely.

Let’s dive right into this track. The intro of the track beautifully starts the song off with:

“I wanna get closer to Your heart. I wanna get closer to Your heart. Close, closer to Your heart.”

The song’s intro indicates that the track is about the want and need for followers of Jesus to be closer to God through a relationship with Jesus.

Hulvey starts off the first verse by saying,

“Uh, I’m tryna be a disciple, that’s showing my rivals Your love over givin’ ’em hatred/I’m tryna be a disciple, that’s living revival, my life is a whole conversation/I’m tryna be a disciple, that follow Your will whenever the trend is Jada/I’m tryna be a disciple, that put on Your armor whenever I know I can’t take ’em.”

Hulvey indicates that his ultimate goals are to:

  • Be a disciple (follower) of Jesus that shows people (including his rivals) the same love Jesus showed him
  • Act in a way that shows he is renewed through Jesus
  • Follow the Will of God even when the culture is unholy
  • Use the Armor of God whenever he knows he’s experiencing spiritual warfare (See Ephesians 6:10-20)

He mentions that the Body of Christ needs to stand together. Missionary work is dangerous since Christians all over the world are subject to persecution for their faith in God.

He continues,

“Yeshua, He walked on the Earth, He was on His own turf and His own people left Him hanging/What if we seen Him in-person without no rehearsing, man, tell me would we even claim Him?”

Hulvey is making his audience wonder if they would have denied Jesus the same way the Jewish people denied Jesus when He was on Earth. He says Jesus was on His turf (Israel), and his people (the Jewish people) left Him hanging. He’s referring to the majority of the Jewish people, most especially the Jewish authorities that denied Jesus and utterly rejected Him as their Messiah.

He finishes off the 1st verse by saying,

“I know I’m the one that need Him/Man, I found my freedom when I found out they hit and beat ’em/And He hung on the cross, that’s how they chose to seat Him/You don’t need a seat at the table when you got a seat in the Kingdom/I can’t help but be humble whenever I think of the day that I’ll see Him.”

These four bars were a great way to end the opening verse of this track.

Hulvey admits that he, like everyone else, needs Jesus. He also acknowledged his freedom when He learned about the love that Jesus showed us through the sheer amount of suffering that Jesus endured, to save those who believe in Him from being in Hell for eternity. This suffering includes His dying on the cross, which is how the Jews chose to kill Jesus. The Romans carried out the crucifixion because the Jewish authorities insisted. He finalizes this verse by talking about how humble he is just thinking about the moment he meets Jesus when he passes away and goes to Heaven.

The second verse is briefer but still has a good amount of Biblical meat.

Hulvey mentions he used to be dark, which in this case, means he used to be spiritually dark without his belief in Jesus and the Holy Spirit inside of him. He continues to sing to God, asking Him to open his heart and telling God that he has faith as a child of God. He said he’d rather have Jesus than fame here on Earth. Jesus is more than worldly fame or riches will ever be because we can’t take those things with us when we die. He also asks God to open the door to Jesus for the rich and poor throughout the world.

He continues the second verse,

“Top-down, He done paid my sentence, huh/I’m a drink this juice in sin remembrance, huh/Yeah, I’m from the Wick where it get wicked, huh/I guess that’s the reason that He sent Him, huh.”

Hulvey indicates to his audience here that Jesus paid his sentence, to Hell, before he accepted Jesus into His heart. He also says he’ll drink juice (grape juice typically used in communion) to remember Jesus and what He did to wash away our sins. Hulvey mentions that he’s from the “Wick.” Here, he pays homage to his hometown of Brunswick, Georgia.

As of the writing of this article, he has created two songs about his hometown (the “Wick”) called “This Pain We Feel” released in May 2020, and “Back In The Wick” released in January 2021. He then goes on to say the “Wick” can get wicked and that the wickedness of man is the reason God sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.

Torey D’Shaun ends the track with a beautiful refrain where he praises God about how He’s always been close and there for him even in the darkest times.


Conclusion

Closer is a track by Hulvey featuring Torey D’Shaun and produced by Joel McNeill, Carvello, and Ace Harris. At the time of this writing, this track had over 64 thousand streams on Spotify, while it dropped less than a week ago. Hulvey and Torey D’Shaun have done good work conveying the primary two purposes of this song:

To sing praises unto God for what He has lovingly done for us and to convey the artists’ faith in Jesus, and Biblical knowledge so that the audience may consume this content to help improve their spiritual health by becoming closer to God.

As mentioned in the verse of the day, Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭11‬‬‬, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

Putting on the whole Armor of God is extremely important for Hulvey and Torey D’Shaun. This includes staying rooted in God’s Word and the way, truth, and the life that is Jesus Christ.

In the same way, it is important for these Christian Hip Hop artists to aim to be closer to God, it is equally important for us as followers of Jesus to want a closer relationship with Jesus as we follow Him.


About The DIVE Series*

In this series, I DIVE into the clear and potential meanings 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 Closer audio at the end of the article!**

Want more content from The DIVE Series? Check out my previous article now!

DIVE series: nobigdyl. "Sleepin'"

Hello everyone, my name is DJ Expander, and welcome to yet another edition of The DIVE Series*!

Last month we went over two consecutive tracks by Andy Mineo and Lecrae called “Coming In Hot” and “Been About It”. This month, I am going to switch it up a little bit. I will not be going over mutually complimenting tracks this month. However, today I will DIVE into the brand new single by artist and musician nobigdyl. called SLEEPIN!

“The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” – Proverbs 22:4


About the Single

Dropped by nobigdyl. on September 30, 2022, STEPPIN! has over 49,000 plays in about 5 days. The song is doing very well statistically and is expected to rise in streams as the weeks pass by.

The first line in the track’s intro goes, “Eli got it jumpin’, Eli, alright.” It is a slowed sample from nobigdyl. ‘s verse on indie tribe’s “HOLY SMOKE!” track from their album ‘UPPERHAND’. The intro conveys that the Christian Hop Hop producer Wow Eli is a producer on this particular track. The second line, “Hol’ up, Wop, you made this?” is the official beat tag of Christian Hip Hop producer Scottie Wop. Later in the song’s outro, Wow Eli’s beat tag, “Wow Eli, can you be a little more serious?” is featured.

These lines show the audience that this track was co-produced by legendary Christian Hip Hop producers Wow Eli and Scottie Wop.


Interpretation of the Single

While I will not go over the entire song and its details, I will attempt to extract and analyze the lyrics to show what nobigdyl. is most likely trying to convey.

Diving into the chorus of the track, nobigdyl. says:

“Everybody keep on sleepin’ on Dyl. Blood, sweat, tears, man, look what I spill.”

Based on the other lyrics in the song, it seems like nobigdyl. believes he has a good enough work ethic to be less slept on by people than he currently is. (For context, “slept on” means when the greatness of someone or something is ignored or not appreciated). In verse one, he mentions how sometimes he’s “way too obsessed with [his] legacy.” He ends the chorus with, “Industry kill or be killed. And e’rybody just keep taking they pill.”

The overall premise of the hook is potentially that nobigdyl. wants to impact more people’s lives by becoming more known within the music industry and less “slept on.” This potential premise not only arises as a result of the chorus itself but also nobigdyl. ‘s overall belief and faithfulness to Jesus Christ.

There are some Biblical references in this track, a popular trend in nobigdyl’s records. The following is the Biblical reference that stood out to me:

“I think I won my fight with God. Came away limpin’. They think I’m pimpin’.”

He uses the slang term “pimpin’,” which means looking cool and is typically popularized by Hip Hop culture.

The Biblical reference in these lines is in Genesis 32:24-32, which tells the story of Jacob wrestling with God as a representation of nobigdyl. ‘s conflict with God. Jacob ended up winning, but there was a significant consequence. He gained a severe hip injury, causing him to walk with a limp.

nobigdyl. was born in Oakland, CA, but was relocated to and raised in the backwoods of Tennessee in Bell Buckle to be with family.

In the second verse, he compares these roots to Christ and His physical roots, who was born in Bethlehem but raised in Nazareth. He does this by saying, “Online, it say he from Tennessee. But really I come from Nazareth.”

I noticed that, in the second chorus, nobigdyl. slips the line, “This is a song about ego.” This gives the audience a clear indication that the song is at least partially about his struggle with his ego and how it affects his relationship with God.

nobigdyl. finishes the second verse off by saying:

“Can’t play with God like that, rather be hearin’ him out. I’m fearin’ him now. Spent years out here chasin’ things that now I don’t even care about. I’m here and devout.”


Conclusion

SLEEPIN! by nobigdyl. co-produced by Wow Eli and Scottie Wop. It has over 49k streams on Spotify in less than a week. While this track is not one of nobigdyl’s most listened to tracks, he has put together an astonishingly well-written song that:

  • Conveys his struggle with his ego
  • His want for fame
  • The desire for his legacy to be great
  • How His relationship with God helps him to overcome these struggles

As mentioned in the verse of the day, Proverbs 22:4, “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.”

Having a healthy fear of the Lord and a strong sense of humility is very important for nobigdyl.

As a follower of Jesus, in the spotlight of the Christian music industry, it is of the utmost importance to have and show humility on a daily basis.


About The DIVE Series*

In this series, I DIVE into the clear and potential meanings 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 SLEEPIN! music video at the end of the article!**

Want more content from The DIVE Series? Check out my previous article now!

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!

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!**


"444+333 (God Is Perfect)" Artwork

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

Today, I will dive into a song from 2018 called 444+333 (God Is Perfect) by Ty Brasel.

“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 March 30th, 2018, Memphis-born, and 4 Against 5 recording artist, Ty Brasel released Side A of his album ‘Destined for Greatness’.

Following that release on December 7th, 2018, Ty Brasel dropped the entire album. Side B contained the single 444+333 (God Is Perfect). He created this single with Grammy award winner Kenneth Christian Mackey (also known as Kenneth Chris Mackey) being the writer of the outro and Dirty Rice being the producer.


Interpretation of the Song

This song primarily came about due to Lil Uzi Vert’s “444+222,” equaling 666, Satan’s number. In response, Ty Brasel’s 444+333 (God Is Perfect) is a sharp contrast to “444+222,” cheerfully honoring and glorifying God.

Ty Brasel’s 444+333 (God Is Perfect) official music video has two counters. One is on the top left corner and one on the top right corner. The counter on the top right counts how many total words are in the song. The other on the top left displaying the number “4,” shows how many times “4” is in the song.

At the end of the video, the total word count of the song is 333. The total amount of times Ty Brasel says the number “4” is 44. Remember, the 44 follows the number “4.” Therefore, you have “444+333,” which equals “777.” “777” is Biblically the number of God, fullness, perfection, and completion. It represents critical Biblical concepts. One crucial concept that this number symbolizes is the Holy Trinity (God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit). Two verses in Genesis convey the perfection of God’s creation by explaining what happened on the seventh day; immediately following the six days He spent forming creation. These two verses mention “7” seven times, making the number “777” (See Genesis 2:2-3).

While repeating the number 7 three times represents not only the perfection of the Holy Trinity (who is God three-in-one), it also emphasizes the perfection and completion of God’s design.

This number represents that God formed creation in a good and whole way. Meaning God created all of us fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14). We can start to see what Ty Brasel aims to convey to his audience in this song. Especially considering the name of the album the single is on, ‘Destined for Greatness’. We, as God’s creation, all have a purpose given by God through His will. Since we are all wonderfully and fearfully made by God to serve a purpose here on Earth, we are all destined for greatness.


Conclusion

444+333 (God Is Perfect) by Ty Brasel, Kenneth Christian Mackey, and produced by Dirty Rice is a song having well over one million streams on Spotify. In this single, Ty Brasel uses numerical significance and some of his experiences to show that we are all destined for greatness, God is perfect in all His ways, and God has a plan for each of us.

Believers can walk away from this knowing God loves you and has a plan for you that corresponds with His will. Trust and believe God will put things in motion for your best interests.

For absolutely everyone—even those who are not followers of Jesus—this means that God loves you and has a plan for you! He created us all. His love for us supersedes anything we could imagine.


*About this 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

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"Church Gone Wild" Artwork

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

Today, I will dive into the single Church Gone Wild by 1K Famo.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians‬ ‭3:16‬


About the Single

On October 18th, 2016, Georgia native and Reach Records artist, 1K Phew, released his single Church Gone Wild. It features the Atlanta-based rapper Tonio (currently known as Don Tino) and is produced by Zaytoven.

As seen above, the single’s cover has the “Girls Gone Wild” franchise logo with the word “Girls” covered up by the word “Church.”

On February 8th, 2022, 1K Famo (a collective of the artists known as 1K Phew, 1k Pson, Don Tino, Chris Elijah, and Chozen) rereleased Church Gone Wild.


Interpretation of the Single

1K Famo’s Church Gone Wild is about bridging the gap between enjoying life and loving God. 

The song mentions the “old church” by saying, “Tell the old church that we don’t play.” 

In context, “we” means the “new church,” which promotes a healthy relationship with God. The song emphasizes having fun worshiping God with thankfulness rather than advancing the idea that you need to be “religious” to be a follower of Jesus.

Being a part of God’s Church (otherwise known as the Body of Christ) does not mean being someone who goes to church and then proceeds to live sinfully the rest of the week, just to come back on Sunday to ask for God’s forgiveness. Nor does it mean that to be a part of God’s Church, you must be “religious” by partaking in artificial church traditions. Artificial traditions such as unbiblical practices that many churches promote.

Released on July 8th, 2022, 1K Phew’s single “New Church” contains similar meanings and ideals to Church Gone Wild and references it multiple times.

This song primarily promotes having a healthy relationship with God by having fun praising him with gratefulness in our hearts.


Conclusion

Church Gone Wild is a song with the rereleased version having over half a million plays on Spotify.

In this single, 1K Phew and Don Tino put a fun—yet Biblical—twist on having a relationship with Christ. He mentions the “old church” and the “new church.” The “old church” that he speaks of are churches that see themselves as “religious” rather than having genuine relationships with Christ—tending to value artificial traditions over truly Biblical practices.

The last point I noticed the song conveys is to have fun worshipping Jesus. The “new church” is about promoting a healthy relationship with God. Fellowship with fellow believers in Jesus. Singing praises to God with thankfulness in our hearts. (See Colossians 3:16).


*About this 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

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