The DIVE Series: Ty Brasel, “No More”

By DJ Expander @djexpander116 | June 22, 2023


Hello everyone! Thank you for tuning into the 19th installment of The DIVE Series here on FiveTwenty Collective! In the last installment, I reviewed More on the Way by Derek Minor, a track featuring Jon Keith, 1K Phew, and nobigdyl.

I will DIVE into the 2018 CHH classic No More by Ty Brasel for today’s installment. You are welcome to listen to the track near the end of the article at any time. Let’s DIVE into the music!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ‭‭- John 16:33


About the Track

The 2018 single No More by Ty Brasel is, without any doubt, a Christian Hip Hop classic. I listened to this song a lot in high school, and it was one of the first Christian Rap tracks I could give a solid “10/10.”


Interpretation of the Track (Part 1)

The very beginning of the track starts with the Chorus:

“No more, no more. I won’t be set back no more. I move the fast pace don’t slow it. I lost my way for the last time. But no more, no more. Look, I won’t be set back no more. I move the fast pace, don’t slow it. I lost my way for the last time, yeah yeah.”

Ty starts here by emphasizing to his audience that, in 2018, at the time of this song’s release, he would not be set back by his problems or doubters and would be consistent with his music releases.

Since dropping this track, Ty has released musical content consistently as an artist and even signed with the record label 4 Against 5. Ty makes his mission and intent in joining the label clear in a DJ Wade-O article:

“I partnered with them out of desire to bring fans the best music and content possible. If you know me, you know I do this for the people.”

A thought that occurred to me while reviewing this part of the track is that it is easy to be setback by the Devil’s temptations and fall into sin rather than work on yourself and your relationship with Jesus. However, as followers of Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives us the power to resist and repent from sin and the Devil’s temptations. I encourage those of you who are struggling with a habitual sin that you call upon God to use the Holy Spirit to help deliver you from that sin and get right with God.


Interpretation of the Track (Part 2)

Ty then hits us with the first Verse:

“New levels, new devils, more money, more stress and new sentences. New melodies more infinite, endless gold medals my preference. Success for I’m destined, regrets keep me humble. My sin keep me at the mercy seat, mercy me. I can only imagine dragons in my dreams. I’m stuck in the jungle, it’s snakes in the path, it’s mud through I’m stepping. Over the track and hurdles, I lost my way on the way, I feel the weight always pressing. Too much pressure before I crumble, I’m honest I got. High blood pressure from this stress, too much. I know I was made for to prosper and such. Soul & spirit, gospel for the beating. Peace all I ask when I pray this season. Odell in the off season, the setback. Set me with the mindset, run with my jetpack. Look at God’s son, how I rose through the flame. Look at God’s son, rose up took my shame, yeah.”

Here, he begins his first verse by rapping about how there will always be more things to do, music to make, problems to take care of, etcetera. However, he is destined for greatness either way, as God says the following to a people in exile who are experiencing hardship and suffering:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Essentially, this verse emphasizes that no matter your unfortunate circumstances, God has plans to prosper you amid your current situation.

Ty continues this verse with clever wordplay, referencing Christian band MercyMe’s contemporary Christian song, I Can Only Imagine. Ty Brasel then cross-referenced that with the Imagine Dragons track called Dreams.

He resumes by rapping about how many problems had arisen and how stress had given him high blood pressure. Ty ends the verse by speaking on how he’s a Child of God and how God took his shame away to help him overcome his setbacks, causing him to not create and release rap music for Jesus.

The Chorus runs twice following this verse and leads us into the Post-Chorus…

The Post-Chorus is performed as follows:

“Get it right, make that right. I lost my way for the last time. Too much life, look in my eyes. Now it’s time to shine.”

Here, he clarifies that he has too much potential not to use his musical gifts to make music for Jesus and shine his light glorifying the Lord.


Interpretation of the Track (Part 3)

Young Ty Man finally performs the second Verse:

New levels, new devils, more money, more stress and new sentences. New melodies more infinite, endless gold medals my preference. Success brought me more problems than before, uh huh. I share most my problems on my insta story, uh huh. I don’t really even like to be social. Antisocial extrovert, my mama know it. Music is my therapy, instrumental psychologist. These melodies heavenly and my flow is the exorcist, whoa. Kicking demons out of my residence, okay. Young T, I got angels on the premises, okay. This is real enlightenment, no pyramids, no. I roll with Yahweh, I got wisdom of old. So they roll with the devil and they claim 666. Well I’m on heaven schedule, rosegold my crucifix, whoa. This time I’m going for the championship, oh boy. I can’t stay down, I can’t stay down no more.

In this verse, he starts it off like he began the first verse. However, he switches it up this time, rapping about how success ironically brought him more problems than before, causing him even more setbacks. He also says he shared most of his problems on his Instagram story at the time of the release of this track.

Ty continues to rap about the following (all of which I relate to heavily):

  • Being an antisocial extrovert, and his mom is well aware of it (which, as an ambivert, I can relate to)
  • How music is his therapy and implies he enjoys rapping for the Lord
  • Kicking demons out of his residence (cleansing his residence spiritually with the name of Jesus) means that angels are consistently around him, protecting him on God’s behalf
  • Rolling with Jesus and has the wisdom that comes with being a veteran born-again Christian and staying rooted in God’s Word
  • He wants nothing to do with the worldly ways of “rolling with the Devil” and has every intention of continuing to follow Jesus Christ (hence being on Heaven’s schedule)
  • Ty won’t let his setbacks prevent him from sharing the light of Jesus in his music

The Chorus runs one last time, and the single officially ends.


Conclusion

This absolute banger and classic Christian Hip Hop (CHH) track by Ty Brasel has over 650,000 streams on Spotify. While it is not one of his most popular tracks, it—like I have stated before—is a classic that will be a staple single in the CHH space for years to come.

The following verse encompasses some of what Ty Brasel attempts to convey in this track:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Ty shows his audience in this single that he is destined for greatness despite hardship and struggle.

Lastly, remember today’s verse of the day that directly correlates with this track:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ‭‭- John 16:33

Allow me to tie this track in a bow for y’all:

Ty Brasel, who in 2018 struggled with being consistent in his music creation and releases, makes it clear in this track that he is done letting his current situation full of problems deter him from making Christian rap music to shine his light for the Lord and let God use him as a vessel to share the love and grace of Jesus with people through the sharing of the Gospel (story of Jesus). Since then, he has succeeded exceedingly well, dropping many singles, features, and other musical content.


Thank You for Reading DIVE!

Thank you for reading this far into the article! I hope you all enjoyed this installment of The DIVE Series* on FiveTwenty Collective. Stay tuned for the next installment dropping on the 5th of next month (July 2023)!


About The DIVE Series*

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

In Special Edition installments of the series, I interview the artist(s) involved for the whole 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

**Listen to the full No More track at the end of the article!**

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