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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.


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

Want more news on 1K Famo? Check out this article now.

Hip-hop collective 1K FAMO (Family Always Moving Obstacles), consists of 1K Phew, 1K Pson, Don Tino, Chris Elijah, and Chozen. They recently released a new song and music video, Thug Love.

Longtime Christian hip-hop fans will notice an especially interesting aspect of this release. It pays homage to another, highly influential hip-hop collective: The Cross Movement.

Primarily active between 1996 and 2008, The Cross Movement were pioneers in the world of Christian Hip-Hop.

Thug Love makes several references to Cross Movement’s song “Know Me (Huh, What?)” off their 2000 release ‘Human Emergency’. Included are sonic similarities between J2’s instrumental for Thug Love and DJ Official’s original instrumental for “Know Me (Huh, What?)”; references to The Cross Movement’s chorus; and even a clip of the “Know Me (Huh, What?)” music video at the beginning of 1K FAMO’s music video.

“Huh, pop my pop like soda / Cross Movement reloaded (loaded),” Don Tino raps on the single, implying 1K FAMO is a new, fresh collective in the same vein as The Cross Movement.

Thug Love is the lead single from 1K FAMO’s upcoming project, ‘S.O.S.’

FiveTwenty’s own Eric Boston recently sat down with The Ambassador of Cross Movement. Catch that interview here.

Watch the music video for “Thug Love” here:

Watch the music video for “Know Me (Huh, What?)” here: