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Tentmaker Music artist A.K.A. Fisher has teamed with Christian media outlet FiveTwenty Collective on the release of his newest single, Gervin.

Writing and producing music since the age of 12, A.K.A. Fisher incorporates an old-school flavor to many of his compositions. He combines hard-hitting beats with lyrics that reflect his Christian faith, using a unique audio experience to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ.

For Gervin, Fisher enlisted the help of fellow artists Xay Hill and Ayomilly to bring a touch of cool to a record that is scorching hot.

Inspired by George “The Iceman” Gervin, one of the best scorers in basketball history, who was always cool, calm, and collected on the court, the trio is claiming victory over the gates of Hell without breaking a sweat. The ease and cool demeanor are possible because Jesus Christ has already won our battle for us. Now THAT’s cold.

The A.K.A. Fisher produced track is initially being released via FiveTwenty Collective Presents, a release partnership available through FiveTwenty Collective that provides creative services to indie, faith-based artists allowing them to do what they do best. Create banging records! 

Gervin drops on December 7, 2021 exclusively on the FiveTwenty Collective Audiomack page. Listen here: audiomack.com/fivetwenty-co

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Song Details

Title: Gervin

Artist: A.K.A. Fisher

Release Date: December 7, 2021

Release Partner: FiveTwenty Collective/FiveTwenty Collective Presents

Features: Xay Hill, Ayomilly

Production: A.K.A. Fisher

Post Production: PoetiCS, Matthew “Wrecktify” Smith

Engineering: Matthew “Wrecktify” Smith

There are certain songs where, from the moment you hear them, you know they are special.

These songs may not be at the top of the charts. They may not even get celebrated by the critics. Even so, they find a way to stay with you. 

For me, All That by A.K.A. Fisher has cemented itself as “special”.

“I didn’t really have a plan to make that message into a song necessarily. Until I heard the beat.”

Easily on my list of “most slept-on records of 2021”, but I’m hoping to change that status.

How It Started

“It was kind of a collision of two things at once.”

“In my personal life, I was learning a lot about trusting God as my provider. What that should look like in my daily life. I had to ask myself some hard questions and really check myself. Either I really believe my God has it all and is more than capable of providing everything I could possibly need, or I believe I need to rely on things other than God to survive. To find success.”

“Wouldn’t be any Christian artists watering ANYTHING down for the sake of marketability if we really believed that God was taking care of us on that.”

“I’ll be prosperous as God says I’ll be. There’s nothing anybody can do about it. I need to start living like it, and talking like it, instead of thinking like how the world thinks. God’s math doesn’t even make sense to an economist. Like, how do you feed 5,000 with two fish and five loaves of bread? That’s the God I serve! So I’m straight.”

“The second thing that was happening during this time of heavy, but liberating learning is, J-Notez was in the studio wild’n! When he finished this one and showed it publicly for the first time, I immediately knew I had to have it.”

“Once I heard that beat, I knew I had the song for it. I had been thinking about that topic a lot at the time. It just clicked. I was like, I know exactly what I’m gonna talk about. Had that original version of the song written in like 15 minutes.”

Creation

“Once I laid my vocal tracks I sent it over to Wrecktify. I felt like the hook needed some harmonies, layers, and whatnot. He loved, loved the hook, and immediately was like, yeah I wanna get on this.”

“He knocked his part out super quick too actually.”

“It all came together really fast for sure. His (Wrecktify) adorable little kid Hudson even sings some like background ad-libs on the track.”

“We had a lot of fun.”

“Once we had all the vocals on the original version, we felt pretty strongly about it as a single for the album. We couldn’t get the hook out of our heads. That’s when I started working out the ideas for the music video.”

“I have such strong feelings about all of the songs on this project for different reasons. Looking at it as objectively as I can, in terms of hit potential, I suppose All That would have to be top three [on the album]. If we’re talking about just my personal favorite tracks, it’s definitely somewhere in my top five. The remix certainly bumps it up a notch or two higher.”

The Remix

Why All That for a remix?

“I think primarily it was the overwhelmingly positive response to that hook. It just really stuck and I felt like maybe we could push it further.”

“I also didn’t hear much about my original verse which I thought had some really solid wordplay. Being somewhat competitive as an emcee, I was excited about the possibility of having another shot at my approach to the verses. I just tried a more aggressive and rapid fire style the second time around.”

“It worked out great approaching V. Rose about it.”

“She actually really liked the original style and also the original music video with the references to the old Nickelodeon All That TV show. We had no idea about this when we reached out.”

“It turned out, she is good friends with Kel Mitchell from the original show. So to her, the nostalgic concept was dope!”

“Once we found out about that, we just felt this was clearly arranged by God. We knew we had our first remix.”

“I wanted to build on the message of the original version. I had more to say. It worked out great to have the opportunity on a remix. I just knew I wanted to come out of the gate CRAZY to set the tone and make sure when you heard it, you knew right away, that that this remix was going to be a wild ride.”

“The remix took me like a day and a half to write. I was really happy with the flow and everything right away. I knew pretty quickly how I wanted my flow to feel on the beat.”

The Artists

“All of the artists on the remix are people who I felt had a very unique sound.”

“They also demonstrated authenticity outside of their music in the way I’ve been treated by them, or have seen them treat people. That’s always a priority to me.”

“I don’t care if you’re the biggest artist in the world or if you only got a couple hundred views on YouTube, if you got a unique sound and I see you walking the walk too, I’m tryna build with you. God-willing.”

“The trick in doing a posse cut is maybe all the individual styles are a little too different to fit together on a record. Maybe it’s too many ingredients that don’t work together, or don’t make for an enjoyable combination. As different as everybody’s styles are on this track, we heard the pieces together once and immediately knew it was going to work.”

“That’s one of my favorite things about music. Putting things together and then it works perfectly. That’s a great feeling.”

The Video

“I got to work with my man DJ Dream214 again for that.”

“The idea [exisited] from pretty early on, even before the song was finished.”

“I wanted to recreate really iconic moments from the original All That TV show. I started brainstorming like, what would be the most easily recognizable scenes to recreate; which one did I think I could realistically pull off? Ultimately, I settled on Pierre Escargot (fortunately, we found a studio that actually had a bathtub in it), Ed from Good Burger, Ask Ashley, and the Vital Information desk.”

“There are even little Easter eggs in there for the real fans. Like the ear of corn on the desk, which was made to look like a giant ear of corn by putting it next to the globe.”

“It was definitely one of the silliest shoots I’ve ever been a part of. Working with DJ Dream214 is always a great experience.

A.K.A. Fisher’s new album, In the Ruins of Dreamland, is available across digital music retailers now. Support directly on Bandcamp: Tentmaker Music

Is he the most slept on emcee in Christian hip hop?

Maybe not. 

Is he one of the more talented artists that you may not know?

Now we’re getting somewhere.

Easily an early front-runner for indie CHH Project of the Year, In the Ruins of Dreamland by A.K.A. Fisher is a tour de force listening experience. A self-proclaimed “unusual LP”, while it may not fit perfectly in the current CHH mold, what it does is craft a very enjoyable mosaic. With high-quality level production across several genres, Ruins leaves little doubt that Fisher is an artist (in every sense) that you should know.

The project is themed around an abandoned amusement park.

The rusty, weather-worn gates attempt to contain a combination of conceptual album and autobiography while remaining Christ-centered.

A.K.A. Fisher is the CEO of indie imprint Tentmaker Music. Ruins features labelmate Old Man Xero in addition to a strong lineup of guest artists. Featured contributions for the album include KJ-52, HeeSun Lee, Xay Hill, ASAP Preach, Wrecktify, GiGi of AFTL, BRM, Average Joe of Meek Heroes, and more.

Whether you’re into straight hip hop, rock, gospel, or a combination thereof, Ruins has the goods to engage those interests.

“This album is the breath of fresh air we did not know we needed. The very essence of who God is is weaved into these words and melodies. [It] is a journey filled with deliverance, breakthrough, healing, and closeness with God.” – Denisse Burks

The reason that I have really enjoyed this project is pretty simple. 

Fisher is able to not only share his God-given talent in a way that relevant and connectable, but he also is unabashedly out front with his music’s purpose. It is always refreshing to find an artist who tells me, as a listener, why Jesus needs to be at the heart of their music instead of trying to convince me why “not every song has to be about Jesus”.

It is clear during the 17-tracks of Ruins that, as Fisher explains, “trusting God enough to let go of what we thought we needed” is the over-arching theme throughout.

From catchy hooks (“All That”), rock riffs (“Funhouse”), and even spiritual gun-bars (“Shooting Gallery”), Ruins runs quite the gambit of content narratives.

Beginning with the lead single “First Things” (featuring ASAP Preach and Xay Hill), the album delivers a powerful welcome to guests. It is a reminder of what the main thing is as we embark on this experience. The listener is put on notice before entering “Through the Gates”. The second track, featuring Wrecktify, is a standout record that throws back to early 2000s hip hop.

One thing that Fisher does, rather impressively, is present gospel phrasing in a way that is modern. See the hook for “Good Intentions”. “I know I meant well/tried to make a way instead I paved a road to Hell/told myself I’d only play the hand I was dealt/but I only played myself/built my castle high on shifting sand so thunder when it fell” 

We find similar wordplay in the hook of “All That” which also features Wrecktify.

The second half of Ruins includes several of the longest-running times you are sure to find. Especially in the CHH space.

“Long Way To Heaven” (featuring Deon Gladney and Autumn Star) clocks in at 6:14. Even while encompassing the timeline of three songs, by modern standards, the composition of these extended tracks are done in a way that maintains attention. Fisher stretches himself as an emcee. He is able to share his prowess as a composer. It is clear that God blessed him with a gifted ear.

Another of the top records on the project comes in the form of “Shooting Gallery”.

Fisher collaborates with CHH legend KJ-52 as well as Old Man Xero on the hook. Spiritual warfare and “killing demons” was once a mainstay in the genre. In recent years, the culture has shifted to a focus on vibes but the trio makes it clear that the enemy remains steady with its purpose. “To these demons the name of Jesus sound like click-clack/power and authority in hand watch the kick-back/knock ’em down, light work, big facts/cock-back, aim, hit ’em between the eyes wit’ a knick-knack”

Is In the Ruins of Dreamland a perfect album?

The obvious answer is “No”.

However…it is extremely well done for an independent project.

I would find it hard for any fan of Christian Hip Hop to listen to this album and not be impressed with what was accomplished. That is not an overstatement.

A.K.A. Fisher needs to be recognized in this space. He’s innovative and energetic. He is unashamed. Most importantly, he is about as down-to-earth as you will find.

It’s easy to say that I’m a fan!

I’m not often one for putting a score on an album. If I was to do so here, Ruins would easily be a 9/10 for me.

Check it out and hit the comments to let me know if you agree!

Favorite Tracks

  • All That
  • Shooting Gallery
  • Funhouse
  • Diddly Squat
  • Lights Out (It’s Like That)

Continuing to build off of his 2021 release of the album In the Ruins of Dreamland, Tentmaker Music’s A.K.A. Fisher drops his newest single.

Shooting Gallery features Christian Hip Hop legend KJ-52 along with Tentmaker labelmate Old Man Xero.

This track, and video, are so hot the very demons of hell are sweating bullets!

The song speaks directly to the enemy of the Church. It challenges his grip on humanity by reminding him of his true place…the bottom. It is a reminder to the people of God that they have the power and authority to vanquish the whiles of the devil. Stay vigilant through adversity by prayer, supplication, and faith in Christ.

“I like to talk trash,” says Fisher in reference to his gun-play style lyrics in the song. “Instead of cowering in fear and misery, why not remind the enemy of what happens to him in the end?”

In the Ruins of Dreamland was released on January 2, 2021. Check it out now via Tentmaker’s Bandcamp page here.

 

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Currently residing in North Texas, Tentmaker Music artist and CEO A.K.A. Fisher is gearing up for the release of his newest project. “God’s Face” is the second single from the upcoming album ‘In the Ruins of Dreamland’ following the single “First Things” that dropped earlier this year.

A.K.A. Fisher blends a mixture of old school sound with high-quality sonic experiences to truly stand out as a unique voice in today’s music scene. On “God’s Face”, Fisher handled the production while joining forces with featured artists Gems of Grace & EJay Rook to bring to life an idea that has been 10 years in the making.

“I was unable to complete it until I met Regina Dowker, Suzanne Benavides Sutherland, and Cassie Clayton of the worship band Gems of Grace,” explained Fisher. “God’s timing is perfect. I feel like the message of humbling ourselves before God and honestly seeking His perfect will, instead of our own agenda, was so timely.”

Waiting to release this record has proven to be exactly what Fisher needed to do. “God’s Face” is a song that encourages the faithful at a time when it is certainly needed.

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“God’s Face” is currently available on the Tentmaker Music website. Coming soon to digital retailers.

Song Details

Title: God’s Face

Artist: A.K.A. Fisher

Label: Tentmaker Music

Production: Jesse L. J. Burks

Featuring: Gems of Grace, EJay Rook

Engineering: Shochi Shams, Kingsview Sound

Arrangements: Ryan Kaw, Jesse L. J. Burks, Hibskit (orchestral) – Regina Dowker, Samuel Gonzalez, Jesse L. J. Burks (piano) – Jesse L. J. Burks, Regina Dowker, Suzanne B. Sutherland (composers) – Jesse L. J. Burks, Suzanne B. Sutherland, EJay Rook, Tentmaker Music Choir, David Spencer, Tiffany Spencer (vocalists) – Regina Dowker, Samuel Gonzalez, Camlynn (musicians)

Before we talk about how the rest of the album will look, First Things first…