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What’s good, everyone! Welcome to the eighteenth installment of The DIVE Series*!

Last month, we dove into Back Soon by 1K Phew and TEAM by Shepherd on the 5th and 20th, respectively.

Today, I will DIVE into the brand new Christian Hip Hop (CHH) track, More on the Way. You can listen to the track near the bottom of this page before or after reading this article. I will be diving into only the most important parts of this track. Now, let’s DIVE right into the music!

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” ‭‭- Colossians 3:23-24

About the Track

Derek Minor‘s track, More on the Way, featuring Jon Keith, 1K Phew, and nobigdyl., was dropped on June 2nd, 2023, and is on his unreleased EP, Nobody’s Perfect. The only other track on Nobody’s Perfect that has been released as of today’s date is Pressure, released on November 18th, 2022, by Derek Minor, featuring Thi’sl and Aaron Cole.

More on the Way is a modern trap song with a unique hype vibe to it. Each artist on this particular track does an extremely good job at bringing their own feel-good flavors into the track. This song has four total Hooks performed by each artist on the track.

Interpretation of the Track (Part 1)

Derek Minor begins with the first Hook:

“Workin’ non-stop (Non-stop). That’s why I got a lot (Got a lot). Feel like they wanna see me fall so I bought the drop. I leave a stain on everything, they can’t take the spot. (Woah, woah woah,) Now we up, now we up. Talked to God yesterday, He said, “There’s more on the way.” I done made a lot of money and there’s more on the way. I done got a couple plaques and it’s more on the way. Put a lot of people on and it’s more on the way.

The first Bible passage that comes to mind when hearing this first Chrous is Colossians 3:23-24, which states:

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

Derek mentions praying to God and God giving him the sign that more is in store for his life. The general premise of this Chrous is that he’s working heartily unto the Lord and receives his blessings from the Lord Jesus. As a result of these blessings and fruits of his labor, Derek mentions being “up,” which means he’s content and happy with life serving Jesus and working hard unto the Lord. He sees his continuous purpose as a follower of Jesus as winning.

Interpretation of the Track (Part 2)

Derek continues with the first Verse of the track:

“(Lay low) Poppin’ up. Life a marathon I got no choice but run amok. Sliding on these tracks, my haters need a salt truck. And they still won’t melt the ice. And it’s black and I’m back. You talkin’ down, what is that? Boy you act like we ain’t blessed or som’. God ain’t flex or som’. If you want me on your set or som’. Cut a check or som’. We been bringin’ dreams alive like Freddy Kruger, we ain’t done. I’ve been movin’ on this blind faith while starin’ at the Son. Just what winnin’ sound like. They don’t see it let alone what it feel like. Dawg, why you worried ’bout them? Go get your own life. Countin’ everybody pockets like you work for Levi. Oh my, that won’t get you nowhere.

One of my favorite parts of this track is when Derek says, “Sliding on these tracks, my haters need a salt truck. And they still won’t melt the ice.” He’s essentially saying he’s doing his own thing serving Jesus, and his haters are salty because of his dedication to serving the Lord, but his haters will never be able to melt the ice (stop him from living and serving Christ).

He mentions bringing dreams alive. Here, I believe he is referring to his Reflection Music Group company, RMG Amplify, where they help independent Christian artists rise to prominence by making God-centered music. Minor raps about having faith in God while focusing on his relationship with the Son of God (Jesus).

Derek Minor continues to rap about how following and serving Jesus is what winning in life truly is and says some don’t know what that’s like. He wraps up by implying people shouldn’t be worried about other people’s success more than their own. Derek states that comparing your success to others will get you nowhere. In this final part of the verse, his point is: Don’t worry about and compare your success to other people’s. Focus on your own success.

Interpretation of the Track (Part 3)

1K Phew comes in with the second Hook of the track:

“I came way too far from hide and seekin’ with the police. But we came way too far, my gang was sittin’ in the nosebleeds. Prayin’ down on my knees and got back up, we in the floor seats. (Yeah) Lookin’ at full-court games like of course we had to go steal some full-course meals, now there’s more on the way (Get it). Why would I stress about these bills? I got more on the way (Bills). I’m a Stellar winnin’ politician, more on the way. Pull up deep, I’m never solo and it’s more on the way.

1K Phews begins his verse by rapping about how he came a long way from running from the police when he was younger in the east side of Atlanta. He mentions praying on his knees and implies that it’s not good for him to stress and worry about bills when God provides for all who are called according to His purpose (See Romans 8:28). Phew ends his Hook of the track by mentioning he’s never solo, meaning he has God with him and his team behind him.

1K Phew knows everything works together for his good because he knows he is called according to God’s purpose. He also knows it is essential to have patience and adhere to God’s timing to pursue his dreams in life. Given 1K Phew’s verse, we can conclude he pursues his dreams to glorify God.

1K Phew then hits us with the second Verse of the track:

“(Let’s get it) I done put a lot of people on and got no thank you (A lot of people). I’m not sayin’ I’m God or none (I’m not). But I’m Allen Iverson (A-I). When I’m talkin’ ’bout crosses I ain’t tryna break your ankles (Ain’t tryna break ’em). Tell ’em I’ve been steppin’ for so long I got cankles (Stepper). Wanna make me mad, try to come tell me what Jesus can’t do (Wanna make me mad). Well you better be glad you ain’t no villain, Jesus saved you (Better be glad). Everybody used to be like, “What’s that smell?” Jesus bathed you (What’s that smell). And the real ones always recognize me ’cause I’m fake-proof. (Let’s go) Every time I’m lit I don’t get bit ’cause I’m snake-proof (Snake-proof). Had to tell that sinny sin sin I can shake you (I can shake). And I told Goliath this a thirty, I can take you (This a thirty). But I came too far from livin’ dirty.

Phew continues here, rapping about how he helped many people (likely artists or producers) with no “thank you”s and compares himself to Allen Iverson. He implies that there’s nothing Jesus (God) can’t do and refers to Jesus saving God’s children from spiritual death (eternal damnation) by dying on the cross for our sins.

1K Phew continues stating that he’s “fake” and “snake” proof, meaning he does not actively associate with people who do not treat people kindly when they’re watching but treat them poorly when they are not around.

He finalizes his part of the song the same way he started it: Noting that he’s come too far to start living sinfully again.

Interpretation of the Track (Part 4)

Jon Keith hits us with the third Hook of the track:

“Ayy, gave me no respect (No). Lonely on me neck (Neck). Zeroes on these checks (Checks). What did y’all expect? Been brown, homies kept it holy from the lobby to the penthouse. Blessings coming on me I, I need a list now (A list). ‘Cause there’s more on the way. Made a lot of hits and there’s more on the way. I done caused a lot of fits and it’s more on the way. Yeah, oh you like that? It’s more on the way, yeah.

Jon Keith starts his part of the track by rapping about his success, with “zeroes on [his] checks,” implying he’s financially successful. He mentions he and his friends keep it holy no matter where they are and implies how he’s well-known.

He finishes his Hook the same way the previous hooks ended: By rapping about how there’s More on the Way.

Jon Keith then hits us with the third Verse by saying:

“(Feel me bro?) O-M-G look what God did. Nine to five, was puttin’ in the work when I was jobless (Uh, huh). Couldn’t get the Ray-Bans and it hurt but now my optics can’t believe, I took a look around they sendin’ options (Options). Yeah, God blessed me, I know that (Right). Had to take the whole city, put it on my whole back. Gotta take the bros with me, I can not hold back. And I done took like four lefts. Got Jesus piece, no Kodak. I’m movin’ like there’s four of me. They try to close the door on me. But like the chorus said, they start implorin’ for some more of me. If we back on that board then I be Jordan how I’m scorin’. When I be out in Florence, play the tortoise, so historic.”

Here, Jon Keith raps about how he succeeded in serving the Lord in his life and with his music and gives all the glory to God for his blessings. Keith notes how much he used to struggle and couldn’t afford that much. However, he worked heartily unto the Lord with his crew and now sees the fruits of his labor.

He makes it clear in this verse that he worked heartily unto the Lord and that all of his blessings are God-given.

Interpretation of the Track (Part 5)

nobigdyl. comes in with the fourth and final Verse of the track:

“Billboard albums back to back, just thought that you should know that (Just thought you should know). But I got riches in His name that couldn’t fit on no plaque. Rest in peace to the corny rap ’cause I could not support that. He snatched me out of Preverbs five and I could never go back. Left the label, did it indie, and it’s more on the way (More on the way). Festival inside my city and it’s more on the way (It’s more on the way). Worship God and make it litty and it’s more on the way (It’s more on the way). I turned twenty four and did a tour and it’s more on the way.”

Firstly, nobigdyl. begins his verse by bringing up his Billboard-charting albums. He then brilliantly raps about having plaques earned from Billboard and notes that his relationship with Jesus is worth much more than anything else.

Dyllie finishes his verse by clarifying that he is independent after having left his record label and that he worships God and puts Him first.

Thank You for Reading DIVE!

I appreciate 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 20th of this month!

DIVE Conclusion

More on the Way is a 2023 CHH song by Derek Minor, featuring Jon Keith, 1K Phew, and nobigdyl. This track has over 22,000 Spotify streams in less than four days, making it a relatively popular track in Derek Minor’s arsenal of tracks.

This track has a generalized theme to it. However, the primary themes that the artists attempted to convey in this track are the following:

  • As Christians (followers of Jesus), it is imperative we work heartily unto the Lord
  • All things work together for the good of those who are called according to His purpose (God provides for His children)
    • All of our blessings and fruits of our labor are granted to us by God
  • The artists on this track may be successful now, but their work for the Lord is far from over, and there’s More on the Way

It is important to remember the Bible passage of the day (which directly correlates with the track), Colossians 3:23-24:

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

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 More on the Way track at the end of the article!**

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

The November episode of DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty’s music discovery show, is out now! Half podcast, half radio show, on DINO NUGGETS each host brings

  • One new CHH release
  • One old CHH release
  • One non CHH release

to listen to and discuss. This month: Church Clothes 4, DJ Mykael V, and even some Christmas music, all while Darius and Alexander are battling the flu! Check it out on the FiveTwenty Mixcloud now!

Connect with Alexander and Darius on Instagram, and follow the DINO NUGGETS playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.

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.

DJ LostNFound collaborates with some of the most prolific artists in CHH on What’s The Move.

Featuring  S.O., Promise, and Aaron Cole, What’s The Move is this summer’s hit. An R&B track that celebrates healthy courting and God-serving relationships, the hypnotic melody and vibey bassline were produced by OnBeatMusic. The artwork was directed by Outr.cty.

New album 2 Up 2 Down by Aaron Cole

Gotee Records artist Aaron Cole is no stranger to the Christian Rap world.

Cole recently released his sophomore album, 2 Up 2 Down, and talked with FiveTwenty Collective about the project.

“I’m in a good space.” Those were the first words out of the young man from VA’s mouth as we dove into what went into creating his album. Anyone who has followed Aaron Cole understands the vast talent he brings to the table. Rapping, singing, and everything in between…he can do it. The first thing people should notice about the album is the maturity within each record. While I could lay it out for you, why not let Aaron tell you himself?


“The motivation behind the album started from me just really thinking of where I was in life.”

“At the end of 2019, beginning of 2020, I was really in a place [where] I looked at all the goals I had set, and I had reached a lot of them really. But I knew I wasn’t even close to where God wanted to take me. So I was just like, ‘God, how do I keep going?’ I feel like that’s when He showed me and reminded me of my WHY.”

“I feel like I heard God say I gotta remember where I come from…which is VA, which is what we call 2 up, 2 down.”

“If you’ve been listening to my music over the years, you can hear [that] I talk about my family a lot. I talk about my city a lot. Kids, the whole nine. My WHY is my family, my city, and the people in the world God called me to reach. I think that’s where the maturity comes from besides just life. When you realize why you do what you do, it’s a whole different mindset.”

“I want people to remember where they came from and remember who God called them to be. In those times where they wanna quit on their purpose, they keep going!”

Sound and Process

“A lot of my fans cross genres…I think, in this season, I’ve been intentional to make sure I appease all of the audiences that follow me.”

“I have fans that listen to Mav City all the way to fans that listen to J. Cole, so I think I’ve wrestled with that in the past. Not knowing what to do when it comes to my singing and rapping. But this album, and going forward, I’ve learned that’s what makes me special. To appeal to multiple genres and crowds.”

“I don’t think any songs I made were to remind people what I do. They happened naturally.”

“In the past, it used to look different. I felt like I was chasing. I was so closed off to collaborating with people and writing with people. But collaborating on music is one of the best things I decided to do. [The process of creating different records] is similar for sure. I don’t always know [what the style of the record will end up being], I just create.”

“When it comes to an album, I now ask myself ‘Am I doing enough signing and rapping?’ I gotta give both.”

Working with Parris Chariz

“I started this album just going to Tulsa and chilling with him. Parris and Matthew Crockett were a big help [in] guiding the album, pushing me to a new level. [It] just happened naturally from me and Parris’ friendship. It was a dope experience.”

“I think a lot of my friends, including them, pushed me.”

“They pushed me to go for the better line. Hit the note better. Deliver the line better. Don’t just rely on your tone or just how good you already are. Push yourself to that next level. I sometimes didn’t push myself to that next, better lyric because how my tone or swag on the track made it already sound.”

“I got comfortable with my talent…which is why you get a song like Cooke. I’m scared to get comfortable again…ya know? Just relying on your talent.”

“I don’t do that anymore. Like I said, these days I’m scared of getting comfortable.”

Sophomore Pressure

“This album was something the people needed to hear. I put my heart into it and really felt like it was led by God.”

“I always face some kind of resistance, which happens in my career before something big. Just stuff that you didn’t plan to happen that happened in the process. Miscommunications, business issues, it was a lot…but resistance was there. I expected [it]. It happened over and over again. Nothing good comes easy. Don’t get weary in well-doing, that scripture is real…you never know what’s on the other side if you quit.”

“Honestly, I never thought about a sophomore slump.”

“The label (Gotee Records) really lets me create whatever music I wanna make and then fully gets behind it.”

“Creative control means a lot to me cause that means they trust me. I think they trust me to be who I am and [to] bring what I bring to their label. I don’t think I would be open to multiple genres if it wasn’t for them!”

The Finished Product

“It feels great man!”

“The response feels amazing and exceeds beyond my expectations. They keep tweeting me ‘No Skips’, which means a lot. [I] really feel like me and the team put our all into it. Just hope to keep the momentum going.”

“First things first, this tour. My first headline tour. We got a lot of things planned so I’m excited for people to come out and see the album live. It’s going to be special. The tour starts November 5th in Charlotte and features Parris Chariz, Greg Cox, and Not Klyde. It’s going to be crazy!”

Check out Aaron Cole on the 2 Up 2 Down Tour

Album Highlights

Slow Down, Miracle, and probably Bristol Lights.”

“I think Bristol Lights has done well, probably because of the rawness of it. A lot of that stuff was freestyle, really how I felt that day. People can relate to it right now. It’s not pretty, but it’s gonna get pretty!”

“I just want them (listeners) to remember their WHY so they can fulfill their purpose. [What] God called them to be. Know you’re gonna make mistakes on the journey, but God’s grace is bigger than our failures.

What are your favorite songs from 2 Up 2 Down? What tour stop are you pulling up to? Let us know in the comments below!