TLS, 'The Listening Session, Vol. 1'

TLS (The Listening Session) start 2023 with their much-anticipated mixtape.

The Listening Session, Vol. 1 showcases several emerging independent artists within Christian hip hop. It is a virtual who’s who of the indie scene including Rapzilla Freshmen Q-Flo, Prodi Da Prodigal, and Alcott. Also featured are Trutha, Mic Wise, Untidld, outr.cty, QEW, Bill B., DJLC, Mitch Darrell, Weez the Satellite Kiid, Scribe Music, Legacy, Kody Free, Cyrus Sonata, Lyriq Nawqiy, JusRzd, Leon, ADOE, and more!

See the track list below for a breakdown of the songs, artists, and producers. Let us know your favorite TLS track off the mixtape in the comments!

TLS track listing


Welcome to DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty’s own music discovery show! It’s the last episode of season 1 and as always your hosts are bringing you nine bangers to listen to and discuss. This month: The Cross Movement, cyphers, and pizza vibes. Plus! the guys disagree on the best way to listen to music for the first time, and be on the lookout for an upcoming bonus episode! Check it out on the FiveTwenty Collective Mixcloud now!

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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.

Leap of Faith 2 by Legacy is a cinematic rap album. It is the follow-up to 2021’s ‘Leap of Faith’. LOF was nominated for “Project of the Year” at FiveTwenty’s .WavMaker Awards.

Legacy stated that the project was “inspired and executed by Yah.” It features appearances from: Kay Sade, Q-Flo, Alcott, and Chiwaz.

Memoirs of an Elevated Soul: The Late Nite is a colorful, heartfelt, and transparent album.

JusRzd truly brings back the art of storytelling. Sonically, this album is filled with soulful melodies, jazzy lofi vibes, and a myriad of effortless grooves. Thematically, the album brings a message of hope.  Weeping may endure for the night, joy is going to come in the morning.

“My hope is that everyone that listens to this album is encouraged to push through their late night to see the freedom and joy in the daylight.” -JusRzd

Blacklisted II is a two-song project that will blow your speakers with the first 808 hits.

On “Limitless”, Prodigyl and Alcott team up on a YJO produced instrumental to unleash ferocious lyrics that will leave the listener in a state of awe and energy. “Limitless” talks about how the world cannot hold anyone in chains of sin and despair. God saves His faithful people from these chains, and when they are free there will be no limit to what they can do in this world for Him. The second song, “In Your Hands”, slows down the pace and is more reflective and it is a song of total surrender. Prodigyl melodically floats through the verses and talks about his struggle with sins, which then crescendoes into a catchy and heartfelt chorus of surrender, and then switches to a flow that sings about victory in Christ.

Don’t try to tell me that Christian rap can’t stack up to its mainstream counterpart!

The fallacy is officially over!

Christian Hip Hop artist Alcott recently entered the “Guts N Glory” challenge. What made this challenge different than the countless others the space has seen throughout the years? Not much really.

Oh yeah, except this one was being hosted by Krizz Kaliko!

“I’ve been listening to Krizz Kaliko since I was in middle school, so he’s somebody I’ve always wanted to collab with.” – Alcott

Krizz is an artist that most rap fans are probably familiar with.

Up until recently, he was a longtime staple of independent juggernaut Strange Music (co-owned by hip hop’s most successful independent artist Tech N9ne). Kaliko teamed up with Wyshmaster Beats to conduct this challenge.

Wyshmaster brings his own formidable resume to the table as well.

A multi-platinum producer, Wyshmaster earned a Grammy nomination for the song “I’m On a Boat” by The Lonely Island ft. T-Pain. He also produced the majority of Tech N9ne’s project ‘Asin9ne’.

The challenge required artists to drop a 12 bar verse over a Wyshmaster beat that featured Kaliko on the hook.

“When I saw there was an opportunity to enter a contest where he (Krizz Kaliko) would hear me rap, and then I could potentially win a chance to work with him, I just thought it would be dumb for me not to enter,” explained Alcott. “I definitely didn’t enter with the expectation that I would win. Particularly because I knew there would be hundreds of entries, but I knew that I had to give it a shot.”


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After more than 500 entries, the top 4 all received prize packages with the overall winner landing a collaboration on a song with Krizz Kaliko and Wyshmaster.

Guess who took home the top spot?

If you said Alcott…then you probably read the title of this article.

“It’s very encouraging to get that validation. I’ve been rapping for a long time now and I’ve worked extremely hard to get to this point. So getting wins like this means a lot.”

Alcott is not a stranger to rap challenges, entering several over the course of the last few years. To pull out a W in the “Guts N Glory” challenge, however, comes as no small feat. Especially considering the level of respect that Christian rappers routinely get.

“It’s just crazy to see the way God works. It’s a very surreal moment to have one of the rappers I grew up listening to say that I’m dope,” Alcott said. “It’s something that would have seemed impossible just a few years ago.”

“I was initially tempted to do a chopper verse just because Krizz does that a lot and is also associated with Tech. Ultimately, I decided to just do me and not force anything. I ended up submitting a verse with no chopping and it was much more focused on rhyme schemes, with a couple of hard-hitting punchlines.”

“Honestly, I don’t think it’s a huge deal for the space overall. Obviously, it isn’t the first time for a CHH artist to crossover and work with artists in the secular space, nor is it my first time to do it personally. However, I do want to encourage more collaborations between people in the CHH space and secular space.”

“I think it’s an excellent opportunity for us, as Christians, to reach audiences we typically do not have access to. In that sense, I think it’s a positive thing for CHH. It’s not necessarily breaking new ground, but I do think it is a part of a positive trend.”

New Music On the Way

With all of that being said, the ultimate outcome is a collab record with Alcott and Krizz Kaliko, produced by Wyshmaster, is going to be on the way soon!

Make sure to hit the comments below and drop your congrats to Alcott on his win in the “Guts N Glory” challenge. Check out his latest release Reciprocate as well.

Mental Health is wealth and depression can be cancer to your mental well-being.

After struggling with depression several times throughout his life, JusRzd decided to write a song about some of his experiences with depression. If you or anyone you know has ever struggled or thought about depression, listen to this song and pass it on to those that need some encouragement.

Features: Alcott

CHH Producer and MC, Phathom delivers his single Here With Me. The record is driven by a melodic backdrop with hard-hitting lyrics from some of the genre’s brightest up and comers.

Features: Alcott, D.O.A., Battz, Bri3jet

Alcott teams up with Arri, a talented Swedish producer, on his new single Octagon.

The track is largely a reflection of Alcott’s come-up, thus far. He details the constant presence of music in his life as an outlet and discusses how his faith in God has been crucial for reaching the point he is at now in his music career.