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Brinson to drop Before He Cracks the Sky – a concept album (his 11th overall) that warns of Christ’s return and wrath.

Brinson loves a good story – especially if it’s artistically told.

As a comic book collector and frequent film-goer, he recently dared to direct a documentary about his mission-driven music career.

It should come as no surprise at his next album will be driven by a single narrative. One that warns of Jesus Christ’s imminent return and righteous judgment.

Before He Cracks the Sky

This will be Brinson’s 11th solo project and 80th overall release from his GodChaserz Entertainment record label. On it, he offers a prophetic voice along the lines of Malachi who fervently attempts to share the good news that his neighbors can indeed be saved.

As with his past projects, this one will feature top-notch sounds (including contributions from multi-platinum selling producer Frank Nitty). The guest features include an impressive list from Christian hip-hop veterans (Corey Red & Precise and Knine) and newcomers (Porsha Love & Bri Cross). Like his last two albums, look for it to be wrapped in a crazy cover from a notable comic book artist Ken Lashley (Black Panther, Star Wars, and Spawn).

Although his work in other areas has been gaining considerable attention, the GodChaserz documentary has won over 40 awards and his entrance theme for Serena Deeb was featured on All Elite Wrestling’s highest-grossing pay-per-view, it’s time for listeners to lend their ears to Before He Cracks the Sky.

“This is where all it all began. Telling stories about God’s good grace,” – Brinson

Before He Cracks the Sky will be available on digital music platforms Friday, 7.22. Physical copies and other merch can be secured at GodChaserz.com.

Download BEFORE HE CRACKS THE SKY HERE

BHCTS Tracklisting

  1. Welcome To The End
  2. Flower From Da South ft. Big Fil
  3. Order My Steps ft. Porsha Love, Norman Michael
  4. Attack On Titan Freestyle
  5. Leaving ft. Bri Cross
  6. Look How Far ft. T-Strike
  7. Left
  8. Now Question ft. ReadyWriter, D.I. Disciple, Cstraight
  9. Comment Section
  10. Posted Up ft. Under5ive
  11. DMs & Replies ft. Knine
  12. Yeen Sayin Nunthin ft. Corey Red & Precise, T-Strike
  13. Take My Hand

Which tracks are you most excited to hear? How do you think this will line up with Brinson’s acclaimed discography? Let us know in the comments below!

Brinson tells a story of a new Christian reaching out to a recently fallen artist.

Comment Section is Brinson’s heart and hope. He prays the former Christian artist to come back to the faith.

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Distribution issues may cripple most releases. But when you’ve been in the game for 15 years, it’s simply a hurdle to get over.

It also helps when your project has plenty of “album of the year” buzz around it. People will seek it out wherever it may be.

That has been the case with GodChaserz Entertainments’ newest release, Rising Son by the duo known as Medallions. The group name may be new, but the members are two of the most established and skilled emcees in the Christian rap space. Brinson and ReadyWriter have been establishing themselves within the genre for a long time. The fact that we are just now getting a joint project is a little surprising. Even so, once announced, the expectations were understandably high.

So why now?

According to Brinson,

“We’re trying to continue our scene’s rich tradition of talented twosomes. From Ras and Nuwine, Corey Red and Precise to Lecrae and Andy Mineo. One of the few regrets I’ve had as the head of GodChaserz is that more people didn’t gravitate toward Ready’s skill as an emcee. I’d put his pen game up against any of the greats. Hopefully, this project will help others appreciate his musical gifts as much as I do.”

Rising Son hit Bandcamp as well as GodChaserz website in late July, 2021 with physical and digital versions available.

Let’s dive in!

Breeze

Setting the tone for any album is always priority numero uno. The opening track on Rising Son is drenched in aggression and barz. While the opening chords give a throwback to classic hip hop sounds made popular by Wu-Tang Clan, once the 808s hit “Breeze” screams loudly its place in today’s hip hop space. As Brinson mentioned, ReadyWriter is easily one of the hidden gems in Christian rap. His pen game is remarkable. Don’t let your guard down on Brinson though. One thing that is a given is that the GodChaserz CEO has the natural ability to go bar for bar with anyone he’s on a track with.

So I Gotta Say

The mood turns to a chiller vibe on the second track. There’s an early Nas nostalgic on “So I Gotta Say”. I really enjoy the simple horn sample that pushes the melody throughout the track. This is the type of record where wordplay gets the opportunity to sit front and center and Medallions do not disappoint, declaring themselves “A Tribe Called Blessed” with a tongue and cheek reference to the iconic hip hop group.

ARTery

“ARTery” is a memoir that tells the story of Brinson and Ready’s connection to the rap game.

“I feel at home when I write brother, my zone when I write brother, like I’m a Wright brother”

Again, “ARTery” hits with a calm, relaxed tempo and showcases the duo’s lyrical ability.

Let You Down

The jazzy production on “Let You Down” brings a fun vibe to contrast a topic typically associated with a serious nature. The bass line is perfect and really drives the record. Brinson and ReadyWriter tackle shortcomings head-on with a transparency that is easy to appreciate. Honestly, you could call this an anthem of sorts for the human race as we all have those moments of regret where all we need is a little forgiveness.

Osaze Interlude

Osaze Murray brings a message of chasing medallions (trophies) in life. We all tend to look for that recognition, that confirmation that what we’ve accomplished is remarkable. Murray gives a reminder of the ultimate medallion we can receive as believers in Christ.

No Time 2 Waste ft. Osaze Murray

“No Time 2 Waste” is the lead single off of Rising Son. The record is not a vibe, but make no mistake, the emcees are vibing. I love the production here. It is simplistic yet classic. From the “ooh” stabs to the sampling on the breaks, it all works together beautifully. Being the only feature on the entire project, Osaze Murray comes through with one of the top verses to this point. The record is a standout on the project and it is more than understandable as to its selection as the lead single. It is truly everything that is pure about hip hop as producer Newselph crafted a strong sonic foundation for the emcees to shine.

Take The Good

What the boom-bap!?!?

“My uncle’s in heaven, my friend is in heaven and they got they wings/ life cut short, COVID-19/ best think about it they was serving the King”

Life throws plenty of difficulties in our path. Even as believers, we are not promised to go through this world without trials. Even so, it is a matter of the heart how we are going to approach such times. Do we dwell on imperfections and miss out on the blessings? “Take The Good” is a reminder to keep focused on the good. C’mon!

Rising Son

The production on the title track has a grittiness yet to show up on the album. Fat bass, record cuts, and sharp hats all take it back to golden era cypher style tracks. This is the first record where Medallions spit more than one verse each as the duo drop a third verse, going back and forth with their barz. Ready, in particular, is truly flexing his lyrical muscle on this track. Overall, this is one of my top records on Rising Son.

ReadyWriter Speak

Combination interlude and alter call, ReadyWriter pens a mini-sermon before the end of the album.

Rising Son *16Bit Remix

The album concludes with a nod to retro-gaming as the title track gets a makeover. It is a creative re-imagining of an already strong record.

Overall, Rising Son is easily one of my favorite albums of 2021. 

The production by Newselph is on point and compliments the intent of the project. The pen game from both ReadyWriter and Brinson shines throughout. Of course, as with any GodChaserz release, high-quality artistry is found from beginning to end.

I hope this is not a one-off from the duo.

I would love to hear Medallions bring their gifts and pair them with other talents from the Christian rap space. I understand the choice of limited features for this debut, however, the single offering with Osaze Murray stoodout in a way that I can’t help but wonder how much greatness the group could pull out of other emcees. Medallions certainly has the chops to be a true force within the genre. While not perfect, I wouldn’t hesitate to give the album a solid 9/10…if I was one to rank projects in such a way.

Favorite Tracks

  • No Time 2 Waste
  • Rising Son
  • Breeze
  • ARTery

Hit the comments below and share your thoughts on Rising Son by Medallions. Does it live up to expectations? Do you think this will be the only project we get?

Medallions is a collaboration between Godchaserz founder Brinson and long-time artist ReadyWriter. The joint project Rising Son is the result of this pairing.

The decision to put the emcees together for a full album was one supported by Biblical wisdom. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor” – Ecclesiastes 4:9. With Medallions, listeners will note a sustained focus on sharing the gospel. The heightened wordplay and lyricism recall hip hop’s golden era.

“We’re trying to contribute to our scene’s rich tradition of talented twosomes,” explains Brinson. “From Ras and Nuwine, Corey Red and Precise, to Lecrae and Andy Mineo.”

Rising Son is available now on Bandcamp as well as GodChaserz’s official website.

No Time 2 Waste is the first single off the upcoming album ‘Rising Son’. Medallions is the lyrically lethal duo of Brinson and ReadyWriter. 15 years of God chasing continues!

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It’s Godchaserz Baby!

Dropping ten albums as a CHH artist is impressive, doing so as a full-time indie artist makes it even more so. That is the case with ‘Throw The  Crown’ from the legend himself, Mr. Brinson.

Brinson has established himself and his brand as a quality product in a genre that is always proving itself. When he announced the release of his tenth project, the expectations were understandably high.

Does ‘Throw The Crown’ stack up? Let’s take a look.

Faith In the Sky ft. Steven Malcolm & Norman Michael – The opening track certainly passes the name recognition test as it features Steven Malcolm, one of CHH’s most successful artists. Any time you bring in a big name artist to your project, you have to be ready to bring your A-game. “Faith In the Sky” does not disappoint. The production smacks you in the face from the jump. Brinson delivers an expertly crafted verse while Malcolm drops bars in his patented style. Norman Michael does a very nice job on the hook as well with a voice similar to Xay Hill’s (who features later in the album as well). This is a great start to the project!

God Wav3 ft. Oatmeal & Adam Yung – Song two features Godchaserz artist, and Brinson protege, Oatmeal. Fresh off the release of his own project, ‘Instant’, Oatey displays his versatile delivery on “God Wav3”. Brinson shows us what longevity in this game can do for an emcee as he switches up his flow and delivery to complement Oatmeal’s verse.

What They Hollering About ft. Pettidee – When I looked over the tracklist for ‘Throw The Crown’, there were a few songs that immediately jumped out at me…”What They Hollering About” was easily at the top of that list. Simply seeing one of the genre’s greats listed as a feature was enough to get me to skip ahead a bit in my initial listening. Brinson enlisted the services of Pettidee for this track that is packed with southern flavor. Just listen to the “Duval” chants at the beginning of the track and I dare you to not feel your heart beating a little faster in your chest! Again, Brinson shows why he may be one of CHH’s most slept on emcees as he spits a verse that one would typically expect from his fellow song-mate. Don’t be fooled, he is not trying to simply blend with Pettidee’s style, this is one of Brinson’s hardest verses on the album. Pettidee certainly doesn’t let us down either. With his classic drawl, Pettidee shows off his lyrical ability as well as he drops straight BARZ!

God’s Direction – “God’s Direction” breaks up the high-energy that has been in place during the first three songs. We find Brinson having a conversation with God declaring, “I need you more, more than yesterday/ I ain’t motivated to go, or stay/ I need you bad, please light my way/ I need a sign, I need to pray/ I need to believe everything you say/ help my unbelief, my unbelieving ways”

Through The Fire – No cap, this track snuck up on me. By the end, I was finding myself thinking that this may be the best track on the album. Again we have a chiller vibe with a driving kick. Brinson’s flow is classic and he’s in the pocket, switching his delivery and cadence like a marksman. When we get to the hook we are met with increased instrumentation along with a female vocal that fits perfectly. I simply don’t see how anyone could listen to ‘Throw The Crown’ and not take note of this track. I can easily hear it on radio rotations.

Give Me a Reason ft. Xay Hill & Adam Yung – Brinson dips into the indie CHH pool here, enlisting the help of the hardest worker around. Xay Hill does Xay Hill things as “Give Me a Reason” finds a nice sweet-spot of the sound spectrum of the project to this point. Adam Yung’s verse adds a nice element to an overall solid track.

Save the World ft. Cutright – A fondness for comic book culture may be something that Brinson and Cutright share, but the duo has more in common than superhero inspiration. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of sci-fi references as they try to “Save the World”.

Keep Me First ft. Dre Murray – We get another veteran feature as Dre Murray joins Brinson on “Keep Me First”. I really enjoyed this track as the production is certainly a vibe and the vets took it to a new level. Don’t sleep on this hook, easily one of the best on the entire project.

The Last Dragons ft. ReadyWriter, Selah the Corner, & Big Fil – If you are like me and you looked at “The Last Dragons” and thought “cypher!”, how smart do we feel? Every emcee on the track came with it. I can’t talk about this track without mentioning the cuts at the end. Thank you Brinson for keeping true hip hop elements alive in CHH. “The Last Dragons” is the longest track on ‘Throw The Crown’, coming in at 5:15 (with no hook) and I’m not even mad at it! It’s like a masterclass in demanding the listener’s attention. This one is top three for me.

Healed From It All ft. Cos & D.King – As we reach the final quarter of ‘Throw The Crown’, Brinson gives us a throwback feel on “Healed From It All”. Smooth flow and production along with a catchy hook take me back as Brinson declares all of the ways that the Lord has delivered him. “I ain’t gonna lie, I wanna put hands on him/ I relied on Most High, had to fast on ’em/ block a few accounts, cast my cares on Him/ I ain’t holding on to nothing, that’s a bad omen” 

U Know ft. Norman Michael – The official lead single off of the album includes the second feature of Norman Michael. “U Know” is an uptempo, infectious reminder of how we, as Christians, may be a part of the world but not of it. I hadn’t heard Michael until listening to ‘Throw The Crown’ but I must say, I really enjoy his sound and he does a fantastic job on both tracks that he is a part of. Traditionally you don’t find the first single as the next-to-last song on a project, but that goes to show you just how strong this album is.

Is This The End – The finale. Brinson dives into the craziness that has been 2020 and his journey through CHH as he has witnessed major changes. He urges the listener to take off our self-appointed crowns and throw them at the feet of Jesus as He is the only one who can bring us all through “uncertain times”. Brinson includes a prayer of redemption, making this a fitting wrap up to what is truly an enjoyable album from start to finish.

Listen, if ‘Throw The Crown’ is not at minimum a PART of the “Best Albums of 2020” conversation within Christian Hip Hop, then we are way off base.

Brinson took years worth of experience and applied what he has learned to craft a top-tier release on his tenth album. He is one of the genre’s most successful independent artists and arguably one of its most slept on as well. The time for that to change has arrived with ‘Throw The Crown’.

There is simply something on this project for everyone.

It may not be absolutely perfect from start to finish, because the honest truth is that no album ever is, and even though I do not typically rate albums in my reviews but if I had to I would say that ‘Throw The Crown’ is a 9/10.

Do you agree? Disagree? Hit the comments and let’s talk about ‘Throw The Crown’ by Brinson!

Favorite Tracks:

1. Through the Fire
2. What They Hollering About
3. The Last Dragons
4. U Know
5. Is This The End