Hello everyone! Welcome to the fifteenth installment of FiveTwenty Collective’s very own DIVE Series*. Thank you for tuning in! Whether you are a newcomer to the show or stopping by again, thank you for tuning in!

As mentioned earlier this month, today I will be covering Childlike CiCi’s first and latest EP, 4 Friday. On the 5th of this month, I covered the third song on the project, but now I will be diving into the entire EP. Now, let’s DIVE right into the EP…

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” ‭‭- John 3:16


About the EP

In today’s DIVE, I will dive into Childlike CiCi‘s latest EP, 4 Friday. Like the Verse For Free track, which I covered on the 5th of this month, the EP was released on January 13th, 2023. The tracks on the EP have a combined stream count of over 64,0o0 on Spotify. The first three songs have a modern trap feel with exhilarating melodies, while the fourth and last song has a bit more of an old-school sound to the track.


Interpretation of the EP (Part 1) – “Touch Generations Switch That’s Not What I Heard”

This particular track can be argued as essentially being two tracks in one. This is primarily because there is a “switch” in the middle with two different beats (and cadences for each beat) on the track.

In the track’s first half, Touch Generations, Childlike CiCi talks about her purpose as a Christian.

She references 1 Corinthians 9:23-24, where Paul says the following:

“I do it all for the sake of the Gospel that I may share with them in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.”

She references this passage to make the point that people shouldn’t compare themselves to others in their life race. They should instead run their race to share the Gospel (story of Jesus) with people.

She mentions her “Child of God” status is vital to her life. She raps how she aims to touch generations by making a positive difference. The way to do that as a genuine follower of Jesus is by sharing the love and grace of Jesus with people. Of course, this means sharing the story of Jesus in the Gospel with people who don’t have a relationship with Jesus. That leads us well into the next half of the track…

The “switch” occurs, then the second beat starts for the “That’s Not What I Heard” part of the track.

CiCi raps about people talking down on her for rapping for Christ in this half of the song. Despite what some people say about her career, she mentions how God directed her and gave her passion for Christian rap. She clarifies that one of the primary reasons she raps for Christ is to make disciples. This no doubt opens many doors to people’s interest in her music, which can lead to her sharing Christ’s story with people who do not believe in Jesus.


Interpretation of the EP (Part 2) – “Coming Back Around”

CiCi starts off the song by rapping about how God is her provider and tells her to be patient.

She raps about how Christians already have victory through Jesus and his death and resurrection. This particular reference to Jesus dying on the cross for our sins goes hand and hand with the name of the EP, 4 Friday since Jesus was crucified on the cross on a Friday.

She then proceeds to reference Psalm 23:4, which states:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

She mentions how she’s trying to promote confidence (boldness) in the Body of Christ, which Paul talks about many times in the Bible. See Acts 28:31 for a prime example of this:

“Proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. NIV He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ–with all boldness and without hindrance!”

She also speaks about her relationship with Jesus and clarifies that God hears her prayers. She clarifies that she praises the Father, and blessings come back down, which is the essence of this track.


Interpretation of the EP (Part 3) – “Verse for Free”

Here she mentions many key Biblical concepts, including the boldness and confidence of being a genuine follower of Jesus. Children of God have a sense of spiritual security knowing they have an inheritance in the Kingdom of God. Christians mature in their walk with the Lord, stay rooted in God’s Word, and pray with God. These Biblical concepts are essential in a Christian’s walk with the Lord.

Another important aspect of this track is the Holy Spirit’s significant influence on the lives of Christians, guiding them through their life walk. (Christians gain the Holy Spirit upon believing in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior).

Childlike CiCi finally references Deuteronomy 3:22, which essentially emphasizes that there is no need to fear or fight the spiritual enemy (demons) by yourself since God is always there for you. It is worth mentioning that death, sin, and Satan have already been defeated on the cross by Jesus. So there is no need to fear demons (including Satan), but a healthy fear of the Lord is essential in a Christian’s walk with God.

The track’s primary theme is about how simple the message of John 3:16 is: All you need to do to gain an inheritance in God’s Kingdom is to follow Jesus and believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins.


Interpretation of the EP (Part 4) – “Thankful”

This track is by far the shortest track on the EP, which is all about thanking Christ for dying on the cross for our sins. CiCi speaks directly speaks to God in the song, showing her gratefulness that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for us.

A line that stood out to me was when she says, “I am not talkin’ real estate when I talk temple.” Here, Biblically speaking, she is referring to her body being the temple for her spirit as seen in 1 Corinthians 1:16-17:

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”

I appreciate the song’s old-school vibe and the track’s essence of thanking God for saving those who believe in Jesus.


DIVE Conclusion

Today, we spoke about Childlike CiCi’s first EP, 4 Friday, which has amazingly accumulated over 64,000 total streams on Spotify.

This EP is a collection of songs that go unsurprisingly well together. It is clear that the primary messages of this EP directly originate from core Biblical principles. These principles include being bold in our faith in Christ, thanking God for what He did for us on the cross, knowing our purpose to make disciples of Christ through the sharing of the Gospel (story of Christ), and knowing that Jesus’ death and resurrection have already defeated Satan.


Thank You for Reading DIVE!

I appreciate you for reading this far into the article! This was my first-ever EP article installment, so I hope you all enjoyed this installment of The DIVE Series* on FiveTwenty Collective. Stay tuned for the next installment dropping on the 5th of next month!


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 4 Friday EP at the end of the article!**

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


Hi there! Welcome to the fourteenth installment of the one and only DIVE Series* on FiveTwenty Collective. If you are new to the series, I cover Christian Rap records. I post on the 5th and 20th of every month (except Sundays). Whether you have tuned in before or are reading for the first time, I appreciate you tuning in!

This month in The DIVE Series, I will exclusively cover Childlike CiCi’s latest EP, 4 Friday. How will I do this? Well, today, I will cover one track from the EP. Then on the 20th, I will cover the entirety of the EP.

Throughout this installment, I will mention many Bible verses. So, depending on your preferred method, it may benefit you to open up your Bible or use a Bible app to follow along with the verse references. Without any more delays, let’s DIVE into the music…

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” ‭‭- John 3:16


About the Track

The track I will cover in today’s DIVE, Verse For Free, is on Childlike CiCi‘s latest EP, 4 Friday. Said track was released on January 13th, 2023, along with the EP. This particular track has over 7,000 streams on Spotify. It has a modern trap feel, with an exhilarating grand piano melody that inspires a sense of hype within me as a listener.


Interpretation of the Record (Part 1)

Childlike CiCi kicks off the song with the first verse:

I seen people slip, like the Devil been mopping. I’m tryna grow them, a bloom, a blossom. They cop please and gossip. We play it cool Hakuna Matata. God told me to pray for my enemies that’s the energy he like. These days they tryna pay for a verse from me. John 3:16, that verse for free.

Firstly, she mentions seeing people fall into sin, just like Satan wants. She alludes to her wishing to plant seeds of the love and hope of Jesus into these people who are falling into sin. The love and hope of Jesus are described as the Word of God (See Luke 8:11) and are consistently found in the Gospel. CiCi implies that she and her crew don’t play into gossip like the world often does. She then promotes praying for our enemies (See Matthew 5:44).

At the end of the first verse, she mentions John 3:16 being “free.” John 3:16 just so happens to be the verse of the day and the primary theme of this song, which emphasizes that eternal life is free for all those who believe in and seek Christ.


Interpretation of the Record (Part 2)

She then comes right in with the Chorus of the track:

That Word gone give you surgery, sharper then a two edge sword. The Devil a thief, back then it was burglary but he ain’t taking nothing no more. Nah we bout to walk in His power, Holy Spirit guarantee our inheritance. We boast in the Lord when we talking bout blessings don’t think for a second we arrogant.

Here, she speaks on the Word of God (the Bible) being a two-edged sword that grants unparalleled wisdom (See Hebrews 4:12). Hebrews 4:12 is a verse that emphasizes the unmatched decisiveness of God’s Word and how the Bible can never be avoided or have it’s relevance to us taken away. CiCi then talks about Satan (the father of all lies). She primarily speaks about how he is a thief who cannot steal anymore. I believe she refers here to her sinful life being heavily influenced by Satan and his schemes before she started following Jesus.

She continues the Chorus by promoting boldly walking in God’s power by putting her faith and trust in Jesus (See Isaiah 40:31). She mentions how the Holy Spirit (who guides Christians through their life walk) guarantees our inheritance of the Kingdom of God (Heaven) as followers of Jesus (Christians). The Holy Spirit guarantees Christians’ inheritance of Heaven by guiding God’s children through life in a way that is pleasing to God and in line with God’s Word. This is why Christians often receive a sudden inner fire (also known to many Christians as a “Holy Spirit nudge”) within them to carry out following God’s laws found in the Bible.


Interpretation of the Record (Part 3)

CiCi finally comes in with the second verse of the track, which is as follows:

Exposing the Devil and all of his schemes don’t think for a second we sparing him. I read Ephesians, praying and fasting and reading come with a rhyme and reason. I don’t [be] worried bout no opposition, kingdom talk no competition. God Omniscient he already know what’s up, no need to run from his love. No need to run to the plug, God he deliver[s]. Satan your timing is up. No need to knuck if you buck. If I turn my cheek, I’m meek, not weak. God hit harder then me. Deuteronomy 3:22. I fear God, not you. On my woosah it’s cool.

Biblically, Satan’s consistent schemes will be brought to light and exposed one way or another. This is what CiCi mentions to start the second verse.

She promotes the book of Ephesians found in God’s Word, which does speak on things like praying with God and fasting unto the Lord. Her point here is that staying ingrained in God’s Word and being involved in her relationship with God is essential to her as a follower of Christ. This translates well into the following line, where she mentions not being worried about opposition since she has the confidence that comes with being a genuine follower of Christ. She knows what her worth is as a loved child of God.

CiCi continues the verse by rapping about God being all-knowing, so running from God and His love is futile. She also mentions how God delivers, breaking chains and granting peace to His children (followers of Jesus).

CiCi then disses Satan in a way by saying Satan’s timing is up and there’s no point in futilely fighting back (hence the slang reference “knuck if you buck.”)

She continues by promoting the “turn the other cheek” message given by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. She says, “God hit[s] harder than me.” This clearly references Deuteronomy 3:22, which states, “You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you.” She ends the verse by letting it be known that she does not fear Satan but has a healthy fear of the Lord, her God.

The Chorus runs for a second time, and then the song ends.


DIVE Conclusion

This track has over 7K Spotify streams, making it a relatively popular song on Childlike CiCi’s catalog.

This artist cares deeply about her relationship with Christ and emphasizes key Biblical concepts in this record.

The record’s primary theme is about how simple the message of John 3:16 is: All you need to do to gain an inheritance in God’s Kingdom is to follow Jesus and believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins.

She mentions many key Biblical concepts, including the boldness and confidence of being a genuine follower of Jesus. Children of God have a sense of spiritual security knowing they have an inheritance in the Kingdom of God. Christians mature in their walk with the Lord, stay rooted in God’s Word, and pray with God. These Biblical concepts are essential in a Christian’s walk with the Lord.

Another important aspect of this track is the Holy Spirit’s significant influence on the lives of Christians, guiding them through their life walk. (Christians gain the Holy Spirit upon believing in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior).

Childlike CiCi finally references Deuteronomy 3:22, which essentially emphasizes that there is no need to fear or fight the spiritual enemy (demons) by yourself since God is always there for you. It is worth mentioning that death, sin, and Satan have already been defeated on the cross by Jesus. So there is no need to fear demons (including Satan), but a healthy fear of the Lord is essential in a Christian’s walk with God.


Thank You for Reading DIVE!

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!


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 Verse For Free track at the end of the article!**

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

2022 .WAVMaker Awards

The 2022 .WAVMaker Awards are taking place on January 1, 2023

Fan-voting for this year’s awards has officially come to a close. Your votes have helped to determine this year’s finalists. Make sure to tune in as this year’s award show is being powered by Trackstarz and will be streamed live on the Trackstarz YouTube channel.

The finalists are:

Artist of the Year

  • Nu Tone
  • Brinson
  • BRM

Project of the Year

  • Nu Tone, ‘Heavenly Legacy’
  • Brinson, ‘Before He Cracks the Sky’
  • Eddy Puyol, ‘Pronounced Pooh-Yole’

Single of the Year

  • LilRed, “Memories”
  • Cutright, “Trophy”
  • Scribe Music, “Show & Tell”

Lyricist of the Year

  • Q-Flo
  • Cutright
  • YP aka Young Paul

Collaboration of the Year

  • Scribe Music and Nu Tone – “Duppy Conqueror”
  • TC, BRM, Hugh Holla – “Little Saint”
  • Trutha, Q-Flo, Prodi Da Prodigal, Legacy – “Resurrection”

Rookie of the Year

  • LilRed
  • Oatmeal
  • Untidld

Cover Art of the Year

  • LilRed, “Spiritual Warfare”
  • Brinson, ‘Before He Cracks the Sky’
  • Scribe Music, “Duppy Conqueror”

Producer of the Year

  • Newselph
  • El Vow
  • K-Drama

Female Artist of the Year

  • Reece Lache’
  • Tarcea Renee
  • Childlike CiCi

EP/Mixtape of the Year

  • Dezzy Yates, ‘Enjoy, The Mixtape’
  • Eternity, ‘Dreams & Schemes’
  • Arrowz of Truth, ‘AOT V.3: The Alien Revolution 90s Mixtape’

Again, shoutout to everyone who voted this year. We surpassed the total votes from last year, you’re awesome! 

If you want to get involved with this year’s .WAVMaker Awards, there are still sponsorship opportunities available. Click here for more details.

One Day by Childlike CiCi is intended to encourage the Body. A reminder of the the faithfulness of God and His consistent nature. One Day will bring encouragement to those facing hard times and or serve as a reminder to all. Have faith and trust God because God has never not responded to faith.

Check out more great Urban Gospel/Melodic records like this track.