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Hello, and welcome to today’s edition of DIVE with DJ Expander*.

Today, I will dive into a song from 2018 called 444+333 (God Is Perfect) by Ty Brasel.

“And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all His work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that he had done in creation.” – Genesis 2:2-3


About the Single

On March 30th, 2018, Memphis-born, and 4 Against 5 recording artist, Ty Brasel released Side A of his album ‘Destined for Greatness’.

Following that release on December 7th, 2018, Ty Brasel dropped the entire album. Side B contained the single 444+333 (God Is Perfect). He created this single with Grammy award winner Kenneth Christian Mackey (also known as Kenneth Chris Mackey) being the writer of the outro and Dirty Rice being the producer.


Interpretation of the Song

This song primarily came about due to Lil Uzi Vert’s “444+222,” equaling 666, Satan’s number. In response, Ty Brasel’s 444+333 (God Is Perfect) is a sharp contrast to “444+222,” cheerfully honoring and glorifying God.

Ty Brasel’s 444+333 (God Is Perfect) official music video has two counters. One is on the top left corner and one on the top right corner. The counter on the top right counts how many total words are in the song. The other on the top left displaying the number “4,” shows how many times “4” is in the song.

At the end of the video, the total word count of the song is 333. The total amount of times Ty Brasel says the number “4” is 44. Remember, the 44 follows the number “4.” Therefore, you have “444+333,” which equals “777.” “777” is Biblically the number of God, fullness, perfection, and completion. It represents critical Biblical concepts. One crucial concept that this number symbolizes is the Holy Trinity (God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit). Two verses in Genesis convey the perfection of God’s creation by explaining what happened on the seventh day; immediately following the six days He spent forming creation. These two verses mention “7” seven times, making the number “777” (See Genesis 2:2-3).

While repeating the number 7 three times represents not only the perfection of the Holy Trinity (who is God three-in-one), it also emphasizes the perfection and completion of God’s design.

This number represents that God formed creation in a good and whole way. Meaning God created all of us fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14). We can start to see what Ty Brasel aims to convey to his audience in this song. Especially considering the name of the album the single is on, ‘Destined for Greatness’. We, as God’s creation, all have a purpose given by God through His will. Since we are all wonderfully and fearfully made by God to serve a purpose here on Earth, we are all destined for greatness.


Conclusion

444+333 (God Is Perfect) by Ty Brasel, Kenneth Christian Mackey, and produced by Dirty Rice is a song having well over one million streams on Spotify. In this single, Ty Brasel uses numerical significance and some of his experiences to show that we are all destined for greatness, God is perfect in all His ways, and God has a plan for each of us.

Believers can walk away from this knowing God loves you and has a plan for you that corresponds with His will. Trust and believe God will put things in motion for your best interests.

For absolutely everyone—even those who are not followers of Jesus—this means that God loves you and has a plan for you! He created us all. His love for us supersedes anything we could imagine.


*About this Series

In this series, I DIVE into the clear and potential meaning of Christian Hip Hop singles, albums, and EPs.

In Special Edition installments of the series, I interview the artist(s) involved to get an exact idea of the true 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

**See the full 444+333 (God Is Perfect) music video at the end of the article!**

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Hello, and welcome to today’s edition of DIVE with DJ Expander*.

Today, I will dive into the single Church Gone Wild by 1K Famo.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians‬ ‭3:16‬


About the Single

On October 18th, 2016, Georgia native and Reach Records artist, 1K Phew, released his single Church Gone Wild. It features the Atlanta-based rapper Tonio (currently known as Don Tino) and is produced by Zaytoven.

As seen above, the single’s cover has the “Girls Gone Wild” franchise logo with the word “Girls” covered up by the word “Church.”

On February 8th, 2022, 1K Famo (a collective of the artists known as 1K Phew, 1k Pson, Don Tino, Chris Elijah, and Chozen) rereleased Church Gone Wild.


Interpretation of the Single

1K Famo’s Church Gone Wild is about bridging the gap between enjoying life and loving God. 

The song mentions the “old church” by saying, “Tell the old church that we don’t play.” 

In context, “we” means the “new church,” which promotes a healthy relationship with God. The song emphasizes having fun worshiping God with thankfulness rather than advancing the idea that you need to be “religious” to be a follower of Jesus.

Being a part of God’s Church (otherwise known as the Body of Christ) does not mean being someone who goes to church and then proceeds to live sinfully the rest of the week, just to come back on Sunday to ask for God’s forgiveness. Nor does it mean that to be a part of God’s Church, you must be “religious” by partaking in artificial church traditions. Artificial traditions such as unbiblical practices that many churches promote.

Released on July 8th, 2022, 1K Phew’s single “New Church” contains similar meanings and ideals to Church Gone Wild and references it multiple times.

This song primarily promotes having a healthy relationship with God by having fun praising him with gratefulness in our hearts.


Conclusion

Church Gone Wild is a song with the rereleased version having over half a million plays on Spotify.

In this single, 1K Phew and Don Tino put a fun—yet Biblical—twist on having a relationship with Christ. He mentions the “old church” and the “new church.” The “old church” that he speaks of are churches that see themselves as “religious” rather than having genuine relationships with Christ—tending to value artificial traditions over truly Biblical practices.

The last point I noticed the song conveys is to have fun worshipping Jesus. The “new church” is about promoting a healthy relationship with God. Fellowship with fellow believers in Jesus. Singing praises to God with thankfulness in our hearts. (See Colossians 3:16).


*About this Series

In this series, I DIVE into the clear and potential meaning of Christian Hip Hop singles, albums, and EPs.

In Special Edition installments of the series, I interview the artist(s) involved to get an exact idea of the true 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

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The name of the game for independent artists is to increase listeners resulting in higher streams of their music. Platforms such as Spotify aid in fostering this growth.

Not all spikes in listenership are something to be excited about, unfortunately.

That is currently a lesson that many in the Christian hip-hop world are learning first-hand.

Playlisting Scam

As an artist, after countless hours pouring into a song’s creation, it is always a good feeling to receive a level of recognition for your work. In today’s music industry, where streams reign supreme (for now), landing your song on a playlist with a large number of followers is a great boost. Not only does it share your music with an audience that might not find out about you otherwise, but those streams impact your own follower numbers.

So the more playlists the better, right? Right?

Nope.

 

 

The playlist in question, Indie World, is curated by Artister.

According to Artister’s website, their platform boasts “Over 500,000+ Listeners” that generate monthly “over 10,000,000+ Organic Streams”.

The word that quickly jumps out is Organic.

Bots & More

Artister curates 18 playlists on streaming giant Spotify. They also have a whopping 10 followers on their account. Yet each of those 18 playlists has more than 98,000 followers individually. Many with 200,000+.

Are you connecting the dots?

Artister makes plenty of claims that would easily get the average artist excited:

“Artister.io is a small team of passionate Playlist curators and Music Industry experts. We tend to focus on discovering new talents, musicians, and passionate people, where we can help them to gain more engagement on their favorite Music Streaming Platforms.” – “Currently, we have over 8,000+ partners, ranging from Coffee Shops, McDonald’s restaurants, Public Events, and private lounges. Our partners tend to play the submitted music from our playlists upon receiving a new song-this way, both the partners and the musician profit.” – Artister’s “About Us” page.

The company also states that they do not use any bots or click farms to generate their streams. Instead, listeners get rewarded with in-system points when they listen to Artister playlists through their apps. Points can be redeemed for gift cards and more. The question is, is that the definition of Organic?

This set-up is classified as a “win-win” for everyone involved according to Artister. Unfortunately, not everyone (specifically artists) shares the same outlook.

Artist Input

I spoke with CHH artist Mitch Darrell about this situation that arose this week to get his insight.

FiveTwenty: When did the CHH community first notice that something weird was happening?

Mitch Darrell: For this specific scam, I personally noticed [it] about two weeks ago when a fellow artist reached out to me about being added to a big playlist that they didn’t pitch to. I then noticed it happen to me yesterday (July 19, 2022) and saw that it’d happened to a lot of my peers yesterday as well.

FT: You use the word scam, what makes you define what has happened that way?

MD: So the website states that they add random artists’ music to their huge playlists for one day, without them asking for it, to show the artists what their playlists can do numbers-wise. Afterward, if you want to remain on the playlist, you can pay them per day, week, or month. They claim to not be breaking any rules because [they are not] using bots. To me, this is a scam because: 1. they are adding artists without their knowledge or consent; 2. The numbers, while not made by bots, are unauthentic because the people who listen and follow are only doing so to be rewarded and not because they actually are fans of you or your songs; 3. I’m 99% positive that eventually the followers added this way (because you gain so much in a short period of time) appear as a red flag to Spotify and get removed down the line.

FT: In your opinion, why do you think that this company selected indie CHH artists?

MD: I personally feel like maybe they found a real CHH playlist and saw that it’s a big enough market to try to sell their services to.

FT: Can you explain the response we have seen from artists a little more and why they are frustrated?

MD: For me personally, and others I know, it’s frustrating because it both ruins the hard work you’ve put in to earn a real following and also hurts your authenticity. I was about to reach 1200 followers, something I was proud of. Now I’m at 1450 followers and I know for a fact that those extra 250 are not real supporters. Now if someone looks at my follower graph, they’ll wonder if I did something dishonest to gain followers.

FT: As an artist in this situation, what do you view as your next steps and how do you move forward from this?

MD: To be completely honest, I have no idea. The only thing that can technically be done is to reach out to Spotify and have them look into it. However, I’ve found that others have done that over the last year and nothing has been done.

FT: What should organic playlist placement look like in your opinion?

MD: Firstly, it should never promise that you’ll 100% gain a bunch of plays or followers. If they can guarantee that, then they’re most likely bots or something like this. 9 times out of 10, if you need to pay the platform, it’s probably not authentic. Typically, it should be set up where you email or send in a song and they decide whether they want to add it or not. A big playlist cycle is typically a week or two that songs stay up. Not 24 hours and not based on how much you pay them to stay on the playlist. The numbers should make sense. You will never gain 200 followers in a day unless your song gets reposted by Drake or someone.

FT: Do you have recommendations on how artists can be proactive to try and avoid similar situations?

MD: Honestly, I don’t. It’s so random and out of anyone’s control whether or not you are added to a playlist. I will say, don’t ever willingly use that platform or any platform that claims they’ll get you plays and followers for money.

Takeaways

At the end of the day, it is up to us in the community to make sure artists are supported. Not Spotify.

Sites such as Artister do and will continue to exist. It is a play to generate profit off of the hopes of independent artists. 

Artister offers package plans beginning at $49.99 for 1-week placement. They currently cap out with their Diamond Plan at $1199.99 for 2 months.

The best thing that fans and supporters can do is simple. If artists offer their music directly, purchase it from them. When it comes to streaming, create your own playlists and listen to your favorite artists from there; if not your own, make sure you follow reputable curators who have artist integrity in mind.

Here at FiveTwenty Collective, we curate playlists on both Spotify and Audiomack. We never charge an artist for placement on our playlists. There is a screening process to be selected for placement.

Spotify has taken steps in the past, including adding an algorithm Boost feature, to combat issues. However, more protection for artists may need to be put in place.

The long-awaited album by Christian rapper Kanye West has arrived.

A seemingly endless saga came to an end when West’s label dropped the highly anticipated ‘Donda’.

West stated via his social media account that the album was released without his permission. Perhaps the label just didn’t want to see Ye set himself on fire again. Instead, looking to set the charts ablaze. Either way, the rollout has been one of the most elaborate in history. Instead of looking into the album’s content, let’s look at another angle. What does Donda mean for other Christian rappers?

Your Favorite Rapper’s Favorite Rapper Loves Jesus

It has been a whirlwind of change since Kanye embraced the Chrisitan Hip Hop genre. From a Dove award for his previous album ‘Jesus Is King’, divorcing Kim Kardashian, living in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and playing “you first” with an artist in Canada. One thing that is undeniable is how many Christian rappers actually love Kanye, even before he knew who they were. In fact, a recent Gallop poll puts the estimate of Yeezy stans in CHH well above the 50% plateau.

Donda has done nothing short of strengthing that fandom. Some may even say that it is inspiring a new generation of CHH artists.

There seems to be a spiritual revival happening throughout the timelines of CHH Twitter. A space that is often volatile and known for its daily outbursts is being brought together in a similar fashion to Billy Graham crusades of yesteryear. Artists are beginning to understand what it means to be a Christian rapper, many for the first time.

Take Lil’ Baby Jesus for example.

The indie artist has been a “Christian” emcee for nearly a decade but explains how West has opened his eyes to brand new possibilities.

“After listening to Donda, I was just like ‘wow’, you know? I mean, I’m going to make it a point to read the three Gospels that I hadn’t gotten around to yet. I had always assumed that they all basically said the same thing. But hearing what Ye said on the album makes me wonder if there’s some more in there. I guess I’ll find out.”

Newcomer to the CHH genre, Holy Ghost Righter, admitted to FiveTwenty that he sees that there’s a lot of growth still to go:

“When I got saved, I was obsessed with trying to be perfect. You have no idea how relieved I was when I found out about Christian Hip Hop and discovered that I really didn’t need to change that much. Like I could still cuss in my records. I could still smoke a little and chase girls and Jesus would still love me. What Kanye has shown me is that maybe I could go an extra step. I just need to learn how to edit out the curse words before releasing music like he did on Donda!”

Donda Is Even Bringing Artists Home

Veteran artists, some who have even left the genre, can’t escape Donda’s impact.

Rumors are swirling that Thomas Iannucci, who wrapped up his CHH career last year, is having second thoughts. Perhaps living up to his ‘Doubting Thomas’ album title.

Increasing belief is that, not only will Iannucci return to CHH now that West has made it an acceptable place for real artists, but he may include another return of sorts when he does. Whispers of donning the Illtalian moniker that first established him as a legitimate artist are popping up in Telegram chats like wildfire. While Iannucci was unwilling to comment on these rumors, he did offer some clarification:

“My sister Dondi recently released new music. I was attempting to be a good brother and help run her numbers up. In today’s economy, a McDouble is like 5,000 streams, so we have to look out for our own. Anyway, instead of Dondi, I ended up on Donda. Sure I could have fixed my search, but I’m not a Spotify premium user. The risk of listening to a random ad outweighed the reward. So I stuck with Donda. I can safely say that I’m glad I did. I’m sure my sister will understand.”

These are certainly unprecedented days for the CHH community.

Even media outlets are busy trying to make sense of it all. I spoke with Jay from the That’s Not Christian Podcast to get his take on the shift happening before our eyes. While he understandably wanted to limit his theorizing, he did go on the record saying:

“Jesus is King and Kanye is a prince! We must protect him at all costs. While I think it’s great that other Christian rappers are trying to follow Ye’s lead they have to understand that they will never get the same support, no matter how much ‘influence’ they take from this record. Not everyone can pull off being so boldly unashamed.”

What’s Next For Kanye?

While no one really knows what is on the horizon, there are a few logical dominos that will surely fall.

Another Dove award is a given.

Speculation is that more secular artists are ready to join Ye in his take over of the Christian music industry across the board. Take Da Baby and Marilyn Manson who joined West at his Chicago listening extravaganza. Why would they stand on the porch of a prop-house if it wasn’t the kickoff of their own project rollouts? The only question being are we going to have two individual albums or are we in store for a genre crossover collaboration? Regardless, Christian music fans await with open arms.

Christian Hip Hop, Christian Rap, Gospel Hip Hop, etc has been affectionately called “CHH” for a little under a decade but for quite some time the genre has found itself at a crossroads.

I believe the battle amongst the “new school” and the “old school”, Cross Movement versus Reach Records, may be the root of it all and even still that is ONLY the surface.

The increasingly popular Hip Hop subculture for years has been accused of having an undeniable disconnect between The Artist and The Listener. Now depending on generation, background, and overall introduction to the craft this can be considered the perspective of a rapper that never caught fire, hater, or troll. I for one say this is due to an inherent lack of Identity!

Some of this isn’t the fault of any one individual, or group of individuals, due to the reality of just driving down the street in most urban neighborhoods. It’s obvious The Church has hundreds of different approaches. Every other block it’s another building claiming the same God for different reasons, tones, and overall tradition. So while Christ died for everybody it isn’t a secret that many people are dying to redefine what that means and even looks like.

For the sake of time, I won’t make this about sound doctrine (BUT IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE) and the theology that SHOULD BIND US TOGETHER. Unfortunately, those things separate us more than being at a family cookout wearing a red hat and announcing that you’re voting for Donald Trump!

So let’s stay on task and talk ONLY about music and the industry that put Christ’s name first.

Let’s go back to Cross Movement!

Many artists argue whether they would be considered actually first, but no one can argue their IMPACT.

Cross Movement, for many people, was the lighthouse for what is today called CHH.

The artists that formed this powerful movement were not only known for their rugged boom-bap sound or gritty punch lines but mission trips, sermons giving to the poor, discipleship, and more. These guys were the first to put Hip Hop in the Church and The Church in Hip Hop, which is a good thing…. right?!?!?

This is where it gets dicey because this was the beginning of the creation of a duality within a genre that on the surface was very direct and specific.

The duality that lay within the foundation festered within the ranks but, as time went by, it became more and more prevalent that the “C” in front of Hip Hop was up for interpretation rather than considered concrete and supported by SOUND TEACHING… which is a controversial concept within itself.

What does all this mean….? MEECH?!?

Great question!

Now, I’ll answer but let me first start with saying with “All Due Respect”.

This all means that Christian Hip Hop became CHH because the reality is Christian Rap was started by its pioneers to support Hip Hop. The movement was created to support an art form that had been deemed “Godless” by inserting Jesus jargon to validate the craft.

This doesn’t mean edification didn’t happen because it did!

This does not mean the gospel wasn’t taught because it was….. It doesn’t even mean that Christ wasn’t put on the forefront because he was…… BUT in all truth, the means didn’t justify the ends because at the end of the day CHH WAS CREATED TO SAVE HIP HOP NOT SOULS!

The Souls were a byproduct of speaking and teaching the Gospel.

It’s almost impossible to teach and speak of the gospel and somebody not hear the TRUTH and is made free. At the very least, those with ears to hear would have had a seed planted or watered and something happening after that starts a life focused on God. So what I’m trying to say is that, while some amazing things have happened, will happen, and can happen…no matter how many people have been used by God it doesn’t negate an UGLY TRUTH.

The genre that put His name on high was created in hopes to prove Hip Hop could be good!!!

To prove Hip Hop could have a SOUL!!

So these guys that LOVED HIP HOP decided they could prove rap’s importance to storytelling by using the Gospel as the vehicle to drive home their true point: Rap is not evil…. just the artists and their messages are!

Now a disclaimer: Rap is not evil by definition. Culture, environment, content, and its biggest stars SHOW DIFFERENT!

So was it wrong for Christians to start rapping about God? NO

It just doesn’t ignore the TRUE nature; THE GENRE THAT PUT THE “C” in front of Hip Hop might have had an AGENDA.

Truth is, CHH’s “WHY” isn’t the same “WHY” for somebody just rapping about their lives that are dedicated Christ!

As the craft progressed, the appearance of Christianity was less a requirement as it was a gimmick.

The genre thrives with Christian doppelgangers of the world’s favorite stars.

Throughout time, massive debates and exodus caused by the mention of SCRIPTURE or the standards from the Bible have been normal in the CHH arena amongst its audience, biggest stars, and the blogs!

The scrutiny of the audience became a box that no artist wanted to fit in while the co-signs of anti-Christian content pushing rappers became the seal of approval in the genre that once “SAID” they were in the world but not of it…turning around and desperately clamoring for its approval!

Now that I have set the table I can tell you my revelation and why I have to apologize to the genre and its artists in general.

I read a post on twitter from a Christian rapper that explained the difference between Gospel music and rap and CHH. For the first time it actually hit and stuck.

“Christian Artist doesn’t mean Christian by Faith”!

The thought entered my mind harder than a missile fired from close range and did just as much damage as it would if it hit a building. Every notion I had before came tumbling down. See this was a reality that I ignored or couldn’t fathom in the past that now made so much sense. I realized that me, and other Christians, had been the ones with the problem all along.

LeCrae was right about us people!

I’ve assumed the music was FROM the body when it was actually made FOR the body of Christians that loved hip hop but just wanted a little cleaner version of it!

Good doesn’t mean Godly because “good” can still be shrouded in pride of self!

All these thoughts started rushing into my mind. Old conversations with artists that didn’t end well returned to the top of my mind and it all makes so much sense.

THIS WAS WHY…profanity in Christian Hip Hop wasn’t a clean-cut conversation.

This is why an artist can be offended when their audience is judging them based on an assumption of beliefs versus only seeing them for an artist and receiving their art as just that.

Think about it like this, nobody really believes Denzel Washington is a dirty cop or a retired assassin that can kill you with anything in his reach. Nobody is haggling Ben Affleck to protect Gotham because we all know he’s acting and despite the fact that actors take on many personas, and take them very seriously, they are not assumed or held to the standard of those characters after the scene is over or for the sake of a great opportunity to paint a picture…AFTER THE MUSIC STOPS.

This is the disconnect I think that is happening between the listener and its artists.

We don’t understand one another because we entered the entire space wrong and under false pretenses.

  • This explains why an artist will leave the genre and their lifestyle from that point will be played out on social media as someone that may have never adopted the Christian faith despite the fact they once embraced the Christian music scene.
  • This explains why an artist within the genre, that puts Christ in front of Hip Hop, can celebrate Cardi B but will attack a believer that is confused at why a Christian artist is sharing her content and how that is NOT a problem!
  • This is why many “Christian artists” consider success by secular collaborations and mainstream popularity even if their images and messages have to be tweaked.
  • This is how a Hebrew Israelite can be a Christian rapper.
  • This is how racial issues can set the subculture on fire while false teaching and martyred Christians barely make anybody’s “RAP RADAR”.

So with everything being said, I’m not just here to rag on CHH because I actually love the concept and many artists in the culture. Of course (Christian disclaimer whenever a standard is being mentioned) I AM NOT PERFECT or WITHOUT SIN! I am actually writing because I had a revelation and wanted to share a solution to my brothers and sisters in the body as well as to all my dope artists that make music for the Body! (It is a difference and that’s okay)

I am here to end the many fruitless debates and clear the air amongst platforms for the Body, and those in the Body, that are confused to why debates of the best rappers in secular Hip Hop dominate media cycles while Christ centered content is few and far between.

I have devised a solution that will make both sides happy.

For example: let’s be honest, a “Christian Weezy” is sober, doesn’t cuss, still has the long dope dreads and cool clothes – which isn’t a sin – and is safer to listen to than the REAL THING.

Now the argument can be raised that Christian Weezy’s appearance and content can be a stumbling block that may even create a thirst for someone to want the real thing, but that’s an opinion that can be supported by scripture…that’s not what we’re talking about.

This is about ending the fights, animosity, the CHH diss-tracks and sub-tweets, and making us a happy family again.

I honestly just want CHH to be great again and the only way to do so is reintroducing itself to its fans with a quick and easy re-brand.

Put the “C” after the “HH”!

Hip Hop for Christians……or maybe even Christian Bop….like Kidz Bop but for churchy people. This way there is no assumption of anything other than music.

It’s like turning on a song made in the world about sex that is changed a bit for the audience and takes out sex and says “love” or “gushy”…or something close enough to give you a taste but different enough to not satisfy your flesh completely. It’s the safest way to censor sin in a way that legally makes it okay to consume and can be given to children!

I really think by changing the location of this, obviously minor, letter, a lot of confusion can be erased.

I also think this rebrand can be very helpful for those looking for something specific.

This will help us to not think that we have to settle for something vague because it is nothing worse than buying one thing and getting something totally different. This change helps the artist and the listener to understand each other and eradicate unspoken expectations that KILL RELATIONSHIPS!

Putting that “C” where it belongs puts everything in perspective and will help the genre move forward.

This allows the nostalgic listener to understand there are levels to this and not to hold people to unfair standards. As a believer, this also helps us understand that it is people we should be PRAYING for instead of assuming they should be POURING into us.

This kills every supposition and places the focus on the music and not doctrine or theology.

My hope for this is that the adjustment will allow the listener to recognize the differences.

HHC is a working title but I’d love feedback.

There are enough creatives in this space to make this happen.

So when you’re reading this I pray it’s helpful and inspires you.

If you’re an artist that has been accused of denying the faith, just because of the misplacement of a letter, let me be the first one to apologize and encourage you. Allow me to tell you that, as great as the genre is, Christ in your life is even greater and I pray you accept Him. The truth is, we shouldn’t force someone to be something just because of their profession and we shouldn’t just assume people are something either.

That’s dangerous and unfair.

In closing, let’s keep having these discussions in the right forum so that we can gain understanding and build. Listen HHC has a dope ring to it and I think it would really catch and it’s totally free.

This is my gift to the genre!

Enjoy,
– The Listener and writer that just happens to be Christian.

There are those fences that we wrap around ourselves, then there are fences that are opposed on us, then there are the fences that God has set in place to protect us. Each fence has its purpose, but only one of those fences are designed to truly keep us safe. These three fences are defined in my opinion as The Fence of Isolation, The Communal Fence and The Fence of a Fortified City – hopefully by the Grace of God, we can break down and shed light on these 3 vital areas of our daily lives. #TheTruthAboutFences

Last but not least, our playlist:
– More Than Conquerors feat. Pacaso Ramirez, Mr. Marshall & Mark Collins
– Greater Than by Point5
– Lost But Now Found by Arrowz of Truth feat. Believin’ Stephen & T.K.
– Shoot Your Shot by Marqus Anthony feat. Luke G, Plain James & Enlitement
– Like That by Man of Faith
– Nothin But The Blood by Salt of tha Earth
– Doing the Most by Rob Redeemed
– Don’t Sell Yourself Short by Lady Dri feat. Angie Rose
– Mente Elevada by Roberto & Danny

Background Music by Anno Domini Nation

Most of our lives we play the game of chicken with God, and we choose on a regular basis to go our own path as though we know better, and what’s really good for us. What we fail to realize that even in us choosing our own path, that somewhere in the middle of that path, we end up colliding with God’s will. This topic leads into us discussing the fact that even in our own circumstances we have not failed to depend on God that he has our best interest at hand, and that our faith is tested through adversity. There’s also some rants about the weakness of our hearts, and Conspiracy Corner may sneak into this topic.

Secondly, we talk about BurnOut – Not just in life, our work but also in calling and in ministry. We keep it short and sweet, but offer some very practical advice and understandings on the topic. We go through some personal experience, and also state many realities that we as people fail to see. Many of us deal with burnout, and we know talking about it will help someone.

Last but not least, our playlist:
– Rescue Me by Rezurrection feat. Shelby Sullivan
– Victory Lap by Fearless feat. Choyce
– Tha Good Life by Tymon ft. Dub Dub
– Surrender by Daniel Israel
– War Ain’t Over by Dante James
– I’ll Go by Jeremy Duncan feat. Enon
– Birds by God’s Gift the Christian Rapper
– Me vs. Me by Xempt feat. Scribe Music
– Running to You by Shyne on Me

Be sure to check out more of the best in Independent Christian Rap, Christian Hip Hop and Contemporary Gospel, interviews and more on www.officialnbbaministries.com or www.faithministrymusic.com.

When you think of a radical what comes to mind? Is it somebody that threatens Public Safety? Is it somebody that enjoys Terror? Maybe in the world where we are made to always compete with one another and duplicate what those around us do maybe those who defy the norm are radicals. Today we want to talk about what makes a radical and since we consider ourselves to be such radicals… what is life like when we seek the freedom God intended?

Last but not least, our playlist:
– Forward by Julius Witherspoon
– Surrender by Daniel Israel
– Find My Way by Donald Guy
– Faith Alone by Joshua Kriese
– Supposed to Be by Illtalian feat. Je’kob
– Conquerors by JustPierre feat. JeVo’n & TraXX
– Chopping It Up by Roberto & Danny
– Wolves by Average Joe feat. Xero
– I Wish That I Could Fly by Psalm

Be sure to check out more of the best in Independent Christian Rap, Christian Hip Hop and Contemporary Gospel, interviews and more on www.officialnbbaministries.com or www.faithministrymusic.com.

It’s a New Year, so what would be better than doing a 2017 Wrap Up! Honestly, 2017 was a year of Ups and Downs, but by the Grace of God, we pulled through. Not By Bread Alone Radio grew, we merged with the Ground Floor Network, Adopting their programming and broadcasting platform, and merging our station with theirs. We gained a new show, The Project Pluto Hour featuring my brother, personal producer and man of many gifts Project Pluto, and we’ve struggled trying to help another one go live, which is Noize Radio Live – Sorry Tito, man thank you for hanging in there with us, we’ll give it another try in 2018. We’ve built up the Not By Bread Alone Radio Network not only including the Not by Bread Alone Radio team, but shows like the Project Pluto Hour, Noize Radio Live, The Ground Floor Show, Sqwad Life Radio, and Christian Platforms Undercrown Hip Hop, and our newest add, The Book Keeper @ www.thebookkeeper247.com. This year, we have a whole bunch of stuff in the works, hopefully a new website developed, that I’ve been talking about for almost a year now, and with the new platform, we have a lot of new features and new directions that we aim to go in.

Shoutout to all our special guests this year – Intellect, Big Glenn, Ben Carrasquillo, Jeremy Duncan and Anthony Nelson, and hopefully we can get some more interviews scheduled for the upcoming year.

With that said, we will be forgoing a traditional show, and be playing the 28 songs that were nominated for Not By Bread Alone Radio’s Crown Reps 2017.

We hope you guys enjoy the show, thanks for all of the continued support.

Last but not least, our 2017 Crown Reps Nominees:
– Bang by Salt of tha Earth
– Just a Fool by The Collector
– Take That Tie Off by Russ Shanks
– Cloudy Day by FFOR The Hebrew
– Surrender by Alpha Team
– Let It Breathe (And Let It Be) by K.N.A.-L.E.D.G.E.
– Radio by Daunte Velvet
– Legacy by iNTELLECT feat. Dalomonze
– #OMG by Tae Lamar
– American Nightmare by Black Sheep Squad
– The Right Man by Eddie Burden
– Let It Go by Nine
– Amigos by A.K.A. Fisher
– We Need Hope by J-South feat. Shandela
– Forgive Me by NavCash
– Lost in You by Elohin feat. Ashley Garza
– Roots by Arnold Cifax Jr.
– Alien Revolution Cypher by A.O.T. Arrowz Of Truth feat. Izreal Graham, Maddlines, Rkitect, Swinn Da Example & Zaydok the Godhop MC
– Fill the Space by Wordsmith
– Bible Studies by Nehemiah Jones
– Humble by Jerrell Golden
– Violets by 3PFD
– WarCry by Mr. Marshall feat. Paul G.
– Rise Above It by Jeremy Duncan feat. U’neik
– Seasons by Benjamin De La Rosa feat. Kayla Starks
– No Paparazzi by Dat Phella feat. Mikhail Anwar
– Golden by Tymon
– Not Alone by Phil Derihl

Be sure to check out more of the best in Independent Christian Rap, Christian Hip Hop and Contemporary Gospel, interviews and more on www.officialnbbaministries.com or www.faithministrymusic.com.