Hello everyone! Thank you for tuning into the 19th installment of The DIVE Series here on FiveTwenty Collective! In the last installment, I reviewed More on the Way by Derek Minor, a track featuring Jon Keith, 1K Phew, and nobigdyl.

I will DIVE into the 2018 CHH classic No More by Ty Brasel for today’s installment. You are welcome to listen to the track near the end of the article at any time. Let’s DIVE into the music!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ‭‭- John 16:33


About the Track

The 2018 single No More by Ty Brasel is, without any doubt, a Christian Hip Hop classic. I listened to this song a lot in high school, and it was one of the first Christian Rap tracks I could give a solid “10/10.”


Interpretation of the Track (Part 1)

The very beginning of the track starts with the Chorus:

“No more, no more. I won’t be set back no more. I move the fast pace don’t slow it. I lost my way for the last time. But no more, no more. Look, I won’t be set back no more. I move the fast pace, don’t slow it. I lost my way for the last time, yeah yeah.”

Ty starts here by emphasizing to his audience that, in 2018, at the time of this song’s release, he would not be set back by his problems or doubters and would be consistent with his music releases.

Since dropping this track, Ty has released musical content consistently as an artist and even signed with the record label 4 Against 5. Ty makes his mission and intent in joining the label clear in a DJ Wade-O article:

“I partnered with them out of desire to bring fans the best music and content possible. If you know me, you know I do this for the people.”

A thought that occurred to me while reviewing this part of the track is that it is easy to be setback by the Devil’s temptations and fall into sin rather than work on yourself and your relationship with Jesus. However, as followers of Jesus, the Holy Spirit gives us the power to resist and repent from sin and the Devil’s temptations. I encourage those of you who are struggling with a habitual sin that you call upon God to use the Holy Spirit to help deliver you from that sin and get right with God.


Interpretation of the Track (Part 2)

Ty then hits us with the first Verse:

“New levels, new devils, more money, more stress and new sentences. New melodies more infinite, endless gold medals my preference. Success for I’m destined, regrets keep me humble. My sin keep me at the mercy seat, mercy me. I can only imagine dragons in my dreams. I’m stuck in the jungle, it’s snakes in the path, it’s mud through I’m stepping. Over the track and hurdles, I lost my way on the way, I feel the weight always pressing. Too much pressure before I crumble, I’m honest I got. High blood pressure from this stress, too much. I know I was made for to prosper and such. Soul & spirit, gospel for the beating. Peace all I ask when I pray this season. Odell in the off season, the setback. Set me with the mindset, run with my jetpack. Look at God’s son, how I rose through the flame. Look at God’s son, rose up took my shame, yeah.”

Here, he begins his first verse by rapping about how there will always be more things to do, music to make, problems to take care of, etcetera. However, he is destined for greatness either way, as God says the following to a people in exile who are experiencing hardship and suffering:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Essentially, this verse emphasizes that no matter your unfortunate circumstances, God has plans to prosper you amid your current situation.

Ty continues this verse with clever wordplay, referencing Christian band MercyMe’s contemporary Christian song, I Can Only Imagine. Ty Brasel then cross-referenced that with the Imagine Dragons track called Dreams.

He resumes by rapping about how many problems had arisen and how stress had given him high blood pressure. Ty ends the verse by speaking on how he’s a Child of God and how God took his shame away to help him overcome his setbacks, causing him to not create and release rap music for Jesus.

The Chorus runs twice following this verse and leads us into the Post-Chorus…

The Post-Chorus is performed as follows:

“Get it right, make that right. I lost my way for the last time. Too much life, look in my eyes. Now it’s time to shine.”

Here, he clarifies that he has too much potential not to use his musical gifts to make music for Jesus and shine his light glorifying the Lord.


Interpretation of the Track (Part 3)

Young Ty Man finally performs the second Verse:

New levels, new devils, more money, more stress and new sentences. New melodies more infinite, endless gold medals my preference. Success brought me more problems than before, uh huh. I share most my problems on my insta story, uh huh. I don’t really even like to be social. Antisocial extrovert, my mama know it. Music is my therapy, instrumental psychologist. These melodies heavenly and my flow is the exorcist, whoa. Kicking demons out of my residence, okay. Young T, I got angels on the premises, okay. This is real enlightenment, no pyramids, no. I roll with Yahweh, I got wisdom of old. So they roll with the devil and they claim 666. Well I’m on heaven schedule, rosegold my crucifix, whoa. This time I’m going for the championship, oh boy. I can’t stay down, I can’t stay down no more.

In this verse, he starts it off like he began the first verse. However, he switches it up this time, rapping about how success ironically brought him more problems than before, causing him even more setbacks. He also says he shared most of his problems on his Instagram story at the time of the release of this track.

Ty continues to rap about the following (all of which I relate to heavily):

  • Being an antisocial extrovert, and his mom is well aware of it (which, as an ambivert, I can relate to)
  • How music is his therapy and implies he enjoys rapping for the Lord
  • Kicking demons out of his residence (cleansing his residence spiritually with the name of Jesus) means that angels are consistently around him, protecting him on God’s behalf
  • Rolling with Jesus and has the wisdom that comes with being a veteran born-again Christian and staying rooted in God’s Word
  • He wants nothing to do with the worldly ways of “rolling with the Devil” and has every intention of continuing to follow Jesus Christ (hence being on Heaven’s schedule)
  • Ty won’t let his setbacks prevent him from sharing the light of Jesus in his music

The Chorus runs one last time, and the single officially ends.


Conclusion

This absolute banger and classic Christian Hip Hop (CHH) track by Ty Brasel has over 650,000 streams on Spotify. While it is not one of his most popular tracks, it—like I have stated before—is a classic that will be a staple single in the CHH space for years to come.

The following verse encompasses some of what Ty Brasel attempts to convey in this track:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

Ty shows his audience in this single that he is destined for greatness despite hardship and struggle.

Lastly, remember today’s verse of the day that directly correlates with this track:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” ‭‭- John 16:33

Allow me to tie this track in a bow for y’all:

Ty Brasel, who in 2018 struggled with being consistent in his music creation and releases, makes it clear in this track that he is done letting his current situation full of problems deter him from making Christian rap music to shine his light for the Lord and let God use him as a vessel to share the love and grace of Jesus with people through the sharing of the Gospel (story of Jesus). Since then, he has succeeded exceedingly well, dropping many singles, features, and other musical content.


Thank You for Reading DIVE!

Thank 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 5th of next month (July 2023)!


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 No More track 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!

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In our second topic of the night, though it may be 3 weeks late, we talk about Seattle Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett’s run in with the Las Vegas police during the Mayweather – McGregor fight. We tie this in with the much debated National Anthem debate in sports, and why is it such a big deal for athletes to exercise their civil rights with peaceful and silent protest, and much more.

Last but not least, our playlist:
– Lost In You by Elohin feat. Ashley Garza
– All I See by Theziz
– Warcry by Mr. Marshall feat. Paul G.
– Listen by JustPierre
– Let It Go by Nine
– Amigos by AKA Fisher
– Humble by Jerrell Golden
– The Right Man by Eddie Burden
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