Grand Varsity, "Closer"

Grand Varsity has released their first single Closer

Who is Grand Varsity? The group is comprised of Christian rap artists Mouthpi3ce, Germaine Martel, and Dee Black. The trio has held it down in the genre for several years as solo artists. Now united, the strengths of each member are on full display with their debut record.

Closer is a bar-heavy banger with production by Germaine Martel.

The hard-hitting track is packed with high-level lyricism. Grand Varsity maintains the gospel’s message while trading punchlines and metaphors. The vocal sample accentuates the cadences and puts the off-the-charts emcee skills on full display. HISstory Music Group has come out of the gates with a vengeance in 2023. Closer is a prime example of how the indie label is hitting Christian rap like a whirlwind since its relaunch.

Catch Up on HISstory’s Recent History

Dee Black began setting things up in late 2022 with the release of his latest EP, ‘The Gospel According To’. In addition to the release, Dee also announced a partnership with Intercept Distribution and Universal Music Group. You can get the full info here.

Next, the release of Dee Black’s video “I Used To” was followed by another big announcement for the label. HISstory officially signed artist Thre to its roster bringing yet another respected voice into the fold. The debut release “Fisherman” has been received with critical acclaim.

Next up for HISstory? It is safe to say that everyone will be on the lookout for a project release from Grand Varsity soon.

Excited about Grand Varsity?

What are your thoughts on Closer? Which artist had the best verse? What do you hope to see from the trio in the future? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Thre, HISstory Music Group's newest artist

Chicago-based CHH artist Thre signs with HISstory Music; releases new single Fisherman.

Act 2, Seen Thre (Catch that)

Plays, like life, are often presented in acts. The idea is to have each act build on the previous. Taking the audience on its roller-coaster ride on a journey toward the climax. The story, in essence, gets better as it goes along.

Enter Thre.

The Chicago native burst onto the scene in 2014 as a major blip on the radar of CHH platforms. Following numerous features and singles throughout the space, he proved that attention was warranted with the release of 2015’s ‘GOD Glorified’ and ‘Strangeland’ EPs. Now, Thre is back with a second act that he prays surpasses the first.

To start:

After becoming a part of the now-defunct Nftry collective in 2018, Thre becomes the first official roster addition to the rebooted HISstory Music Group. The label’s owner, Dee Black, is no stranger to trading bars with his new artist. Dee has featured the “Chi-Raq” emcee on records like “Bar Fight” and “Bottom Line”, along with Mouthpi3ce’s “Return of the 16’s”. To celebrate the re-entry, Thre has dropped his first official release since 2020’s “Traffic”.

As a part of the announcement, Thre signed his HISstory Music contract on a recent episode of Trackstarz.

Thre, "Fisherman"

“Fisherman” is a deep, driving journal entry covering Thre’s desire to be used by GOD.

Hitting digital platforms on January 21, 2023, the record reflects the message of Jesus in Matthew 4:19-20…

“And He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”

There’s an important principle here. If you’re not fishing, you’re not following.

Growing up in the streets of Chicago, you’re bound to follow after something or someone. Thre found himself following the ways of the world comfortably, being led and leading others down a broad path that only ended in destruction. Now, as a follower of Christ, he’s fishing for those who are like he once was.

If your Christian life does not involve evangelizing the lost, you do not function like the disciple Jesus intends. Evangelism includes sharing the gospel and intentionally seeking to convert the hearer to fain in Jesus Christ. Every believer is not called to a full-time Christian vocation, but every believer is called to be a full-time Christian. That means that following Christ must be your number one priority.

Fisherman was written out of this conviction.

It’s been a little over two years since Thre released any music. This single fills in the blank of that time since he’s been silent as an artist. During that time, he has been doing ministry on the south side of Chicago and nothing has changed. “You knew me then, you know me know me now/ain’t nothing changed, at His feet, I lay my crown”

The mission has always been, and will always be, to share the gospel with the lost. Like, share, and be a part of HISstory!

Welcome back, Thre; the show must go on…

Listen to Fisherman below and let us know what you think of the new record in the comments.


Dee Black, "I Used To"

Dee Black and director Will Thomas have teamed up for a compelling visual story.

I Used To details how hip-hop music influenced Dee Black’s life, both the good and the bad.

Growing up in Baltimore, MD, music played a major role in Dee’s development. Artists like Tupac, Biggie Smalls, and Dr. Dre were the soundtrack to his destructive behavior. He ultimately found his purpose by following God…not from the influence of celebrity. We can change the narrative and use music to impact culture positively.

Check out the video for I Used To below and share your thoughts in the comments!

Dee Black releases The Gospel According To & Announces partnership with Intercept/Universal Music Group.

Christian Rap artist Dee Black makes his return with a new project titled The Gospel According To. The seven-track EP takes listeners on a roller coaster of emotions. From dealing with doubt and self-esteem to faith and purpose.

The Gospel According To is produced by C-Life. Features on the project include Jordan Richmond, Emily Mohler, Norman Michael, T-Strike, and Sam Rainer.

‘The Gospel According To’ tracklisting

  1. Intro
  2. Get Lost/More
  3. Only What I Hear
  4. Still I Choose
  5. Perfect Imperfection
  6. Everything New
  7. Long Walk

In addition to announcing the new EP, Dee Black and Anthony Daughtry share progress in establishing HISstory Music Group.

The brand has formed a partnership with Intercept Distribution and Universal Music Group. HISstory is actively searching for artists and producers to add to its roster. They will be announcing new additions soon.

For his fifth album release, Dee Black moves his approach in a mainstream direction while keeping his faith strongly evident throughout the record. 1 John 1:7 lays out the theme for the EP. “Made Me” is look back and a story of God’s redemption and “Goals” reminds us that anything is possible with God.

Nola Red | “Closer” ft. Xay Hill

Dee Black | “I’m So Glad” ft. GS

Jentile | “Wanna Make a Difference” ft. Monty G

Mike Sarge | “Energy”

Andrew Puckett | “Every Time”

Anthony Sawyers | “Back Row Flow”

Untdld | “Activate” ft. Marc Stevens

JDun | “Listen To This”

Brinson | “U Know” ft. Norman Michael

FLF | “Revival”