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The Gospel Music Association has announced its award nominations for 2021.

The 52nd annual awards show is scheduled to be held on October 19th. Until then, there is exciting news for the independent CHH community.

While hip hop and the larger Christian music space have, let’s say, a somewhat rocky relationship, it is safe to say that the bigger name in the hip hop circle usually gets recognized. It’s understandable. The broader Christian audience may have some level of familiarity with the likes of artists like Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and Aaron Cole. However, a group of artists we are quite familiar with have a reason to hold their heads a bit higher.

JIMMY ROCK’s single Worth It (featuring DJ Mykael V, J. Crum, and Rockstar JT) caught the attention of the GMA’s in 2021.

 

While Worth It faces some stiff competition (you may notice a guy named Kanye is also on the ballot), the nomination itself feels like a big step for the sub-genre.

Give these guys their flowers!

Landing a nomination is huge! Now it’s up to the voters for this year’s awards to see how it plays out. Can the underdogs come up big? We’ll find out on October 19, 2021, as the Dove Awards are held in Nashville, TN.

Past winners of the Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year include:

  • Gawvi “Fight for Me” (2019)
  • Social Club Misfits “War Cry (ft. Tauren Wells)” (2018)
  • NF “Oh Lord” (2017)
  • Andy Mineo “Uncomfortable” (2016)

If you were given a vote by the GMAs, what would be your pick for Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year? Let us know in the comments!

 

What good is summer without the perfect vibes to go along with it?

goodcity. announces the latest from JIMMY ROCK!

On July 20, 2021, the EDM/hip hop mashup master is dropping his new 4-song EP titled Summer Vibes.

The project includes the hit remix “Rage” with Thomas Iannucci featuring P.O.D.’s Sonny Sandoval. This Friday, the single “See The Light” (featuring Sean McGee & ShaVazz The Weirdo) hits digital music retailers. Light Ends Darkness also features on the EP’s title track.

JIMMY ROCK has established himself within faith-based hip hop as a go-to for unique, club-style remixes. He has worked alongside several of Christian Hip Hop’s top names. Jimmy’s 2020 album World of Drops was well received in the space. It included guest appearances by popular artists Steven Malcolm, Fern (of Social Club Misfits), and CHH legend Pettidee.

Pre-Release Info

Summer Vibes is available for pre-saves now.

JIMMY ROCK and the team at goodcity. set a goal of 1000 pre-saves before release. If you get your music from Apple Music, Spotify, or Deezer, go and support the EP now by pre-saving.

Jimmy also announced via his Twitter account, that a virtual album release party will be happening to celebrate the project’s release.

 

DJ JIMMY ROCK brings his distinctive EDM touch to Osaze’s 2020 hit single.

Features: 1kPhew – Engineering: Project Pluto

Coming off the successful release of his latest project World of Drops, Jimmy Rock releases his first single since announcing his recent signing to Good City’s newest sync division.

The EDM/hip-hop producer and DJ has been hard at work while creating some memorable collaborations with some of today’s influential voices.

Jimmy Rock is a multi-award-winning DJ that has toured around the world in markets such as; Toronto Canada, Bogotá Colombia, Las Vegas, New York City, Chicago, Nashville, San Diego, Houston, Detroit, and Cleveland. He has opened for acts such as Kings of Leon, Lecrae, Skillet, NF, Andy Mineo, Family Force 5, Mr. Talkbox, and Judah And The Lion.

Oftentimes we find ourselves discouraged from chasing the very thing we love the most. All of the time spent perfecting your craft, investing your heart, mind, soul, and resources can take its toll. But in the end, we do what we love because it’s “Worth It”.

The new single from Jimmy Rock is a trap/dubstep hybrid featuring DJ Mykael V, J. Crum, and Rockstar JT.

Listen now on all streaming platforms! https://vydia.lnk.to/WorthIt

Stay up to date with all Jimmy Rock at djjimmyrock.com and via his socials: Twitter | Instagram

 

Eric Boston reviewing a hip hop influenced EDM album…what could go wrong?

I am stepping out of my comfort zone with this one.

Jimmy Rock’s new six-track EP ‘World of Drops’ includes elements that were more than intriguing for me. It also made me slightly nervous as I want to do any project that I review justice.

I guess the best thing that I can do is to simply jump in feet first!

Intro To War ft. Egypt Speaks – Basic monologue into by Egypt Speaks that bleeds into track two, the first song of the album.

War – The first song is also the project’s longest, coming in at just over five minutes. The tribal drums work in tandem with the electronica feel of the melody. To be completely transparent, I am not the one who should be critiquing an EDM record. That being said, I appreciated the way that this track builds and adds layers as it progresses. The inserted adlibs and KB inspired (“I Believe”) chant bring a hip hop element that I was able to connect with. Overall, I can see this leading a Jimmy Rock set and getting a crowd ready to cut loose for an evening.

Catch These Hands ft. Pettidee – If you read my review of Brinson’s ‘Throw the Crown’ album (you can do so here if you haven’t), then you know that one feature that is sure to grab my attention is seeing CHH veteran Pettidee listed on a project. Add that to a title such as “Catch These Hands” and certain expectations begin to form before hearing a single bar. I must say, my preconceived ideas of this track were not close to the final product.

I love how Jimmy Rock presented Pettidee’s vocals on the hook as a sample instead of a traditional chorus. We only get a single verse from Pettidee, but it was a good one. His unmistakable gritty vibrato works well with the dance-infused production. Not every rapper can appear at home in this environment, but the duo of Jimmy Rock and Pettidee pull it off well as Pettidee’s energy is in sync with the track’s feel.

Don’t Sleep On Me – Again, another EDM production that I feel less adequate speaking on. I definitely caught some similar vibes as when hearing dance music in the 90s (without the track sounding dated, which is a big plus).

I think it was a good thing that the track came in under two minutes; it serves as a transition of sorts to the following record.

Won’t Stop ft. Steven Malcolm & Fern – As we reach the next to last track on the project, Jimmy Rock enlists the help of two of the biggest names in the CHH space with the likes of Steven Malcolm and Fern of Social Club Misfits.

One thing that jumps out from the start is the more traditional hip hop sound.

Fern and Steven Malcolm both deliver quality verses that have become a staple for these now veteran emcees. I will say, the vocals on both verses sounded a bit different than we are used to hearing, almost like they are not as polished as normal. This is not a bad thing as I still enjoyed the more raw, less produced sound.

Moving between the verses and to finish off the track, Jimmy Rock installs electronic segments that keep the soundscape changing throughout.

You Feel It – The final track hits like a “War” part two of sorts.

The handclaps act as applause for an overall well-crafted project. Jimmy Rock keeps the finale moving with a variety of changes and vocal sampling. While not my particular lane, I can most certainly appreciate the level of musicianship that went into the track”s arrangement. My question is, do “You Feel It”?

The ‘World of Drops’ EP is solid from top to bottom.

Is it one that would be in my personal regular rotation? Probably not. Would it have its place in life’s soundtrack? Without a doubt!

If you’re looking for some high-energy music with a positive message to get you going, then ‘World of Drops’ is a great option.

What do you think? Hit the comments and let us know!

What is a drop? A drop is a moment in a dance track when tension is released and the beat kicks in releasing the enormous energy accord during a song’s progression… after the momentum builds, the pitch rising, the tension mounting, bigger, louder, until suddenly… the drop!