JusJames "Whirlwind"

JusJames features two legends, and two tracks, on his latest single

“I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” [Philippians 3:12-14]

Time seems to be moving faster than ever.

When the world operates at a break-neck pace, it can be easy to get lost in the movement. From grind culture to “keeping up with the Joneses”, the pressure to be seen as successful has never been more intense. It can seem nearly impossible to not be swept up and thrown to the side.

On his newest release, JusJames is encouraging listeners to avoid being tossed by the Whirlwind.

A double-single release, Whirlwind is the second single off of JusJames’ upcoming album entitled ‘3936’.

The return of the 3-verse song!

California emcee and Polished Arrow Music artist JusJames delivers an iconic record featuring two legends in the Christian rap genre.

Mission (Sacramento, CA) and former Cross Movements Records artist R-Swift (Philadelphia, PA) join JusJames on the Chris Pickett-produced record. In addition to the OG’s, DJ Navin Johnson also brings his turntable expertise to the song to elevate it to instant classic status with his amazing record scratches.

Whirlwind is everything that true hip-hop heads love about the genre.

Whether you are looking for high-level lyricism, seeking out perfectly selected samples, waking up the neighborhood with hard-hitting kicks, or simply riding to golden-era west coast synths, you’ll find it all with Whirlwind. Add in a simple, yet memorable, hook, and you have the elements that come together to create a song that stands the test of time.

At the heart of this hip-hop masterclass is the message of Jesus Christ. These incredible artists keep the “main thing” the main thing! Their eyes are on the Lord in the midst of chaos and distractions looking to detour them from the calling on their lives.

Whirlwind releases to digital streaming platforms on July 28, 2023.

Included in the release are both the original and the Chopped & Screwed versions of the record. The Chopped & Screwed iteration was done by USB The Jeweler which serves as a perfect compliment and a nod to an era that is often overlooked in today’s musical landscape. Not only is it a bonus for listeners, but it showcases how a piece of art can be displayed in a variety of ways to connect with a larger audience.

Add Whirlwind to your Top Rap, Get Hype, and Classic Hip Hop playlists.

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Song Details

  • Title: Whirlwind
  • Artist: JusJames
  • Release Date: July 28, 2023
  • Label: Polished Arrow Music
  • Production: Chris Pickett for Big Boy Tracks
  • Engineering: iNTELLECT for Polished Arrow Music
  • Chopped & Screwed: USB the Jeweler
  • Features: Mission, R-Swift, DJ Navin Johnson

iNTELLECT and Procyse 'The Art of Grace'

iNTELLECT and Procyse Announce the Release of Their Highly-Anticipated Revision Project

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” [John 1:14-17]

The amazing thing about grace is that, despite our best efforts to write the ending, our story is unfinished.

Grace gives us an opportunity. It allows space for our humanity to get in the way and still rise above the odds. It is not for our own sake but for the sake of Christ who earned the grace we receive. This gift is not a one-time offer. Instead, grace continues.

For Christian rap artists iNTELLECT and Procyse (Polished Arrow Music), The Art of Grace is the opportunity to tell the best story possible.

The first iteration of the EP was released in February of 2021.

This was before the creation of Polished Arrow Music and during the early stages of iNTELLECT and Procyse’s gelling as a duo. Following the original release, the collaboration was met with plenty of positive responses and represented the beginning of the journey the two artists would travel together. However, the story living inside these songs was far from finished.

“‘For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus’ [Ephesians 2:10] describes the work that God is doing in our lives. His grace is a work of art. This album that Procyse and I put together was meant to put His beautiful work on display.” – iNTELLECT

The two began investing more time into the project despite the fact that it had already been released, something unheard of in today’s music industry.

Those efforts resulted in a new and unique sonic experience. The classic hip-hop vibe remains intact, but the spirit of the records has been given new life. Along with the revised versions of “I’m So…”, “Rise Up”, “Amazing Grace”, and “For the Culture”, new songs were added that round out the project’s purpose.

Featuring artists TC, JusJames, Yasad One, DJ Dsern, and DJ Navin Johnson, the updated version of The Art of Grace is set to release on digital music platforms on June 2, 2023. Along with production by the original EP’s producer Newselph, the revised installment includes additional production from F-Plus and Brokenfinga.

Polished Arrow Music has quickly established itself as a standout indie imprint within the Christian rap industry. The label has rightly earned a reputation as a source of high-quality boom-bap hip-hop, creating music with meaningful content and top-tier sound quality.

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Project Details

  • Title: The Art of Grace
  • Artists: iNTELLECT, Procyse
  • Release Date: June 2, 2023
  • Label: Polished Arrow Music
  • Production: Newselph, F-Plus, Brokenfinga
  • Engineering: iNTELLECT
  • Features: Griffin, TC, JusJames, Yasad One, DJ Dsern, DJ Navin Johnson

Track Listing

  • I’m So… featuring TC
  • Rise Up featuring Griffin, DJ Dsern
  • The Big Picture featuring DJ Navin Johnson
  • For the Culture featuring TC
  • Undefeated featuring Yasad One
  • Christ Be Glorified featuring Minister Squad
  • Amazing Grace featuring JusJames

iNTELLECT 'The Mandate'

iNTELLECT Announces Newest Project The Mandate

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” [John 15:12-15]

Christian Rap artist iNTELLECT introduces his latest project The Mandate.

When the Lord speaks into our lives, He does not casually ask us to follow the direction He is giving. Instead, He speaks with authority because the plans that He has for us are perfect. All things that He commands of us are for our own good. For iNTELLECT, it was a mandate to use the medium of hip-hop music to reach listeners who need to hear the gospel of Jesus.

This new nine-song album continues to push forward toward the goal that he has been given.

The Mandate is a master class in boom-bap music. Featured among the tracklisting are the singles “Sky High”, “Winning”, and the title track, all feature DJ Sean P. Additional features include Polished Arrow artists Procyse and Dex the Nerd Who Loves Jesus along with DJ Navin Johnson and DaLomonze. The record is the highlight of the hard work put in over the past year by the Polished Arrow team. It is a true testament to what modern indie labels can accomplish with vision and the discipline to remain focused on their priorities.

The Mandate releases on digital streaming platforms on May 5, 2023.

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Project Details

Title: The Mandate

Artist and Engineer: iNTELLECT

Release Date: May 5, 2023

Label: Polished Arrow

Production: F-Plus, DJ Sean P, Brokenfinga, iNTELLECT

Features: DJ Sean P, Procyse, Dex the Nerd Who Loves Jesus, DJ Navin Johnson, DaLomonze

Track Listing

  1. The Mandate
  2. Winning
  3. Last Days
  4. Sky High
  5. Make a Way
  6. GO!
  7. Contact
  8. Wake Up
  9. Legacy

About iNTELLECT

With a distinct flow, iNTELLECT has used his gift to spread the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to areas throughout the Midwest. Drawing his inspiration from the Gospel and life experience, iNTELLECT combines biblically sound doctrine with hip-hop beats.

iNTELLECT & Procyse, "The Big Picture"

iNTELLECT and Procyse Are Challenging Listeners To Look At The Big Picture

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:5

When we are transformed by the truth, we can no longer attempt to adhere to the views of the world. We now understand there is a larger purpose that demands both reverence and submission. As our hearts are changed, the narrow scope that is seen by the flesh is not able to satisfy the Spirit within us.

Faith-based hip hop artists iNTELLECT (Ohio) and Procyse (Colorado) are raising a banner with their latest single, The Big Picture.

“Seeing the big picture has been the sole reason behind what we do,” explains iNTELLECT. “God gives us a different perspective on everything. He provides us with purpose.”

Procyse added, “We have been called to make an impact and this single is another step in that direction.”

DJ Navin Johnson joins the boom-bap duo adding his signature cuts to the production by F-Plus. The Big Picture hits digital music platforms on January 27, 2023.

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Song Details

Title: The Big Picture

Artists: iNTELLECT, Procyse

Release Date: January 27, 2023

Production: F-Plus

Engineering: iNTELLECT

Feature: DJ Navin Johnson

iNTELLECT "Words of Wisdom Remix"

iNTELLECT Asks “What Does the Word Say?” with the Words of Wisdom Remix

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5

The word of God is filled from start to finish with wisdom from the universe’s creator. 66 books that guide those made in His image. When we are following Him down the path He has prepared for us, there is no reason for uncertainty or doubt. In these moments we need to simply ask, “What does the Word say?”

Words of Wisdom Remix finishes off 2022 with a fresh take on a previously released record from Ohio’s iNTELLECT. Originally featured on the album ‘Stateside’ by producer 6th Floor, the track stood out. It is the only Christian rap song selected for the project. Following the inclusion on ‘Stateside’, the remix version features brand-new production by F-Plus.

iNTELLECT showcases fellow artists Yasad One and DJ Navin Johnson as the trio uses their gifts to direct listeners to the source of all knowledge. Riding effortlessly on break-beats and boom-bap drums, the Words of Wisdom Remix has its own identity from its original inception. While iNTELLECT and Yasad One attack their verses with confidence and conviction DJ Navin Johnson incorporates record scratches to add a level of nostalgia. “This one will definitely get the heads nodding!”

Words of Wisdom Remix releases to digital music platforms on December 9, 2022.

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Song Details

Title: Words of Wisdom Remix

Artist: iNTELLECT

Release Date: December 9, 2022

Production: F-Plus

Engineering: iNTELLECT

Features: Yasad One, DJ Navin Johnson

About iNTELLECT

With a distinct flow, iNTELLECT has used his gift to spread the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to areas throughout the Midwest. He draws his inspiration from the Gospel and life experience. His music combines biblically sound doctrine with hip-hop beats.

Music and the Message have always been a passion for iNTELLECT. “I’ve always loved hip hop music; the beats, the lyrics, the whole nine. But at the end of the day, if it’s not God-inspired, it’s powerless.” Recognizing the call to share his faith, he continues to use his talents and gifts to reach a lost generation.

2022 has been building up to this exact moment for Ohio emcee iNTELLECT.

Last year the Christian rap artist released his concept album ‘Ephesians’ which was created to support a sermon series at his local church. While it was well-received in the broader hip-hop space, the project was still created with others in mind. Since the beginning of this calendar year, iNTELLECT has traveled a more personal road.

With his new album Living Weapons, June 17th, he realizes something that he has thought about for a long time:

Living Weapons is a project, as an artist, that I’ve always wanted to do,” explained iNTELLECT. “It’s a boom bap experience that invokes nostalgia, but also comes with a sound and message that are relevant to this generation.”

The album takes traditional boom-bap and blends it seamlessly into today’s sound.

Project production includes Newselph (“New Kung Fu”), F-Plus (“Honor the Teacher”, “Prison Break”, “Manifest Remix”), and Brokenfinga (“I Got Somethin’”, “The Intersection Remix”, “It Ain’t Over Remix”). iNTELLECT continues to show why he is seen as one of Christian Rap’s most consistent lyricists today. Not only does he spit hard-hitting bars, but he features an amazing lineup of independent faith-based artists as well. Features include Mitch Darrell, TC, Procyse, coreywordsmith, Minister Squad, D. R33D, DJ Navin Johnson.

Living Weapons releases across digital music platforms on June 17, 2022. It includes the acclaimed singles “I Got Somethin’” and “Manifest (Remix)”.

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Album Details

Title: Living Weapons

Artist: iNTELLECT

Release Date: June 17, 2022

Production: Newselph, F-Plus, Brokenfinga

Engineering: iNTELLECT

Features: Mitch Darrell, TC, Procyse, coreywordsmith, Minister Squad, D. R33D, DJ Navin Johnson

With a sound that is straight out of Shaolin but a message that edifies, iNTELLECT has crafted one of his finest records to date.

The Ohio emcee has cemented his place within Christian Rap.

Bars…check; delivery…check; consistency…check. There is little room for doubting the quality, from top to bottom, when it comes to the art that iNTELLECT shares with the world.

For the past year, not only has iNTELLECT continued to level up his game when it comes to rhyming, but he has also developed into a skilled engineer in the process. I Got Somethin’ may well be the ultimate example of this development. The record is already acclaimed, being chosen as the highest graded song of the night on FiveTwenty Collective’s “The FiveTwenty Feedback Show”. This speaks volumes, especially when you consider the collection of songs that it was a part of.

Adding to the quality record are fellow faith-based hip hop artists Mitch Darrell and TC along with DJ Navin Johnson. Both TC and Mitch Darrell are familiar collaborators with iNTELLECT and both deliver on the high expectations their past work has created. Broken Finga does an amazing job setting the tone with a quality beat, showcasing high-level production.

“I found this song very entertaining with good theology and gospel references…I’ve got no complaints here,” – xeroforhire from The FiveTwentyFeedback Show.

I Got Somethin’ hits digital music retailers on April 8, 2022

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Record Details

Title: I Got Somethin’

Artist: iNTELLECT

Release Date: April 8, 2022

Features: Mitch Darrell, TC, DJ Navin Johnson

Production: Broken Finga

Engineering: iNTELLECT

Who has your favorite verse on the record? How would you rank this among iNTELLECT’s releases? Let us know in the comments!

iNTELLECT reconnects with Mr. Uni Universal on the new single Manifest.

For Christian hip hop artist iNTELLECT, 2021 has seen no shortage of new music.

Following an EP (The Art of Grace) along with two successful singles (The Intersection, New Kung Fu), the Ohio emcee continues putting in work with his latest record Manifest.

With vinyl scratches over a funky electric guitar, iNTELLECT shines a light on the things in life that we try to keep hidden. iNTELLECT’s refined boom-bap approach blends beautifully with Mr. Uni Universal’s delivery. The two spit on top of head-nodding production courtesy of Newselph. DJ Navin Johnson chips in with perfectly placed cuts. The sound is clearly meant to remind listeners that classics never go out of style.

“The track has a vintage feel, but still sounds fresh and new” explains iNTELLECT. “Manifest is an energetic track where [we] lay down deep, thought-provoking lyrics.”

Manifest hits digital retailers on July 23, 2021.

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Record Details

Title: Manifest

Release Date: July 23, 2021

Artist: iNTELLECT

Production: Newselph

Engineering: iNTELLECT

Features: Mr. Uni Universal, DJ Navin Johnson