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Brinson tells a story of a new Christian reaching out to a recently fallen artist.

Comment Section is Brinson’s heart and hope. He prays the former Christian artist to come back to the faith.

Godchaserz’ Oatmeal kicks off 2022 with On Go. It is the starter for this new year and the first single from Oatey’s upcoming full-length project. “Walking by faith is what On Go is about, no matter the odds,” explained Oatmeal.

It’s time to celebrate! Brinson delivers an “unreleased” track just in time for his birthday.

Distribution issues may cripple most releases. But when you’ve been in the game for 15 years, it’s simply a hurdle to get over.

It also helps when your project has plenty of “album of the year” buzz around it. People will seek it out wherever it may be.

That has been the case with GodChaserz Entertainments’ newest release, Rising Son by the duo known as Medallions. The group name may be new, but the members are two of the most established and skilled emcees in the Christian rap space. Brinson and ReadyWriter have been establishing themselves within the genre for a long time. The fact that we are just now getting a joint project is a little surprising. Even so, once announced, the expectations were understandably high.

So why now?

According to Brinson,

“We’re trying to continue our scene’s rich tradition of talented twosomes. From Ras and Nuwine, Corey Red and Precise to Lecrae and Andy Mineo. One of the few regrets I’ve had as the head of GodChaserz is that more people didn’t gravitate toward Ready’s skill as an emcee. I’d put his pen game up against any of the greats. Hopefully, this project will help others appreciate his musical gifts as much as I do.”

Rising Son hit Bandcamp as well as GodChaserz website in late July, 2021 with physical and digital versions available.

Let’s dive in!

Breeze

Setting the tone for any album is always priority numero uno. The opening track on Rising Son is drenched in aggression and barz. While the opening chords give a throwback to classic hip hop sounds made popular by Wu-Tang Clan, once the 808s hit “Breeze” screams loudly its place in today’s hip hop space. As Brinson mentioned, ReadyWriter is easily one of the hidden gems in Christian rap. His pen game is remarkable. Don’t let your guard down on Brinson though. One thing that is a given is that the GodChaserz CEO has the natural ability to go bar for bar with anyone he’s on a track with.

So I Gotta Say

The mood turns to a chiller vibe on the second track. There’s an early Nas nostalgic on “So I Gotta Say”. I really enjoy the simple horn sample that pushes the melody throughout the track. This is the type of record where wordplay gets the opportunity to sit front and center and Medallions do not disappoint, declaring themselves “A Tribe Called Blessed” with a tongue and cheek reference to the iconic hip hop group.

ARTery

“ARTery” is a memoir that tells the story of Brinson and Ready’s connection to the rap game.

“I feel at home when I write brother, my zone when I write brother, like I’m a Wright brother”

Again, “ARTery” hits with a calm, relaxed tempo and showcases the duo’s lyrical ability.

Let You Down

The jazzy production on “Let You Down” brings a fun vibe to contrast a topic typically associated with a serious nature. The bass line is perfect and really drives the record. Brinson and ReadyWriter tackle shortcomings head-on with a transparency that is easy to appreciate. Honestly, you could call this an anthem of sorts for the human race as we all have those moments of regret where all we need is a little forgiveness.

Osaze Interlude

Osaze Murray brings a message of chasing medallions (trophies) in life. We all tend to look for that recognition, that confirmation that what we’ve accomplished is remarkable. Murray gives a reminder of the ultimate medallion we can receive as believers in Christ.

No Time 2 Waste ft. Osaze Murray

“No Time 2 Waste” is the lead single off of Rising Son. The record is not a vibe, but make no mistake, the emcees are vibing. I love the production here. It is simplistic yet classic. From the “ooh” stabs to the sampling on the breaks, it all works together beautifully. Being the only feature on the entire project, Osaze Murray comes through with one of the top verses to this point. The record is a standout on the project and it is more than understandable as to its selection as the lead single. It is truly everything that is pure about hip hop as producer Newselph crafted a strong sonic foundation for the emcees to shine.

Take The Good

What the boom-bap!?!?

“My uncle’s in heaven, my friend is in heaven and they got they wings/ life cut short, COVID-19/ best think about it they was serving the King”

Life throws plenty of difficulties in our path. Even as believers, we are not promised to go through this world without trials. Even so, it is a matter of the heart how we are going to approach such times. Do we dwell on imperfections and miss out on the blessings? “Take The Good” is a reminder to keep focused on the good. C’mon!

Rising Son

The production on the title track has a grittiness yet to show up on the album. Fat bass, record cuts, and sharp hats all take it back to golden era cypher style tracks. This is the first record where Medallions spit more than one verse each as the duo drop a third verse, going back and forth with their barz. Ready, in particular, is truly flexing his lyrical muscle on this track. Overall, this is one of my top records on Rising Son.

ReadyWriter Speak

Combination interlude and alter call, ReadyWriter pens a mini-sermon before the end of the album.

Rising Son *16Bit Remix

The album concludes with a nod to retro-gaming as the title track gets a makeover. It is a creative re-imagining of an already strong record.

Overall, Rising Son is easily one of my favorite albums of 2021. 

The production by Newselph is on point and compliments the intent of the project. The pen game from both ReadyWriter and Brinson shines throughout. Of course, as with any GodChaserz release, high-quality artistry is found from beginning to end.

I hope this is not a one-off from the duo.

I would love to hear Medallions bring their gifts and pair them with other talents from the Christian rap space. I understand the choice of limited features for this debut, however, the single offering with Osaze Murray stoodout in a way that I can’t help but wonder how much greatness the group could pull out of other emcees. Medallions certainly has the chops to be a true force within the genre. While not perfect, I wouldn’t hesitate to give the album a solid 9/10…if I was one to rank projects in such a way.

Favorite Tracks

  • No Time 2 Waste
  • Rising Son
  • Breeze
  • ARTery

Hit the comments below and share your thoughts on Rising Son by Medallions. Does it live up to expectations? Do you think this will be the only project we get?

Medallions is a collaboration between Godchaserz founder Brinson and long-time artist ReadyWriter. The joint project Rising Son is the result of this pairing.

The decision to put the emcees together for a full album was one supported by Biblical wisdom. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor” – Ecclesiastes 4:9. With Medallions, listeners will note a sustained focus on sharing the gospel. The heightened wordplay and lyricism recall hip hop’s golden era.

“We’re trying to contribute to our scene’s rich tradition of talented twosomes,” explains Brinson. “From Ras and Nuwine, Corey Red and Precise, to Lecrae and Andy Mineo.”

Rising Son is available now on Bandcamp as well as GodChaserz’s official website.

No Time 2 Waste is the first single off the upcoming album ‘Rising Son’. Medallions is the lyrically lethal duo of Brinson and ReadyWriter. 15 years of God chasing continues!

Features: Osaze Murray

As Godchaserz celebrates 15 years of ministry, Nazarite joins the fun. Check out the Kidz Freestyle.

Brinson celebrates 15 years of God chasing! Peep the Godchaserz twist on “Lemon Pepper Freestyle”.

Ahead of My Time is a musical journey from the NC emcee known as Big R. The album drops as a part of the Godchaserz 15 Year celebration!

It’s Godchaserz Baby!!!

June 2021 represents 15 years of God chasing and the team is going big. It all starts with the release of a new project from an old friend.

It’s been nearly a decade since CStraight’s classic debut project Not So Cool. Even so, C is back and FiveTwenty was blessed with early access to his new album, The View From Here.

Can CStraight stand up with today’s CHH? We’re going to find out!

   

Dulolly (Intro)

On the opening track, CStraight acknowledges his hiatus while reminding everyone of the point behind this ministry.

With no hook, C showcases, for those who may not know, why he is considered by many as an elite emcee in Christian hip hop. He not only gives us one, but two verses on the intro and sets the bar for the remainder of the album.

Crazy

The lead single off the album, Crazy features Big Fil and Godchaserz big dog Brinson.

The song released on digital music retailers on June 11, 2021. Get a sample of the track below.

It is a great summer jam. With is smooth feel, it is easy to understand why this record was chosen as the lead single to serve as a reintroduction of sorts to the CHH community. CStraight and Brinson kill their verses and Big Fil ties it all together with a melodic hook.

“This ain’t a lecture, this is life in activation/ elevate ya, celebrate ya to a brand new creation/ It’s safe to say, it’s Christ I’m trying to mimic/ if death couldn’t beat Him, then what’s a pandemic?”

Cup Up

CStraight is joined by fellow Godchaserz artist Nazarite on this one. With the duo’s impressive lyrical ability, my expectations going in are pretty high.

I love the simplified production and hard-hitting 808. The lyricism is front and center. While C did his thing, I’m not going to lie, I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get a verse from Naz on the track. Instead, he held down duties on the hook. Overall though, Cup Up is a solid record that feels right in C’s wheelhouse.

G.M.M.D. (God Made Me Dope)

We continue to experience CStraight’s strengths as an artist on God Made Me Dope. His verses on the track are fantastic and I love the bridge, something that does not get used often in today’s music. The hook on G.M.M.D. falls a bit flat for me as there is a lack of a “Wow” factor. However, if you’re in it for lyricism, then you should enjoy this record.

T.V.F.H. (Interlude)

Produced by Brinson, the only track on the album not produced by Osym Beats, The View From Here is a chill vibe.

CStraight speaks on life without Christ and how God views the human experience. For believers, it is definitely a challenge to consider a different, and most important, perspective in life. It is easy to lose sight of the greater calling we have in our lives.

Level Up

The energy picks up after a relaxed stretch. Level Up brings us into the back half of the album with a bang. This is easily one of my favorite records with a strong hook and well-crafted verses. CStraight declares the strength we have in Christ. Not only in life, but over the enemy who wants to see us ultimately fall.

No Permission

For fans of CHH that are seeking Christ-centered artists/projects, CStraight answers the call.

On No Permission, C continues the theme of the freedom we have thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus. The record is an ode to CStraight’s father who, unfortunately, passed during the past year. The intro to the track is actually a voicemail that his father left him. This adds to the depth of meaning within the track.

Been Wondering

When you’re talking about the classic hip hop sound, look no further than Been Wondering. Add in ReadyWriter bars and you’re transported to the golden era. Again, Big Fil drops in to wrap the whole thing up with a soulful hook. I love boom-bap and elements like record scratches, perfectly incorporated adlibs, and a good bridge every now and then. Been Wondering checks the boxes for me…add it to my favorites list.

Wit It

The finale brings in CHH vet Dre Murray along with Rik Reed.

What’s the old adage? You should save the best for last? I’m not sure if Wit It is my number one record on the album, but it’s up there. The energy is electric, the melody moves throughout the track, and the artists complement each other beautifully. If you told me that this is your favorite song from ‘The View From Here’, I’m not going to argue with you. It is a great finish to what has been an enjoyable listen. The kind of final song that entices you to loop back around to the start (or keep Wit It on repeat).

Overall, The View From Here is a solid project and a great “welcome back” for CStraight. 

The Chrisitan Hip Hop landscape undoubtedly looks very different than the last time he was here. Because of that, CStraight is in a unique place to reinvent himself for a new crop of fans.

While the album brings us through the decade-long journey that C has been on, it also gives us glimpses of where God is taking him as an artist. CStraight recently told FiveTwenty that this may not be the only project he drops this year, and that the new music already has a different feel than The View From Here. Until then, this project is perfectly timed to kick off a time of celebration for the Godchaserz team.

My Favorite Tracks

  • Level Up
  • Wit It
  • Been Wondering
  • Crazy
  • No Permission

How are you feeling about getting new music from CStraight? Which songs are you excited to hear? Let us know in the comments below!

You can preorder The View From Here, and grab some merch as well, now at GodChaserz.com | Bandcamp | Digital Streaming

Follow CStraight on Twitter @Cstraighttheone