Hugh Holl "Home Run"

Hugh Holla aims to speak salvation with his latest single release.

Home Run is a track from an upcoming mixtape. You can’t be playing the field without Christ. The game of baseball takes moving from base to base just as life takes moving step by step. We can all make it home with one swing. If we receive salvation, it’s a Home Run!

Saint Jones 'Kainos Anthropos'

Saint Jones begins 2023 by dropping a new 13-track album Kainos Anthropos.

Kainos Anthropos is a good balance of being creative without compromising the message of a faith-based rapper. Beginning with an interlude explaining how we are a generation that has forgotten God and the principles of scripture. The intro does a great job of sonically explaining the album’s artwork. Saint Jones talks about how he once was a lost soul with no direction or hope. Having an encounter with God not only changed his viewpoint on life, but also the direction of his music.

Greek for “new man”, Kainos Anthropos is based on Ephesians 4:24.

On the project, Saint Jones talks about where God has brought him from since the start of his walk. It is an album about maturing in Christ and becoming a new man everyday. Featuring punchlines, a wide variety of flows and cadences, and the conviction of what Holy Spirit-led music is supposed to bring.

Features: Ashleigh Faith, Hugh Holla, Prafit Josiah

 

2022 .WAVMaker Awards

The 2022 .WAVMaker Awards are taking place on January 1, 2023

Fan-voting for this year’s awards has officially come to a close. Your votes have helped to determine this year’s finalists. Make sure to tune in as this year’s award show is being powered by Trackstarz and will be streamed live on the Trackstarz YouTube channel.

The finalists are:

Artist of the Year

  • Nu Tone
  • Brinson
  • BRM

Project of the Year

  • Nu Tone, ‘Heavenly Legacy’
  • Brinson, ‘Before He Cracks the Sky’
  • Eddy Puyol, ‘Pronounced Pooh-Yole’

Single of the Year

  • LilRed, “Memories”
  • Cutright, “Trophy”
  • Scribe Music, “Show & Tell”

Lyricist of the Year

  • Q-Flo
  • Cutright
  • YP aka Young Paul

Collaboration of the Year

  • Scribe Music and Nu Tone – “Duppy Conqueror”
  • TC, BRM, Hugh Holla – “Little Saint”
  • Trutha, Q-Flo, Prodi Da Prodigal, Legacy – “Resurrection”

Rookie of the Year

  • LilRed
  • Oatmeal
  • Untidld

Cover Art of the Year

  • LilRed, “Spiritual Warfare”
  • Brinson, ‘Before He Cracks the Sky’
  • Scribe Music, “Duppy Conqueror”

Producer of the Year

  • Newselph
  • El Vow
  • K-Drama

Female Artist of the Year

  • Reece Lache’
  • Tarcea Renee
  • Childlike CiCi

EP/Mixtape of the Year

  • Dezzy Yates, ‘Enjoy, The Mixtape’
  • Eternity, ‘Dreams & Schemes’
  • Arrowz of Truth, ‘AOT V.3: The Alien Revolution 90s Mixtape’

Again, shoutout to everyone who voted this year. We surpassed the total votes from last year, you’re awesome! 

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With his third installment in the CHH space, Hugh Holla aims to show empathy and encouragement to his culture.

Understanding the challenges in the African-American journey, Hugh’s wish is that his people will sing out Hosanna and draw closer to the Lord, sooner than later. Hugh’s prayer is that this piece of work will influence some to seek God’s kingdom and his righteousness. To push his people through past, present, and future troubles!

Features: Saint Jones, TC, Gitemjay, BJ & Tosha Roberts

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” John 15v18-19.

If you find yourself asking “why can’t I fit in how everyone else does”, just remember that you are a chosen people a peculiar people set apart. You weren’t made to fit in this world and that’s okay. Keep your head high Little Saint!

Features: BRM, Hugh Holla

We have been commissioned to share the gospel!

Saint James, TC, and gitemjay join Hugh Holla on his latest single O.G.C. – Are we all playing our part? It’s time to take stock of where we stand.

BVN and Hugh Holla link up on Feed Our Enemies. The record is about showing God’s kindness to our enemies, even when they attack.

Many would argue that the current wave of CHH artists has lost their intentionality in pushing a Gospel-centered message. Perhaps in over-the-top attempts to be relevant, cool, and ingratiating to one’s audience.

Hugh Holla is not one you’ll find falling into that category.

His latest release, Glory Up, is further evidence of that.

Making his official splash onto the Christian hip hop scene with his 2020 Holla-Luja project, which garnered him well-deserved attention and recognition, Hugh continues to solidify himself as a consistent force in the genre.

The seven-song EP has a mixtape feel to it. That may have been the idea all along.

Holla is far from gimmicky. His flow is ice cold and his delivery deliberate, as if his faith has him unbothered on all fronts. His lyrics can’t help but convey that peace and staunch standing.

Tracks like Testaments, one of the project’s stronger records, make Hugh’s message and mission statement clear with bars like “I could ramble through some bars and tickle your thoughts/I’d rather help you water your heart and harvest the crops.”

Other stand-out records like Rooted and Untouchable offer more of the same gritty address and witty approach, that while are absent of any fluff, don’t waste any of the well-placed punchlines littered throughout.

Glory Up is refreshing for those who are looking for a pure Gospel message with a truly urban feel and relatable message. That doesn’t mean the project is without its flaws.

While the production is consistent and serviceable, it’s not spectacular. That goes back to the mixtape feel point made earlier.

The hooks and choruses are somewhat predictable, a bit time-stamped, but not detracting from the message of each song and the project as a whole. There is growth in this project and no apparent throwaway songwriting present.

Glory Up is a jewel, flaws and all.

Hugh Holla is so confident in his belief that the pointedness of this offering overcomes any technical or style issues that could be addressed. As stated, this is not a modern, current attempt to bring a relevant sound to the masses. This is an execution in delivering an authentic Christian message with a beat backdrop that doesn’t allow you to miss the intent of its content. Mission accomplished!

Let us know in the comments how you feel about Glory Up by Hugh Holla. Do you agree with this assessment? Which songs are standouts and which are lacking? #SoundOff

 

Glory Up is a follow-up to Hugh Holla’s ‘Holla-Lujah’ project. It is his second collection of tracks in the Christian Hip-Hop space. Hugh aims to continue using titles that give praise to the Most High. Every track displays praise, testimony, and encouragement. Glory Up has a classic hip-hop feel with traditional boom-bap beats that are pleasing to listeners!

Features: TC, Bernard Germaine, Saint Jones

“As a believer in Christ we can be confident and bold in our faith. We should sing boldly. Shout boldly. Rap boldly. Live boldly.

Features: TC