LilRed, 'Stay The Course'

LilRed drops his EP STAY THE COURSE

LilRed hopes to encourage others to keep working at their purpose and it’ll all work out in the end.

Features: Aaron Henson, Xay Hill, Kody Free, Opto Music, Hilgy

Scribe Music 'Scribe & The Wildlings"

Scribe Music is thrilled to present Scribe & the Wildlings

The new EP explores the journey of a man of God and the unexpected experiences that shape his calling. This thought-provoking album features contributions from a diverse range of artists, making it a unique and dynamic listening experience. With its powerful message and captivating sound, Scribe & the Wildlings marks an exciting new chapter in Scribe’s artistic timeline. So get ready to embark on a musical journey through the wilderness and discover the impactful season that awaits you.

Features: Chiwaz, Nu Tone, Weez The Satellite Kiid, Dzh, Kody Free, Q-Flo

Kody Free, 'Failure To Launch'

The Enigmatic Kody Free Re-emerges and Addresses His Failure To Launch

“People are chasing cash, not happiness. When you chase money, you’re going to lose.” [GaryVee]

Our priorities determine our focus. Fame and notoriety call out to us promising to give us our “best life”. If we’re not careful, we can live and breathe for the attention of others. We seek approval from strangers and find our identity in the thoughts of those who do not know us at all. There comes a point for everyone that is chasing “status” where they look in the mirror and cannot even recognize the image that they see. Is this how we are meant to live? Are we meant to soar? Have we experienced a Failure To Launch?

Kody Free finally drops!

Minnesota hip-hop artist Kody Free tackles the concept of “blowing up” with three new records that compose his latest release. Failure To Launch is a short EP that packs a large amount of thought and processing into its listening experience.

As Kody explains, “It is a commentary on becoming something others want to hear.”

Taking a more mainstream approach, Failure To Launch sonically features jumpy, poppy beats. All of the proceeds from the project are going to help the homeless population in America via multiple different charities. The EP is available across digital music platforms beginning February 10, 2023.

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EP Details

Title: Failure To Launch

Artist: Kody Free

Release Date: February 10, 2023

Features: Jake Giller

Production: Connor Ahlstrom, Kody Free

Engineering: Connor Ahlstrom

Label: Stream Of Thought

Track Listing

Stylish ft. Jake Giller

I Like How You Move


TLS, 'The Listening Session, Vol. 1'

TLS (The Listening Session) start 2023 with their much-anticipated mixtape.

The Listening Session, Vol. 1 showcases several emerging independent artists within Christian hip hop. It is a virtual who’s who of the indie scene including Rapzilla Freshmen Q-Flo, Prodi Da Prodigal, and Alcott. Also featured are Trutha, Mic Wise, Untidld, outr.cty, QEW, Bill B., DJLC, Mitch Darrell, Weez the Satellite Kiid, Scribe Music, Legacy, Kody Free, Cyrus Sonata, Lyriq Nawqiy, JusRzd, Leon, ADOE, and more!

See the track list below for a breakdown of the songs, artists, and producers. Let us know your favorite TLS track off the mixtape in the comments!

TLS track listing

2022 .WAVMaker Awards

The 2022 .WAVMaker Awards kicked off the new year for indie faith-based hip hop.

FiveTwenty Collective and the legendary Trackstarz teamed up to deliver the only awards dedicated to independent Christian hip hop. 

This year’s .WAVMaker Awards was hosted by Eric Boston, Ryan Righteous, and DJ Jeremaya. It was live-streamed on the Trackstarz YouTube channel. Featuring 10 individual awards, Jeremaya also announced the 2023 Next Up artists which is an annual recognition for artists set to have a big year musically.

2022 .WAVMaker Award Winners

  • Rookie of the Year (sponsored by Dude.FM): Oatmeal
  • Cover Art of the Year (sponsored by Nectar Distro): Before He Cracks the Sky, Brinson
  • Female Artist of the Year (sponsored by FiveTwenty Presents): Reece Lache
  • Producer of the Year (sponsored by Not The Same Podcast): Newselph
  • Collaboration of the Year (sponsored by Kingdom Club Apparel): Resurrection, Trutha/Q-Flo/Prodi Da Prodigal/Legacy
  • EP/Mixtape of the Year (sponsored by Afresh Culture): Enjoy, The Mixtape, Dezzy Yates
  • Lyricist of the Year (sponsored by Club His Hop): Q-Flo
  • Single of the Year (sponsored by Blood Related Clothing): Show & Tell, Scribe Music ft. Kody Free
  • Project of the Year (sponsored by Godchaserz Entertainment): Before He Cracks the Sky, Brinson
  • Artist of the Year (sponsored by The Bookkeeper247): Brinson

Shout out to all of this year’s winners! What a way to start 2023. This year is sure to be amazing and we are excited to be along for the ride.

Want to make sure you are on our radar for the 2023 .WAVMaker Awards? Hit our Submission form when you are dropping new music all year long or send your press releases to

While you’re here, check out the live stream of the awards below!

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! 

If you want to get involved with this year’s .WAVMaker Awards, there are still sponsorship opportunities available. Click here for more details.

Capturing the burden of leadership, Show and Tell is a sonic metaphor for learning to find contentment in the journey. Like dragging your boots up the side of rugged, mountain terrain, the two vocalists scrape and claw through every guitar lick and beat drop to convey the highs and lows of life’s ascent. The track is like a well-crafted short story, calling the listener to re-read its sounds. Show and Tell keeps its promise to captivate and motivate its audience.

Featuring: Kody Free

On this episode of Beyond the DMs, host Eric N. Boston (@EricBoston3) is joined by Christian Hip Hop legend and God Over Money artist Selah The Corner (@Iamthacorner)

Selah sets the record straight on “that diss record”, talks about collaborating with the next generation of CHH, and what may be the future of the genre.

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So this all began with a simple tweet:

Sending the demos of my project out to a few select people. Dm me if you want it.

— Kode Red ? (@KodeRedMusic) November 25, 2018

I shot my dude a quick dm and a few minutes later my inbox was blessed with some upcoming music by the artist that many of us have been waiting on patiently to drop.

You may have noticed Kode Red‘s…you can call it swagger, youthful bliss, or, better yet, just age ol’ confidence. He is not afraid to let you know that he is just as good as any of your favorite emcees when it comes to his abilities around a beat.

After hearing these latest demos, he may be right.

Normally I am not one who pays too much attention to someone with a goat mentality. I get it, this is hip-hop and you’re not going to escape it.

You know what they say, “it’s not bragging if you can back it up”, and right now the culture is starting to recognize the young man who, as his Twitter bio states, is “a real person”.

I have yet to hear a Chh artist better than @KodeRedMusic ? #NoLies #JustWait ✊?

— Jordan Ramble? (@JordanRamble) November 23, 2018


Enough set up. Let’s jump into the music.

From the first notes of “The Hiatus” you get one of those epic feels of what is about come thru your speakers. Then comes the first words that line up with the message Kode Red consistently puts out
-“I’ve been me from the jump”-
As the listener, you are fully convinced that what you are hearing is unfiltered Kode Red as his vocals ride over the production. It is easy to get lost in the vibe, but I warn you to not miss what the young man is saying. Lines like “I’m terrified to be famous, you never know, I could be next” have a way of letting you into the mind of one of the culture’s more talented up and comers.
Now, when I opened my email the first thing I noticed was an attachment labeled “Mafia”. It was not because of the perhaps controversial title. Instead, it was the name that came after “ft.” that caused my eyebrows to rise.
If you keep up with me at all then you know that not only am I a huge supporter of Thomas Iannucci, but I’m lucky enough to call him a personal friend. There was Thomas’ name and I’m not afraid to admit that it caused me to jump directly to “Mafia” first. The hits that start out the song are a bit ear-piercing, but they play off of Thomas’ first words perfectly, “I don’t even know why you brought me here”. Is it a statement directed at Kode Red? After all, Thomas has been leveling up his own skillset over the past year and Red is still surrounded in some uncertainty. If you are going to feature someone of Iannucci’s caliber on your track you need to be prepared to bring your ‘A’ game or he is likely to steal the spotlight.
Iannucci gives Kode Red a raw and heavy-hitting verse that blends well with Red’s style, which he speeds up for this track. For those who are fans of “Illyinde” that Iannucci did with Joe Ayinde earlier this year, and if you’re not what is wrong with you!?!?!?!, then you are going to enjoy this track as well.

Next is the track “Consciousness”

It is a track that Kode Red slows down on and delivers his feelings. He discusses partnering with God as he is dealing with depression. How demons are coming after him, but even so he is still able to find joy. The complete truth is that you are not going to be able to navigate the depth of this track in one listen. It is perhaps my favorite of the four tracks that he sent. It has a unique sound that separates from the majority of what is currently being heard across CHH.
That brings us to the final song “Overnight”. Again, you have a mellow track complete with synth keys and a snapping high hat.
Kode Red flows with a melodic touch on the track as he settles into the pocket. The auto-tune on the hook is something I could do without, but I understand why he chose to use it here.
The message that is being conveyed on “Overnight” is that none of what happens for an artist is instantaneous, it is a grind. You either work hard and pay your dues or maybe this game just isn’t for you. One thing is certain, Red has definitely been grinding and these songs are a shining example of that.
I don’t know what is soon to come from Kode Red. Perhaps these four tracks are going to make up a future EP. They might be pieces of a bigger project. Whatever it is, I am now anticipating seeing what the homie is going to be dropping for the public to consume.
After listening, I have no problem saying that Kode Red is an artist that the culture needs to be keeping an eye on. If you want music that breaks the norm of today’s CHH then he is an artist that is going to bring that to you.
As my man said…


Make it so free and the bars so hard that there ain’t one gosh darn part you can’t tweet

— Kode Red ? (@KodeRedMusic) November 25, 2018

… and I think he has pulled this off. CHH, step your game up.

My personal rankings of these tracks:

  1. Consciousness
  2. The Hiatus
  3. Mafia
  4. Overnight