Welcome to season 3 of DINO NUGGETS! To kick off the new year we’re talking about several CHH-adjacent acts, great new music from January, Zaytoven’s Christian rap collaborations, and more! Check it out on the FiveTwenty Collective Substack!

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Background music: The GODlee Barnes Instrumentals by Blu

Tracklist:

Swoope & JohnO – We Go On (feat. Solomon Headen & Ashley Merrell)

1K Phew & Zaytoven – Let Go Let God

KJ-52 – Grow Up Jonah

Lecrae & Zaytoven – Get Back Right

Andy Mineo – I Ain’t Done

116 – Cash or Christ / Fanatics (feat. Lecrae & Trip Lee)

Henrik – Half of Forever

Dillon Francis & Good Times Ahead – Listen (feat. Fatman Scoop)

Isaac Mather – Too Late

Welcome to the September 2023 edition of DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty’s music discovery show! This time around Darius, Daniel, and Alexander are joined by special guest Joseph Muniz to talk about fresh releases from the month of July, international Christian rap, the “Church Clap,” concert bathrooms, and more. Plus, is indie tribe the new Reach Records?

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Background music: Hymns in High-Fidelity by Brother Joe and sxxnt.

Tracklist:

O’bros – Going My Way (feat. Lecrae)

Jeremiah Bligen – I Will Not Stop (feat. Cutright)

Don Ready & Christopher Syncere – 10pm W Josh Hritz

Indie Tribe – STILL HOLY

Grits – Ooh Aah (My Life Be Like) [feat. tobyMac]

Lecrae – I’m Turnt

Lecrae – Confe$$ions

Mura Masa & Daniela Lalita – Love

Connor Price, Nic D, & GRAHAM – HOV (Remix)

Switchfoot & Relient K – Ammunition (Relient K Version)

Paper Watch – Gideon

We’re back with another episode of DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty Collective’s music listening show! Join us to hear Alexander and Darius talk about hot new releases from August, Derek Minor’s legacy, and what messages hip-hop can bring to the Church that other genres can’t.

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Background music: Shine On… by Max I Million

Tracklist:

KB & Scootie Wop – Who the Son Sets Free

Nomis – West Coast Shottas (feat. Myka 9, Caps the Elusive, & Sojourn)

116 – Authority (feat. Lecrae, Tedashii, KB, & Derek Minor)

Derek Minor – Who You Know

Cian Ducrot – Endless Nights

Essenger & Cryoshell – As Above, so Below

This past weekend, I had the immense pleasure of being able to attend (alongside my DINO NUGGETS co-hosts) the third iteration of indie tribe’s SMOKE! Festival. And let me tell you: I can’t recommend it enough. It was a movie.

“Started makin’ movies, now we don’t know how to act.”

The first night of festivities featured a range of talented acts, many of which I hadn’t seen live before. A standout was Jon Keith’s performance. EREMOS is undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year, and hearing songs from it live was an incredible experience. The combination of synth-heavy tracks with incredibly vulnerable lyrics and striking but minimalistic visuals made Jon Keith’s set one of the most memorable of Friday night. Plus, the whole rest of indie tribe rushed the stage during “CHOSE,” sending the crowd into a frenzy.

“If you only take two things away tonight… You don’t have to be lonely alone. And God loves you more than you could ever know.” -Jon Keith

The first night of festivities finished out with an electrifying performance by Seattle-based alternative rock band Kings Kaleidoscope. It’s clear that they’ve honed their craft over years of shows. One indicator of this was how brilliantly the band utilized colors and lighting as part of their set (fitting for a band with “kaleidoscope” in their name). Finishing Friday night off by playing through all three parts of “The Rush,” Kings Kaleidoscope left this writer overwhelmed with emotion.

After the show was the VIP afterparty, starting off with the customary SMOKE! Cypher. DJ Mykael V facilitated the scene over two beats while emcee after emcee blew the audience’s mind. Did I mention this took place in a skate park? Truly an amazing scene to witness. Each artist melted the mic, but even amongst these giants Aable’s verse was something special.

 

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As if the cypher wasn’t enough, we were also treated to Pass the Aux, where artists played unreleased music. 350 played a song he did in collaboration with Torey D’Shaun that he said will never be released due to uncleared samples. Mogli the Iceburg knocked our socks off with an unfinished track from his hyperrock project. DJ Mykael V played a track featuring John Givez that he said was from a 2018 album called Pinocchio Story that will never see the light of day. Torey D’Shaun had to get Jon Keith to help him turn off his iPhone notifications that kept interrupting his song, and nobigdyl. spilled some details on his next album.

Day one easily would have been worth the price of admission, but Saturday brought even more great music! The day kicked off with a Block Party outside the venue featuring vintage clothes, coffee by Cxffeeblack, a live DJ, and more. Alexander, Daniel, and I elected to use part of our time at the Block Party to record a live bonus episode of DINO NUGGETS.

While the Block Party continued outside, fans crowded into Rocketown’s indoor skate park, where the festival organizers had built a stage. I personally only caught Mogli the Iceburg’s set, and I’m glad I did. Experiencing Mogli’s unique brand of indie rock while packed into a skate park with hundreds of other enthusiasts was quite the experience. (Check out the 5th photo below)

 

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After getting some lunch, we forged ahead into the main lineup of music for the day. Battz kicked things off, but his was no forgettable opener. I knew that I expected Battz’ music to be some of my favorite, stylistically, but I didn’t anticipate just how much he would be able to animate the crowd, especially once Aaron Dews joined the stage. (Definitely hoping to see a lot more collaboration between those two in the future.)

 

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Derek Minor’s stage presence was impressively commanding–I loved that his band included live trumpet and electric guitar. The RMG rapper played a few songs off of his upcoming album, alongside several throwbacks.

I got to hear The New Respects for the third time, and they were incredible as always. The flow of their setlist stood out to me as especially well-put-together. They, too, played an unreleased song, and I’m always impressed by their drummer Darius’ ability to play and sing at the same time.

WHATUPRG also had an exceptionally well-organized set. Last time I saw RG perform was on the Unashamed Forever tour, where he put on an amazing show, but Saturday’s show was next level.

Probably the solo set I was most excited for was nobigdyl.’s, and it paid off. The bassline in “Lighter Fluid” felt like it would punch me through the floor, and dyl.’s decision to use an AI-generated clip of Obama’s voice as the transition from “President” to “PARABOLIC!” was brilliant.

 

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This was personally my first time at SMOKE!, but when indie tribe finally took the stage the energy was as high as I would’ve guessed. Anybody who doesn’t think God is doing big things through the tribe hasn’t been to SMOKE!. “This is shocking to people, but we always knew this culture was here,” nobigdyl. said in between songs, to which the crowd responded by chanting “JESUS. JESUS. JESUS. JESUS.”

“Say I won’t come all the way to Nashville to support one of the dopest music festivals.” -Lecrae

After performing several of the top songs from last year’s Church Clothes 4, Lecrae’s set honestly felt more like a blessing over the event with songs sprinkled in. The two-time Grammy winner exhorted artists to be faithful to what God calls them to and charged fans with supporting the movement indie tribe is at the helm of.

“You don’t get no extra rewards in heaven for selling the most albums. You don’t get no extra rewards in heaven for winning Grammys. You don’t get no extra rewards in heaven for selling out shows. All those things are fine, there’s nothing wrong with them, but the motivation is the difference. … So just be faithful to what God put in front of you, y’all. … It don’t mean don’t be a good steward; it don’t mean don’t work hard. But it just means, at the end of the day, life on earth is just preparation for the next life.”

Lecrae may have been the last artist listed on the schedule, but indie tribe had a surprise in store. The mysterious “Still Holy Premiere” listed on the Saturday schedule turned out to be the debut of a new song called “Still Holy,” and, much more notably, the addition of a new official member to the indie tribe: Torey D’Shaun!

Obviously there’s a lot more that happened at SMOKE! Festival 2023; these are just a few highlights that stand out to me as I reflect a few days later. One thing I haven’t mentioned is the incredible sense of community I felt as I interacted with artists, content creators, and fans alike. One aspect of the festival that I didn’t consider beforehand that I enjoyed immensely was getting to meet in person many musicians, writers, and graphic designers who I’ve known for years, but only online. By the time the weekend was over, I was wiped, but SMOKE! Festival 2023 was a highlight of the summer (and even the year) for me. You can bet that it will take a lot to keep me from being there again next year.

Welcome to the May episode of DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty’s music discovery show! Half podcast, half radio show, on DINO NUGGETS each host brings

  • One new CHH release
  • One old CHH release
  • One non CHH release

to listen to and discuss. For the May 2023 episode they’re talking Jon Keith, throwback Social Club Misfits, and more, and maybe having a little too much fun. Listen on the FiveTwenty Collective Substack now! Plus you can paste api.substack.com/feed/podcast/1246501/s/62118.rss into your favorite podcast app to get new episodes automatically in your podcast feed. Thanks for listening!

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Background music: For the Off Day and For the Afternoon by Lofi Sunday

 

Tracklist:

Jon Keith – Too Involved

Trip Lee – Lay Down

FiveTwenty Collective – DeepSpace5oul (FiveTwenty Staff Cypher) [feat. King David tha Vessel, Zach Menshouse, Darius Mullin, Pacaso Ramirez, BigSwiss, The Legend of XERO, Eric Boston, and Mr.C]

Lecrae – Dirty Water

Ruslan – Americana

Social Club Misfits – Into the Night

Dominic Fike – Ant Pile

The Knocks – I Promise

Corey Kilgannon – Spring (feat. Trella)

Welcome to the March episode of DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty’s music discovery show! Half podcast, half radio show, on DINO NUGGETS each host brings

  • One new CHH release
  • One old CHH release
  • One non CHH release

to listen to and discuss. And this month they’re joined by guest co-host Eric Boston to talk about the vinyl resurgence, favorite Andy Mineo albums, the best way to listen to house music, NF’s latest video, and more. Listen to it on the FiveTwenty Mixcloud now!

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Audiomack recently launched their very first official Christian Hip Hop playlist, but the streaming giant isn’t done yet!

They’ve further announced a faith-based playlist series called Keep the Faith Going, which features curation from top artists in Christian Hip Hip and adjacent genres. So far there are seven entries in the series, including playlists created by Lecrae and Limoblaze.

Through the Keep the Faith Going series, fans can get to know their favorite artists on a deeper level by discovering songs that inspire them. Artists, likewise, get a chance to highlight the music that inspires them in their faith journey. “…Every waking day I remain in awe as to how good and loving God is,” said Limoblaze. “This drives my passion in everything I do, including music.”

 

We were fortunate to be able to ask Tanya Lawson, strategic marketing director of Audiomack’s Caribbean and Gospel music division, a few further questions about Keep the Faith Going.

FiveTwenty Collective: What’s the number one thing you hope listeners can get out of these playlists?

Tanya Lawson: To discover a new act they weren’t familiar with. Audiomack is a discovery platform, so of course that’s something we really want the listeners to get out of listening to these playlists.

FiveTwenty Collective: How did the Keep the Faith Going playlist series come about?

Tanya Lawson: The KTFG campaign was launched as a way to introduce Audiomack’s new gospel division. The campaign was designed to support gospel music on the platform. We wanted to raise awareness about the genre and inspire listeners to listen to gospel / inspirational music.

FiveTwenty Collective: So far the series includes playlist curation by some big names! If the series is successful, do you think there’s a possibility of expanding into more of an indie space?

Tanya Lawson: Yes, including indie artists in a campaign is our next step. Audiomack loves supporting indie artists, so … that’s actually our next step when this is successful.

 

Sounds like even more exciting stuff is on the horizon for Audiomack! Who do you want to see a Keep the Faith Going playlist from in the future? Let us know! Connect with us on Audiomack and listen to the #FIVETWENTYCO playlist.

Listen to Audiomack’s Keep the Faith Going – Lecrae playlist below:

Welcome to a very special episode of DINO NUGGETS! Why is it special? Because we have our very first guest on the show, Lucas Brogdon of “That Band” and The Listening Party radio show! It’s the same stellar format as usual though, with each host bringing one new CHH release, one old CHH release, and one non CHH release. Check it out on the FiveTwenty Collective Mixcloud right now! We’re talking about NF’s new direction, buying CDs at Lifeway, some CHH hot takes, and Camp Electric. Plus a song lineup that’s honestly killer. Don’t miss it!

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Welcome to DINO NUGGETS season 2!!! This month we’ve got social media stories, CHH history, Dolly Parton, and more. It’s a great start to a new season of FiveTwenty Collective’s music listening show! Check it out on the FiveTwenty Collective Mixcloud now!

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The November episode of DINO NUGGETS, FiveTwenty’s music discovery show, is out now! Half podcast, half radio show, on DINO NUGGETS each host brings

  • One new CHH release
  • One old CHH release
  • One non CHH release

to listen to and discuss. This month: Church Clothes 4, DJ Mykael V, and even some Christmas music, all while Darius and Alexander are battling the flu! Check it out on the FiveTwenty Mixcloud now!

Connect with Alexander and Darius on Instagram, and follow the DINO NUGGETS playlist on Apple Music or Spotify.