GodChaserz Documentary

After plenty of hype and building anticipation, GodChaserz The Documentary is finally set for release.

The winner of 64 film awards hits streaming platforms this spring. However, GodChaserz founder Brinson listened to the fans and is giving exclusive early access this Friday, March 17, 2023. Fans will be able to view the documentary at godchaserzdoc.com

GodChaserz The Documentary will take viewers into the world of Christian rap as lived out by members of a scrappy, underrated independent music label who never abandoned their stated mission to share the gospel of Jesus to and through hip-hop culture.” – Sketch the Journalist

News of the exclusive release dropped today on GodChaserz social media:

The documentary takes an in-depth look at one of Christian rap’s longest-running independent labels. You can watch the trailer below.

GodChaserz The Documentary is directed by Brinson and award-winning director Will Thomas. Following submission to several film festivals, the film has garnered plenty of recognition. It is the winner of such festivals as SoCal Film Awards, Milan Gold Awards, MegaFlix Film Awards, Asia Film Festival, Emerald Coast Film Festival, London International Monthly Film Festival, and several others.

Along with plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, included in the film are several interviews with key figures throughout the Christian rap world. FiveTwenty Collective even makes an appearance. FiveTwenty Co. founder Eric Boston was able to share his thoughts on the label’s impact.

Synopsis

“A portrait of pursuing our Creator through hip hop. This documentary provides viewers with a first-hand account of what it looks like to run an independent record label focused on sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through hip-hop. Interviews with artists, journalists, church leaders, and genre gatekeepers will enlighten audiences about this unique, black-owned entertainment company geared to encourage and entertain.”

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 contact@fivetwentycollective.com

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.

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.

Godchaserz artist Oatmeal just released his new project ‘Instant’, the question is…does it hit right away?

Oatmeal has been developing, under the guidance of Christian Hip Hop mainstay Brinson, for a while now and the expectations continue to grow for this young emcee. 

How does the newest offering stack up? Let’s dive in and find out!

Drippy ft. KiddGotit & Xay Hill– “Drippy” is a high energy opener with a touch of that darker sound. The production blends nicely with Xay’s vocals on the hook and Oatmeal delivers a very strong second verse. Overall, it is a good choice for the intro track and makes one wonder if we will see it as a second single off of the project at some point.

Gnarly – Speaking of singles, the InsideOut Beats produced “Gnarly” is the lead single from ‘Instant’. Again, we have a lot of energy and an infectious hook that sticks in your head. InsideOut is one of the talented developing producers in the CHH space and the beat here shows why. If I was to critique one element of this track it would be that the synth bass line has a tendency to distort at times. Perhaps this is by choice, but I would have preferred a clean-sound throughout as I found myself distracted by it. “Gnarly” is a track that really shows Oatmeal’s growth as an artist as he changes up his patterns and cadence throughout.

On Gawd ft. C-Straight – I like the simple synth keys that set the feeling for “On Gawd”. Oatmeal opens up with another well-written verse, “God gave me that freedom, yeah/ but I ain’t sinning this weekend, yeah/ turning up for that reason, yeah/ stomping out in them demons, yeah”

I really enjoyed how the production during the verse built-up to the edge of going-off and then was pulled back in. By doing so, it really kept my attention and left space for the track to potentially go later. C-Straight brings an element of grittiness to the track and balances nicely with Oatmeal’s lighter, smooth sound.

Bounce ft. Brinson – CHH vet and Godchaserz lead man, Brinson, joins his protege on this track. I feel like the hook has the potential to have been a stronger component of this track. However, the verses do a nice job continuing what has been a well-developed project to this point. While Oatmeal clearly put great effort into his verse, it is Brinson’s feature that steals the spotlight on this track. Don’t be surprised though, when you are nine albums and several years deep as an artist, you know how to bring a high-quality performance to any song. Oatmeal is in a very good place to learn from one of the culture’s best.

Chill – We get a change of pace with the fifth track on the project. “Chill” is a laidback track that floats through the air to meet the listener’s ears. Oatmeal runs the gambit here has he both reflects on, and looks forward to, events that have impact on his life…including one day making it to Heaven.

I Don’t Care ft. Nazarite – The mood is turned back up as we head into the end of ‘Instant’. I really like the melody as it grabbed my attention right from the start. Oatmeal is joined by, fellow Godchaser, Nazarite on the track. The duo continues to prove they work well together as “I Don’t Care” is one of the strongest offerings on the project. It is another track that I could easily see as a single, although some may speak negatively about the “outro” and whether it is necessary.

Instant Prayer – The finale to the project finds Oatmeal sharing Romans 10:9 and urging the listener to follow Jesus if they are not doing so. Call it a sonic alter call or whatever you wish, but it is the sharing of the Gospel that anyone in CHH should make a priority. It may be a “throwback” element, but I appreciate its inclusion on the project.

Overall, ‘Instant’ is a very solid offering from top to bottom.

Seeing the growth of Oatmeal as an artist is very encouraging and the development since his last album, ‘Just Add Water’, is easily noticed. The future is bright not only for Oatmeal as an artist but for Godchaserz as a whole.

Give ‘Instant’ a listen and hit the comments to let me know what you think!

Favorites

1. Drippy
2. I Don’t Care
3. Gnarly