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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!

The Positive Side of CHH

CHH is not without its flaws, but there is plenty to be thankful for.

During this season of Thanksgiving, FiveTwenty wants to wish everyone in the CHH community a blessed holiday. Even in a world full of uncertainty,  God has not forsaken nor abandoned us. Let this passage from Philippians remind us, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

What are you thankful for when it comes to Christian hip-hop?

Maybe it is your favorite artist or a specific project that dropped this year. It could be relationships that have formed within the community. Perhaps you attribute your encounter with Christ to the genre. Whatever it is, now is a great time to share and show that appreciation.

Earlier this week, FiveTwenty held a panel via our YouTube channel that discussed the positives of CHH.

Featured on the stream were Josh Galla (New Release Today), Damo (Trackstarz), Bars (Bars and Beats Entertainment), and Brinson (Godchaserz Entertainment). Everyone involved is firmly invested in the CHH community. There was a lot of great discussion along with examples of showing thankfulness for a genre that means so much to so many people.

You can watch the full stream below, but here are a few notable quotes:

“People are seeing positives in CHH where they want to be a part of it, want to be exposed to it, and want to further the message of the Gospel through it. It’s a good time.” – Josh Galla

“I think something I’m looking forward to is more of the exposure. Seeing more people in my age group starting to realize that the stereotype of CHH being corny isn’t true anymore. I think that stereotype has lasted way too long.” – Bars

“I feel like there’s a lot more genuineness with the music, a lot more individuality, and a lot more diversity with the styles and sound of music.” – Damo

“We have so much potential to grow and to advance the Kingdom with this vehicle of Christian rap. I think that is such a positive.” – Brinson

This was a great conversation that I was able to be a part of. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. These are the types of discussions that we all need to be embracing and it is a goal of FiveTwenty to provide a platform for them to take place. Both in 2023 and beyond. When we talk about unity and being stronger together, here is an easy place to start. So, if you have something you want to talk about, much like Josh did, let us know and we’ll do our best to make it happen!

What do you view as the positives of CHH? Share them and your thanks in the comments below! #MakeCHHPositive

FiveTwenty Collective Podcast: Season Four | Ep. 10

fivetwentycollective.com/fivetwenty-podcast | #1 on Feedspot’s “Best 20 Christian Hip Hop Podcasts” of 2022 | 2022 Kingdom Choice Awards Nominee for Radio Show/Podcast

This month’s episode includes an Industry Insider Interview with Craig Lamar Brown, writer & director of “Shooting Doves”. We also discuss forgiveness within Christian culture as well as share news about the 2022 .WAVMaker Awards.


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indie. CHRISTIAN. Culture.

The hip-hop world has been waiting for Kendrick Lamar to release his new album which dropped on Friday.

Not surprisingly, many within Christian hip-hop felt the same.

However, while many in and around CHH have looked for connections between K-Dot and Christianity for some time (after all, this is what we do right?), there was a warning shared with the culture. Much like Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, many CHH advocates hope for a superstar artist to undeniably proclaim Christ and deliver a whole new legitimacy for the subgenre.

Could Kendrick Lamar do just that with Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers?

Temper your expectations says Sean David Grant.

Trackstarz is without a doubt one of the top-tier platforms that cover the world of CHH.

With their weekly live show covering a unique blend of Christian culture and mainstream content, Trackstarz delivers commentary on many of the day’s buzz-worthy topics. Their show on Saturday, May 14, 2022, was no different. After all, when an artist on the level of Lamar releases a project, everyone is talking.

CEO Sean David Grant had plenty to say (see clip below) about why Christians should be cautious when listening to the album. Maybe the better way to describe it would be a masterclass on why it’s okay to not get sucked in by the mainstream.

“This whole album is inspired by Eckhart Tolle. I’m going to spend my whole time talking about this man so that you can understand what Kendrick was talking about on his album.” – Sean David Grant

Eckhart Tolle is a German-born spiritual teacher and self-help author of “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth”. Tolle received acclaimed recognition after Oprah Winfrey recommended his first book, boosting it to best-seller status in 2000. Tolle is found throughout Mr. Morale. Lamar not only says Tolle’s name several times on the album but Tolle’s voice is featured on the album as well.

Tolle uses Christian terms to share a message that goes completely against the faith.

This is what inspired Kendrick Lamar to begin writing after more than 1000 days of not doing so. Unfortunately, it is inspiration wrapped up in confusion. The big warning is that listeners, especially those already in the Christian culture, cannot allow themselves to be confused in turn. K-Dot is known for being a “positive” rapper. Positivity does not equal truth. At the end of the day, truth is only found in Jesus Christ.

Grant warns in the video, that whether it is a Christian artist or not, you have to be aware of what is motivating the lyrics. We have to be careful allowing beliefs into our hearts that are not of God.

“To me, this puts the Christian hip-hop desire for Kendrick to be a Christian to bed.” – Sean David Grant

CHH Responds

The potential fallout from this Trackstarz discussion could have been all over the place.

Honestly, I expected there to be plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth!

Let’s take a look at what individuals had to say:

Culture Villains artist Kham made some notable observations in his Twitter thread.

“This is how easy and seamless the enemy can creep perversion in.”

“I could feel the power of the music my 1st listen but I knew the source of power wasn’t Jesus.”

How does this impact the culture?

My personal hope is that Grant’s words cause us to pause before responding.

Sure, K-Dot is a great rapper. Grant admits as much. But in today’s culture, we have to be going beyond that. There is simply too much at stake.

If you enjoyed the album, that’s fine. That is not the real issue here. We have to check our approach and ensure that confusion does not have the opportunity to sneak into our beliefs. Because believe me, it will if it can.

How do you view the album and the statement made by Sean David Grant? Do you feel he is off-base with his assessment or is he spot on? How should the culture respond to mainstream art? Do you feel that Kendrick Lamar is potentially confusing listeners? 

Hit the comments and weigh in now!

A lot can happen in a short time.

With communication options developing at a break-neck speed, you can meet and build relationships with new people daily. Thanks to social media and apps.

Whether you are in Los Angeles, New York, or even Atlanta, networking opportunities are seemingly endless. The ability to build a brand from across the country can be as easy as clicking a link. Getting creatives together and producing entertaining content can also get you noticed.

That is the case for Jimmy, Jay, Ant, and Switch, of the That’s NOT Christian Podcast.

What began as cracking jokes and discussing current events on Telegram has turned into one of the fastest-growing podcasts in the Christian media space.

The fruit of their labor has caught the attention of none other than the Kingdom Choice Awards.

The KCAs are the nation’s official award show for Christian Hip Hop/Urban Gospel music and culture. 

With the announcement of the nominees for this year’s KCAs, That’s NOT Christian find themselves in the running for Best Podcast/Radio Show of the Year

Nominated alongside industry powerhouses like Trackstarz, The Crew, M&M Live Radio, and “Complicated-ish” further proves the high-quality content that TNC delivers on a regular basis.

That’s NOT Christian is a podcast by four urban believers. They discuss current events and push the envelope on traditional religious subjects with a touch of humor.

The Kingdom Choice Awards are scheduled for on September 25, 2021. 

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That’s NOT Christian Podcast has not only endeared themselves to their listeners, but they have built relationships with fellow Christian media outlets as well. The guys from TNC have been guests on podcasts such as Trackstarz and FiveTwenty Collective. Sharing their story and plans to impact the urban Christian culture.

Help us in congratulating the fellas on this amazing achievement! Hit the comments and leave some flowers.