Trutha, "Blame The Devil"

Trutha releases his latest single Blame The Devil

This single is produced by YJO. It is the final single as he approaches his new album ‘Broken Genius’, which drops on March 24, 2023.

Blame the Devil was made in the reflection of the idea that the devil is the blame for all shortcomings of humanity. Trutha explains why he does not think this is a healthy belief.

Trutha "Bankrupt"

Trutha releases his latest single Bankrupt

This single features JusRzd, and is produced by YJO. Bankrupt speaks to the various fears and hardships many people face. Especially in areas of high crime, violence, and corruption from people in power. This presentation of harsh realities brings a reminder of the need for the gospel to be both preached and lived out by followers of Christ.

Trutha, "Don't Shoot The Messenger"

Trutha releases his third single of the year Don’t Shoot The Messenger

This single is a major collaboration featuring Mitch Darrell and outr.cty, produced by ProdFway. Each artist raps about the potential backlash that truth can bring to the messenger and the importance of standing firm. Not backing down even when they shoot at the messenger.

Trutha, "Dreamers" featuring Bill B.

Trutha releases his second single of 2023 with Bill B. Dreamers.

This song is a display of timeless, soulful hip-hop filled with lyrical substance. Both artists speak to growing up in the faith and the various moment of disillusion that they have experienced in their pursuit to please God in the western context of the church.

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 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.

Christian hip hop’s newest collective The Listening Session (TLS) releases their latest single FEARLESS!

FEARLESS features the Vanguard duo Trutha & Mic Wise showcasing their musical chemistry on this gritty beat produced by Cyrus Sonata.

More to check out from The Listening Session here.

The Listening Session (TLS) follow up with another soulful release, Only Lord Knows. The song features JusRzd, Weez the Satellite Kiid, & Trutha produced by ADØE and Wayne Klassik. Only Lord Knows deals with the tough realities and inequities of the world and how only God can bring a change.

Check out this single, previously released, from TLS.

Hip-Hop mega collective and community The Listening Session (TLS) release their second official single, Cypher II featuring Weez the Satellite Kiid, Trutha, Mic Wise, JusRzd, and LEÓN produced by ADØE, Opto Music, and Wayne Klassik. This single contains elements of boom bap as well as a switch up to lo-fi and trap elements.