Hi Randy Tongue.
The track you are referring to is “Field Goals”, which is the first track on the Hiphop Census Mixtape that I just released. You can download it here. Warning: there is indeed explicit lyrics contained on some of the tracks on the mixtape.
Not sure if you know the concept of the mixtape, but here’s a bit of insight.
I often get asked by unsigned and independent artists if I ever do collaboration tracks. This is what inspired me to do the Hiphop Census Mixtape.
Anyone who wanted to participate, simply had to record a track and upload it to youtube.
The selection process was quite simple. I would add a verse onto the 10 tracks with the most views along with 5 that I would personally select. A mixtape by the people for the people.
As I have shared via my youtube testimonial video and even more indepth on the Say Something mixtape, God is definitely doing something in my life and I am indeed proud to publicly declare my faith. I am humbled and inspired by this amazing direction that He has taken my life in as I further seek wisdom and guidance from Him.
Which brings us to Mr. Tongue’s question, “what happened to doing Christian rap?”
This whole realm and even this topic is relatively new territory for me. Frankly speaking, I find the concept of “Christian rap” to be very perplexing.
Does that mean from this day on, I am only to do mixtapes/features with “Christians Only”?
Christians would probably gravitate towards it, but hypothetically speaking, would it be safe to assume that non-Christians would probably shy away from it?
Aren’t the people we as Christians really need to reach out to the most the ones who haven’t had the chance to encounter the Lord’s presence or experience His love?
By no means am I holier than thou.
Nonetheless, I’ll keep praying for the Lord to give me wisdom.
Just wanted to share with everyone a bit of my perspective on this matter. Back to the topic at hand.
I’m no expert, but I’m in total agreeance that Christian rap definitely shouldn’t have usage of the F word. Or the B word. Or the S word. (Are there anymore that I missed?) With that said, this mixtape certainly does not fall under the category of Christian rap.
Am I going to pass judgement on this artist because of his certain choice of vocabulary? No.
I’ve used the aforementioned words in my lyrics over the years. Many times in fact. Do I ever feel compelled to do so now? No. Beyond being behind a mic, I don’t even feel compelled to use them throughout daily dialogue. Is there an occasional slip of the tongue? Sure.
In conclusion, here’s my 2 cents.
“Christian rap” is just a label. In the end, more important than what I rhyme about or what words I choose to use (or not use) is how I’m living my life on a daily basis. Is it in accordance with the Lord?
As I stated in the previous post, that I am able to have a platform (my music) to share my journey with you all is something I am thankful for in itself.
I’m satisfied with knowing that the Lord knows my heart better than anyone else. He sees where I’m coming from.
I hope in time, you can too.