CHH Is Grown Man Music | @ISpeakLogos
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I’m a music snob. Not ashamed to admit it either. I rarely listen to mainstream music(except 20/20, that joint knocks! JT kills it!) and I religiously avoid the radio like a plague. Generally if it’s in the 106th and Park Countdown I probably haven’t heard it.
I take this stand especially with today’s hip-hop music. I’m a definite fan of Kendrick Lamar’s transparency, and I enjoy the dopeness and organic style that Phonte embodies. Yet though I love and support black music, as a 29 yr old husband and father of two, I can no longer relate to wanting a big booty h** for my birthday, nor can I endorse whether bands do indeed make her dance. I CAN however cosign the struggles of what it is to raise and lead a family in a perpetually fatherless world. This is primarily why I listen to Christian hip-hop.
Hip-hop is over thirty years old, and in that time it’s proven itself to be a musical Neverland. The artists get older as do the fans, but the music doesn’t. You’re forced to adapt or watch as your favorite artists are put out to pasture. The subject matter in Christian hip-hop alone makes it at least worth listening to. Personally, I get my preaching from the pulpit so the theology isn’t as enticing. However, what is, is Eshon Burgundy rapping fluidly about the struggles of maintaining his everyday life despite the pull and propaganda that entices young black men to falter(“Dearly Beloved”- Blood Rushing To My Head). Or nodding in rhythm while Dre Murray spits effortlessly about trying to maintain a relationship that is no longer producing(“Spazzing Out”-Hells Paradise 2. This is grown man music and I think it could be what propels Christian Hip-Hop into the mainstream.
Some will say there are positive artists out there now and that’s true, and i listen to most of them. But Christian hip hop is producing a batch of fresh music that can no longer be ignored. Also it’s important to me that I can listen to music with and around my family without a)offending my wife and b) my children picking up ideas or words that I wouldn’t want them repeating in front of my momma. CHH allows me to do that and still enjoy some top notch lyricism. CHH is grown man music because it caters specifically to the needs and subject matter of those of us who have let go of the fantasies of hood life, ballin’ and the drug game. There are men out there who enjoy hip hop but can no longer relate to any of it because we have wives, children and jobs with 401k plans. We aren’t rocking snapbacks and skinny jeans on the daily. We go to parent/teacher conferences. And while it while it may appeal to some to live vicariously through Drake and Nicki Minaj, or indulge with Kanye in his exploits, it doesn’t to most of us. It just makes me wonder who those people are when the cameras are off, and frankly ain’t nobody got time for that!
Look, I’m a realist, and I understand that most times the quality of mainstream or “secular” music thoroughly outweighs that of the Christian genre however the gap is closing fast. A new era of emcees has arrived that are just as dope(or better) and the production is consistently improving. Lecrae made some serious noise last year with his Church Clothes mixtape last year, as well as his Gravity album release and newly emerging Collision Records crew(Swoope, Alex Faith, Christon Gray and Dre Murray) is taking over the scene with great quality releases such as their WLAK album. This isn’t your pastor’s CHH anymore, these cats are spitting real heat.
As far as the message, in the words of Lecrae, “If Wu Tang can spit five percent gems, [they] can talk about the God who died for our sins.” Frankly, I’d rather listen to Swoope, Lecrae and Chris Gray talk about life from their perspective, and the pursuit of purpose than Rick Ross boast about his money or Weezy try not to overdose on a track(too soon???).
The fact is I’m a grown man who is no longer enticed by hip-hop’s bling and overtly sexual nature. Besides, that stuff is all smoke and mirrors. Most rappers aren’t rich or at least not as rich as they say, and in this economy if you have stacks of money to blow in a strip club, I just deem you fiscally irresponsible. I’ve got a family to raise and I want to listen to my music without concern for the message being sent or the perception of those listening. Christian Hip-Hop is the new grown man’s music and I hope the yall are listening.