Hello all! And a very happy (rather belated) Easter to you all. Hope this message finds you well. As its been a while since my last post, I thought rather than blabber on about something, I’ll simply share a song I’ve been listening to recently – ‘Nothing but the blood, by Guvna B’. This awesome hip-hop rendition samples the original hymn with the same title by Robert Lowry (1826-99) – a songwriter who wrote around 500 hymns.
Check out Guvna B’s full album on iTunes called ‘Secret World’.
A simple yet necessary message that the world needs to hear.
I only discovered this song this evening and absolutely love it. I’ve loved listening to Leah Smith‘s music for a while, with her other hits ‘By land or by sea’ and ‘Beautifully made’ among my favourites. Her amazing voice effortlessly delivers the simple yet necessary message that Jesus loves you!
As for J.Miles, this was my first time hearing him, but what better way to be introduced to him. I found his lyrics deep and thought provoking, but easy enough to follow without having to look up the lyrics. The combination of singer and rapper has been used beautifully in this one.
Have a listen…
And move onto the next one, our values greatly skewed,
Drowning in pornography; consume its views for breakfast,
It brainwashes effectively; makes our decisions reckless,
A false promise of no strings, that leave us feeling worthless,
It’s reach is so deceptive, and messes with our purpose,
One late night browse, one late tired click,
A few hours deep, we’re face-down in a pit.
Once bred behind closed doors, and often late at night,
Today it fills billboards, enticing men to slide,
Now carried in our pockets, it’s even more elusive,
Enemy uses all means; money, sex or music,
And dropping our defences, we’re lured away from God,
Instead of looking to the one, who bore sin at the cross,
Oh Father, please forgive us! Our broken generation,
We’ve turned from your desires, from way back in creation,
But seeing our desperation, you came down as a man,
Humble, weak, and poor; fully God, truly man,
Though tempted in your life, you stood firm in the struggle,
And lived a perfect life; our blueprint, our example.
We still chase after things, and miss out on your goodness,
You didn’t come to condemn, but give life in its fullness,
There is power in Jesus, to free us from addiction,
Free us from our sins, to live life in his freedom,
And though we look relentlessly, in search of life’s best,
Jesus tells us: “Come! And I will give you rest.”
(Image courtesy of: https://crystaltimer.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/chasing-the-wind-2/)
In the world of Christian hip hop music, the release of S.O’s much anticipated album (so it ends) will be greatly welcomed. Following his previous releases (so it begins, so it continues), the lyrical content has always sought to tell the world about Jesus, and offer an alternatively positive message in hip hop. He’s signed onto the Lamp Mode label whose overall mission is to shine light into a dark world with their music. Have a listen, check the album out on iTunes. I’d highly recommend it (I’ve had a listen). Peace 🙂
“We all like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and The Lord has laid on him the sins of us all”
“For God SO loved the world that he gave his ONLY son, that WHOEVER believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Old But Pure Gold!
Back in the days when social media was still in its relative infancy, US Christian rapper Flame came onto the music scene with his self titled debut album ‘FLAME’ (2004). With early hits like ‘To my Heart’ and ‘Racial Diversity’, he really brought a challenging but (rarely seen) positive dimension to the hip hop movement. On his third album (Our World: Fallen), he delivered the hit MySpace, which looked at why we post what we do on social media. Its a story that is still relevant today (except its not MySpace, Bebo or Hi5. Instead its Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pintrest and so much more). Despite the changing times, however, one thing remains the same as we still (almost exclusively) share our “best self” on social media. The story in this song is that of young Chanté Andrea Jones, whose feeling down and lonely because she’s not being shown love at home.
“Young Chanté Andrea Jones, never met her father and mama’s never home,
Plus she’s 15 and she lies about her age. She’s always on her phone or her Myspace page.”
(Flame – MySpace ft. Diamone)
In search of acceptance, she turns to her so-called online friends (some who she knows, others she doesn’t). What follows is a series of messages with a guy she doesn’t know, things escalate and before you know it they are meeting up face to face. I won’t spoil it too much (I probably have already, sorry), but ultimately the message is to be careful what we share online. We don’t know who we are inviting into our lives without knowing it. Have a listen to his thoughts in this thought provoking, lyrically sound and pretty sick tune (UK slang – google it) 😛
Artist: Flame (feat. Diamone)
Album: Our World: Fallen