“Christian rapper. Man of God. Father and husband.”
These are the words Bizzle chose to describe himself. The God Over Money Records artist just released an EP, Light Work. “I wanted this project to be easy to digest and still be able to give people the gospel. I wanted the messages in this one to be easier for the nonbeliever and the new believer.”
Light Work has several meanings to Bizzle. “One is because a lot of the content is lighter and not so heavy and so deep. Two, Jesus Christ is the light of the world.” Bizzle is saying that a Christian’s work to spread the light of Christ is “light work,” in a sense. In addition, “light work is a term that’s used when you’re taking it easy. This music is more fun.”
After making a few more upbeat, fun songs, Bizzle wanted to turn them into a project different than his previous albums which he said have been “super-deep and thought provoking.”
“A lot of times people don’t feel like something is good for evangelizing unless I’m breaking down [a message] scripture by scripture.”
He wants people to listen to his album and know who Jesus is.
When Bizzle gets in the studio, he starts the session with prayer, “that the Lord would inspire me to give His people whatever they need.” As he listens to beats he thinks of melodies and verses. “The Lord drops something on me. I’ll start writing to that one.” After he writes his verses, he starts singing hooks. “If I don’t sound good on it, I’ll send it to somebody else to sing.” The final step is getting features.
Light Work begins with “Way Up,” featuring God Over Money label mate Sevin. “Sevin is my best bro… that’s always an easy thing when we get together.” Bizzle wanted to bring lyricism to the current “mumble rap” sound.
“Anybody who follows the movement, there’s only one place we’re taking them and that’s way up to the Lord.”
The music video was recorded the night of a concert. “We had an intermission in the middle of the concert where everybody went across the street in front of the liquor store and we shot the video. We had low-riders out there and all that stuff.” The police came to check in on the crowd, “we had the helicopters come over. It was interesting. The police came to try to shut us down a couple times… after the show whoever wanted to follow us, we hit a few more locations to shoot the rest of the video.”
The following song, “X,” features more God Over Money labelmates, Datin and K. Allico. “I literally was playing that beat super loud in the house… I’m walking around and playing around, joking with the hook. I’m like ‘Flexing on my ex, ex, flexing on my ex.’” What started as some random sayings turned into a song. “I actually recorded it to see how it would sound.”
The message speaks about how he is flexing on his ex-life before he was following Christ. “Outside of that concept, we’re using a bunch of words that start with ‘ex.’”
“I got a lot of love. I got a lot of funny comments from people who are not warriors fans.”
To be a warrior means “to be ready for whatever when it comes to the Lord, when it comes to the Gospel.” Bizzle wants people to listen to this song and be ready for a spiritual war with evil, to fight “the good fight” with faith. “The war on the spirit is so real that sometimes you get people who jump off the ship because they can’t handle the storm.”
The album concludes with “The Gospel,” a song breaking down the gospel message from the Garden of Eden to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Bizzle compares Light Workto a party. “We do the games. We do the food, all of that, but the whole time I knew I wanted to be able to share the gospel with you guys before I went.”
“I probably think that’s gonna be one of the most powerful songs I’ve ever done.”
God Over Money fans can expect to hear from every artist on the label in 2018. “You’re gonna get something from Bumps [INF], from Selah [the Corner], you’re gonna get something else from Datin, another one from me. You’re gonna hear Sevin and you’re gonna hear Jered Sanders.”
“I love ministering to God’s people. The way that we’re able to impact lives and the dope testimonies we get… it’s like a head-nod from the Lord, a wink from God.”