Here's A dope mixtape, featuring some of the dopest women in Christian Hip Hop!
Here's A dope mixtape, featuring some of the dopest women in Christian Hip Hop!
This is the second single off of Proxy’s forthcoming album: Black Magic… the story of an unexplained resilience. Everywhere we turn, we face crises. It seems like a never-ending wasteland. It feels like the perfect storm, but why? This may be just what we need. We must know what’s really wrong in order to make things right. We must truly understand suffering to appreciate victory. The pain we are feeling is the result of centuries of oppressive policy, hollow morals, and systemic injustice. Elijah McClain represents a light sent to our world to help us find our way. His light was taken and as tragic as his death was, it still may not have been enough to get our full attention. COVID, economic crash, and racial injustice together all point to one thing: a need for real change. God is not only the Creator of life, He is also the Restorer of life. Ezekiel 37 - it’s time to live again.
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When it came time to deliver, Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book stopped beating himself up and kept the No. 4 Fighting Irish unbeaten.
“I’m definitely hard on myself, but my job at the end of the day is to get the ‘W’,” said Book, whose 13-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter together with Kyren Williams’ 127 rushing yards helped Notre Dame hold off the Cardinals 12-7 Saturday.
Williams ran 25 times and had his third 100-yard game of the season as the Irish (4-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their 22nd straight at Notre Dame Stadium.
It came against an inspired Louisville 3-4 defense that spent most of the afternoon on the field. Notre Dame controlled the clock for 36:15 including a game-ending 14-play drive that burned the final 7:55.
“When the game is on the line, you can count on Ian Book to come up and make big plays for us,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “The preparation was outstanding, their mindset was great, but when you’re a top-five team, you’re going to get the opposition’s best game, period.”
Book completed 11 of 19 for 106 yards and ran 12 times for 47 yards.
“I felt like I was able to pick myself up and get the energy going,” he said.
The loss was the fourth straight for the Cardinals (1-4, 0-4), who got 118 yards passing and 49 rushing from Malik Cunningham. Javian Hawkins, the nation’s No. 3 rusher coming into the game, was limited to 51 yards on 15 carries.
“I told our guys in our locker room that I was proud of them,” Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said. “We were in this game and had an opportunity at the end to get a victory. The guys went out there and competed today.”
The Irish outgained the Cardinals 338-219 and controlled the clock for 21:57 of the first half, running 45 plays and gaining 212 yards to Louisville’s 23 plays for 90. But all that got Notre Dame was a 6-0 halftime lead on Jonathan Doerer’s field goals of 32 and 30 yards.
The Cardinals opened the second half with an 83-yard touchdown drive, including a 29-yard pass to a wide-open Hawkins at the Irish one. Cunningham followed with a 1-yard TD pass to Marshon Ford to make it 7-6.
Cunningham completed 16 of 19 passes and also left for a brief time with cramps but returned.
“They didn’t let us get over the top today so we had to take what we had underneath,” Cunningham said. “Not turning the ball over was something we harped on all week. But the chances we got we have to execute them a little better.”
The Cardinals tried an onside kick after their touchdown but were penalized for an illegal block. After the re-kick, Book drove the Irish 56 yards in eight plays, going the final 13 yards on a cross-field scramble on a third-and-8, escaping the tackle of Chandler Jones and getting into the end zone to put the Irish up 12-7. A 2-point conversion pass failed but Notre Dame led 12-7 going into the final quarter.
Louisville: The Cardinals, who entered the game with a turnover margin of minus-2 and having allowed 14 sacks, moved the ball when they were able to get it from the Irish. With the Irish defensive attention on Hawkins, Cunningham shouldered most of the Louisville offense. The Cardinals finished with no turnovers and no sacks.
“When you don’t even run 50 plays it’s hard to get into any rhythm throwing the ball,” Satterfield said. “We only had the ball 45 plays and we threw it 22. We’ve got to do a much better job running the ball.”
Notre Dame: The Irish marched up and down the field on three of their four first-half drives, totaling 42 plays and 219 yards and taking 20 minutes off the clock. On their third drive just before half, holder Jay Bramblett came up 2 yards short on a faked field-goal attempt at the Louisville 6.
“I don’t even know if aesthetically we looked bad,” Kelly said. “We controlled the line of scrimmage, we controlled the time of possession, we had I think one or two penalties, we didn’t turn the football over. I’ve coached a lot of games over 30 years, (and) I don’t know if I’ve been in one quite like this. I’ve been in a 12-7 game when it was a stinker and you’re like, eww, but this game was a little different.”
MY, OH, MAYER
The best play of the first half may have been Book’s 12-yard completion to freshman tight end Michael Mayer, who stiff-armed linebacker C.J. Avery and then leaped over cornerback Kei’Trel Clark to give the Irish a first down at the Louisville 14, much to the delight of the announced crowd of 10,182.
Louisville’s defense came in allowing 475.0 yards a game and 270.7 yards on the ground. Notre Dame finished with 338 total yards and 232 on the ground.
Linebacker Monty Montgomery led the Cardinals with 13 tackles and had a pair of sacks.
“We’re much better, much more developed, much more precise with everything we’ve been working on,” Montgomery said. “We’re going to keep getting better each week.”
A week after rushing for a season-high 353 yards in a 42-26 victory over Florida State, No. 4 Notre Dame could take a short tumble after its lowest scoring output of the season.
Louisville: Cardinals home to play Florida State Saturday.
Notre Dame: Irish on road for first time at Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Kevin is a church planter and the founding pastor of Elevate Church located in San Diego, CA. He has a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Kevin and his wife Susan have four children.
I read recently that thousands of churches close their doors every year. Who knows how many others are on life support? We live in a time when churches need revitalization and renewal. The eternal destiny of people depend on the faithful witness of local churches. Here are 10 poisons that will kill any church.
As I think about churches dying, I’m reminded there are certain poisons that are causes of death. I call them poisons because they are deadly, but they are avoidable. The churches that die from them do so by their own hand.
Performance without participation
Like concerts, movies and athletic events, much of our worship has become spectator-oriented. A handful of well-trained (perhaps paid) musicians perform for the masses. Too often, we enjoy entertainment without experiencing engagement.
Information without inspiration
With advancement in technology and a multitude of media sources, we are drowning in information. Clearly, this phenomenon has spilled over into the church. Sermons, conferences, seminars and Bibles studies are good, but some have sat and soaked so long that they’ve soured.
Mirrors without windows
Too many churches stare at themselves in the mirror, primping and preparing for the home town fans. Instead, we should be peering out windows, looking for local needs and global opportunities.
Attachment without commitment
Those who used to attend two or three times a month are now coming once or twice. Most people I run across claim an affiliation with a congregation, yet too many lack affection for its mission. They want to be included on the roll without taking a role.
Ritual without spontaneity
When a young man was asked why he didn’t go to church, he replied, “I’ve been.” Church services are too often boring, irrelevant and predictable. We speak a different language on Sunday than the rest of the week. We’re saying the same things, singing the same songs and voicing the same prayers.
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Today's Challenge: Suit up! Put on the whole Armour of God (see Ephesians 6). In other words put on the protective gear that God has provided us, that way you need not be in fear of injury, but you can concentrate on playing this game to win. In addition to gearing up...put ya game face on! No half stepping here...go all out like you are a world class Olympian out to smash some world records and to get the gold. Ya Hear
INTERLUDE – GEORGE FLOYD SPEAKS
WAR FOR THE BLOCK
STREETS AIN’T GOT NO LOVE
(INTERLUDE – PRISON CODE)
STREETS IS SUICIDE
TEARS IN MY EYES
INTERLUDE – WAVES OF DEPRESSION
INTERLUDE – WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH
LEARN FROM THE PAIN
HURT PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE
INTERLUDE – LOCKED IN A CELL
LOOK HOW WE LIVING
AGAINST ALL ODDS
Christian Hip Hop artist, and Renew Your Mind Music owner, Sam P., along with the rest of the Renew Your Mind Music team, have been hard at work this year putting new music out into the CHH space. Following up on his previous release, “Deny”, Sam P. drops his newest single “Wheat or Tare” on October 16, 2020.
Produced by YJO of Enoch Flow Records, “Wheat or Tare” addresses misconceptions that have been professed not only to a world of unbelievers but to fellow followers of God by their wayward brothers and sisters.
“In this world we live in today, Christianity has been misrepresented by some who publicly claim to follow Christ,” stated Sam P. “The character of Christ-likeness starts with a renewed mind and heart while pursuing a personal relationship with Him daily.”
“One can’t expect traditional practices to transform their lifestyle. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, if not then it is a form of godliness that has no power.”
“Wheat or Tare” is available across digital retailers beginning on October 16, 2020.
Title: Wheat or Tare
Artist: Sam P.
Release Date: October 16, 2020
Label: Renew Your Mind Music
Production: YJO of Enoch Flow Records
Engineering: Tip Beats
Cover Art: The Potters Creationz
About Sam P.
Growing up in the small town of Middlesex, North Carolina, Samuel Arthur Pierce, known as Sam P, first came in touch with hip hop music through his childhood friend. Initially getting his influences from Notorious B.I.G, Nas, Big L, EPMD, Wu-Tang Clan, and Mobb Deep. After dedicating his life to Christ in 2007, and committing to following Jesus, eight years later he was inspired to write rap music again with a different focus, giving honor to Christ. This time instead of making it a hobby, he decided to take it seriously now getting his influences from Andy Mineo, Lecrae, Trip Lee, and Bizzle.
After talking with his wife and friend in 2015, Sam was encouraged to start his own music production business and independent label Renew Your Mind Music, formerly known as Renew Your Mind Records. His purpose is to use hip-hop music to encourage and inspire others through the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as a tool for evangelism to build meaningful relationships with other people young and old. In the same year he started the label, Sam created his debut album ‘Renewed’ right in his home. After much studying and reading on mixing, mastering, and making beats he co-produced and created the cover art to his second album ‘Be Still’ which was the start of his first hit single “Giantkiller" that was featured on the Trackstarz Line 4 Line podcast and YouTube channel.
Sam has also been featured in MusicLov3rz Magazine, Shine Your Light Radio with Nancy Mattox, Rep Your City Praise Radio, and was nominated for Male Gospel Hip Hop artist of the Year in 2018. As an independent artist on his own label, father, and husband, Sam's main focus is to please God and be the best representation of Him to his wife, kids, family, friends, and enemies.
Christian Hip Hop artist Prafit Josiah’s follow-up to the 2018 EP ‘My God is Dope’ hits digital retailers on November 13, 2020. The new album, titled ‘God Made Me Do It’, is storytelling at its finest as Prafit explains why, after nearly 20 years, he still cannot put down the mic.
Releasing via Naz-Sect Publishing, ‘God Made Me Do It’ is a 12-track album that includes classic Hip-hop elements, from production to traditional lyricism, along with a newly remastered version of Prafit’s hit song “Come Back” featuring CHH mainstay R-Swift.
Beginning with his group Prafitz in 1993, Josiah’s musical journey is a testament to staying the course in an industry that is quick to move on to the latest flash in the pan. As Josiah explains, “Hip-hop, Christian or not, is no longer just a young man’s sport. This album is four years in the making. I’m here to speak on adult things, talk about life, and point people to God...oh yeah, don’t expect me to conform or try to fit in. I’m doing me!”
Pre-orders of both physical copies (physical copies will be shipped immediately) and digital downloads are available now. Everyone who pre-orders the CD will be put into a drawing and one winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card along with a free ‘God Made Me Do It’ T-shirt or hoodie of their choice.
Pre-Order CD’s or Digital Downloads: https://smarturl.it/GodMadeMeDoIt
Title: God Made Me Do It
Artist: Prafit Josiah
Release Date: November 13, 2020
Label: Naz-Sect Publishing
Production: Tone Jonez, DopeBoyzMuzic, CopBoogie, B-Eats, Sean Ross, Nate Rhoads
Features: R-Swift, The Prafitess
About Prafit Josiah
Similar to the rappers Common and Jay-Z, Prafit Josiah is not trying to reach a younger audience. He is definitely confident and comfortable in his own musical skin. In case you didn’t know, Prafit Josiah is not only a rapper but an entrepreneur and a family man.
Born and raised in Rochester, NY; Prafit Josiah began his musical career as part of the group called Prafitz (Prophets) which formed in 1993. Prafitz released two albums and a myriad of singles before disbanding in 2002.
Josiah has been around for a while, he’s been recording music off and on for over 20 years now. In 2016, tragedy struck Prafit Josiah’s family; his cousin was murdered. This event sparked the beginning of Prafit Josiah picking the mic back up once again and seeking to have a Godly impact on the people around him and potential listeners of his music.
So, what should you expect from Prafit Josiah? Expect candid lyricism, dope beats, plus rhymes and flows that fall in the vein of what some might call “Classic” or “Golden Era” hip-hop.
Indie Christian Hip-Hop artist FLF has released his self titled debut today. The album features deep content and lyricism over intricate production from DSTL (Daniel Steele), Wontel, Canis Major, and Khompono.
FLF track listing
1. Flood (prod. Daniel Steele)
2. Last Supper (prod. Khompono)
3. Anthem of the Valley (prod. Khompono)
4. Stigmata (prod. Wontel)
5. My Life (prod. Daniel Steele)
6. 22 (prod. Canis Major)
7. Wolves (prod. Daniel Steele)
8. Wide Awake (prod. Daniel Steele)
9. Revival (prod. Daniel Steele)
10. American Hebrew (prod. Daniel Steele)
11. Last Supper (Demo) (prod. Khompono)
Stream / Download FLF: https://flf.feande.com/flf
Rise & Fall lays bare some of the realities of human nature. It's about emotional growth through struggle.
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