Christian Hip Hop or CHH as it is known in the music circles has come a long way. The current crop of Christian rappers is very good and this has definitely raised the standard and quality of music we are now hearing and experiencing. In the past CHH was considered to be dull and boring. The music was not exciting, captivating and gripping. Most rappers would turn to CHH when they are in the twilight of their careers and in some cases trying to make a comeback and as well as make a name and create a buzz for themselves. Well this notion no longer holds merit. Right now CHH listeners and fans are spoiled for choice and all I can this is perfect the time to be ALIVE! The bars, delivery and flow are on point and the beats are too dope. No more boring Christian beats and lame hooks. It was like drinking coke zero with no coke, all you are getting is zero. The music was watered down and putting it in lame man terms whack.
Some say hip hip is not dead it has simply gone Christian, I can believe that (I should print a t-shirt with that saying I just might be able to make a few extra bucks). Even the concerts and album launches are sometimes better than their counter parts who do hip hop or zim hip hop. For instance Luminous the young rapper from Nkulumane had a massive year last year and he capped the year off in style with his Nkulumane Drive Concert which I happened to attend and all I can say if his stage presence, delivery and flow is anything to go by the young man has a very bright and prosperous musical career in front of him as long as he stays committed and is not distracted. Also the turnout at the concert was very good. All in all the event was very well marketed and adequate time was invested in planning and hyping up the event, tickets were being sold at 3 bucks and 5 bucks VIP and the crowd who came out to support were not disappointed. They got their money’s worth plus a little extra.
Luminous is a one of the few new CHH artist to be on the lookout for. Hailing from the City of Kings he is definitely a young king in the making. Enough about Luminous before his bigger brother who somewhat paved the way for him gets jealous. T1nder or T1 as he is known in some circles can be considered to be an OG when it comes to CHH. He has been doing it for quite a while now and over the years he has got better and better like fine wine. As far back as I can remember he has always been preaching the gospel through his music and he strives to live a righteous and true life serving the Lord in everything he does. So he is not only about making Christian music he is more concerned about saving souls and leading an exemplary life.
Some of the other heavy hitters include Courtney Antipas former Ill Cee. Courtney which is his real name by the way used to slay emcees viciously before he answered his calling and turned to God and now all he does is rep for the Lord and he pushes the gospel through clever wordplay and punchlines. He is based in SA at the moment but he is very well known when it comes to CHH. He plans on doing more preaching and ministerial work this year as he puts the music thing on the back burner but I hope he doesn’t stay away from the mic too long because he is so real and he is considered to be one of the best lyrical emcees be it CHH or zim hip hop it doesn’t matters. He definitely has my vote and support. He is also the man behind the Live Wise Die Ready Movement.
Another relevant voice when it comes to CHH and zim hip hop as a whole is Shingirayi former Mau Mau fame. Yes the man who inspired some of old school cats has turned to CHH and he is now doing his thing for the Lord. Shingirayi whose still has bars for days made a conscious effort to rap in Shona his native tongue as opposed to rapping in English. He is considered to be a pioneer when it comes to rap music in Zim and he is one of the guys who inspired many cats and paved the way for some. He is revered and respected in most circles and rightfully so. He has done a lot for hip hop movement and music as a whole for Zimbos.
Flabba aka Jesus Positive Music is also slowly but surely growing his fan base and very soon he will become a house hold name. He has been fighting the good fight for a couple of years now and he has definitely matured and come into his own element in the past years. Whistle inspires is another shining light and ray of hope. He is also based in the capital and whistle is living proof that hard work pays off in the end. His music is vastly improved over the years and he has managed to remain humble and down for the cause. J Barz and St Toots at some point were both forces to reckon with when it came to music but I’ll be honest they have both been very quiet of late I think someone should track them down and find out what’s good and what’s going on with them. J Barz has featured on a couple CHH cyphers here and there plus a few tracks but in my book that is not nearly enough nor acceptable. As for St Toots he has been quiet and off the radar for a bit.
Dope Art Society which is made up of Dr MTK and Creezy are another dynamic duo to be on the lookout for. Both guys are established artists in their own right but once they link up it’s like they form a CHH Voltron or something like that. Creezy is a fervent emcee and MTK is a clever and witty one. They complement it each other nicely and they are a solid unit. They dropped an album last year which was littered with dope tracks, sick beats and ill punchlines all in the name of Jesus. Pastor Rudy and El Chits are also very passionate about Jesus Christ and they are heavily involved in being socially responsible as well as spreading the word through mumhanzi.
GGB which stands for God’s Greatest Blessing is another young artist on the rise. He dropped his album last year and it was very well received. GGB is based in SA and he hopes to make it big in the region. Brythreesixty was also considered to be a big dawg in the CHH circles but he has switched it up recently and now he simply makes good music (he is still a Christian though). He is no longer focusing on making Christian music only but he has decided to venture out and experiment with different sounds, styles and genres. A few other cats who are bubbling under and maybe the next break out artists when it comes CHH include Good News Ambassadors and Tony Lyas just to name a few.
Pane imwe nyaya iri kundinesta with regards to CHH and that is the fair sex are not represented enough and there are not enough ladies doing their thang and repping for the Lord on the mic. The only female emcee of note is Temple aka Black Bird. Yes she has changed her name and now she is doing her thing for GOD. Hopefully in a few months’ time these talented rappers will get their rightful dues and garner the respect and accolades they deserve and hopefully more female emcees will heed the calling and pick up the mic and rep for a worthy cause. Until then sithi Salute!!!