My New Album “The Testament” Was Released Today On Spotify!

🙌🏾🚨 OUT NOW!! My new full-length album “The Testament” was just released on Spotify! Click the link below to listen! I put a lot into making this album yall! Coming to other streaming platforms by the end of the week! Thank you all for your support!

Released 03/28/23

New Article: Christian Music Therapy in 2023

It’s 2023, and christian music artists are making an impact

Christian artists have been making a significant impact on the music industry for decades. They use their talents and platforms to share their faith and spread messages of hope, love, and redemption through their music. Many Christian artists have found great success and have inspired countless fans with their powerful lyrics and performances.

One of the unique aspects of Christian music is its ability to appeal to people from all walks of life. Whether you’re a devout believer or simply looking for uplifting and meaningful music, Christian artists offer something for everyone. From contemporary pop and rock to traditional gospel and worship music, there is a wide range of genres and styles within the Christian music scene.

Rich Mullins, Christian Artist singing in the 1980s
Rich Mullins, Pioneer of Contemporary Christian Music

In addition to their musical contributions, many Christian artists are also known for their charitable and philanthropic efforts. Many use their fame and influence to support causes and organizations that align with their values and beliefs.

While Christian music may not be as mainstream as some other genres, it has a dedicated and passionate following. Christian artists continue to inspire and touch the lives of millions of people around the world through their music. Their contributions to the music industry are undeniable and their impact will continue to be felt for years to come. Within Christian music, a certain genre continues to grow rapidly and is making a large impact globally.

Christian hip-hop continues to shatter barriers in popular culture

Christian hip hop, also known as gospel rap, is a subgenre of hip hop music that contains Christian themes and lyrics. It first gained popularity in the 1980s, and has since grown into a diverse and thriving musical genre.

One of the pioneers of Christian hip hop is MC Sweet, who released the first Christian rap album in 1984. Since then, many other artists have followed in his footsteps, using their music to spread a message of faith and hope to listeners around the world.

Today, Christian hip hop is a thriving subgenre with a diverse range of artists and styles. From traditional gospel-infused rap to more modern, electronic-influenced sounds, Christian hip hop has something for everyone.

Some of the most popular Christian hip hop artists today include Lecrae, Andy Mineo, KB, and Trip Lee. These artists have gained widespread recognition for their musical talent and the positive messages in their lyrics.

Christian Rapper Lecrae, Church Clothes Volume 1 Album Cover
Christian Rapper Lecrae

In addition to mainstream success, Christian hip hop has a strong presence in the church community. Many churches and youth groups have embraced the genre as a way to connect with younger members and share the message of the gospel in a way that is relevant and relatable.

Despite its roots in faith and religion, Christian hip hop is not without controversy. Some critics argue that the genre is too focused on materialism and self-promotion, while others believe that it is an effective way to share the message of Christianity with a younger audience.

Christian hip hop continues to be an important and influential subgenre of hip hop music, with a dedicated fan base and a strong message of faith and hope. Whether you’re a fan of the genre or just looking to learn more about it, there’s no denying the impact that Christian hip hop has had on the music industry and beyond. For many people, Christian hip-hop is music therapy.

Christian music artists continue to make music therapy, either directly or indirectly

Music therapy is a form of therapy that uses music to improve the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being of individuals. It has been shown to be effective in a wide range of settings and populations, including hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and mental health clinics.

Music therapy is typically provided by a trained music therapist, who uses music interventions to address specific goals and objectives. These interventions can include singing, songwriting, listening to music, and playing instruments. Music therapists use music to address a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, pain management, and social skills.

The benefits of music therapy for those struggling

One of the key benefits of music therapy is its ability to engage and motivate individuals. Music can be a powerful tool for self-expression and communication, and it can help people to feel more connected to others. It can also provide a sense of accomplishment and purpose, which can be especially important for those who may be struggling with physical or cognitive limitations.

Music therapy has been shown to have numerous physical and psychological benefits. For example, research has shown that music therapy can reduce anxiety and stress, improve sleep, and lower blood pressure. It has also been shown to improve memory and cognitive functioning, and to increase socialization and communication skills.

Music Therapy, from your neighborhood hope dealer

In addition to these benefits, music therapy has been found to be an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions, including autism, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. It has also been shown to be effective in helping individuals with physical disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy.

Music therapy can be used in a variety of settings, including individual, group, and family therapy sessions. It can be integrated into other forms of treatment, such as occupational therapy or speech therapy, and it can be used in both short-term and long-term treatment plans.

Overall, music therapy is a powerful and effective tool for improving the well-being of individuals. It can be used to address a wide range of physical and psychological issues, and it can be an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

A bright future for music artists that create positive, encouraging music

The future of Christian music is an exciting topic to consider, as it is a genre that has a long and rich history and continues to be a powerful force in the music industry today. While it is impossible to predict exactly what the future holds, there are a few key trends and developments that are likely to shape the direction of Christian music in the coming years.

One of the most significant trends in Christian music is the increasing diversity and representation of artists within the genre. In the past, Christian music was dominated by a few major artists and labels, but today there is a greater variety of voices and perspectives being heard. This includes artists from a wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, who are breaking new ground in terms of style and sound.

Vintage Retroman working with Makeda Makes Tunes on YouTube
Vintage Retroman is featured on “The Music Devotionals” by Makeda Makes Tunes

Another trend that is likely to shape the future of Christian music is the increasing use of technology and digital platforms. With the rise of streaming services and social media, it is easier than ever for Christian artists to reach a wider audience and connect with their fans. Many artists are also using technology to create new and innovative sounds and styles, which is helping to keep the genre fresh and relevant.

The trend of hope continues in christian music, both for mainstream and independent artists in multiple genre’s

In addition to these trends, it is also likely that the themes and messages of Christian music will continue to evolve and change over time. While many Christian artists have traditionally focused on themes of faith, redemption, and hope, it is likely that we will see more artists tackling social and political issues as well. This could include themes such as justice, equality, and the environment, which are becoming increasingly important to many people of faith.

Overall, the future of Christian music is bright and full of possibility. With a diverse and talented group of artists, the use of technology and digital platforms, and a continued focus on meaningful themes and messages, Christian music will continue to be a powerful and influential force in the music industry for years to come.

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Culture Infiltration, By Vintage Retroman

Is Christian Hip-Hop Infiltrating The Culture?

Toxicity is a word we’ve come to know very well as we look at the world. We look around and see violence everywhere, inflation, recession, Covid-19, etc. Yet, could it be that Christian artists are making more of an impact than you think? As the world is becoming more hopeless, the opportunity for Christian music, and in particular Christian Hip-Hop music continues to grow. As a Christian artist myself, I hate the state of the world, but I love what I am seeing in terms of impact. Let me explain in more detail.

Quick History in Christian hip-hop

When I was growing up, Christian rap music had a horrible reputation for being low-budget, bad quality, and unrelatable. I would have to say that I agree with that sentiment 100%. Like many of you, I grew up in the golden age of hip-hop and loved it. Music artists like Nas, Tupac, Jay-Z, Notorious BIG, and Outkast were just a few of my favorites.

Sure their music was profane, but many of their songs had messages that I could relate to and the quality of their production was so good. They told stories that I connected with and seemed to be real and transparent in their approach. Talent-wise, their flow, delivery, and lyricism were amazing. In contrast, when I heard a few of the classic Christian rappers, I mean no disrespect but the quality back in the late 1980s, 1990s, and even the 2000s was subpar in my opinion. Poor flow, poor delivery, basic lyricism, and some of the worst hip-hop production I had ever heard.

Back then I said to myself, just because you say Jesus in a song doesn’t mean I’m going to listen to that. I didn’t understand that many of the classic Christian rappers had very little to no support. They were doing things that hadn’t been done before. They didn’t have the endorsement of the music industry, because back then all rap was looked at as either gangster music, party music, or socially conscience music. There was no genre for Christian Hip-Hop. Those early artists were pioneers and trailblazers in their own right that deserve respect for being counter-cultural.

my turning point in Christian rap

The turning point for me regarding Christian hip-hop came around 2006-2007 when I heard Christian rapper Lecrae for the first time. When his song “Jesus Muzik” was released from his 2nd album “After The Music Stops”, I said to myself, that was different! The production at the time was impressive and sounded similar to the sound of other secular artists, but the message about God and delivery was so much better. The intro to the song started with a “chopped and screwed” voice yelling “ridin’ with my top down, listening to this Jesus Music!” I said to myself that I can listen to this!

Still, that was one song. A few more years went by and I enjoyed a few other Christian rap artists but no album really stood out. Then came Lecrae’s “Church Clothes” album, produced by Don Cannon! Don Cannon was one of my favorite secular producers growing up. When I heard “Church Clothes” for the first time around 2012, that changed my perspective forever of what Christian rap music is supposed to be like. Everything was the best quality musically, and Lecrae worked with several secular artists but stayed consistent in the gospel message. I had never seen that done before, and Christian rap was put on a national stage unlike ever before.

New Christian Artists rising to the challenge

I am happy to report that Christian hip-hop artists are looked at differently today. The genre as a whole has gained a tremendous amount of both respect and criticism. There are still people that say it sounds like the devil’s music because of the beats. Then there are other people that say they are confused because the message is positive but it sounds hard. Then others say that some songs relate to their struggles, but the artists themselves don’t say Jesus enough. You can’t please everyone all of the time. It is something I have learned myself as a Christian artist. As long as your heart is for God and you’re doing it for Him, that’s what really matters.

Still, when I listen to newer Christian rap artists today like J. Monty, Nobigdyl, Battz, 1K Phew, and many others, I hear a quality in their music that far surpasses some of the most popular secular rappers today. I couldn’t be happier. Their music inspires me. I listen at the gym, in my car, with my kids, and everywhere else. To all of my fellow newer artists fighting to make a way in the music industry, I salute you. For those that don’t know, I just released my first album as well, entitled “The Genesis” on all major streaming platforms. Listen on Spotify here:

Christian Hip-Hop has infiltrated secular culture

The Covid-19 pandemic has shifted our world in many ways. Anxiety, depression, and suicides have increased dramatically to levels I’m not sure we’ve ever seen. There has never been a time in human history that people need hope more than today. With unlimited access to information via smartphones and the internet, it has made it possible to reach the entire world easier for good or bad.

I was sitting at work listening to my Christian hip-hop playlist when a new song by secular artists DJ Khaled, Kanye West, and Eminem came on entitled “Use This Gospel”. I listened intently as Eminem started his verse. To hear him rap about God and Jesus as he did really made me think about the fact that we don’t know how God can use us all. Eminem is one of the most talented secular rappers I have ever heard. He was recently inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am grateful to see God’s word penetrate the hearts of our popular secular artists. Much respect to Eminem for his amazing career.

Other music artist crossover examples

Recently, there have been a host of other popular secular artists that crossed over and made songs referencing God and Jesus. Snoop Dogg recently made a Christian hip-hop album, collaborating with other Christian rappers. Of course Kanye West, regardless of how you may feel about him on a number of issues, has made albums and songs about his faith in Jesus. Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar have made several tracks in the past referencing Christianity and faith. Secular rapper Nas throughout history as an artist has made several songs referencing God and Jesus Christ.

Nas Illmatic

I have heard people make statements such as “Those artists are being fake” or “They are only doing it for money”. The truth is, we don’t know the hearts of people, only God does. I encourage you to not judge the hearts of secular artists, or anyone else for that matter. If you are a Christian that believes in the bible, remember what the Apostle Paul said in Philippians Chapter 1 starting at verse 15.

The Bible states, “It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this, I rejoice!”

Right on Paul, Right On!

My First Album Was Released 11/11/22!

My first EP album, “The Genesis EP” is on Spotify and other major streaming platforms! Thank you for listening!

The Genesis EP

My Debut Album Coming 11/2022, “The Genesis”

Hi everyone! I’m pleased to announce that my debut album “The Genesis” is being released this week on all streaming platforms! I’m so excited! Pre-save your copy soon! Your Neighborhood Hope Dealer!

Debut Album
Coming November 2022

🚨My New Single Release “Victory” Is Now Live On Spotify and All Streaming Platforms! 🥳

🚨🥳 My Newest Single “Victory” just released today on Spotify. Check it out when you have a chance! I’m excited about this one! Your Neighborhood Hope Dealer! 🚨

Released 06/18/22

New Release- “Set The Record Straight”

🚨Release Day!🚨 Now streaming on all platforms, check out my newest single, “Set The Record Straight”! You don’t want to miss this one y’all! #spotify #itunes #applemusic #youtube #releaseday

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New Single Release Today On All Major Platforms!

“I Know” is my new Christian song that I made with my 10 year old daughter Je’well (Lil Juju). Check it out on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and any other major streaming platform. I really appreciate the support – Your Neighborhood Hope Dealer

New Release 04/20/22

Create & Cultivate, Part 2

Check out part 2 of the Create & Cultivate music devotional podcast where I’m featured with Makeda Makes Tunes! Premiere’s tonight at 8 pm (04/14/21) on YouTube! Be encouraged! 😃

2 Multi-Platform Music Releases Coming Soon!

Check out “Be Mindful” and “I Know” on all major streaming platforms soon. Thank you for your support! -Your Neighborhood Hope Dealer

“I Know” ft. Lil Juju Pre-Save- I Know (feat. Lil Juju) by Vintage Retroman – DistroKid

“Be Mindful” Pre-Save- Be Mindful by Vintage Retroman – DistroKid