AN NRT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Young Chozen: Focused on the Big Picture
NRT's Mark Ryan has a late-night chat with Young Chozen about the new record, marrying Southern Hemisphere girls and important theology.
 


Young Chozen (a.k.a. Blake Young) is a U.S.-born rapper currently living in Australia. Infiltrating a place where there is much resistance to the Gospel, he brings cutting-edge, relevant urban grooves and rap to the masses in hopes of introducing them to the person of Jesus Christ. 

Newly independent, Young Chozen's latest record, G.L.O.W. (Give Love Out Willingly) has been making waves and turning heads in the music world with its infections pop hooks, danceable synths and uncompromising God-focused lyrics.

NRT's Mark Ryan had a late-night chat with Young Chozen about the new record, marrying Southern Hemisphere girls and important theology.
 
Hey. I just finished the review. Love your heart for youth, and your desire to see them fulfill their purpose.
 
Thank you so much man, God has been good to me and now I’m living my life to return the favor.
 
Is this regarded as your debut album?
 
My [debut] independent album. But officially my second.
 
OK. So on first listen, "Right Here Right Now" reminded me of "Mo Money Mo Problems" by Biggie. Am I way off?
 
Haha, that’s a first! Some people have said Ke$ha. Makes me want to go listen to the Biggie song again, though!
 
Maybe I’m just older than most. Ha!
 
All good man, all good!
 
Where did you find Zeek Power? That reminded me of the Trip Lee/Jimmy Needham collaborations and the collab that Tdot did with the Shanes.
 
Thank you, man! He is a personal friend of mine from Australia—an amazing young up-and-coming artist. Is a mix between Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars.
 
Did I sense somewhat of a Planetshakers groove throughout the album? Australia rubbing off on you?
 
Haha, I think so! I am blessed to have married an amazing Australian woman. But the lead singer from Planetshakers is on the first song of the album.
 
I went the other way and married a Trini woman. Sixteen years of marriage this year.
 
Congrats. Well now that you mention that, my wife was born in Australia but is full-blooded Central American. Wow, praise God. I receive that [longevity] over myself in Jesus name! What’s the secret?
 
Love your wife daily, never take her for granted, and pray together everyday. Make her your best friend.
 
Amen!
 
So tell me about your personal theology, man.
 
I love Jesus; I believe He died on the cross. I believe that if we accept what He did we will be with Him in Heaven. Other than that I can honestly care less about all the denominational breakdown.
 
It’s sad how much that has destroyed the world’s view of Christianity and now it’s even filtered into Christian hip-hop, where we tear each other apart based on theological differences, instead of all focusing on reaching the lost. 
 
Oh man I know. I hate the separation in the Church. How can we in the lost to Christ if we can’t get along? Who wants to join a dysfunctional family?
 
Amen bro. I just feel there’s so much work to be done and so many young people lost and dying that we shouldn’t have time to argue about that stuff.
 
Amen! 
 
It’s been a pleasure talking with you; thank you so much for doing the interview. I hope we can chat more in the future. Thank you so much for your time. 

Mark Ryan is an avid fan of Christian hip-hop and worship music. He lives in Alberta, Canada, with his wife and three daughters.

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