Each week, dozens of singles and a handful of projects are released in the Christian Hip-Hop (CHH) and Urban Soul spaces. Below, we listen to a few highlights and list the rest for your own discovery. As always, follow our New Christian Rap & Hip Hop playlist on Spotify to listen to all the latest.
Roy Tosh - "Not Afraid" Roy Tosh, RMG Amplify, is back with a summer jam to blast on the beaches or at your local pool spot. It's a chill vibe, almost Caribbean in nature. Tosh speaks about not being afraid to not always have all the answers or be scared, as he knows where his hope arrives from found in Jesus. A strong high hat presence fills the production driving the track. Too many times we as Christians turn to the wrong sources when we're afraid, anxious, or depressed. Tosh provides hope and a solution with this fun summer bop. Definitely worth a listen or ten.
seni. feat. Thomas Iannucci, J. Crum, & MontytheHokage - "Pro Skaters" Everything about this release was solid. From the promo rollout to the cover art and now the dope release from some of CHH's premier emcees. Hawaii's own Iannucci begins the track off with fire bars and energy. Next, enter in J. Crum and his uniform aggressive lyricism. MontytheHokage chimes in with the fun, playful rhyme schemes. The best is saved for last while seni. wraps up the insane summer vibe with creative wordplay. The production and four artists combined serve up a summer heater to ride to all month long and beyond.
2 Summers EP by Anthony Mareo
Anthony Mareo begins August off with a 4-track EP capping off the summer session with solid lyricism and catchy production. The project starts off with "IYH (In Your Head)" discussing how all of our negative and opinionated thoughts are housed in our mind while the love of Jesus covers us from head to toe. Several times the tempo changes up as listeners are exposed to the harmonies and onslaught of lyricism Mareo is capable of providing waiting ears. The title track is nice and slows things down for a brief moment. We are gifted with the harmonies once again, but not just a taste; a generous helping. "Could've Been" switches the atypical model of a track with soulful melodies as the main course and "rappity raps" as the hook. The EP closes with "Good Times." It's my personal favorite from the project. I'll allow it to speak for itself. Overall, listeners are exposed to a wonderful mix of both talents Mareo possesses - singing and rapping. It's definitely a project worth revisiting often after first listen.