THE CHH DROP WITH JOSHUA GALLA
#24 - KHAM, Swaizy, Zae Ortiz, & More...
NRT's CHH contributor Joshua Galla collects what's new in Christian Hip-Hop and Urban Soul for the week of Friday, October 16, 2020 (Photo: KHAM)
 


THE CHH DROP WITH JOSHUA GALLA, #24 - KHAM, Swaizy, Zae Ortiz, & More...
Posted: October 16, 2020 | By: JoshuaGalla_NRT
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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.

KHAM - "PROBLEMATIC"
Recently RMG Amplify signee KHAM presents "PROBLEMATIC" as his introductory single with the label under Doc Watson and Derek Minor. KHAM is also a part of the Culture Villains collective headed by Travis James. The single is gritty and displays some of KHAM's strongest bars to date. It will be the first single off his debut album of the same title dropping as of October 30. The west coast-inspired track was produced by Bay Area native producer and artist, seni. KHAM's content focuses on current societal issues that have been problematic when pinned against his own mental health. Check out KHAM's new site, improblematic.com, for snippets and previews of the upcoming debut album.
 

Swaizy feat. Hulvey - "Swivel"
Independent 17-year old Hawaiin native Swaizy continues to surprise the CHH community with his passion and skill set as a teenager. The latest single "Swivel" teams the rising Swaizy with Reach Records' Hulvey. The track's contents revolve around remaining focused on God regardless of how many directions the world tries to steer you. Hulvey gets the track started with the hook and his own lyrical contribution. With each new feature and single lately, the refinement within Hulvey remains quite impressive bar for bar. Swaizy finishes up the track with a fiery charge of energy. He doesn't sound like a freshman, but a vet of several years to this rap game. Refined. Focused and determined. Swaizy is someone to watch throughout 2021. 
 

Golden by Zae Ortiz
We do not highlight our urban soul population enough. The skill and talent to take the sound of CHH, yet the skill set of a solid vocalist is no easy feat. Zae Ortiz has been perfecting such for the past five-year period. It's said that the roads of heaven are paved in solid gold. Ortiz takes this idea of heavenly splendor and awe and translates his emotions into a masterpiece. Some standout tracks include "Token" featuring Jarry Manna, "Let Go," and "Need You To Need Me." Within such a space, balance is key. Not too much trap focus. Not too much rhyme and lacking rhythm. Vocals interjected into soul and transparency. Ortiz remains seasoned and weathered. The project celebrates life, victories, and struggles combined. 
 


Other CHH & Urban Soul EPs or Albums
Listen to these on our CHH Spotify Playlist
 
  • Still Hungry by Stephen the Levite x DJ Official
  • Hopefully Loved by Chris Soul
  • FLF by FLF
  • Off Season EP by Mike Sarge
  • The Bandit by Shem Taylor
  • Trauma EP by Coolie Soul
  • Who Are You Too? by Karl Nova

More CHH and Urban Soul Singles
  • Evan Craft feat. GAWVI & Sam Rivera - “MONTAÑA”
  • Social Club Misfits feat. Jay Kalyl - “Conmigo”
  • Beleaf – “My Father’s Business” (Patreon Exclusive)
  • NF feat. Mikayla Sippel – “Chasing (Demo)”
  • Tony Ri’Chard – “UFO”
  • Starringo – “Committee”
  • Phil J. – “Seat at the Table (Creative Wednesdays)”
  • CZAR JOSH – “Retro Raps #11: NY State of Mind”
  • Jamie Grace – “Finding Quiet”
  • Miles Minnick feat. nobigdyl. – “W.Y.T.”
  • Bri Smilez - "Revivalution"
  • Theo Blue - "This That Year"
  • tylerhateslife - "Armies (Cover)"
  • Xay Hill feat. Scootie Wop & Teejay- "Abandoned"
  • Big ZVCH x PoetiCS – “Up”
  • Kevi Morse – “Skate”
  • Jeremiah Paltan feat. Melody Adorno & IMRSQD - "Sweet Melodies"
  • Kid Tris – “Check”
  • Sojourn - "Rise & Fall"
  • King Chav – “Bittersweet”
  • Andrew Puckett – “Upside Down”
  • CALLEDOUTMUSIC – “Otherside”
  • Charles Goose – “Jesus is Lord 2”
  • Leland Philpot – “Psalms in the Midst”
  • Cortes – “Void (Demo)”
  • Nic D – “The Way We Love”
  • Sam P. - "Wheat or Tare"
  • The Chris AI3 – “Ghost Remix”
  • Myles Parrish – “Dixie Cup”
  • Maddy Newton feat. Spencer Kane – “NOT TONIGHT”
     

Joshua Galla is an avid hip-hop head always hip to the latest releases while enjoying the classics. Music is his passion and escape from the mundane.

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