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THE CHH DROP WITH JOSHUA GALLA
#74 - Rockstar JT, Arik Nelson, Culture Villains, & More...
NRT's CHH contributor Joshua Galla collects what's new in Christian Hip-Hop and Urban Soul for the week of Friday, November 12, 2021. (Photo: Rockstar JT)
 


THE CHH DROP WITH JOSHUA GALLA, #74 - Rockstar JT, Arik Nelson, Culture Villains, & More...
Posted: November 12, 2021 | 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 and Apple Music to listen to all the latest.

Self-Titled (Culture Villains) EP by Culture Villains
Representing Virginia, Culture Villains is a team of talented, high-caliber artists bringing awareness and precision to the hip-hop and R&B spaces collectively. KHAM, CZAR Josh, K. J. Carter, and Big Yae are the artists included in this collective. The team borrows from the Reflection Music Group (RMG) and Reach Records with a sync partnership for this release empowering the tracks to be placed in some high-profile markets all to the glory of God's faithfulness. 

Standout tracks include "All Out" and "Get It Going." The tracks include crazy baselines, witty wordplay, an insane level of energy, and examples of teamwork and brotherhood how the rappers feed off each other exchanging bar for bar to near perfection. The EP makes for a fantastic gym or workout playlist too. Stream the EP on Spotify here.
 
Arik Nelson - "870"
Another young and rising rapper, Arik Nelson hails from Arkansas at the age of 22. I discovered him as a featured artist on a pair of George.Rose singles this year. "870" is Nelson's second single released in 2021. The track has a feel of a freestyle due to the showcase of bars between verses. As he gains notoriety in the CHH space, he provided background on him within the lyrics paired with witty wordplay. Nelson is definitely one to watch in the coming months. Stream "870" on Spotify here

Rockstar JT - "334"
Alabama native Rockstar JT drops his fourth single of 2021. His testimony, life journey, and strong faith make him one of my favorites in the CHH space. He lives and breaths organic trap music similar to the likes of Thi'sl, Reconcile, and Corey Paul. The creative aspect of not being repetitive between tracks is each record has a taste of genuine. Some keys here. Some horns there or strategically-placed melodies. The latest single is no different. You have keys of ivory stamped throughout the production adding flavor competing with the steady high hat. JT reps his hometown even though he has a love/hate relationship with the region, but home is home. Stream "334" on Spotify here.

More CHH & Urban Soul EPs or Albums
Listen to these on our CHH Spotify Playlist
 
  • TRIBL Nights: Atlanta (Live) by Maverick City Music
  • Blast by Hunterdrinkswater

More CHH and Urban Soul Singles
  • Andy Mineo feat. Joseph Solomon – “Not Gon’ Do (Acoustic Version)”
  • Christon Gray – “Honest I Do”
  • Roy Tosh feat. Jes Norris – “On My Knees (Remix)”
  • Limoblaze x Johnny Drille – “This Loving”
  • Eris Ford – “Keep Me”
  • Christopher Syncere – “Nine to Five”
  • Isreal Perez – “ON WHAT Freestyle”
  • Dubem feat. nobigdyl. - "Supreme Remix"
  • BigBreeze – “Different”
  • JUDE. – “act my age”
  • Eric Heron feat. Deraj – “Honey”
  • Antwoine Hill x Miles Minnick x Arize - "I'm Free"
  • Red Tips – “Hedges and Highways”
  • Nic D x 100graham – “Talladega”
  • Shiwan – “WRSB”
  • Zae Ortiz – “Reaching Pts. 1 & 2”
  • Heeshun Lee x Lee Michelle – “Colorblind”
  • BrodieDaVinci x BRM – “Bait”
  • NCO – “Wants”
  • HYLEM feat. Xay Hill – “Way Up”
  • Joshua Penn x Military Mindset Productions – “Called”
  • ADOE x Weez the Satellite Kiid x Nachaash – “Motivation”
  • ZDIORX x A3 x Not Klyde – “NOTHING 2 PROVE”
  • Die-rek & Friends – “Get Nervous”
  • Conscience feat. Skii Mask Jordan – “Jungle”
  • N!x – “Huncho”
  • Lazarus! – “WYA”
  • Eddie Waynick III – “Traumatic & Wild/Formaldehyde”
  • Jay Violet x Battz – “I’s on Him”
  • Loge x Drew Jones x Roscoe – “Better Without You”
  • Young Saint - "God is Good"
  • SiahThyLegend feat. Joey Unison – “Daily Basis”
  • Edify – “Light Work”

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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