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THE CHH DROP WITH JOSHUA GALLA
#97 - Mike Sarge, Jude Barclay, Naomi Raine, & More...
NRT's CHH contributor Joshua Galla collects what's new in Christian Hip-Hop and Urban Soul for the week of Friday, May 27, 2022. (Photo: Mike Sarge)
 


THE CHH DROP WITH JOSHUA GALLA, #97 - Mike Sarge, Jude Barclay, Naomi Raine, & More...
Posted: May 27, 2022 | 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.

Mike Sarge feat. Shiwan - "The Juice"
Honolulu resident Mike Sarge returns with his third single released in 2022. This time, he teams up with prominent indie rapper Shiwan. Sarge has been involved in the CHH sub-genre for the past eight years (2014). He prides himself on creating fun, energetic art laced with the love, promises, and joy found in Christ. High-toned piano keys and strong, deep 808s provide the undertones as Sarge's quick-paced delivery runs smooth and saucy. The tempo flip-flops a bit for the hook before Shiwan enters into a spitfire cadence pleasing to the ears. Shiwan's contribution is playful, yet brilliant billed as one of his best features to date. Stream "The Juice" on Spotify here.
 
Jude Barclay x Scootie Wop x BigBreeze - "Wavy"
Jude Barclay was on a mission to get his art and name known within CHH in 2021. He literally releases a song a week proving quantity can sometimes match quality when motivation sparks the creation. For his fifth single in 2022, Barclay joined Scootie Wop and BigBreeze for a possible summer anthem. These two indie artists are consistently featured on tracks across the genre expanding their personal skill sets. At times, autotune takes center stage, but such usage only added to the overall vibe. The single is a must add to summertime playlists. Stream "Wavy" on Spotify here.
 
Naomi Raine - "Not Ready"
Maverick City Music's Naomi Raine returns to the solo spotlight with her new single, "Not Ready." Raine has released music as early as 2015 but truly emerged into the spotlight through the powerhouse Maverick City has transformed into over the last few years. She takes listeners back a few decades returning to a 70s vibe complete with roller skates. The single touches on a topic most people find relatable, depression. The truth is, life is difficult. Life as a Christian adds to that difficulty ten-fold at times. We require that constant message of love, strength, and renewal found in Jesus. Raine relates to the people while interjecting a message of hope and joy found once that proverbial stormy season ends. Stream "Not Ready" on Spotify here.

CHH and Urban Soul EPs
Listen to these on our CHH Spotify Playlist

  • Ecclesiates by BigGucciDame
  • Buford Highway by Uzuhan
  • EWIII Presents: My Beats, Vol. 1  by Eddie Waynick III

More CHH and Urban Soul Singles
  • Aaron Cole – “GLORY”
  • Steven Malcolm feat. Snoop Dogg & Jay-Way – “Summertime”
  • George.Rose feat. Mike Teezy - "HMU"
  • Nic D x Connor Price – “Gasoline”
  • Tay Collier - "Crown"
  • Dee-1 - "More"
  • Wes Harris feat. Tylynn – “SHEESH”
  • DJLC – “WYW4”
  • Jimmy Rock feat. Steven Malcolm & FERN – “Won’t Stop (Reyer Remix)”
  • L. Dejuan – “Lo-Fi”
  • Jack Tyler – “On My Own”
  • K-SEE feat. Lazarus! & Battz – “KSEE UNDERCOVER II”
  • JusJames feat. PRODI, Weez the Satellite Kiid & Scribe Music – “Humble, Pt. 2”
  • Byron Rhodes x FVMELESS - "Misunderstand"
  • Marqus Anthony – “Stoute Freestyle”
  • DJ Kideazy feat. Ray Knowledge - "Half & Half"
  • Caleb Gordon - "Macarena"
  • Zach Limitless feat. Datin - "Work in Progress"
  • J-Nibb – “Trap House”
  • SiahThyLegend feat. Lazarus! – “JUMP”
  • Alvin Cedric - "Dreamer"
  • AyeItsAron x 5ive x Kurtis Hoppie - "God Made"
  • SiahThyLegend feat. Hunterdrinkswater – “Be Found”
  • BVN - "Open Flames Blare"
  • LLC Flame x Mayara Gabrille – “Rooted In Love”
  • O'Tobi x Jordan May - "Answer (Remix)"
  • HYLEM – “1, 2, 3”
  • Vic Lucas feat. Scootie Wop - "Look At Me Now"
  • JXYD3N feat. HYLEM – “Heartbreak Chapter

Joshua Galla is an audiophile hyped about all forms of art in music, but his passion rests behind CHH and soulful vibes. He's a devout husband, father, and child of God. Concerts are his happy place.

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