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#125 - BrvndonP, Hulvey, The Listening Session Collective, & More...
NRT's CHH contributor Joshua Galla collects what's new in Christian Hip-Hop and Urban Soul for the week of Friday, January 20, 2023. (Photo: BrvndonP)

THE CHH DROP WITH JOSHUA GALLA, #125 - BrvndonP, Hulvey, The Listening Session Collective, & More...
Posted: January 20, 2023 | 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.

BrvndonP x Mission - "Like The Weekend"
AOYNOM / RPSMG's duo of BrvndonP and Mission released a certified bop under RMG Amplify kicking off the new year properly. The multi-talented artist, producer, and all-around musician BrvndonP reaffirms his skill set throughout the single between the production, harmonies, and bars provided. Enter Mission's lyrical assault midway through completing one of the top tracks released this month. The track is soaked with spiritual content never shying from expressing their faith and God's influence on their daily lives. The background choir-like interjections provide the "cherry on top" nearing perfection. Stream "Like The Weekend" on Apple Music here.
Hulvey feat. Lecrae - "WALK"
Each year on January 16, the renowned CHH label Reach Records celebrates "116 Day" and the unashamed lifestyle they've built since 2004. With each celebration, usually, new music is released. In 2023, the special day also fell on the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Therefore, co-owner Lecrae and signed artist Hulvey created the track "Walk" to signify the historic message of Dr. King and the hallowed walk of the Christian life. 

I absolutely love the message the track conveys. It's smothered in faith speech and affirmation of God's promises and provides motivation to proceed forward during this Christian walk. One of my favorite soundscape factors is the background choir which acted as the "cherry on top" for this amazing single. Also, I always dig when two or more artists exchange bars on a track as opposed to separated verses before and after a chorus. This one is yet another banger out of the Reach camp. Stream "WALK" on Apple Music here.

TLS, Vol. 1 by Various Artists (The Listening Session Collective)
The Listening Session is a community of independent artists, producers, and creatives who seek to build their own tables to thrive in sound, aesthetic while best representing their God-gifted talents. Q-Flo played an intricate role as the leader of the community while enlisting this core of hip-hop heads. Trutha and Mic Wise are the typical social media faces of the collective, however, it's comprised of numerous talented individuals such as Mitch Darrell, Alcott, Cyrus Sonata, Weez the Satellite Kiid, Jusrzd, Q-Flo, Scribe Music, and a host of others. 

TLS compiled the 12 singles they've released since March 2022, then added five fresh tracks finishing out a unique, powerful, and sonically pleasing mixtape of hip-hop at its purest form. A hefty workload of 20-plus artists offers lyrical additions to one of the various collaboration tracks. All with one common goal, "the message of God takes precedence." The tracks are meaty and infused with biblical standards and principles. Stories are comprised from the streets, real-life difficult situations only adding strength and reach to personal testimonies. This project is meant for multiple visits to capture the artistic contributions of all involved. Stream TLS, Vol. 1 on Apple Music here.

Miles Minnick feat. Lecrae - "BIG!" (bonus mini review)
I don't think the CHH space or fans, generally speaking, truly understood the massive effort put into the collaboration known as the single "BIG" by Bay Area's "GLOKU" Miles Minnick and Reach Records icon Lecrae. Taking a look back, Lecrae hit up Minnick via an Instagram direct message looking to collaborate with the west coast riser on the "right" beat. A few days later, Minnick posted a video snippet of the beat in mind for the future single now known as "BIG." A few more days pass, Lecrae responds how he is vibin' with the concept, but will only hop on the track if there is a music video to accompany it. One conversation led to another and 21-year-old artist and videographer Cinemaddox agreed to direct the video for the track (Tahi produced the video). Circling behind, the concept, beat, and verses for the song were completed in under two weeks. The video was shot, directed, and mixed/mastered in less than 48 hours. Near perfection was the end result of what we know as the "GOAT" (Lecrae) of CHH and one of the fastest risers on the West Coast known as Minnick. The supporting staff in-between were all superheroes too. 

During these first few weeks of 2023, Minnick purchased his first home, said his final goodbyes to his grandmother, Shirley "Grandma Shirley" Robison, and a close friend due to an untimely death, Nick "THIZZNICK" Palmieri. We all know Lecrae's personal schedule stays crazy too, therefore, the creation of "BIG" is nothing short of a miracle; a God thing. Stream "BIG" on Apple Music here.

More CHH and Urban Soul Albums & EPs
Listen to these on our CHH Spotify Playlist
  • Lost Sheep by Eshon Burgundy
  • The Lone(ly) Wolf EP by Paul the Messenger
  • II. Peter (Annotated) EP by Ross Millet

More CHH and Urban Soul Singles
  • Bizzle – “Nobody”
  • Da’ T.R.U.T.H. feat. PJ Morton – “Gray Hair”
  • Antoine Bradford – “Carry Me”
  • Nomis feat. Propaganda – “Forest”
  • Kurtis Hoppie feat. Vito OT x Spencer Boliou – “Sunflowers”
  • Mike Teezy – “Jersey”
  • Jordan May – “Win Win”
  • Jodie Jermaine – “Like I Do”
  • Bryon Rhodes - "Trust Me"
  • Josiah Davis feat. Charlie Powers – “innocent”
  • muted mike – “Still Waking Up”
  • Silnce feat. Mitch Darrell x Post Eden – “Leanin”
  • Nu Tone feat. Ashlee Keyton – “Freedom Sound”
  • James Gardin - "Keep Climbing"
  • Kid Tris - "Lose Control"
  • DANMAR x Jamie Mura – “Gravity”
  • Red Tips - "Linked Up"
  • Saint James - "OPPS"
  • Beacon Light x Que Parks x Two Socks – “Ready Set Go”
  • BigGucciDame – “Pandemonium”
  • Hyper Fenton x MoFlo Music - "Derecha"
  • Yung Kriss – “When Tears Fall”
  • SiahThyLegend – “minister freestyle”
  • International Show - "KING"
  • N!x – “Equally Yoked”
  • Lazarus! – “Ricky Roller”
  • John Michael Howell – “What If?”
  • Ross Millet feat. Joey Vantes – “On A Ship In The Middle of Nowhere”
  • Choirboy Bell x EmanuelDaProphet x Marqus Anthony – “Chopsticks”
  • Ty Scott King – “Magnificent (Remix)”
  • Matt Mogg – “Don’t Come Back”
  • Austin Joyce – “Paradox”
  • Jay Bizze - "WHERE U BEEN? (Freestyle)"
  • Alvin Cedric – “STAY STRONG"
  • B.E.R.I.D.O.X. – “Dumb Down Freestyle” 
  • Elias. - "Rain Check"
  • Edify - "Scorched"
  • Megan Tossi feat. Josh D. x Sadface Ethan - "Be Real"

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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