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NRT's CHH contributor Joshua Galla collects what's new in Christian Hip-Hop and Urban Soul for the week of Friday, December 1, 2023. (Photo: YP aka Young Paul)

THE CHH DROP WITH JOSHUA GALLA, #166 - Christmas Releases, YP aka Young Paul, Peabod, & More...
Posted: November 30, 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.

Also, this week we're highlighting the Christmas music releases both in CHH and the Urban Soul spaces. Listed below, are releases we've compiled to date. Additional releases may be added as they're discovered until the close of 2023.

Christmas 2023 Singles.

  • Kirk Franklin – “Joy to the World (Spotify Singles Holiday)”
  • Israel Houghton & New Breed – “Feels Like Christmas (Live)”
  • Toyalove feat. Mike Teezy – “Turn Up This Christmas”
  • C4 Crontona x Ayo Shamir – “Gritty Christmas”
  • Yung Kriss x Sam Rivera – “’Tis the Season”
  • Jeremiah Paltan x KDNS – “Never Ends”
  • Shanta Fuentes – “Szn of Peace”
  • Sarah Nathalie feat. Cade Kellam – “Merry & Bright”
  • TLS x JusRzd x Mic Wise x Trutha x Weez the Satellite Kiid – “Carol of the Bells”
  • adamariz – “WORTHY!”
  • John Michael Howell feat. Skylar Capri – “Snowed In”
  • Nu Tone feat. QEW x Tds Cam – “Bethlehem’s Manger”
  • Choirboy Bell x Marqus Anthony – “Christmas in Detroit”
  • Anthony Hale feat. Sarah Christine x dooda x melo – “Go Tell It On The Mountain”
  • Noel Mio x Naffymar x TBabz x Tjsarx – “Season’s Reason”

Christmas 2023 EPS AND ALBUMS.
  • The Gift EP by Naomi Raine
  • For the Holiday EP by Lofi Sunday
  • A Merry Lofi Christmas by Forrest Frank
  • Christmas Morning Magic by Hollyn
  • O Holy Vibes EP by Yung Kriss
Listed below, are the new releases for the December 1 release schedule:

YP aka Young Paul feat. Braille and Ayo Shamir - "SHORT DIVIDENDS"
This single signifies the fourth song released in 2023, however, YP aka Young Paul also released two albums this year. One of South Bronx finest emcees, YP is bringing "gritty hiphop" to the ears of believers and non-believers alike. The latest song revolves around the teachings of 1 Timothy 6:10 discussing the love of money. Far too much bloodshed and violence has occured based on the greed, love, and lust for money. YP and CHH veteran Braille speak on how a glorious life can be achieved without an abundance of cash flow during our shortened life on earth. 

After an explanation of the track's orgin and a short chorus, Braille starts things off proper aligning biblical principles to practical living. YP enters with golden bar after bar exhibiting some of his finest work to date. This track belongs in the mid-90s as boom bap bops feel revived. This is a single to remain on repeat far into 2024. Stream "SHORT DIVIDENDS" on 
Spotify and Apple Music.
PLAY! by Peabod
Seattle's own independent rapper and songwriter Peabod debuts his first album since departing from Centricity Music last year. The 11-track project features all eight previously released singles sprinkled with a few new happy raps to close out 2023. The concept of the album challenges listeners to simply, play. To experiment. To explore. To smile and enjoy each new experience. Tapping into your imagination even. The idea of "play" is something many adults have forgotten over the years of aging and with life weighing in. 

Peabody has created a beautifully energetic, eclectic experience over 11 tracks. Peabod calls for nostalgia to engulf our memories and heart from childhood days of the past fast forwarding to the present. Some favorite tracks include "PINK LEMONADE," "MAGIC HOUR," and "START A BAND" featuring Aaron Gillespie. Listeners can expect a trip in a delorean escaping to times where happiness was common, tree houses were our home, and we all danced regardless of who was watching. The production included throughout feels free and remains atuned to Peabod's lyrical barrage of smiles on steroids. Also, he manages to sneak in some of the best bar-for-bar content to date. During a joyful time such as the holiday season, close your eyes and remember how much playing impacted who you are today. Stream PLAY! on Spotify here.
More CHH and Urban Soul Albums & EPs
Listen to these on our CHH Spotify Playlist
  • M.U.R.A by Von Won
  • Upper Room by Austin Knoll
  • Gleeful by Bachi
  • Breakthru by Tanner Coppernoll
  • Your Promises Gives Me Life by Pember​

More CHH and Urban Soul Singles
  • Parris Chariz – “Change Locations”
  • Jay-Way – “Highs and Lows”
  • Jaylon Ashaun x Austin Marc – “Hou (Slowed)”
  • TLO x Propaganda x Shad – “ON HOOD”
  • Brenno x Childlike CiCi x Taylor Wells x Kieran the Light x Tre ‘Gadd – “Groovy Freestyle (Remix)”
  • Souljornerz feat. Q-Flo – “Avenues”
  • Tylynn – “Get You Down”
  • Cooper Hill – “be my guess”
  • GB feat. Relena-Rochelle – “On Me”
  • BigGucciDame – “I’m From Heaven”
  • HYLEM – “Hallmark Movie”
  • John Michael Howell – “Is It a Sin”
  • Eli Keen – “With Him”
  • Yung Titan feat. 1K Phew – “Count Me Out”
  • Zachary Heider feat. Christopher Syncere – “MAN ON A MOVE”
  • Rich Colon – “UNDO.”
  • simplyollie – “NOVAGLORY”
  • 4TUNAT – “Saturn”
  • Aaron Dews – “Magic”
  • Austin Joyce feat. Marty – “Find It Funny”
  • Zack Limitless – “Late”
  • Kelo – “Lighthouse”
  • LLC Flame – “doing well”
  • Hunterdrinkswater – “die 4 my”
  • J1W x Brooklyn Victoria – “Guidance”
  • Sis N Lil Bro – “Who Dat”
  • The Graes – “Leave the Light On”
  • Jae Burnz – “Still Alright”
  • YPG Remi feat. Dkg Kie – “YPG”
  • P.I.D. (Preachas In Disguise) – “Take ‘Em To Church”
  • Hills Music x Kinsu – “Only You”
  • Ian Yates – “Will Be Alright”

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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