Yes, there are corny artists in CHH, but if you listen to the radio you’ll find it’s not any better. It seems Andy Mineo and others may be romanticizing our non-Christian counterparts. If want to read what else I have to say check it out at the link below.
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I actually Decided to do this Because one of my 2014 goals is to write more and have it be meaningful. But this List of albums are the ones that have stayed in rotations and I feel have strong content. You may have not heard of most of these artist but check them out.
5. John Givez - Four Season
This spot was very tough to decide because my Honorable mention could very well replace this album for various reason. But John Givez is a newer artist and I felt he needed this spotlight even if only 20 people read my blog (S/o to yall).
Givez’s album is short but that makes it stronger in my opinion, He does good job of showing off his rapping and vocals skill and he don’t remind you of that Light Skinned Cry baby, Drake. Four Season isn’t strong conceptually but I like all the songs except “Rebelutionary” which reminds of “Backseat Freestyle”. But there are good stories such as “Westside Blues” and “Letter to the 3rd”, Overall Four Season is a Solid introduction for John Givez I’m excited to hear more from Him.
4. The Procussion - The Procussion
Mr. J Medeiros can say to me whatever wants for me putting him and Stro on this list but I wanted to highlight this album. I feel Mr. J’s poetic depth is amazing as seen in “Insomnia” Stro’s rapping and production is solid as seen in “Modern Warfare”. Stro isn’t playing 2nd to Mr. J but they are truly partners in rhymes (“Foreword” and “The Drum”). If you’re looking for religious rhetoric you wont find it hear but if want honest music that reflects on Hip hop and real life (“DNA” and “Today”) check out the Procussions.
3. Sho Baraka - Talented Xth
Sho probably knew wasn’t going to be No. 1 but here are my reason: While “Mrs.” Has grown on me I know many arent a fan of that track and I don’t like the hook on “ME” and the are few tracks he remembers me of Drake, which half the time is not a win in my book. Well I got out what I don’t like out the way I love the Blackness of the with song Like “Bethesda” and the controversial “Jim Crow” and the variety of content relationships, classism, egoism, maturity, racism and Jesus. Sho is a Social Commentator who points out the ills of his community and others outside of it then offers Christ as the solution.
2. Dre Murray - Gold Rush: Maybe One Day
Dre Murray is great story teller as you see all through out the album standout cuts such “Gold Rush” and “Gray Tape” give insight to Dre’s testimony and cuts like “Message in a Bottle” and Alchemy deal with Alcoholism and Suicide. He even deals with some of his current reality on the posse cut “Welcome to My Life” The reason it didn’t make the No. 1 spot is because I’m not a fan of Red Light the hook was lazy in my opinion, I got the song but I just didn’t feel. The album show the vanity of life pursuing false treasure and ends with pursuit of what will truly last.
1. J. Givens - El v. Envy
DONT CONFUSE HIM WITH JOHN GIVEZ, I can understand why you would the names are similar but they are different artist. What stood out for me is this album is the Lyricism. J. Givens Has Bars the first track makes that clear “(A)bridge(d) thoughts” even the Title “El v. Envy” is a Double Entendre for Las Vegas, Nevada (LV,NV get it?) then His Extended metaphor at the end of “Polar Express” is very impressive. But is not just bars but it’s him telling about life in Vegas “Sin City Bre(a)d” and “Might (not) Be”. After hearing this album I’m a J.givens fan and you love dope lyricism then get El v. Envy.
Wes Pendelton & Tragic Hero - The Resistance
It’s hard for me to put EPs on the List but This one came real close I think it worth checking out. Tragic Hero is someone I see being on the rise hope he continues to grind in 2014.
I’m Done Hate or Love it but always 2013 Was a good year.
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Things to Address Before I start this Blog.
1. Yes Chose dancing cats, I like cats and it made ME laugh (you laughed I’m happy and if thing it’s weird oh well it’s my blog #shanekiddshrug)
2. I have not been writing for a while because I’ve been writing for other people
3. I miss doing my own blog because I cant insert my randomness i.e. anything I put in parenthesis
So Why the title because after hanging with my single friends that long to be with someone, reading my friend’s blogs on relationships, and feeling like there are some things that never get addressed I realized that this whole pursuit thing feels a Junior High dance. Think about girls and guys waiting for each other to make a move and the dance is not that smooth but slightly awkward. Maybe you agree, maybe you don’t but this blog is more of discussion piece than taking stance.
So big reason things feel awkward is because Christian guys (will use the name Cliff to represent them) like a certain Christian girl (will use Claire). The issues Cliff is nervous to tell Claire, so Claire feel that Cliff is a coward and that’s how the story goes (The END, yeah right). There is more to this story sometimes than that basic idea.
First guys, don’t scared of rejection yes it sucks but it happens. Rejection come with the fact we are the ones to take initiative, we may not get what we want. Also there’s nothing wrong with taking your time especially since this a decision you CANNOT take lightly, your goal should be to marry this person (and if you ain’t seat yourself down). Also make your intentions clear if you just want to get to know Claire better because you’re attracted to her let that be known or if you want a Court/Date (whatever word you folks wanna use I don’t care a more) let that be known. Also having lunch or coffee one time doesn’t mean you or her have to commit to something y’all may not be compatible (aka y’all can’t deal with y’all difference in a relationship setting).
Now lets talk about Claire. let’s be clear Cliff being coward is not only reason he’s not approaching you. Honestly Cliff may not like you in that way and he’s just a nice guy or realize you’re cool friend but y’all would not be relationally compatible. Passivity also is among Claire because I’ve know few of them that have left their Cliffs confused. Saying I’m not sure, I don’t know, and I’m not ready but you’ll be upset about being still or end up with another guy and never tell Cliff (these are real stories I don’t make this up). Claire just like I told Cliff to be clear I’m tell you BE CLEAR, if you not interested and don’t want him to pursue let it be known or if you ACTUALLY to seeing if there’s more let that be known.
In Closing I feel the passivity of both men and women have made things harder they need to be. We both need to know want we want, be patience and be clear. Hope you got something out this. So please enjoy your singleness, Love Jesus, and treat each other right.
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