Five rappers to listen to
Rap music is one of those genres that I tend to see as quite hit and miss. I don’t always see eye to eye with the genre, but hey I don’t have to be heavily invested to know what I enjoy (check out my Music and Ice Cream blog for more of my thoughts on the subject).
That being said there is no denying the pure talent and skill that rappers have when approaching their music and here at xRhythms, we have so many to choose from, with more joining the roster frequently. So here are just some of the many rappers on the playlist that you should be listening to.
Josiah Lowe has an incredible connection to his faith and popular culture in his lyrics. These connections enable him to put forward his meaning and message in such a manner that many people are understand the story he is trying to tell. Setting his tracks up to push the lyrical concept though, his craftsmanship is prevalent in all his music.
Over the last few decades the UK rap scene has grown exponentially with the likes of Stormzy and this guy. Guvna B has embedded his music in a spectacular mix of his African herietage and his London East End upbringing, effortlessly switching between and fusing the two as necessary and enabling his lyrical stories to pop out of the mix and speak to people.
In a lot of rap there can be a focus towards the darker end of things in feel and lyrics yet Peabod has done the opposite. Whilst bringing in a bit of an edge for his album “Growing Up Part 1” his music is still jam packed with feel good grooves and positive messages throughout his lyrics. His ability to weave his faith throughout his music in a natural way is also incredibly skilful.
This blend of DJs, rappers and singers produce some high energy flows and use their music as their ministry. Crossfya aren’t just producing slick bars for their amusement, they are using their appeal constructively as an amplifier for their faith, including starting a Faith Gang movement to empower those inspired by their music.
Every time I’ve ever witnessed these guys the hype train is always going full pelt. Managing to sustain that atmosphere in both small venues and big events, their story in the lyrics is never absent and can be heard clear as day. The message of faith they always carry resonates throughout and they connect on a small level as well as massive arena levels.