First I’d like to thank Hnst-T for taking the time to Q&A with us in this great interview. Hnst-T answered every question with some great answers. I think my favorite answer by Hnst-T was, “No Comment.”
1. How did u get into Chh?
A friend introduced me to Chh around 2010. In 2011 while going to Bible school for music, I began writing and recording Chh with a fellow worship leader.
2. How are you changing the culture for God?
Through explicitly sharing the gospel in my music, and serving in local youth ministries.
3. Who are u listening to that we should be listening too?
Messa Montana & The Rep
4. What do you hope people will get out of your music and your new project?
I hope that people hear the Gospel. I hope that people are inspired to walk closer with God. I hope that people can understand Christian doesn’t = boring, or talentless.
For “No Grave” I hope that people understand God’s ways are much different than the ways of man. Believers are called to be 100% surrendered to God, not to follow the desires, and trends of the world. We are called to die to our flesh that we live in Christ (Roman’s 8:13 NASB)
13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Romans 8:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5. Who influenced you the most in music and in life?
My father! My dad is an incredibly talented person. I was heavily influenced by all kinds of music at a very young age. My father has also been a youth/college pastor for most of my life, so he has always been my spiritual/life coach.
6. Who would you like to work with in the future?
Really anyone who can push me to be better at music, and/or strengthen my walk with God.
7. How hard is it to separate business and your ministry?
It’s not too hard for me yet. I have been taught well by some very successful, and wise Christian businessmen. They’ve instilled in me that if you do it right; a business can also be a ministry.
For me, the struggle is separating industry from ministry. Making sure I don’t get caught in the trappings of statistics, marketing, and profits. I have to keep myself in servant ministry mode, rather than “Christian Rapper” mode.
8. One of the biggest topics in the music business now is streaming, how does that affect you as an artist?
It’s great for exposure and convenience. It’s pretty terrible for everything else.
9. How much have you grown on this project, talent wise and Spiritual?
I think I grew quite a bit on this track, mostly in the writing process, and marketing knowledge. Spiritually, I’m always growing. Patience has been the topical lesson fueled by Chh.
10. What are you set out to accomplish in Christian hip-hop?
I hope to give teens, and young adults a better version of hip-hop then what is offered by mainstream media. I hope to share the hope of Christ with a broken, and hurting generation.
11. How do you handle politics as a Christian?
12. On your longest day and hardest battle, what scripture do you find strength in?
‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. ‘ Philippians 4:6-9