With so much going on in the #Chh community of debates of being called a Christian rapper or just a rapper. Debates of whether the music is theologically correct or if the rapper just says God enough in his bars. Big Yae felt compelled to address the issue with his track, “Bad Guy, Letter to Chh” and tell all who listen how he feels.
He also shared with us the reason behind the song and so much more in this interview! From who influenced him to one of his favorite scriptures.
So we would like to give a big shout out to Big Yae for unpacking so much about himself in this short interview. We’d also like to thank Big Yae for taking the time to sit down and chop it up with us. He was actually interning for a summer job when we reached out to him so we really appreciate it. May you enjoy the interview and please go out and support this young man who is on fire for Christ!
How did u get into Chh?
Well, I started rapping when I was 16 after I had become a Christian. I was rapping with a couple of close friends (Rockstar JT and Cody) and after that I featured on JT’s project. He was beginning to get a name in Chh, so it kinda started there.
What prompted you to address the Chh community in, “Bad Guy, Letter to the Chh?”
Well I’m friends with Flame, me and JT went to one of his concerts in a city close to my hometown. JT, Flame, Spec and I were having a conversation about the state of CHH and how people wanted it to end. We talked a little bit on the Christian rapper/non Christian rapper topic and I just decided to write a song about it expressing how I felt about the situation. I expected it to get more hate then love but it had more love than hate.
What can we expect on your new EP, “About Time”?
Well it’s definitely new music. The few fans that I had before the EP were upset because it took so long for me to drop something new. So, I’m excited that I could get some new music out and it’s had some pretty good feedback as well. Now from my perspective it’s a small taste of what is to come!! So give the new EP “About Time” a listen!
What do you hope people will get out of your music and your new EP?
Well I definitely write music for the glory of Christ, so I definitely want them to see Christ in it. And like I said before it’s really just a taste of the new stuff; it’s also on some topics I’ve been going through in life as well.
Who influenced you the most in music and in life?
As far as Artists go my big influences are Michael Jackson, Logic, Andy Mineo, J Cole and Sia… and then there are some smaller influences like Alessia Cara, Joyner Lucas, and Eminem.
How hard is it to separate business and your ministry?
Honestly, it only gets hard when you try to do it with no help or guidance really.
How much have you grown on this project, talent wise and Spiritually?
If you were to listen to my old music and the my EP “Back to Back”, you would probably think it’s two different people… not only because my voice is a little different but I’ve definitely grown spiritually and lyrically sense my first project which is a year and a half old.
Who are u listening to that we should be listening too?
Who would you like to work with in the future?
I read an article that said people from age 18 to 35 are leaving the church. Why do you think this is so?
I feel like in most churches… they don’t respect and utilize the culture this age group grew up in. They expect them to become like those 40-60 year olds who been there for years and that’s not what they want to do so they leave.
Do you think there is a void between the youth in the church and the elder church members when it comes to Chh? If so what do you think has to be done to bridge the gap?
Yes, and it’s only because some of the older people don’t look at Chh music as worship, whether it’s worship through the artist worshiping Jesus or speaking on good truths in the song or it’s worship because Christ has called them to reach their specific group of people with the music that they make.
On your longest day and hardest battle, what scripture do you find strength in?
Definitely Matthew 6:33
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
because I find myself seeking after things that have no worth and meaning compared to Jesus… so why chase what Christ would give if you just follow him and seek him.