Even though Cephas has had his hands in many aspects of the music industry… the one area he had yet to embark on until recently was being a solo artist. Hence, we present to you KNGDM State Of Mind Pt.1-3… a three part freestyle video series highlighting Cephas as an Emcee and recording artist… not just as a producer & DJ.
KNGDM State of Mind Pt 1: the theme throughout is the importance of taking a bold stand against the corrupt powers that seek to control the minds and lives of the people. From addressing police brutality in his hometown of Cleveland to highlighting the crooked mainstream media conglomerates Cephas boldly calls out these sources of modern day injustice with his lines:
“But we only speak truth
Type to set the captives free
We all know the news lace they pocket off our tragedy
They’d love to see another school shooting
So pretty soon every student
Would have to be packing heat”
Seeing the overwhelming amount of injustice, heartache, and pain in the world… Cephas seeks to point out the urgency by which we must reach the lost and broken declaring:
“Never take life for granted
Like we was facing time
In the balance so distractions say goodbye
Cuz you know we saving lives
From hells flames
See the world through the saviors eyes”
Ultimately, having a KNGDM State of Mind is about looking through the lens of our savior. And that’s exactly the solution Cephas provides in hopes to turn the broken hearted and hurting towards the only source of true freedom and healing… Jesus.
Video: Cephas “KNGDM State of Mind Pt. 1”
Produced by: Mood
Re-Mixed by: Cephas
Written by: Cephas
Mixed & Mastered by: Matt Da Light Flame
Produced & Directed by: Cephas
Shot by: Duncan Clan Productions
Edited by: Duncan Clan Productions & Cephas
No stranger to CHH Cephas got his start in ’02 carving out a reputation for himself as a go to producer for combining vintage vibes with modern sonics. His soulful jazzy productions garnished the attention of some of CHH’s elite including Datin, Bumps INF, Bizzle, Selah The Corner, Beleaf of The Dream Junkies, Lavoisier, Yaves, D-Maub, K-Drama, and others.
As a DJ Cephas has had the privilege of backing NF at Creationfest, was the headlining DJ for the Love Is Red conference twice (feat. Carl Lentz, John Gray, Rich Wilkerson Jr, Elevation Worship, & Andy Mineo), and co-hosted as a DJ for KB, Tedashi, Thousand Foot Krutch, and the Jabbawockeez dance crew with Nick Hall for the Pulse Cleveland Crusade.
Not only has Cephas been active as a producer & DJ but he has had his hands in other aspects of the music industry as well. As a show promotor for the midwest him and his team have hosted the likes of Social Club, Bizzle, Christon Gray, KB, Tedashi, D-Maub, K-Drama, Yaves, Selah The Corner, Sevin (Hogmob), Beleaf, Ruslan, and John Givez, among others.
At the end of the day… Cephas refrained from the pressures and lures of the secular hip hop industry for a reason: because spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ is his single most important goal as an artist. At all of his shows (even when promoting) he preaches an extremely clear Gospel message and it’s estimated that over the last decade thousands of young people have heard the Good News through His music ministry. The music is a blessing however it serves even a greater purpose in drawing people closer to the call God has on their lives.