1. How did u get into Chh?
I started rapping around 8 or 9 and I actually grew up listening to CHH. I didn’t start doing CHH for myself until I got saved in 2006 but I’ve always had it in me.
2. How are you changing the culture for God?
I feel as though my music opens up conversations about what it actually means to be a “Christian” today. I create music that’s transparent and even thats not always easy, I think that’s how we turn the culture to God. I don’t have to bare every ounce of myself to win people over, but my music relates to what people feel and that creates conversations that open people to change.
3. Who are u listening to that we should be listening too?
I honestly only listen to beats, lol. When I’m not listening to beats I’m listening to Gramm Thomas, Mell Omii, Kei Harris and my Culture Villian fam. Everything else I dabble in for a time and then go back to my circle.
4. What do you hope people will get out of your music and your new project?
Man, I’m praying that my project forces people to seek God in a new way. The point of my project is to show people that He wants us to, no matter what, come to Him. Sometimes seeking God is a fight, and that fight is most of the time within our own selves, but at the end of the day I want people to be on the right team. So you may have to do something different to keep your mind in line with His.
5. Who influenced you the most in music and in life?
I have so many influences, it started with T-Bone and Original Gospel Ganstaz. They were all I was allowed to listen to at that time. Then as I got into middle school and high school artists like the Lox, Cassidy and Jay were heavy influences. Now, Its mostly the few that I mentioned earlier and a little Crae, Kendrick, Cole and Da Truth here and there.
6. Who would you like to work with in the future?
The same way I feel about my influences, there are a lot of people I believe I’d enjoy working with. Outside of hip hop I’d love to work with people like Shana Wilson and Elevation Worship. I think that would be interesting, lol.
7. How hard is it to separate business and your ministry?
I’m actually still learning how to do all of that. I’ve had a lot of transitions in that area that called for change. I’ve never made my ministry a business, but I felt like I was teetering the like at one point. There are things you can take from both and apply to each other to be successful.
8. One of the biggest topics in the music business now is streaming, how does that affect you as an artist?
It really just opens up more opportunities for me to share my artistry with everyone. My tagline is “It’s on all platforms” so one could understand, I’m all for it. When my project does drop, I will for certain have hard copies as well because there are still people that don’t stream at all or would just like to pop that cd in. As I’ve learned over these last 5 years, you have to adjust with the wave but don’t ignore the past.
9.How much have you grown on this project, talent wise and Spiritual?
I’ve grown so much throughout this project. I’ve been working on this project for about 5 years now, but most of the songs are from that last year or so. My life kept changing as the years went by and so was the music industry, so I kept adjusting. A lot of change can happen spiritually in just a few months so you can imagine over 5 years what the difference is.
10. On your longest day and hardest battle what scripture do you find strength in?
There was a time where it felt like I was reading Matthew 6:25-34 everyday for a month, lol. Its a visual reminder for me through nature for me. When I see the plants and the birds growing and eating good, I’m reminded who’s taking care of them and He sees me more valuable. He’ll get me through it.
““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34 NIV
Listen to Prominence – Battle Royale feat Mell Omii: