From Chance The Rapper’s “Blessings” to Kanye West’s “Everything We Need”, the 2010 decade has birthed a new genre composed mainly from gospel, and hip-hop.. YES, … Hip-hop!
In the beginning of the 2010 decade, most hip-hop music mirrored the 2000’s era of R&B and pop mixes. Toward the end of the decade, much of hip hop became a face for branding. In many songs, such as “I Like It” by Cardi B and “Out The Mud” by Lil Baby, artists encouraged the use of brand name products, drugs, and places. Much of this music lacked true substance and meaning.
However, many other artists began to take a look inward and it showed through much of their work. The music produced by artists such as Chance The Rapper and J Cole gave meaning to their life, of which many others can relate. Chance The Rapper, as well as other notable artists, took an intriguing twist by mixing their raps with the Gospel. The song “How Great” featuring Jay Electronica is an example of how two ‘big’ name rappers came together on a track to give their testimonies and glory to G_d, whilst using catchy beats and dope flows. Much of the Chance’s music reflects his gratitude toward his father above.
Chance is not the only hip-hop artist of 2010’s that combined rap with gospel. Kanye West, Lecrae, and many others have used their platform to speak out as devoted Christians. Within the decade, Lecrae dropped three albums named “Church Clothes 1,2,3”, respectively. While he proclaims in one song that he did not intend for it to be a gospel piece, he could not help but to uplift and encourage the Body of Christ. Kanye West’s “Jesus is King”, on the other hand, was an intentional gospel album. Throughout the album, he vocalizes his interpretation of the Bible, and speaks out on how giving himself to Christ helped him grow and develop as a man, father, and husband.
Artists such as the men mentioned above, have made a huge impact on their audiences, and pop-culture. Going forward, it would not be surprising if more musicians join the wave of the gospels in their art.