It’s something about Summertime that makes you wanna throw on your shades, roll your windows down, and bump some trap music as you ride through the streets! It’s a validating feeling you get when you pull up at a stop light, and check out the person in the car next to you. If it’s a Sista or Brotha, you exchange knowing glances, then speed off like you are the best thang smokin’ in your city. Your speakers are so loud everyone near you can feel the vibrations coming from your car. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about!
Personally, rap music is not about the lyrics for me. It’s about the sound. It’s about the bass. It’s about that head-bopping beat that gets me to ‘feeling myself’! Most of the time, I can’t even understand the lyrics! I mean I usually know the hook but that’s about it. Especially if I’m trying to listen to Migos….I honestly thought the hook to one of their songs said “Mama told me not to say a word”….(I had a bit of a sheltered childhood) LOL!! But that beat though! Heck, I would blast the song just because I thought the beat was ‘hard’, and for that reason alone (still do sometimes…God is not done with me yet!).
One day, I was riding in the car listening to the song “T-Shirt” by Migos, and I thought “I’m going to focus on the lyrics of the verse for a change”. So I did and I still don’t even know what they are talking about in that song! I mean I get the jist of it… it’s about trapping, but my little sheltered mind can’t grasp the metaphors they use. So I had to ask myself “why on earth are you listening to something you can’t even relate to?” Yes, I love the beat but I began to notice that I feel different when I listen to Trap Music vs. listening to something upbeat and positive like Gospel. Trap music makes me feel depressed, angry, and depending on who I am listening to at the moment, I might even be angry at my man for no apparent reason other than the guy in the song was cheating!
When I listen to Gospel music, I feel so much more invigorated and alive! I feel like I can tackle the day having filled my thoughts with positive vibes. Now, I love me some Gospel music, but sometimes I just crave that bump and thump. So, I had to find an alternative. I searched for Christian Rap on iHeart Radio and was very surprised! I found several Christian Rap artist who have some really dope lyrics. One of the first songs I listened to was Erica Campbell’s “I luh God” and when I heard “Work It Out” by Tye Tribbett, I was like “yasssss”! It’s the best of both worlds. I can have the upbeat, positive lyrics and the rap vibe all in one!
See rap music is simply a genre. It’s not the topics discussed in the song that determines the genre. According to Wikipedia, rap music is just music that consists of rhythmic and rhyming words that are chanted. So, why not listen to some positive “chants” that breathes life into you instead of death? The songs I have listened to so far I am still able to relate to. But rather than listening to the artist who gave into the trap life, the Christian artist speaks about how they trusted God and overcame that lifestyle even though it was all around them.
There are several Christian rap artist that give you that same feel you are used to but the lyrics will blow your mind. So, if you are looking for a positive alternative to the usual, I encourage you to check out some Christian rap artists. My personal favorites are Lecrae, Derek Minor, and Andy Mineo. I doubt you will be disappointed. Take a listen and comment your thoughts below. Happy listening!