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Dear Listener,

It’s been a busy year! Our audience has increased hugely – the YouTube channel now has over 12,000 Subscribers and total video views currently stands at 1.5 million! Amongst the growth though with some help from friends and family I’ve been in touch with more artists to bring you another free summer mixtape and here it is.

It’s not as long as last years, at just 11 tracks but I’d rather deliver a shorter mixtape of top quality music than fill it with anything I could get permission for!

Like last years mixtape I hope you are introduced to new artists through this compilation. I’ve come to know some of these artists really well whilst putting this together and by speaking to them throughout the year and I can honestly say there are some great people featured on this album who truly worship Christ with everything that they have to give. So, check out the poster that’s included and get in touch with the artists’ through Facebook and Twitter etc. and tell them how much you appreciate their music, knowing these guys most of them will probably even find the time to reply to you! (Then go download the rest of their work!)

Be encouraged by their music, share it with friends not just because you secretly hope they’ll become Christians through it but because it’s simply a collection of great music! Enjoy the diverse mix of genres, the different ways that people praise God and the different stories people have to tell.

My prayer this year is for this mixtape to spread further than before, to reach Christians throughout the world who need encouraging, Christians who wish there was great music for a great God, Christians who need a new song to sing and soundtrack to dance to.

A huge thanks to all the artists involved, for supporting the blog and the work I do and wanting to be part of this small but influential mixtape.

And finally thanks to you the listener for the continued support to both the blog and the artists we feature, whether it’s simply by liking a link on Facebook, sharing the blog with friends or donating money so that we can give more copies of the mixtape away. Thank you for making this possible.

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In Christ,
Stephen Bradley,
TheGoodChristianMusicBlog.com

Genre: Hip-Hop, Rap

Rapper, poet and artist, Propaganda releases his second album with Portland based label Humble Beast, titled Crimson Cord. On this track he’s joined by none other than Reach Records’ Andy Mineo and Humble Beast’s latest signing – Saint City rapper, JGivens.

Download Propaganda’s Crimson Cord here:
http://noisetrade.com/propaganda/crimson-cord

For more info on Propaganda visit:
http://www.humblebeast.com/artists/propaganda/

For more info on Andy Mineo visit:
http://www.andymineo.com/

For more info on JGivens visit:
http://www.humblebeast.com/artists/jgivens/

Photography by Martin Wessely:
http://wesse.ly/

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Genre: Hip-Hop, Rap,

Produced by Soulection artist IAMNOBODI, on this track Sean C. Johnson, Shy Speaks and Adam L. give their testimonies on how pornography and porn addiction has affected them. The title takes it’s name from XXX which in roman numerals is 30, this number being important because it takes 30 days of not doing something to break a habit/addiction. With some powerful testimonies, and a real honesty from these artists on an issue that affects so many people in the church who may not have the appropriate support to talk through these struggles, this song may offend some but speak loudly to others. Excerpts from a John Piper sermon have also been used to add impact to the great lyrics of the track; a favourite line being the brilliant nod from Shy Speaks to the original instrumental – Kendrick Lamar’sB****, Don’t Kill My Vibe’ – with the line “I guess I killed their vibe”.

As a note, I’m aware that some people who hear this may struggle with porn addiction and would like to use this song to point people to the brilliant ministry of http://www.xxxchurch.com/.

Lyrics:

Verse 1:
Wish I could erase the images I’ve seen
Year was 93’, tape on the bed right next to me
Couldn’t wait till my Auntie went to sleep, so we put the TV on mute
And the girl on the TV so cute, could have sworn she was looking at me
Now the seed is planted so deep, turn the lights off
Mouth sitting wide open, but I can’t talk
Did the girl just really take her clothes off?
Can’t look away, it’s about to do down holler “May Day”
Real talk I thought this was a game? I left that room with chains
Never looked at girls the same, because I know
Being thirty years old and a virgin, don’t mean you out grow them urges
Never should have pulled back that curtain
Thank God for the blood he purchased me
Still the images in my sleep; never thought I’d be this deep
When a girl walk past I’m weak… Why not? That’s what I’m thinking
I’m a pig in the morning like bacon, clothes on in my mind you naked
My virtue I’m forsaking. My Lord 
Probably going to need your grace
Don’t forget my face…be back tomorrow roll tape. 

Chorus: 
Bare my soul, let it go, let it go
Heavy load, bare my soul, let it go, let it go

Verse 2:
(I was) A sweet 16, looking so clean, with 2 of my girls, linking up with our boos
We agreed we weren’t pitching home-runs, but letting’em hit a few bases was cool
So yeah he knew, he wasn’t gone do me; plus we were coming to just watch a movie
He popped it in, it was a flick, and all I seen was the back of a chick
With her hand on his “whoa”, out the corner of my eye, I’m looking at him feeling sick
You would’ve sworn I wasn’t trying to get pregnant, they way I start yelling, “Aye pull it out, quick”
They looked at me like “you serious?”, I looked like, “yeah that’s right”
They looked at me and just SMH’d, I guess I killed their vibe but
I, say we gone get caught, plus it’s too loud, he say, my dad walk in right now he would be proud
Wow, but bore me; he say, “nah you a virgin, you scared of this orgies”
He was right, I left that room with questions
Am I the object of a man’s affections or his erection
All I know, that day I said no, & as a woman, I never looked backed
But if I did this is how it would go
I would haul in from a hard day, hop up out my heel
In heat, I would hover the internet for some hot thrills
Conscious crying, body tingling, head low singing

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3: 
I used to sneak peeks at my momma’s catalog, that’s where the apple falls 
On pouty lips and padded bras, and that’s what Adam saw
It had him all off balance
And castles fall when passive palace walls are challenged by the reign of cats and jackled dogs 
She bares her chest, now I bare my chest (Hasslehoff)
I swear my chest was barely even hairy when my addict called, and told me that is all
Convincing me this blackened hall was one I had to walk
And I had a Dad and Mom
But my camouflaged was real, for every layer that she peels there’s one that I conceal
And I can deal with this until I get to numb to feel what I can’t kill
If you can’t drive a screw you know the drill
You take the only pill and slowly kill your family
Traded my first love for a fantasy 
All because a planted seed I can’t retrieve 
I think of how it damaged me
Can’t stand to think my fantasy was probably there because her father was a man 
like me… Help me Jesus!!

Repeat Chorus

Download the album ‘Grateful’ for free from Bandcamp: http://seancjohnson.bandcamp.com/album/grateful

For more info on Sean C. Johnson visit:
http://www.seancjohnson.com/

For more info on Shy Speaks visit:
http://www.shyspeaks.com/

For more info on Adam L. visit:
https://twitter.com/ashimself

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Genre: Rap, Hip-Hop, Trap

Featuring an eclectic mix of some of the best Christian rappers on the scene, this remix is a monster of a track and 8 minutes of sheer brilliance. With a hook from British pop-star Ellie Goulding and JGivens’ Drake impersonation at 4:00 emphasised with the hilarious “Now Un-Drake!”, what’s not to like?!

Download the Southern Lights Remix for free from Rapzilla:
http://bit.ly/KZtrhZ

For more info on Alex Faith visit:
http://collision-records.com/artist/alex-faith/

For more info on Dre Murray visit:
http://collision-records.com/artist/dre-murray/

For more info on John Givez visit:
http://www.johngivez.com/

For more info on JGivens visit:
http://jgivens.com/

For more info on Corey Paul visit:
http://coreypaul.bandcamp.com/

For more info on Tragic Hero visit:
http://tragicheromusic.tumblr.com/
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JGivens El v. Envy Album Cover. 4.5 Star ReviewStraight out of Sin City (that’s Las Vegas for those not in the know), filling speakers with his grace-laced blend of electronic-infused hip-hop comes the brilliant emcee JGivens with his latest album El v. Envy. A double play-on-words, the title of the album itself is a reference to Las Vegas, Nevada (the acronym of which is LV, NV) and also El being one of God’s names revealed in the Old Testament and Envy representing the enemy.

The first thing that struck me with this record is the electronica-influenced, west-coast style beats, tracks like Sin City Bre(a)d, The Bus Stop Song, The Pledge: “They Say” and _ _ _ End. It’s so common in Christian Hip-Hop to see beats that are copies of popular hits from yesteryear and that’s where so many artists fail – if what you’re doing isn’t new in the studio it definitely won’t be new by the time it reaches peoples’ speakers! However, on El v. Envy, I’m pleasantly surprised to hear beats that are new, and using a style that I don’t (yet) hear in mainstream music.

It’s not just those massively-layered tracks that shine bright though, the other side of this record shows a much more mellow laid-back style hip-hop. Beats that usher in a memory or two of some of the classic G-Funk era tunes. Though on this record, it’s even more stripped back, leaning mostly on just bass and drums with the occasional extra instrument making an appearance. A key example of this is, is the track Can’t Say – a testimonial piece where JGivens shares stories of his time with our Christian brothers & sisters in Egypt and how they face persecution on a day to day basis. Other tracks in a simliar vein are Bienvenue and Stop Requested, though there are clearly still many G-Funk influences littered throughout the album.

Compared to his previous releases it’s not just the music that’s stepped up a notch but his bars as well. Some of the rhymes on this record are so intricately woven that it takes multiple listens to fully appreciate and hear the full message. His flow has always been great across all his past releases, but after this album I’d even go so far as to say that he’s one of the most natural rappers currently in CHH. He covers some pretty deep issues on this record too – a personal favourite is his verse on Help Me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re My Only Hope. where he confronts relative truth:

It may sound stupid but the truth is if I told you that truth / was an absolute and you said / “Dude, no it isn’t / ‘cos what’s true for you ain’t true for me because we’re different” /  Then it’s tangible to see that that rebuttal’s a contradiction / Stating there’s no absolute truth is an absolute / so your own argument only disproves you!

The only issue, if any with this record is that when JGivens is rapping over a trippy, synth lead beat and getting so deep into his message through complex lyricism it can sometimes create a competition between vocals and instrumental, with both demanded your full focus. EIther way, it’s not a huge problem, and by no means would I want the beats or lyrics to change, plus there are parts where the vocals and instrumentation meet perfectly despite said issue. Some great examples of which are perhaps Sin City Bre(a)d and and Stay Cool, and at it’s best it sounds like the chorus to The Bus Stop Song.

This is the kind of record that’s so fresh it appeals to music fans regardless of their faith. When an album sounds this unique it’s not hard passing it on to non-believing friends (despite the gospel centred lyrics) because JGivens isn’t just a Christian version of a rapper they already listen to, he’s himself – and more importantly his style is his own as well. Hopefully, they’ll come for the music, and stay for the message.

It’s been roughly three months since this album dropped so this isn’t exactly new but it’s given me time to fully appreciate it. Though by now that ‘new album’ shine has faded, what remains is a strong, intellectual, soulful, well-produced record, and in my honest opinion one of the best CHH releases of the year.

Album Highlights: Sin City Bre(a)d, The Bus Stop Song, Can’t Say, Friends

Purchase El v. Envy from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/el-v.-envy/id691238156
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/el-v.-envy/id691238156

For more info on JGivens visit:
http://jgivens.com/
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Genre: Hip-Hop, Rap, Rock, Blues

On this track ‘Making Me More’ taken from his latest album Minorville, Derek Minor is joined by the brilliantly talented blues musician Mel Washington. By combining forces and genres, the two artists together have created a stompingly superb hip-hop anthem sure to grab the attention of many music lovers. Following the theme of the album, Derek Minor uses this track to be true to his fans and to show that at the end of the day he’s just another human with problems, hoping that Jesus is making him more. A well needed track for Christian Hip-Hop, where so often artists are put on pedestals by fans despite their honesty and humility in their music.

Purchase ‘Minorville’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/minorville/id681201090
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/minorville/id681201090

 

For more info on Derek Minor visit:
http://derekminor.com/
For more info on Mel Washington visit:
http://melwashington.com/

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Genre: Hip-Hop, Rap, Remix

Originally a solo Eons D track, the Louisville rapper writes that “this song was inspired by Romans 8:24-25. Psalm 37:7-9, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 40:1″. On this remix a number of other rappers (Deraj, JusThoughtZ, Jerrell Johnson and rapper/producer Knaladeus (listed in appearance order)) grab the mic to add their experience’s of being still and waiting on the Lord.

This track is produced by Knaladeus, mixed/mastered by Israel Musiq and features piano from Alvin Trotman.

Photography by Danielle Hunt

Purchase ‘Chill Cypher Remix’ from Bandcamp:
http://eonsd.bandcamp.com/track/chill-cypher-remix

Purchase the original track ‘Chill’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/chill-single/id583926219
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chill-single/id583926219

For more info on Eons D visit:
http://eonsd.bandcamp.com/

For more info on Deraj visit:
http://www.justderaj.com/

For more info on JusThoughtZ visit:
http://www.justhoughtz.com/

For more info on Jerrell Johnson visit:
http://jerrelljohnson.bandcamp.com/

For more info on Knaladeus visit:
http://knaladeus.bandcamp.com/

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Genre: Hip-Hop, Rap

After various solo releases from each party, Wes Pendleton & Tragic Hero joined forces earlier this year to release the mighty 7 track EP ‘The Resistance’. As the title suggests, Tragic Hero isn’t afraid to bring up social/political issues, however on the track ‘In My Arms’ he takes it a little easier, sticking to a story of a relationship struggling with various personal issues. With Tragic Hero’s smooth, carefully crafted lyrics combined with Wes Pendleton’s dreamlike beats, it’s the perfect recipe for a chilled track.

United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-resistance/id601988039
United States of America:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-resistance/id601988039

For more info on Tragic Hero visit:
http://tragicheromusic.tumblr.com/

For more info on Wes Pendleton visit:
http://padsnlaces.com/
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*Free Download*
SUMMER MIXTAPE VOL. ONE

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Dear Listener,

I hope that this mixtape exposes you to some new music – that you may discover musicians and bands you perhaps had not previously heard. If so, I encourage you to look up the artists’ other music – use this mixtape as a springboard for hearing more music.

I also hope that this mixtape shows you just how diverse Christian music is – just like the body of Christ which has created it. If there are genres on here that you wouldn’t usually listen to, don’t just skip past them, try hearing something new! I believe that each genre serves different purposes, thereby meaning that no one genre is necessarily better than another, but each has their own perks.

My prayer is that as you enjoy the music you would pass it to friends, family, colleagues, fellow church goers etc. Please pass it on, these artists work hard and their music deserves to be heard, enjoyed and supported by more Christians.

However, having said that, this music also needs to be shared with people who don’t know Christ. It’s got a great message and the world needs to hear it, so don’t be afraid to play it loud, and share it with those people you’d rather hide it from.

Also a massive thank you to all the artists that agreed to have their music given away for absolutely no cost. Please could you, as a listener, thank them with a purchase, a tweet, a like etc. and let them know it’s appreciated by you fans!

Finally, this is a SUMMER mixtape – this will be the soundtrack to my summer and I hope it becomes yours also. Thanks for listening, downloading, and supporting the blog and the artists involved.

-
In Christ,
Stephen Bradley,
TheGoodChristianMusicBlog.com


Genre: Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop

Hot on the heels of his latest album ‘The Loner’, SPZRKT (pronounced Spazzy Rocket) joins fellow SCMGWP (Social Club Misfit Gang Wolf Pack) member and producer, Tyshane, to release the single ‘Best Of Your love’. On this track, Spazzy uses his smooth vocals to sing of God’s grace and love over this sweet summer beat. This tune is only further proof that SPZRKT is one of the most exciting guys in CHH right now, constantly pushing his style forward and driving his creativity further.

Download Best Of Your Love from Rapzilla.com for free:
http://www.rapzilla.com/rz/music/freemp3s/6524-spzrkt-best-of-your-love

For more info on SPZRKT visit:
https://twitter.com/SPZRKT

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