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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.


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: 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,

JGivens (Jeremiah Givens) is, in his own words, ‘An emcee who did not come to condemn the world’. He is also part of the Hip-Hop collective The GoodFellas. This song chronicles the last days of Jesus leading up to his death on the cross. Backed by a beautiful melodic beat, JGivens’ rhymes create a brilliant retelling of Jesus’ life, incorporating slang and modern references to help illustrate it in a way you’ve never heard it before. Part of the Run album which is just as good as this number, there’s also an awesome acapella version of this song on JGivens’ youtube channel, look it up!

Purchase Run from iTunes/Bandcamp (iTunes link only works in the US):
Bandcamp:
http://jgivens.bandcamp.com/album/run
iTunes (United States of America):
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/run/id482094103

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