DMX To Make Christian Rap (Briefly) Interesting

Jan 4th, 2008 // 9 Comments

dmxtotallyheartsjesus.jpg There are few musical genres less immediately fascinating than Christian rap. Sure, two or three people might wax nostalgic for the 1990 S.F.C. (Soldiers For Christ, obvs) release A Saved Man In The Jungle, but since DC Talk dissolved, there hasn’t been much reason to pay attention to a genre whose reason for existence is dubious, at best. So DMX, I just want to take this moment publicly to thank you for bringing your unique brand of insanity to Team Jesus.

The “prayer track” on DMX’s albums were a topic of a significant amount of discussion, back when people cared, with their odd religious turn, especially immediately following songs entitled “We Don’t Give A F**k”. But, it was a rough 2007 for DMX, with a few arrests and some label drama, so the logical career move would clearly be a “long” double album, featuring an entire disc of “real talk” about Jesus.

“I [was] the first n—a to put out two albums in one year [It's Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood in 1998], now I’m gonna hit ‘em again — drop two albums on the same f—in’ day, yo,” X said from his home in Arizona on Friday. “A double album will make mutha—-as mad, because they gotta spend more money — plus it’s already a long [double] album. I’m talking about a hip-hop album and a gospel album.”
Combined, the project will be called Walk With Me Now and You’ll Fly With Me Later…
The Walk With Me Now portion will be dedicated to straight-up, raw raps, while the latter will feature his non-secular undertaking.
As for the gospel album, X noted that the lyrics will be “without cursing — how ’bout that one? No songs about b—-es, no songs about robbing, just straight ‘Give God the glory.’”

While I realize that I’m treading on thin intellectual ice criticizing the marketing decisions of the staff of DMX’s new label/online gambling/mixed martial arts enterprise, Bodog Music, you have to wonder if packaging these albums together is the best sales move. The odd preaching might have been tolerable or even amusing as one skippable track on one of his string of number one debuts, but someone forgot to hand DMX the popular guide “How To Resurrect Your Music Career With The Help Of Jesus”, or he forgot to read it. Part of the deal is that the Christian market expects you to stop doing tracks that are about “b—-es” or “robbing” alongside your full-list price praise, and it might help to stop referring to your potential customers as “mutha—-as”. Just a hint, dog.

Until DMX gets his act/somewhat depressing career move sorted out, the CCM rap market will have to settle for white dudes rapping about Mountain Dew.


DMX Planning To Release Gospel Album In ’08 — No Joke!
[MTV]

  1. Camp Tiger Claw

    Few rides are ruffer than one you’re nailed to.

  2. Janelleyo

    Ah, I love when Dan’s around so I can get my fix of DC Talk mentions!

  3. Dan Gibson

    @Janelleyo: I aim to please.

  4. Reidicus

    Damn my weekend ski trips that cause me to miss genius posts like this one. Dan, I’m certain we’ve met somewhere years ago. (And speaking of the Jesus rap, I always had an inexplicable soft spot for Freedom Of Soul.)

  5. Brad Lavoie

    cmon man christian rap is way better than it was before. Ill give it to you that it was not good BEFORE. but have you heard lecrae, trip lee, corey red, 116 clique, japhia life, tedashii, da truth. if you have not, listen to them and then tell me what you think about christian rap now.

  6. Meee

    Sorry you haven’t been able to find any Christian rap that is appealing to you.
    I prefer Christian rap over secular rap, some if it is way better. Actually, all of it is way better.

  7. Heath OBrien

    I agree with Brad Lavoie and Meee. Christian Rap and Christian Hip Hop contain some of the best artists out there. I greatly appreciate KJ-52, if that was who you referenced at the end of the article, but there is so much more to the genre now then there has ever been. Those mentioned by Brad Lavoie are only but a few great artists who know how to rap and do so with the most theological lyrics you’ve ever heard. These men are missionaries and pastors who have gone or are going to seminary. The Lord has brought up men who can rightly divide the word of truth.

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