I’ve listened to a lot of Christian Hip Hop over the years. Here’s some of my favorite songs of the genre featuring the verses I like in particular. I think they represent it pretty well. There’s a big spectrum of it from pretty much sermons put to music to satire. These lyrics are more straightforward and I think both new and old fans will enjoy.
When the beat to this song starts, you know something’s about to go down. It gets everyone hype at concerts. This is one of the first songs that made me fall in love with CHH. It’s a classic.
I know a lot of people out there scared they’re gon’ die
A couple of them thinking they’ll be livin’ in the sky
But while I’m here livin’ man I gotta ask why, what am here fo’ I gotta figure out
Waste my life no I gotta make it count
If Christ is real then what am I gonna do about
Everything in Luke 12: 15 down to 21
You’ve really gotta go and check it out
Paul said if Christ ain’t resurrected we’ve wasted our lives
Well that implies that our life’s built around Jesus being alive
Everyday I’m living tryin’ to show the world why
Christ is more than everything you’ll ever try
Better than pretty women and sinning and living
To get a minute of any women and men that you admire
It ain’t no lie
We’re created for Him
Outta the dust he made us for Him
Elects us and he saves us for Him
Jesus comes and he raises for Him
Magnify the Father why bother with something lesser
He made us so we could bless Him
To the world we confess Him, resurrects Him
So I know I got life
Matter fact better man I know I got Christ
If you don’t see His ways in my days and nights
You can hit my brakes you can stop my life
Then I lost my rights
I lost my life
Forget the money cars and toss that ice
The cost is Christ
And they could never offer me anything on the planet that would cost that price.
From Redeem – Propaganda
The second verse reminds me that God has a purpose for me.
It’s pieces of perfect symphony
A Mozart of irony
The Vincent Van Gogh that only paints with serendipity
He be dippin’ His brushes into messy blotches of coincidences
And attackin’ that canvas like every splatter had a destiny
Broaden y’all’s lenses a little wider you’d see that perfect symmetry
Boy, it’s all on purpose
I’m still off on purpose
My Papi takes the worthless
And brandishes a stamp of one-of-a-kind and priceless
A cosmic thrift shopper, Macklemore could only imagine
Buyin’ stuff He made Himself from dust and words
In other words: us
And this is all my confidence for the 626 and the Exodus
If you certain you was blood purchased
Please come stand wit us
This song is off Lecrae’s Church Clothes mixtape, and introduced me to Humble Beast artists, for which I am so grateful. Odd Thomas’s passion is felt to convict those who think they can be saved by their works.
You probably have it all figured out, right? Like your the type that believes that if you act right then that just might make you righteous in God’s sight
You’ve been a really good person, you followed the good book as much as you could, you probably didn’t go to church as much as you should, but it’s all good
I mean you never really killed anybody, never really steal from anybody, you never lusted much, or did much, touching of any bodies.
You never use the Lord’s name in vain, and you respect you neighbor, you try to maintain peace, love your enemies and not hold on to anger
You really believe that you could receive God’s favor by your good deeds and right behavior
But you’re dead in your transgressions and need a savior
Cause you could never win God’s approval with the removal of sinful discretions – your righteous acts of removing God’s wrath is in fact the biggest misconception…
This list could be a lot longer, I might post more later.
What are some of your favorite verses?