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Blacklight by Tedashii

I am excited about this.  Tedashii releases his new studio album “Blacklight” on May 31.  It is now available for pre-order. If you order today you will get a free instant download of Tedashii’s first single “Riot” featuring Lecrae, C-Lite, Shane & Shane, PRo, KB,  and many more.  You can pre-order the CD, CD Deluxe, Vinyl, Blacklight Package Deal, or the Blacklight Deluxe Package Deal. Click HERE to pre-order.

Most of you who subscribe to this blog are probably not rap fans. I’ll forgive you. You might think it’s awful music or incoherent or something elese. What is special about this album, and all others from Reach Records, is that they are theologically informed and Reformed, lyrically creative, culturally relavant, and musically masterful.

I’ve seen Tedashii and other Reach Records artists in concert and I can tell you that these men love Jesus, the gospel, the Bible, people, and missions. They are the real deal. What better musicians to support?

Check out the promo video for the single “Riot”:

To find out more about Blacklight check the video “The Message”.

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“Invasion (Hero)” by Trip Lee

Creation’s groaning, lost their hope and feel they always closed in
Lots to cope with, on the ropes, wish they was in the open
This broken world is so dim, our souls are searching, groping
For one with hope to hold us close, and set goodness in motion
I remember growing up in Dallas, I thought me and my close kin
Was more than straight, our folks was great, not broke that paper flowed in
Not boasting man, just saying in my brain I didn’t know then
That all went wrong, and it just can’t go right like a broke pen
My mind was blind and cloaked in, but then that foolishness departed
I saw this thing’s an ocean, and we just tryin’ a swim real far but
But can’t nobody float when we ain’t got boats or no fins
We need a hero to go in, cause our solutions don’t win
Education can’t fix it, more dough just leads to more sin
Medicine is temporary, government seems so thin
With all these weighty problems, that ain’t shrinking they just growing
Who’s adequate to save us? How about He knew no sin?

Chorus
Like a G5 yeah you rushed to rescue me
Took a cross in exchange for a throne to save me
You began the work and I know you’ll finish
And make all things right when you come back
Cause you’re my hero!  You already saved the day!
Cause you’re my hero!  And I know you’re coming back for me!

Follow the steps bro, Adam sinned now we all dead so
We gotta sentence on our head like death row, everything is wrecked
All creation is a mess so in the fullness of time, in steps the hero no red cloak,
He’s Jesus
No flashing lights, glitz n glam, and no cameras
He came to serve needy folks, and point them to the answer
You see Him healing, feeding folks, and telling them the standard
Our most basic need is to be ransomed by Jesus
It has first place, yeah we separated in the worst ways
Even physically peep how the earth quakes
Separated socially, murder and the worst rapes
Even separated from ourselves, we in the worst state
It’s so major, that’s the reason that we need a Savior
Cause the root of needs is separation from Creator
Jesus came humbly to restore us to our maker
And later He’ll restore all that He made bro, He’s Jesus

(Chorus)

God is not pleased man, it’s clear that His standards missed
The world is running rampant with, sin it’s an abandonment
Man is feeling stranded, feeling hopeless since his banishment
God is angry at the distortion and the mismanagement
Evil is at work, but don’t be thinking He can’t handle it
He promised He would do away with all of it, dismantle it
He’s put up with this damage in His world, but He’s promised us
That He’ll destroy all His enemies and then He’ll walk with us
New Heaven, new Earth that’s where all His sheep dwell
Cause Jesus succeeded in every part of life that we failed
Died the death we couldn’t die, paid our price with 3 nails
Began the work He promised, in the end we all will be well
Already beat our enemies and when His Kingdom’s realized
All those who oppose Him will see Jesus with some real eyes
Deliverance is offered us, the hero He is urging us
Salvation is exclusive to His people who have turned to trust

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“Make War” by Tedashii

Here’s a 40-second sample of Tedashii’s song “Make War,” on his new album Identity Crisis, which was released today.  The speaking at the beginning is from John Piper in his sermon “How to Kill Sin.”

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116 Clique: Good Rap, Better Theology

If you haven’t heard of 116 Clique, you are missing out.  They are a group of Christian rap artists under the Reach Records label.  Probably the most popular of the artists is Lecrae. 

What I love so much about these artists is the fact that their rap is not some cheesy Christian rap with bad rhymes and terrible sound.  They sound like secular rappers.  And that’s why I like them.  What’s better is that 116 (which comes from Romans 1:16) Clique is what I call “Reformed Rap.”  Interesting isn’t it?  You wouldn’t think that rap would have deep spiritual messages or solid biblical theology.  This stuff does and it’s good.

Take a look at some of the lyrics from Lecrae and Flame:

The Truth – Lecrae

We’re elected and chosen, predestined just to behold Him / Now I’ve got joy from my shoulders all down to my achilles’

The King – Lecrae

We talkin’ ’bout the Sovereign ruler, dawg…Yeah we talkin bout absolute sovereignty, who rules over the earth in it’s entirety, who will be back to reign! / Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus Christ is king of the kings.

Who Can Pluck Us Out His Hand? – Flame

I’m trying to tell you something you probably have never heard / And if you have you probably perceive them as dirty words / Words like election and predestination can get you stoned and thrown out of a congregation / But there in the Bible we gotta talk-talk about it…When Jesus died He drank the full cup of God’s Wrath / When He was crucified it was on our behalf, for all those the Father chose in eternity past / To be redeemed that simply means to be bought back / So when Christ expired the debt and the price was paid for particular people on that night to be saved / Now you wonder why would I say something like that?

On That Cross – Flame

You showed me which way to go / O, Lord, you even saved my soul…Father you were pleased to bruise your own Son / So sinners could come and be redeemed