In a world that is self-centered and fueled by a dog eat dog mentality, it is easy to understand the break down amongst artists that all want to be ‘the next’. The problem with this, is that it happens more in the Christian hip-hop community than it does in the world.
When I was on these streets (and I’m sure a lot of you will agree) I lived by the code ‘if I eat, my team gonna eat’. I have been involved in the CHH community for the past couple of years and I have yet to see that same mind set in my brothers and sisters. This is so unfortunate and it is heartbraking actually. As artists, producers, videographers, etc. that are proud followers of Christ, it is already hard out here to find acceptance due to the particular way we choose to worship the Lord. People tend to have a hard time understanding and accepting rap as a true form of praise. If we don’t lift one another up, no one will.
This is something that has been heavy on my heart for some time and I hope that you can be inspired to reach out to your gospel hip-hop family and do more. After all, its about ministry right? I challenge you to remember that it is more than music. Call one another, pray with one another, work out trades for services, pay the prices that your producers, videographers and others are charging. Quit taking advantage of one another and seeking hand outs. Ministry is not about just the people we see at shows and on the streets, it starts at home. That includes our families and fellow musicians. Lets not forget to practice what it is we preach every time we are on a stage.
***These are my feelings and opinions and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of others in the Hopebeat.net family***