Anyone who spends time with me regularly knows about my love for Christian hip-hop. Spend a little more than the normal amount of time with me, and you learn of my affinity for Beleaf Melanin’s 2014 full-length debut, Red Pills + Black Sugar. It wasn’t a chart-topping album, and I’m willing to forgive you for letting it slip under your musical radar.
As I was riding in the car last night and listening to Manafest’s most recent album, Reborn, I was reminded of the impact that Red Pills had on me when I first listened to it. The raw, emotional style that Beleaf showed on a lot of the tracks really struck me. I knew so little of Beleaf’s life, but I felt a type of connection that I had missed from music in recent years. That album, much like Underoath’s Lost in the Sound of Separation, helped me through a difficult period of my life, and I can’t imagine not having heard it.
My conclusion as we pulled into our driveway was that I should write about what that album meant (and continues to mean) to my life. Over the coming weeks, I’m going to write something based on a theme from each track on the album. It’s a somewhat-ambitious project, but I’m thrilled to be taking it on, especially at this point in my life. My hope is that it will expose you to the scope of Christian hip-hop music and the purpose it can serve in someone’s life, even a middle-class suburbanite like myself.
If you’ve never heard the album before, please follow the link(s) below and give it a listen:
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