free download of “Never Stops” here.
there’s been a lot of “cyphers” droppin’ this semester at various schools around texas, but this cypher is distinctively different. this cypher isn’t promoting self or bragging on possessions, but it is promoting Jesus Christ, who is our possession (and we are his) – and that’s who we boast in!
so sit back and enjoy 10 minutes of God-glorifying hip hop by a bold fellowship of believers at UNT (the DisCyphers) who decide to enter into culture and reconcile what we know as, the cypher!
you still think God can’t use hip hop? i laugh.
where was God when the earth decided to quake, subsequently putting a bloody red dot on a nation who has the 3rd-largest economy – giving life to an astronomical tsunami to further showcase everyone’s greatest fear: death?
where was God when the faults in Port-au-prince, Haiti decided to quiver, leaving thousands of Haitians dead while some lay on the street – while some cry on the streets – even while more live on the streets?
where is God now in this sick world? today, countless diseases disperse without our permission. to name a few: cancer, cholera, lupus, alzheimer’s, asthma, diabetes, ebola, polio, aids/hiv – all of which have no outright cure.
where is God in the family that is falling apart? where is God in the life of the individuals who are being raped, beaten, solicited, abused, trafficked for sex, neglected, ignored, taken advantage of, misunderstood, silenced, and most of all … unloved?
most will look around and observe the obvious sufferings of the world and quickly reason within themselves, “there is no God.” but some look around and see the sufferings of the world and say, “i can’t believe God suffered with us.”
the answer to the question, “if there is a God, where is He during all of this suffering?,” isn’t automatically, “since there is suffering there cant be a God.” the answer is simply Jesus Christ.
the answer is that God saw the world suffering because of our sin, and stepped out of His heavenly habitat and became flesh in the likes of a man named Jesus Christ. to suffer. for us.
the answer is that God in a “skin suit” (eric mason), Jesus Christ, left his realm of absolute perfection, where no suffering nor natural factors of this fallen world exist, and pitched a tent down here on earth for 33 years, and yet did not sin, so that he could rightly suffer. for us.
He not only remained perfect while suffering was all around Him, but Jesus Christ suffered himself, suffering the greatest punishment of all time; suffering the death we should have died while bearing all of the sins of those who believe – for those who caused Him to suffer, us. Christ suffered through our shame, guilt, wrongdoing and emptiness. for us.
the God of the universe. suffered. for us. pause.
the Creator has suffered greater than anyone in creation. so the next time it is asked, “if there is a God, where is He during all of this suffering?” the tense-transcending answer is, “He was on the cross. suffering. for us.”
Romans 5:3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Generally speaking, if the topic of discussion is Christian music and Frontline, one would likely think the dialogue is about the influential Christian record label, Frontline Records, that changed the game and created a legacy for Christian music during the late 80’s and early 90’s.
However, last week at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX, Frontline Movement (a trio from Houston, including Reconcile, Corey Paul, & F.O.E.) hit the stage near the Hip Hop Hope Unity concert’s end, and literally woke up the crowd with a performance of their raw song titled, “U Rydin”.
If you watch closely at about the 4:20 mark, you’d notice Corey Paul trying to corral Reconcile & F.O.E. to re-introduce themselves after what was seemingly the end of their set. Little do they know, the performance was so dope and the crowd was so energized, that the DJ encored the track! Wow!
Personally, I remember when Reconcile gave me an exclusive listen to “U Rydin”, months ago. It was on a Thursday night of fellowship with our fam @thecitygoodhope as we waited for our food at IHOP. After giving the song a listen, I distinctly remember looking over at him and saying, “Bro, this is really good … like anthem or soundtrack music, good!” I’m not sure if he took me serious then or not, though. I wonder if he’ll take the comment below from a well-respected journalist serious?
Frontline — a movement already buzzing — has already undoubtedly figured a couple of things out that could lead them to making a much greater impact from the “Christian Hip Hop” arena. The artists are working closely, building with each other and off of each other, making relatable music, as well as taking their light to the streets (on the Matthew 5:14-16 tip) after the music stops.
Download “U Rydin” for free here.
See more from Frontline Movement here.
Stay tuned with us for the official “U Rydin” video.
i’ll be honest. i was confused as to what kanye meant when he first asked the question. i had that “what the heck did i just read?” look as the song faded out as if my headphones were shrinking.
and then it clicked. seat belt.
ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
that word “able” right there in verse 20 is dynamai in the original language of the new testament (greek). you see it? it’s where we get words like “dyn-o-mite” and “dynamic” from. as used in the bible, it holds the definition to have power, whether by virtue of one’s own ability and resources. – thanks blue letter bible.
walk with me. walk with me.
God is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think! this is great because we are only able to, at best, fall short and pay the price forever :/ but even though we don’t agree with what God says about how/what we should love, how we should live, and what our life should produce, the Father exhibited power and let power go, for us!
how? he, out of his own ability and resources, gave his Son for us! His most prized possession, His “bff,” His main dude, His only begotten Son – Jesus – was “let go” on a 33 year earthly mission to this scarred and broken world! Jesus came as a ransom to buy back those who didn’t love Him, live for Him, and those who sought life outside of Him: us. he completed the work on the cross, and then resurrected with ALL POWER!
i need this: God says that He is able to save you from your rebellious, misdirected, lonely, abusive, “what am i here for?” life! will you keep frontin’ like you can hold it all together, or will you, like He did, let go?
the breax. all powerful. (power remix) #reconciled.
the city @ good hope is excited about all that God is doing in and through the members of this body in the field of art! we have photographers, musical beasts of multiple genres (true levites), writers & journalists (evidence, this website), public speakers, amazing painters and sketchers, poets, and etc.! the city has truly been graced by God to have so many gifts and talents in just one body! we try not to take this fact for granted, but instead offer thanksgiving and give all the glory to God through these gifts!
with that said, our own ronnie lillard has been blessed with the talent to spread the gospel via hip hop/rap and subsequently personify the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that hip hop heads like myself and many others can love, appreciate, and honor God all the while!
now enjoy, the official video (we’re all up in this video! lol) to the new single off of the “burn this city (ep)” (available for free download) …
reconcile ft. corey paul – swagg don’t matter!
for more peep reconcile’s official website!
good hope will be hosting a hip hop outreach-concert called hope for the tre on friday august the 27th! tickets are $12 and you can purchase them (for yourself or for someone else) at the church bookstore during sunday service times or here!
tedashii being interviewed concerning his song make war. circa 2009.
can’t wait to see you there! *walks out jamming twisted*
@tedashii performing “houston we have a problem” live!
the unofficial typography of one of @tedashii’s well known tracks – make war! (john piper intro = #classic)
‘hope for the tre’ is going down this month! friday, august the 27th, tedashii and trip lee will be at good hope as the featured performers at a concert you don’t want to miss! ‘hope for the tre’ general admission is 12$ as of now! hit good hope’s official website for more info!