For about a week now, I’ve been hooked on Lamp Mode music. Of course, I love Christian hip-hop (or hip hop done by Christians, whatever), but for some reason I’m yet to discover, these artists have been on rotation on my iPhone.
- shai linne
- God’s Servant
- Stephen the Levite
For those that are into this particular genre, you obviously know how particular these guys are about the content of their message. Straight lyrical theology!!
So, I just felt like taking this time out to put up the top 7 songs concerning these guys. For certain reasons, I left Json, S.O. and Timothy Brindle out. Nothing against them. By the way, this is in no particular order…
1. shai linne – Christ Crucified
In this world of do or die, where everything is crazy, the only answer to our woes is… Christ crucified! The lower case MC makes this pretty plain in this song, with an appeal to the listener: if you’re not trusting in Christ, the Father’s wrath abides on you, but “if you make it your business to pray for forgiveness, the Saviour of misfits will take you off His hitlist.”
2. God’s Servant – Worthy Is The Lamb
No, it’s not a remix of the wonderful worship song by Hillsong, but it certainly does the same thing: exalt the Treasure of Heaven that was crucified for our sake, to restore us back to knowing Him in all His awesomeness. Honestly, the chorus may sound rugged to some, but it sends shivers down mi spine. All I sense in there is Christ being lifted high.
3. Stephen the Levite feat. Mac the Doulos & Zae da Blacksmith – Voltron
Voltron! Defender of the universe! Lol, as if I even remember watching it. You probably already know that Voltron is the combination of different space explorers piloting a super robot by that name. Well, the Levite and the other two come together to beautifully show how similar this is to Christ and believers all over the world. This song is more or less a call for unity and a challenge to do your best for the kingdom, no matter how small it is. It’s through this that you’ll discover the Levite’s church job is cleaning the church building. Awesome!
4. Hazakim – Uncut and Raw
Hazakim go hard on this track! Lambasting the mainstream hip-hop that’s constantly played these days is the major thing you hear on this. they expose the major fact: mainstream hip-hop these days pretty much promotes sin.
5. shai linne – Perfect Love
‘Love so perfect, love eternally unchanging, holy, righteous love. Transcends our understanding, but in Your nature, there is perfect love.’ Definitely the most beautiful song on ‘The Attributes of God’ album. Wonderful description of God’s love. Love for the Trinity, love for fallen man that made Him send Christ to die on our behalf, and love for the chosen. shai couldn’t have hit the mark any harder with the ending verse: One thing we truly cannot fathom, we’re stunned / The Father loves us with the very love He has for His Son. Honestly, it’s so overwhelming, I still struggle to let it fully sink in. Forreal…
6. God’s Servant – Hear Ye Saints
I tend to have a soft spot for songs that are…. let’s say remixed from hymns or well-known gospel songs, so this had to make the cut. God’s Servant has only one aim in this song (and in the album, in general), and that’s to exalt the King. He does it oh so gloriously in this song…
7. Hazakim – Kadosh
Just to mention, Hazakim are Messianic Jewish brothers, and the ‘Theophanies album on which the two tracks are was to prove that Yeshua is indeed the promised Messiah. This song is basically the summary of the mentioned theophanies: the 3 men that Abraham served, the stranger that wrestled with Jacob, the burning bush Moses encountered and the angel that met Samson’s parents. They lay it down flat: Christ being the Messiah was stated beforehand in the Old Testament, not a figment of Paul’s imagination. And the patois inna di track? Mi lov it!! Praise di God-Man, I nuh kno Selassie!!!