- Urban Way With Conway
In anticipation of his recent visit to the city of Detroit, gospel rapper Flame spent a few minutes with DetroitGospel.com's Conway Norwood to talk about his latest project, his testimony, and the future of gospel rap.
The story of the Old Testament judge Gideon is the inspiration for gospel rappers IOG (Instrument of God), SOD (Spirit of David), and ED (Elder Charleston Day), collectively and fittingly known as the Gideon Crew. DetroitGospel.com's Conway Norwood talked with the Detroit Music Award winning group about their music, ministry, and the impact they're making in the industry.
Hip-hop has given a voice to so many individuals, and in turn, those individuals use that gift to express a wide variety of messages. With a great crop of lyricists using their platform to spread themes of the pursuit of pride, superficiality and temporal things, there is yet the voice of one crying in the proverbial wilderness of rap, clearing the path for the move of the Spirit of the Lord; he is the Psalmist, Detroit's own Brandon Perry.
As recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus addressed a group of priests and Pharisees through a parable and uttered one of the most powerful phrases ever to resound in the gospels: "Many are called, but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14, KJV). It's an element in truth that takes salvation into a challenging perspective, but Detroit-based gospel rapper T. Church has no doubt that he is just that: chosen.
“Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.”
“If God is so real, then why isn’t He in hip-hop?” Years ago, that was a question that stumped Eddie “Substance” Cortes. Now, it’s no longer the puzzle it once was. Substance and his partner Jeremiah “Prophesyer” Smaha form the gospel rap duo known as the Carriers of the Cross, and with production by Remy “Remyx” Basuri, they’re exhibiting God’s power through rap and proving that there is a certain hunger for God’s truth that holy hip-hop is perfect for satisfying.