10 Free Projects That You Can Get Now: April Edition
“10 Free Projects That You Can Get Now” is a monthly series from members of the Wade-O Radio team. Free projects have always been an important part of Christian Hip Hop, and they continue to offer listeners an easy-accesible opportunity to own great music.
This month, our Managing Editor Mikaela shares both new and old free projects that have remained in her rotation in the months and years after the release date. Stay tuned for next month’s list from another one of our team members!
Excuse me for a moment as I bring a little nostalgia to my list of projects. Some of these projects are oldies but goodies, that I feel will introduce new fans to artists that they may not be too familiar with.
1. Downtime II – Ackdavis
Ackdavis is a lyrical giant that was a part of Swift’s (fka R-Swift) Rhyme Council Music Group. Downtime II was released in 2012. Downtime was released in 2009.
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2. Soul Food – Chad Jones (Formerly Known As Conviction)
Oh, how I wait for the day when we will get a Soul Food 2 or even just a full length album from Mr. Keep Up, it’s Jones.
Available as a free download via Reflection Music Group.
3. Circa MMXI: The Collective – High Society Collective
Released in 2012, this super group consisted of Sho Baraka, Swoope, Natalie Lauren and J.R., and were somewhat considered The Fugees of Christian Hip Hop. They produced high quality art with lyrical skills and fantastic production. Like Chad Jones, I’m waiting for the group to come back with an album and wake CHH up.
4. I Got Bread – JP (Formerly Known As J Prophet)
JP is not that well known of an artist within CHH, but he did put out a decent free EP back in 2013 that is worth the listen. He also recently released his latest mixtape entitled Peace and Power Vol. 1: Prayers and Pot Liquor.
5. Murray’s Grammar: New Rules – J.R.
The super producer-songwriter-singer is an old G in CHH. He has not only produced hits for both CHH and R&B genres, but has also been a part of some of CHH’s classic records.
6. (R3) Reborn Renewed Reinvented – Mouthpi3ce
Mouthpi3ce is raw, real, and transparent. He’s been spitting within CHH for years, and has a slew of material under his belt to prove it. He released R3: Reborn Renewed Reinvented back in 2010.
7. Excuse the Explicitness – Princeton Marcellis
For fans who like Lecrae, KB, Canon and Trip Lee, you will also like Texas native Princeton Marcellis.
8. Abandoned Hope – Reconcile
I legitimately enjoy Reconcile’s music. Whenever my inner thug wants to come out, I turn on some Reconcile. Abandoned Hope is a solid project that exposed the Houston-based rapper’s realness and passion. He brought a lot of issues to the forefront and helped people focus their hope in Christ. Plus, his remix to Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would Have Made It” bangs nicely in my stereos. I guess he trapped gospel before Erica Campbell “trapped gospel.” Sigh.
9. I’m A Christian: The Mixtape – SeDa & HeeSun Lee
Back in 2011, N.Y. rappers SeDa and HeeSun Lee came together to release I’m a Christian: The Mixtape. The project featured Canton Jones, K-Drama, Milliyon, Ruslan and others.
10. Barakology: Why So Serious? – Sho Baraka
This is what happens when a lyrical genius doesn’t take himself so seriously. He puts out music for fun.