Saturday night, I experienced one of the most humbling experiences in my life. I won DJ of the Year at the 2012 Kingdom Choice Awards. Then, in less than 10 minutes later, I was presented with the Kingdom Excellence Award at the same ceremony. I knew the latter was coming. But had no idea I’d win DJ of the Year. A mix of emotions flooded my mind.
When I started doing this roughly 6 years ago, having something like this happen was not on my mind at all. I’m not even sure I was aware of the Holy Hip Hop Awards or even the Dove’s or Stellar’s back then. My passion was simply to share the music that had been blessing me the past 2-3 years with my friends in hopes that it had an even greater impact on them. That was the initial science behind Wade-O Radio.
One of the first Christian Hip Hop CD’s I got was a project called Rocksoul Vol. 1 that was put out by Rocksoul Entertainment. Todd Bangz (Tre-Z), Corey Red, shai linne, Da T.R.U.T.H., Cross Movement, J. Johnson (J. Silas) and many more were featured on it. So, to be honored at an event, hosted by Corey Red, where Todd Bangz was also being honored, was a bit surreal to me. In a lot of respects, I still look up to those guys.
I believe that we should learn from every experience that God puts us in. Saturday night was definitely a big learning experience. Here are 5 Things I learned:
5. Govenor Reiss is a Problem
I’m not sure how I have never heard of this brother, but I really enjoyed his performance. He can sing, has great stage presence and has powerful lyrics. I’m more of a hip hop guy, than an Urban Gospel/ R&P guy, so it usually takes a few listens for someone to really grab me that does that kind of music. Govenor (that’s his real first name btw…shout out to his parents. That’s dope), grabbed me immediately. Expect to hear a bunch of his music on Wade-O Radio.
4. Pettidee is a True Minister
I’ve had pretty much everything Pettidee has released since 2003, as well as seen him live twice. I was still blown away by the speech he gave after accepting his Award. His charge to all of us to focus on what God has called us to do individually and not knock the next man for what God has called him to do was powerful. He was able to articulate the 20 years of Christian Hip Hop Ministry that God has blessed Him with in a 5 minute speech very well. Guys like him should have a platform at every conference and award show that we do.
3. Corey Red Will Still Be Dope When He’s 75.
There aren’t many guys who can command the attention of a crowd by rapping accapella verses with no beat. That’s exactly what Corey Red did on Saturday night though. While he may not have the national platform he did when he and Precise were releasing great projects like “Resistance is Futile,” he’s still just as nice at MCing as any artist in our scene. The crowd literally hung on every word he said. The funny part though, was Red knew he was killing it. He’d laugh after certain punchlines knowing they’d go over well with the crowd. Rapping comes too easy for him.