Best of 2012: Christian Hip Hop Awards
We knew that the year 2012 would be a huge one for Christian Hip Hop, but there were certain things we could never predict or have seen coming.
In January, Lecrae, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., and Canton Jones graced the Stellar Awards stage and became the first hip hop performance ever to perform at the awards show. Sho Baraka came off the heals of leaving Reach Records, to release a highly acclaimed project with his group High Society Collective.
In March, Flame released his sixth studio project entitled ‘The 6th,’ and Swoope released the classic ‘Wake Up’ project that had all of CHH talking about his lyricism and creativity. We also saw the genre holding strong at mainstream venues like SXSW in Austin, TX. And in April, KJ-52 released his ninth project ‘Dangerous,’ and we lost the ‘King of Christian Chopped and Screwed,’ DJ Primo.
In May, we saw the crossover of Lecrae into mainstream rap with his Church Clothes Mixtape, hosted by Don Cannon. And former Ruff Ryder artist, Jin, released his “Say Something’ mixtape, solidifying his presence in CHH. He would later be one of the main speakers and acts at Flavor Fest in October. By June, Trip Lee had another video premiering on BET’s 106 & Park, as the New Joint of the week.
Coming into the Fall season we had several artists drop solid free projects from Alex Faith, Jin, Derek Minor, Propaganda, and Christon Gray. We have also seen solid projects from Timothy Brindle, Reconcile, Tragic Hero, Json, KB, Beautiful Eulogy, Eshon Burgundy and many more.
By September, Lecrae stunned everyone with moving heavy units with his sixth studio project, ‘Gravity.’ He also placed #3 on the billboard charts. By mid fall, conferences were in full swing, and many were gearing up for touring season, with tours from Fedel, the BeastMode Tour and Reach Records.
Ending off 2012, we have heard the signing of Dre Murray to Collision Records, the producer collab of J.R., Wit and Alex Medina as The Watchmen, heard comeback projects from J. Johnson and Japhia Life, the announcement of Trip Lee putting down the mic (at least for the moment), and a slew of 2013 album announcements that are sure to excite any CHH fan.
2012 has been a year to remember in Christian Hip Hop. This past year has been full of back to back solid releases, great productions and visuals, appearances and performances on mainstream platforms, and the return of artists that have been on hiatus.
In lieu of 2012’s great achievements in CHH, the WOR Team have voted and comprised our Best of 2012 Christian Hip Hop Awards!