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Stephen Curry and his Charlotte Christian School teammates would wait before taking the court, letting Da’ T.R.U.T.H. get them amped with his acapella intro to “This is for you.”
But when your moment is passed
Your moment’s the past
Then poof! Dude you can’t revive it or hold it
You’re born, you suffer
You die when you’re older
But there’s a loophole — I wouldn’t lie to my soldiers
Nor would I lie to my sisters
God is my witness
Jesus Christ is the only escape from out of your prison
Then Da’ T.R.U.T.H. screams “LET’S GO!” and, like they were waiting for his permission, Curry and his fellow Knights on the varsity basketball team would storm the court as the beat drops, hype in their layup line.
That’s Curry’s earliest memory of Christian hip hop.
“It wasn’t even a big deal,” Curry said. “It wasn’t like we were doing it to be counter culture.”
At a Christian school, raised in a devout Christian home, hearing Jesus Christ glorified through music wasn’t a new experience for Curry. It wasn’t later until it dawned on him how unique that was.
It was Canton Jones that ushered Curry’s CHH experiences from the hoop court to his CD player. In 2006, Curry rode Viktory’s “Believe it Now” to the bone.
Now, an NBA star, Curry is deep into the movement of Christ-centered hip-hop. He’s attended Lecrae concerts and modeled for God Over Money. He was putting people up on Swoope before Collision Records was a top-flight label.
When Sho Baraka dropped Lions and Liars, it was not a strange sight to see Curry walking around before a game singing “Word. Wuh-Word. Word. Wuh-Word. Word.” He even once hijacked the locker room sound system and blasted one of his favorite Trip Lee songs: “The Invasion” off Between Two Worlds album.
In June, he spread the word about Lecrae’s album by tweeting #Anomaly to his 1.4 million followers.
Like most his age, Curry has long been a hip-hop fan. He cut his teeth in an NBA locker room where T.I. and Jeezy was background music.
But for a guy who writes scriptures on his shoes, points to God after every made basket and attends chapel before every game, the vulgarity of the music choices could be too much for his spirit.
Curry, a husband and father, says his faith keeps him grounded. CHH allows him to enjoy the kind of music he loves without violating the kind of man he wants to be. The likes of Bizzle and Andy Mineo allow him to be consistent with his faith.
He enjoys some of the secular sounds, to be sure. His Warriors, owners of the best record, have made the O.T. Genasis hit their theme song — celebrating wins with viral videos of them singing along to “Coco.” And how could he not be a fan of Drake?
I been Steph Curry with the shot.
But Curry’s still not opposed to zoning out to Rehab before a game. Asides from the peace of mind listening to music that doesn’t violate his faith, CHH helps put him in the mindset he needs to perform.
“When I step on the floor, people should know who I represent and who I believe in,” Curry said. “I’ve been blessed with talent to play sports at a high level. Each time, it’s in His name I go out there to perform and compete and use His gifts in the right way. So it’s good for me to keep that present in my mind, what my true purpose is. And these great artists I get to listen to help me get in that zone where I can focus on the task at hand as well as keep what really matters to me ever present in my heart.”