Top 10 Christian Hip Hop Albums from the Second Half of 2013
In case you missed the first half of 2013, here is our list of the Top 10 Christian Hip Hop Albums from the First Half of 2013.
When choosing the albums and mixtapes, we had a set criteria. We thought about which albums had memorable moments, great production, and artistry. The artists varied from well-known to fairly new. Overall, we expect that if you check out these albums, you will really enjoy them.
The comprised list are from artists who have dropped their albums between July to December of this year.
The snippets next to the album cover are from our reviews published around the time each project dropped. You can click on the Album Review title under the excerpt to read our full review of each project.
Honorable Mentions: (In no particular order)
Hypocrite – MC Jin
Heads Up – Jahaziel
Murder My Flesh – KIDD
Top 10 Christian Hip Hop albums in order from 10 – 1:
10. Grace, Love, Mercy – Corey Paul
“The reason why I appreciated this record was because I like when an artist tells me exactly what he means with the title and theme of his record. The intro track did what I feel intro tracks should do. It set the tone and explained the direction of the record. There is no way any listener can walk away from Grace, Love, Mercy and not know what Corey Paul means by that title. I appreciate that.” -Aubrey
9. Favor Over Fury – Yaves
“Consistency is one of the most important elements of a great album for me. An album that can set a high standard early on and at the very least maintain that standard, usually ends up being a great album. On Favor Over Fury there was a lot of consistency in the tone, which (as the listener) I appreciated. The consistency didn’t end there though. Yaves showed a consistency lyrically that he has lacked in the past. From start to finish Yaves dazzles the listener with fantastic wordplay, metaphors and punchlines.” -Aubrey
8. El v. Envy – JGivens
“To make a great emcee, you need more than flow, you need to have lyrical ability. JGivens provides plenty of lyrical ability on El v. Envy. He showed all of the traits of a good lyricist throughout the record. He had sharp wordplay, double entendres, and metaphors. He stayed pretty consistent lyrically throughout the record, and didn’t have too many down spots. He covered a wide variety of topics but never faltered from the Christian message that was pretty heavy on El v. Envy. JGivens accomplished the difficult task of providing a strong Christian message and great lyricism.” -Aubrey
7. Hear Ye Him – No Malice
“This is everything a fan of No Malice could ever have asked for. His flow and confidence will remind fans of The Clipse but his message, maturity and humility also remind fans that he’s not Malice anymore. It’s the perfect balance that No Malice was able to master as good as anyone in his position. It’s also just great music. This truly is a fantastic record in every way. From start to finish, you will be engaged and impressed. Hear Ye Him is a great introduction to CHH and I for one am ecstatic that he’s here.” -Aubrey
6. Church Clothes 2 – Lecrae
“My take away from Church Clothes 2 was less about the record itself and more about what the record represented. This record proved to me the Lecrae is the perfect artist to carry the banner for CHH (whether he’s willing to claim it or not). He has the charisma to do it and he has the talent to go along with it. A lot has been said about Lecrae over the past few years, and he’s been accused of watering down his message and compromising. I don’t see it. Church Clothes 2 has a solid and strong Christian message. It’s different than the old Lecrae, but that guy is gone and the new Lecrae still has a strong Christian message. There’s no doubt that Church Clothes 2 is heavily influenced and motivated by Christ. All of this makes Crae the perfect guy to crossover.” -Aubrey
5. ATLast – Alex Faith
“This project could be summed up in one word … excellent. This is true excellence presented through beautiful artistry and music. It has all the elements of a great record. The spiritual message is stellar. It’s an insightful, inspirational and powerful record. It’s also heavy on the features but not too heavy. Each feature was done wisely and with intention. Every person on ATLast had a purpose (which is another Collision staple). The production was solid and the lyricism was outstanding. In every way possible this album is excellent. ATLast is the first full-length record from one of the younger emcees in CHH. If he continues on this path, it won’t be long until he’s sitting at the top of CHH.” -Aubrey
4. For God’s Sake – Eshon Burgundy
“Eshon is one of the most consistent emcees in all of CHH. You know that when Eshon is rapping that he is going to bring it. For God’s Sake is just more proof of that. Eshon brought his best to every track on this album and it showed. From the opening track you could hear that Eshon picked up right where he left off with his last project, and he was totally in the zone.” -Aubrey
3. Minorville – Derek Minor
“When I think of Derek Minor, the first thing that comes to my mind is passion. He constantly carries this passion for Christ in what he does. You would think that he couldn’t keep this up for an entire career, but that thought would be wrong. Minorville is full of the trademark passion and aggression that has set Derek Minor apart. Along with that, Derek brought great lyricism and production with him. If you are already a Derek Minor fan, then you will love Minorville just off of the strength of him continuing to do the things he’s known for doing great.” -Aubrey
2. Instruments of Mercy – Beautiful Eulogy
“This has been one of the tougher reviews for me to write because it’s hard to put into words how great this album really is. Instruments of Mercy stretches so far passed any of the regular modes of assessment in music. Calling it a classic doesn’t do it justice. Saying that the lyricism and production were stellar doesn’t sound good enough. This record is more than music. Instruments of Mercy reinforced the Wade-O Radio slogan because for a while I forgot. It brought back my passion for CHH. Bigger than all of that, this record fundamentally changed my life and relationship with music. All I can really say in conclusion, is that this is a record for that every individual should own.” -Aubrey
1. Gold Rush: Maybe One Day – Dre Murray
What do you say? What are your top 10 albums from the second half of 2013?