Being compared and judged in Christian Hip-Hop

When I 1st performed in Church,

they compared me to KJ-52.

When I 1st performed in Oregon,

they compared me to Braille.

I was offended by these comparisons. Mainly, because I didn’t want to be labeled a white rapper. Unfortunately, if you are a Christian that uses Hip-Hop culture and Rap as a tool to share the gospel, love & life, you are going to be labeled forever more. I had to get over it.

I then studied these two individuals after the claim and found out this wasn’t an attack on my character or style. This was a compliment. Since 2006 both of these artists have been the hardest working emcess in the industry. They have been through a lot. They have paved the way. They have knocked down a lot of doors and walls in the music scene which I have unknowingly benefited from.

The thing I admire the most about these two artists is their business mind. How they share music and how they approach the industry just astonishes me. Not just because of their methods, but because they are successful in mostly every thing they do.

They impress me. They inspire me.

So the next time you are compared to someone else, don’t be quick to deny the claim. Instead, sit back and think about it for a minute. Realize, we are not in a competition. We are in a community. Let’s continue to build one another up!

Blessings family!

Chris Treborn | AnchorMEN

2 Corinthians 5:17

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Are Pastors teaching Positive Gospel as opposed to preaching Prosperity Gospel?

Chris Treborn, Joel Osteen, Billy Graham.

Can these three preachers of the Gospel be in the same boat?

Are the lyrics of a Christian Rapper who never raps about sin or negativity considered “Prosperity Gospel”? Is he a false teacher?

If so, that would be me. But I am the kind of guy who knows sin is a discussion that must be had and we need to know that there is more to God and Jesus than streets of gold, white robes and perfect rainbows.

I quote THISL; “why would I rap about something that in through with” that’s so foolish. Yet, there has been this movement in Christian Rap which glorifies sin & our past mistakes. Not that I am against rappers speaking on what they have overcame through Christ and be saved FROM.  I think their approach is useful when sharing their music with unbelievers.  This is how the whole Christian that Raps versus Rapper thats Christian came into place.

This began around the time two of our greatest fell into sin. Confused I wondered what this meant since Lecrae always rapped about we are not slaves of sin, now we are slaves of righteousness. Well, a righteous did just sinned agains his wife, church, & God. Now what?

But whatever.  Let’s talk about False Teachers and the False Gospel they are pushing like blue-shirted people pushing fruit that begins with the letter A.

Read the original blog —> HERE! <— to understand what I am conflicted about.  

Here are my thoughts (in my opinion) concerning Osteen and his friends.

1. Saving a million people doesn’t mean they will continue the Christian walk or be discipled. 

2. Billy Graham too was pro Romney (even though he was Mormon) and he has been the same thing as Osteen for people. 

I went to a BGC event and was encouraged but wasn’t saved or discipled. It was pro-Christ but it wasn’t anything like what Paul did for the church. But I don’t recall if Billy Graham preached on confessing sin and all that. But I’m sure he was more anti-sin than Osteen is.

So compare apples and oranges.

I think it might be more about being able to point out false teachers and questioning preachers in love, but still questioning.

I think it’s more about being able to Point out false teachers and questioning preachers in love, but still questioning.

3. I rap about positive stuff and not about sin.

Am I in the same boat as Osteen?

4. Positive gospel yeah. But is it technically Prosperity gospel?

Are we talking blessings and gifts beyond salvation? Do we get money? Do we get health?

5. If we were preaching goodness and such. Shouldn’t we sell our mega church to feed the hungry or house the homeless?

What is Osteen doing in his community? What is his budget and where does his money go? Tithes and offerings.

In the same way OUR church should be resourcing their offerings to bless ministries in our ‘hood.

It’s all about stewardship as the shepherd of your church or leader of your congregation / team / pastors. Etc. Just like the father of a family. He is the captain of the ship and if it begins to sink, it’s all on him, right?

6. Philip’s blog was obviously defensive.

But he was never able to clearly point out the GOOD & POSITIVE messages Osteen supposedly preaches. He only said “don’t be haters”, funny because he is the one wanting people to preach positivity and what we are for – which for him is Osteen – instead of what we are against – oh you min like sin & false preachers?

He also never pointed out any negative statements made against Osteen besides “being controversial”. As if he was beating around the bush or the real subject of matter – which I mentioned in the above.

7. What is the point he is trying to make? Don’t hate on Osteen?

He says that haters hate without thinking first. As if we want to attack anyone that is cancerous to the body of Christ. But we can hate cancer right away without researching it first, can’t we? That’s what “haters” of Osteen are doing. I think.

They have seen “cancer” before and point it out because it looks familiar. Yes he looks like TD Jakes. Yes he looks like Paula White. Yes he looks like Joyce Meyer. Yes he looks like Benny Hinn. Yes he looks like Creflo Dollar. Yes, even Pastor Dollar.

He is in Texas where megachurches and high rollers exists. So the shoe fits.

Now if he mentioned specific attacks or attackers then we can debate him on it. But he mentioned nothing of significance.

Yes. We should question people like Osteen in love and in truth from a biblical standpoint.

I think the blog was more about, don’t talk ill about other Christians, which of course is true in itself. But we should be able to speak out against what we feel is not true in the body of Christ.

What Philip is talking about is “let’s speak about what we are for and not against”.

I feel like he used Joel as an example, but he didn’t actually point out what people hate him for, I don’t think that it’s because he preaches the “positive” gospel. I think it’s because he preaches the “prosperity” gospel. Which is NOT right! He is mistaking one for the other. He is calling it the wrong thing. People are calling it out because it IS wrong. Not because it is positive. People are seeing through it. Seeing the truth!

8. Well, Lecrae (& Shai Linne) would totally disagree with Philip. We can’t preach Christ and then not teach Christ. 

Saving souls is not our mission.

Our mission is to make Disciples of all nations. Have we even made them in our own nation? Missions exists because worship doesn’t.

Many rappers (like KanYe) claim they are saved Christians yet they don’t worship the God who made them. As if God is cool with all the sin in their lives.

I can debate the entire blog with quotes from Lecrae songs if needed.

Speaking of quoting songs, if I wanted to I could quote Master P for Philip Wagner by saying “we ain’t never talk bout (others) on records!” or maybe not.

9. Loving thy neighbor. Yeah. Agree to disagree with our neighbor. 

If we want to love our neighbor we need to speak nicely of our Mormon neighbors first and foremost.

Most of them don’t know they are wrong! They are just living life. Even though their leaders are misleading them.

10. In conclusion of our discussion…

If a family member has a smoking issue and it’s hurting them or those around them, we should be able to approach them (in love of course) about the issue and point out that it’s hurting others.

They can say it relieves stress so it’s a positive thing. Yeah, well long term results are worse than temporary results.

We as a part of the body need to point out each other’s sin so they can correct their misguided ways. We want to build the body right?

I’m not saying cut off limbs. But cancer has to be addressed and dealt with.

In the same way dying limbs must be pruned so that they can grow again properly. Otherwise it will rot and eventually reach the core and rot the rest of the tree.

So we should definitely say to Osteen, “Hey bro. Good job being positive, but we need you to improve your discipline, theology and your Gospel! We can only boast in Christ crucified!”

Christian

✪ Review ✪ KSON’s Debut Album “Light In Me”

KSON stands for King’s Son which is an appropriate name for this PK known to his friends as AJ. KSON has been writing and rhyming since he was living in Modesto, California. His Father’s Church was in the heart of the city and it was the first Church I’ve been to in such a shady neighborhood. But this was the heart and intent of KSON and his father all along. They were right in it. I strongly believe this impacted KSON into the man he has become and I know this has had a huge influence on his powerful lyrics.

In 2006 KSON moved to Oklahoma and jumped into the hip-hop scene in the greater Tulsa area. He was blessed with the opportunity to open for KJ-52 and Group 1 Crew. A few of his songs got play on his local radio station as well. All of this just helped him prepare and build up his skill and craft.

Since the beginning of this project, KSON has faced diverse adversity. “I’ll Be Here” reflects just one of his troubling experiences. In the past few years, KSON has been surrounded by darkness, not by choice. It seems as if everything has been against him. But that hasn’t stopped him or slowed him down. He remains a light in a dark place. And although he could have faced harsh depression, he said he will “keep the Light In Me” and shine on like a K Kid should.

This album has strong lyrics backed by hard hitting production. His words hit you quick like jabs from a hard-spitting-emcee like Braille. And like Braille, he isn’t afraid of speaking the truth and attacking all issues he sees. KSON doesn’t just provide trunk rattlers, he provides some soulful music and I’m sure tobyMac would be proud of him. This is just the beginning of the progression of a true artist.

The only thing I dislike about this project is that it is only 9 tracks. But that is okay. We know that with the success from this project, KSON will continue shining from within and sharing the light with us all.

My favorite songs are all the ones with features coincidentally, but if I had to narrow it down, I’ll take; I’ll Be Here, K KID, & Victory as my top three favorite songs from Light In Me.

- Christian Treborn -

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† Devo † Fervent Prayer #AnchorFAM #ParentingByDesign

As we tackle the details of life, we may neglect the most important thing; praying for our kids. Do you find yourself too distracted or exhausted to pray? Perhaps your prayers have become a bit routine? Paul gives us an example of a great prayer warrior in Epaphras. What does it mean to “labor fervently” in prayer? The Greek word used here is agoonizomenos (the English word is agonize) and describes the struggle of an athlete as he competes. It implores us to throw ourselves into prayer with persistence, discipline, and zeal.

Imagine if we invested as much time and effort praying for our kids as we spend on their sports activities–buying uniforms and equipment, going to their practices, and cheering them on at games!

Follow the example of Epaphras in praying fervently for your kids.

Epaphras, who is one of yourselves, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. [He is] always striving for you earnestly in his prayers, [pleading] that you may [as persons of ripe character and clear conviction] stand firm and mature [in spiritual growth], convinced and fully assured in everything willed by God.

Colossians 4:12

† Devo † Power of Humility (Pt.II) #AnchorFAM #ParentingByDesign

Here we see how God accomplishes His will through a chain reaction of humble acts. First, Paul and Silas humbled themselves by refusing to run away after the earthquake opened the prison doors. Then the jailer humbled himself when he brought the very prisoners he was assigned to guard to his home where he washed their wounds and fed them! It must have been a powerful testimony because the jailer’s whole family believed in God and was baptized.

Where do you need to humble yourself today? Do you need to apologize to your kids for being sarcastic or harsh? Did you dismiss their feelings in order to defend your own point?

Let your example start a chain reaction of humble acts in your own home.

And he took them the same hour of the night and bathed [them because of their bloody] wounds, and he was baptized immediately and all [the members of] his [household]. Then he took them up into his house and set food before them; and he leaped much for joy and exulted with all his family that he believed in God [accepting and joyously welcoming what He had made known through Christ].

Acts 16:33-34

† Devo † Serving The One True God #AnchorFAM #ParentingByDesign

This verse refers to the journey of the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt to the Promised Land. God alone led the Israelites through the desert. They faced difficulties and trials, many of their own making, but through it all, it was very obvious that God was the only one that could protect and prosper them.

When we guide our children, we should follow God’s example and let them know that no foreign god should be allowed to come between them and the one true God. Keep in mind that “foreign gods” take a variety of forms in today’s world, such as money, power, beauty, and fame. We must be diligent to watch for the influence of these gods in our lives and the lives of our children.

Let your children know that the Lord alone is sufficient to lead your family.

So the Lord alone led him; there was no foreign god with Him.

Deuteronomy 32:12

† Devo † Fighting In The Spirit #AnchorFAM #ParentingByDesign

When Saul turned against David, David was forced to run for his life. At one point, he and his men hid in a cave at the desert oasis of En Gedi. As Saul searched the area for David, he unknowingly entered the very cave where David and his men were hiding. Although David could have easily ambushed and killed him, he refused because he knew Saul was God’s anointed king. He left judgment to God.

When someone has wronged us or our children, we are often tempted to seek revenge. We may gossip, give them the “silent treatment,” or exclude them. We have a choice, however, to live our lives in the spirit or in the flesh. David refused to fight in the flesh, and left Saul’s judgment to the Spirit of God.

Live in the Spirit and allow God to be the judge.

May the Lord be judge and judge between me and you, and see and plead my cause, and deliver me out of your hands.

1 Samuel 24:15

† Devo † A Parent’s Comfort #AnchorFAM #ParentingByDesign

These verses were written by King David during an incredibly turbulent time in his life. One son had been killed, his daughter had been raped, and another son was seeking revenge against him! David had just fled Jerusalem in fear after hearing that his son, Absalom, wanted to overthrow him as king. In David’s position, I doubt very much that the words “I will sing for joy” would come to my mind!

But David saw God’s protection and love as a safe place where he could be comforted. He knew from experience that when he humbly submitted to his Father, he would be upheld by the Lord. This did not mean that God would spare David from the consequences of his actions, but that He would walk with David through the consequences, providing hope and comfort even in the most difficult of circumstances. What an example for us as parents!

We should not rescue our kids from the consequences of their actions, but we can always offer a place of hope and comfort.

For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings will I rejoice. My whole being follows hard after You and clings closely to You; Your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 63:7-8

† Devo † Be a Light To Others #AnchorFAM #ParentingByDesign

In these verses, Paul confronts the believers in Philippi because their complaining and arguing was harming their testimony about Christ. Instead of being “lights in the world”, they were behaving like unbelievers.

We may profess a deep trust in Christ, but what we truly believe will emerge in our words and attitude. Take a moment to consider your conversations. What characteristics would stand out to your children? Do you have a tendency to gossip, argue with others, or complain?

If so, you may want to reevaluate the source of your contentment. As Christians, we have an eternal hope in Christ that allows us to face the challenges of life with calmness and peace. If you find yourself relying on favorable circumstances or the actions of others to bring you happiness, ask God to strengthen your faith in Him.

Let your words and actions reflect the love of Christ in your life and be a light to others.

Do all things without grumbling and fault finding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves], That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world

Philippians 2:14-15

✪ KSON ✪ Debut Album “Light In Me”

Chris Treborn & KSON went by different stage names before they left California.  They were also in a group called 2cHe (Two Christians Helping Everyone).  Although they have gone their separate paths, they have remained on the same mission, using the same tool; Hip-Hop.

KSON stands for King’s Son and originates from three scriptures;

​1 Thessalonians 2:12 – We exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

Psalm 47:7 – For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!​

2 Corinthians 6:18 – I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.

Originally from Northern California he started rapping in 2003. ​A year later he entered a singing competition called “Teen Talent” and won second place in the Nation for male vocals. After the success and encouragement from his peers, he went on to record a demo with producer Adam French; with that demo he toured Northern and central California through 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he moved to Tulsa Oklahoma were he worked with producer Antjuan Robinson. Taking time to grow his faith he served as a youth leader in several churches. In 2010 he co-founded the group Apagee, which released a self-titled EP; produced by Michael Todd. The group’s accomplishments included air time on radio stations,   Write ups in magazines ( The Urban Tulsa and Variance Magazine ) and the honor of winning a Absolute Best of Tulsa Award for being the best Blues and R&B group for 2010. ​In addition to the awards and publicity, Apagee ministered with national acts that include KJ-52, Group One Crew, Seventh Day Slumber, Everyday Sunday, I am Empire and many more. In 2012 the group felt lead to focus on solo projects and went in different directions. In response to this KSON began writing for the up coming album “Light In Me” set to release in 2013.

 

In anticipation of KSON’s debut album, Chris Treborn asked him about his project.

How did you come up with the name of this project?

The projects name was inspired by Ephesians 5:8 & Matthew 5:14. As believers we have responsibility to share the hope that’s in us, that light is the hope in Jesus Christ.

How long have you been working on this project?

The project was started in February 2013.

Who did you collaborate with on this project?

I worked with two great producers on the album; Bishop Chase and Rob Costelow. The featured artist include J Royal, Big C, D-Will, Sin, Willy Echo, Kendall Dean, Melo V, and C4R.

Where can everyone buy your debut album when it comes out?

It will be on iTunes and ksonmusic.com

When does “Light In Me” officially come out?

The release date is July the 6th

What’s the best way for fans and/or artists get in touch with you?

The best way is either on Facebook – (fb.com/ksonmusic) or twitter – (@KSONMUSIC)

Benefit Concert: Driving Tabitha!

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When: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 @ 6:15pm

What: This is a benefit to raise funds to provide Tabitha Schulke with a wheelchair equipped van!

Who: Featuring Performances By Starship Renegade, Cry Of Stones, Unlockable Praise, & The Mzungu’s!

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@KevlarHipHop’s #NothingSpecial – Spoken Word Challenge on #Identity

Please go support one of the finest emcees – Kevlar and watch his Spoken Word contest video 100 times.

More info here: spokenwordchallenge.tumblr.com

@MendingHope presents #5Words

Each Saturday Mending Hope is putting out a video where he raps using the subject matter of 5 words provided by his fans on Facebook.

Note: He used Chris Treborn’s suggested word – Tilapia – which I was quite impressed he managed to use it and rhyme with it. Genius.

✪ Doubting Tom Music Video ✪

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✪ New Music ✪ @Mikel_Anthony #BobbyBrown

Not your average rapper. “I do it for the kids and the streets dig that.” Oceanside, San Diego rapper Mikel Anthony releases his first single “Bobby Brown” produced by Dj Rek off of his album in process “Sleeping Giant.” The concept behind the single is to do you, don’t focus on what everyone else is doing. As an individual you have the right and creative freedom to follow your dreams and priorities. Download the single and turn up to it. “I be on my bobby.”

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The 6th Studio Album ‘Gravity’ by Lecrae “It All Comes Down” 09.04.12

IN STORES NOW!!! ~ #1 album on iTunes!!!

Yes, Lecrae is dropping a new album! It’s been two years since Rehab, so here is that newness. From what I’ve heard, it’s based on Ecclesiastes.

Keep coming back to http://SoulAnchorMusic.com/Gravity for every update on Gravity!

Official site for Gravity is @ GravityAlbum.com

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1. The Drop (Intro)

2. Gravity feat. J.R.

3. Walk with Me feat. Novel

4. Free From It All feat. Mathai

5. Falling Down feat. Swoope and Trip Lee

6. Fakin’ feat Thi’sl

7. Violence

8. Mayday feat Big K.R.I.T. and Ashthon Jones

9. Confe$$ions

10. Buttons

11. Power Trip feat. PRo, Sho Baraka and Andy Mineo

12. Lord Have Mercy feat. Tedashii

13. I Know

14. Tell the World feat. Mali Music

15. Lucky Ones feat. Rudy Currence

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Is CHH a Genre of Music, a Label, or a Restriction of Style?

This article is in reply to Trip Lee‘s statement and Viktory‘s reply. It was brought to my attention via Twtter & DJ Wade-O + CHICAGOrilla 

 

We have fought with a label since the conception of a gospel / Christ-centered Hip-Hop. Nobody wants to be called a name they don’t feel they are confined or restricted to. The term is Christian Hip Hop or more commonly know to the social media world as CHH. Rapzilla & DaSouth support and promote CHH artists. We are a community of artists, emcees, rappers, and producers that live a Christian lifestyle and reflect that lifestyle through our music and lyrics. But why do we hate being labeled as CHH?

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7 things @DJWadeO learned @ #SXSW

In this email, I’ll share 7 very surprising lessons that I learned at SXSW this year (and a way to save you $500 at the end). Like most of us that go every year, I went for three reasons:
– to network & share my faith
– to check out new bands & artists and
– to perform at several showcases.

This year however, I got a bit more than I bargened for. I definitly discovered several new bands that I like and I also was able to meet several great business and ministry contacts.

In addition, I even hosted a couple of legendary events (more on that later). In the long run however, these 7 lessons that I learned during my time in Austin this year will have a far greater impact on my life, career and ministry.

So without further ado, here’s what I learned:

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DIG IN ~ Resource Guide (via/ ReachLife.org & ReachRecords.com)

BOOKS

Bible Study

The Holy Bible (ESV Study Bible)
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart)
Bible Doctrine (Wayne Grudem)
God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible (Vaughn Roberts)

 Devotional                  Christian Apologetics

For the Love of God (D.A. Carson)                                                    Reasons for God (Tim Keller)
 Valley of Vision (A.G. Bennett)                                                          Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)

Christian Theology and Living

Don’t Waste Your Life (John Piper)
Living the Cross Centered Life (CJ Mahaney)
The Discipline of Grace (Jerry Bridges)
Doing Things Right in the Matters of the Heart (John Ensor)
The Gospel According to Jesus (John McArthur)
The Prodigal God (Tim Keller)
The Holiness of God (R.C. Sproul)
Humility: True Greatness (CJ Mahaney)
Knowing God (J.I. Packer)
The Pursuit of God (A.W. Tozer)
Pilgrims Progress (John Bunyan)
Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis)
Just Do Something (Kevin DeYoung)
When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight For Joy (John Piper)
When People Are Big and God is Small (Edward Welch)

 

Biographies

Confessions (St. Augustine)
A Short Life of Jonathan Edwards (George Marsden)
The Hidden Smile of God (John Piper)
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (Roland Bainton)

Websites

monergism.com

heartcrymissionary.com

ligonier.org

theologynetwork.org

desiringgod.org

theresurgence.com

aomin.org

thegospelcoalition.org

Congrats to The @WadeORadio Show for A Million Podcast Downloads!

The following except is a message from DJ Wade-O;

Hey Fam,

On Wednesday Morning, we crossed a very significant milestone in the life of our ministry. As many of you know, we’ve been airing The Wade-O Radio Show for 5 years. Prior to switching our podcast host 2.5 years ago, we did not have a great way to track how many people were listening to or downloading our show. When we switched hosts, we were quickly able to determine how many people tuned in, where they were listening from and on what type of device.

On Wednesday, while we were preparing to load this week’s show, we noticed that our total downloads had just crossed 1,000,000. Yes. Our show has been downloaded 1,000,000 times in 2.5 years. Say that with me again. ONE MILLION downloads. That’s a big number and extremely humbling to consider that God would use me for such a work as this. It’s even more humbling when you consider that we were inactive for 6 of those months and didn’t release any new episodes.

When we started this show nearly 5 years ago, I never anticipated that we’d be able to reach that many people in such a short period of time. I’d like to thank each and everyone of you who has supported us via prayer, listening on the radio, downloading the show, subscribing to our podcast feed, buying our mobile app, or supporting us financially. I truly appreciate you.

SUBSCRIBE, SUPPORT, & READ MORE HERE!

#SoS Blog ~ Valentine’s Story

Oh, Valentine’s Day. How bitterly that rolls off the tongue. I guess it only takes one person to ruin your whole lovey-day-experience. Mine was ruined in 2005.

I was dating a girl from Stanford in 2003 and she was pretty cool. I wrote a majority of my album ‘Landscape of time’ while visiting her. She inspired me to learn more. She inspired me to be a better writer and artist. But it got to a point where she was hindering me from hanging with my friends, going to church, & performing at shows.

We had a pretty decent give and take relationship. Whenever holidays or birthdays came, we got something for the other. And sometimes we would try to one-up the other by getting a gift that was bigger or better than the other’s gift. One time, she bought a cd deck for my car and replaced the two front speakers as well. Of course, I bought her almost every season of Friends. So it wasn’t like I didn’t give her gifts.

I say this to tell you about Valentine’s Day 2005. I bought her another season of her favorite tv show and I got her chocolates and a nice card. I even bought a gift card for her favorite clothing store. I was set. I drove about 80 miles to visit her at Stanford for Valentine’s Day. When we exchanged gifts she opened hers first and kind of threw a fit. She handed me a card and some candy. I’m looking for more. As she saw me look she said “yeah, I got you something else. Speakers for the rear of your car. But, I’m not going to give them to you. I don’t think you deserve them. They cost a lot of money and you only got me a DVD set. So, I’m going to keep them.” I was so confused and distraught. Where did I go wrong. Was my gift really lacking? I guess she wanted more out me. More gifts. Or at least more expensive gifts.

We had a nice heated discussion and I basically drove back home as a single man. She had ended the relationship on V-Day. Wow. I was surprised. I was upset. I was disappointed.

I was… relieved.

I might be the underdog, but I always bounce back. I might fall down but I always get up and return to pursue love again. Unfortunately, this earth has fleeting beauty and a lack of true love. Only God can show true love. Only God can give love that is unconditional. It is best that we as finite beings look up to Him and try to replicate his ways and give His kind of love. That is our success story. Our testimony is in Him! I would not have found my wife. The woman God created for me. To balance me out. If it weren’t for my mistakes, my failures, my trying, my being number 2. Being the underdog. Sitting on sidelines. God has blessed me through my trial and tribulations and after pursuit and dedication I have surpassed my pride, my ambition, my swagger. I have found reconciliation through realization and humility. I am humble now.

Thank you God for testing me. Thank you God for blessing me. Look where we are now. We are becoming AnchorMEN. We have more than a hope, we have a truth, a design, a purpose. Let’s continue what Jesus has started.

We all need an S.O.S.
We can’t continue to be Sitting On Sidelines.
If we’re playing to win, then let’s Win The Day!

We all have a story about being number 2. What’s yours?
Share your story about Sitting On Sidelines, as the underdog, or #2 below or @ http://SoulAnchorMusic.com/SoS

Hear more of my story (in the form of hip-hop) @
http://j.mp/sittingonesidelines

You Don’t Have to be Lecrae to be Used by God (via @DaSouth.com)

 

Guess what? You don’t have to be Lecrae to be relevant, signficant, or even have an effective music ministry. And you know what else? Lecrae would agree 100%.

First things first, shoutout to Lecrae and Reach Records for all that they have done to bring glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ. Their ministry is very much appreciated and is a blessing to many throughout the world. Thank God for them! I mean that sincerely.

So why this write-up? Well, on November 11, 2011 an artist (who I won’t name) hit me up on Facebook with a private message. I wanted to share the message he sent because I’m sure that he isn’t the only artist who has probably had this thinking. Here it is…

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Hosea Youth Services Tonight! (Updated)

Chris Treborn is prepared to share his life & experience through his music with the homeless youth tonight @ Hosea Youth Services in Eugene, Oregon.

He has put together a powerful, testimonial performance set featuring songs he’s written between 2002-2011.

Setlist:

1. When Adam Ate The Apple
from the album “Landscape of time”
2. Let Me Out
remixed to the “Angry” instrumental
3. I Don’t Wanna Be Alone
remix of “This Is Me” to Tedashii’s “Last Goodbye” instrumental
4. Put Me In Coach
5. Dum Dum
freestyle featuring eCsiLe
6. Footsteps Beside Me
from “The Emancipation of Camron Darby” featuring eCsiLe

Event @ Hosea Youth Services on November 4th with eCsiLe, Kirk Bathke, Chris Treborn,

Living Witness, & Mending Hope to share with the homeless youth of Eugene.

eCsiLe (w/ Kirk Bathke & Dylan Jeffus), Chris Treborn, Living Witness, and Mending Hope will all be sharing music ministry with the youth at Hosea Youth Services. This event will also feature special guest speaker Frank Caudillo.We will be gathering donations of much needed living supplies to assemble gift packages for these homeless teenagers from the streets of Eugene. Bring an item from the list below and come enjoy some quality hip-hop music.

If you can’t make it to the show YOU CAN STILL HELP! Please contact eCsiLe or one of the other artists if you have items on the list that you can donate to this worthy cause.

Here are the needs:

Adult sized backpacks
Gloves
Stocking Caps
Bottled water
Breakfast/granola bars
Sunflower seeds
Small (sealed bagged) snack foods
Band-Aids
Anti-biotic ointment
Chapstick/Lip Balm
Blankets
Sleeping Bags
Watches
Portable CD Players

Contact one of the artists if you have new or used (good quality) items you can donate to this worthy cause. Thanks and God bless!

ABOUT HOSEA YOUTH SERVICES:

Location
Affiliation
Hosea Youth Services
About
Befriending Eugene, area homeless and at risk youth since 1997 . . . Operating our Drop in Center to meet basic needs and provide a refuge from the dangers and desperation of street life we hope to bring hope through sincere and consistent service.
Personal Information
Since 1997 . . . faith based outreach to homeless and displaced youth in Eugene, Oregon and outlying communitees.From our Drop in Center in the heart of Eugene we offer a meal, shower and laundry facilities, clothing, personal hygene items, and much more in a secure, restful and encouraging setting for youth 22 and under.

We think of our Center as a place for struggling youth to escape, even for a short time, the dangers and desperation of the streets.

We also offer refferals for many other services.

Email
info@hoseayouth.org
Phone
Website

CONTEST: Win a Free CD/DVD of ‘Man Up ~ Soundtrack + Movie’

We are giving away a FREE (to you – we purchased it from Reach Records) copy of the

MAN UP Album / Soundtrack + DVD / Film from 1-1-Six Clique & ReachLife.org 

Check out ManUP116.com for more information and details about the project!

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NEW SINGLE: Put Me In Coach by @ChrisTreborn – http://itun.es/iBf66q

Put Me In Coach | http://j.mp/PMICiTunes

Also, you can preview the Remix and buy the Maxi-Single @ BandCamp

The underdog anthem from Chris Treborn & Marcos is officially available online now! Get the single at your favorite digital mp3 outlets for $.99.

This anthem was created for all the athletes that got next. It is dedicated to all the runner-ups. Put Me In Coach goes out to all the youth, not just in Salem, but for everyone across the nation that is young and unashamed.

Don’t let them make fun of you, just because you’re young. Set the example and do it with style. From what you say, to what you do. By your love and by your faith as you stay pure and true.

Even if you’re not currently playing the field, it’s better to be sitting on sidelines than standing in the bleachers simply spectating. Remember, you got next!

HELP:

We would love to get your feedback and your reviews on this song. Is it a hit single? should we make more songs like this? should Marcos be featured on every song? etc. Let us hear your voice. And please support us by retweeting, reposting, and sharing this content with all of your friends and acquaintances. We greatly appreciate you help and support.

Thank you!

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Chris Treborn returns to create new music that will motivate the underdogs and inspire everyone that is next in line. His new music is perfect for individual anthems and team mantras. The moment, you own it. So win the day!

ABOUT:

Chris Treborn, Marcos Esquivel, & Evan Beranek team up to make an underdog anthem.

“Put Me In Coach” featuring Marcos is the lead single from the upcoming Chris Treborn album ‘Sitting On Sidelines’. It is a collaboration album between producer Evan Beranek and emcee Christian Treborn. After Christian was spitting rhymes at Young Life Club, kids noticed how well the two sounded together. ‘S.O.S.’ is dedicated to all the athletes, especially all the second string players, and the practice squad. It contains dance, hip-hop, and techno tunes to get your adrenaline pumping and your thoughts provoking. This album is for anyone that never got their chance to shine and give em what they got.

Most of us have experienced ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ at one point in our lives. It’s all about being ready to play. Even if you’re not out there – starting, you got next. So be prepared for the game. Plus it’s better to be ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ than to be watching from the stands. Be a participator, not a spectator. ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ is not just about sports and athletics either, it’s about relationships too! So whatever the situation may be, remember to be prepared, because the opportunity will be yours! Carpe Diem – WTD!

Chris Treborn | Put Me In Coach (feat. Marcos) | direct link to —> iTunes.

Also, check this out: Chris Treborn is listed in NEW ARRIVALS for Christian Rap – here!

P.S.

Here are the lyrics:

You can say; “We’re destined for greatness!”
You can say; “You were made for this!”
Well, I was!
So…Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!I’ve been practicing so hard just to make it
If I had a chance you know how far I’d take it
Trust me I’m a great kid, soon I’ll be praised
Thanking my parents for the child they raised
Not boasting or bragging, I’m chosen I’m handling
I’m hot-roasted and handsome, this energy I’m channeling
If only, I could get it out, put it on the field
From a play to a set, from a tackle to a steal
(yeah) I gotcha, I’ll put the ‘D’ in defense
I am D man, so stop playing on the fence
This game is for real, so you got to get it right
Put me in coach, ‘cause I’m down for life
Even if I fall, even if I stumble
I will not whine, and I will not grumble
I will get back up and give another 1-10
‘Cause to give up is just another dumb sin …so…

PUT ME IN COACH, I’M READY FOR MY CHANCE
I’VE PREPARED ALL SEASON, IT’S TIME TO ADVANCE
PUT ME IN COACH, YOU WON’T REGRET IT
GAMBLE WITH ME, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU BET IT

YOU CAN PUT ME IN, YOU CAN PUT ME IN COACH
YOU CAN PUT ME IN, PUT ME IN ONCE AGAIN
PUT ME IN COACH, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID
PUT ME IN COACH, I’M NOT JUST A KID

So…
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

[I won’t let em make fun, just cuz I’m young
I’ll be an example and I’ll set it with style
By what I say, by what I do
By my love and faith, staying pure and true]

This is how I do, this is how it is
Giving a shout out to all the other kids
That be dealing with the biz, from a sizzle to a fizz
We will stand strong, we will place my bid
Use the gift given, thanks for the support
To every one who put their faith in any sort
We will not let you down, we’ll just be around
If not in the city, then we got to rep the town
This is for our school, even the alumni
We got to prove ourselves, no longer a dumb guy
Got to be so fly, if you let us spread our wings
Like the voice of an angel, listen as he sings

YOU CAN PUT ME IN, YOU CAN PUT ME IN COACH
YOU CAN PUT ME IN, PUT ME IN ONCE AGAIN
PUT ME IN COACH, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID
PUT ME IN COACH, I’M NOT JUST A KID

So…
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

YOU CAN PUT ME IN, YOU CAN PUT ME IN COACH
YOU CAN PUT ME IN, PUT ME IN ONCE AGAIN
PUT ME IN COACH, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID
PUT ME IN COACH, I’M NOT JUST A KID

So…
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put Me In Coach! Put Me In Coach!
Put. Me. In!

PR: Lead single “Put Me In Coach” from ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ by Chris Treborn (Link + Lyrics)

Chris Treborn returns to create new music that will motivate the underdogs and inspire everyone that is next in line. His new music is perfect for individual anthems and team mantras. The moment, you own it. So win the day!

ABOUT:

Chris Treborn, Marcos Esquivel, & Evan Beranek team up to make an underdog anthem.

“Put Me In Coach” featuring Marcos is the lead single from the upcoming Chris Treborn album ‘Sitting On Sidelines’. It is a collaboration album between producer Evan Beranek and emcee Christian Treborn. After Christian was spitting rhymes at Young Life Club, kids noticed how well the two sounded together. ‘S.O.S.’ is dedicated to all the athletes, especially all the second string players, and the practice squad. It contains dance, hip-hop, and techno tunes to get your adrenaline pumping and your thoughts provoking. This album is for anyone that never got their chance to shine and give em what they got.

Most of us have experienced ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ at one point in our lives. It’s all about being ready to play. Even if you’re not out there – starting, you got next. So be prepared for the game. Plus it’s better to be ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ than to be watching from the stands. Be a participator, not a spectator. ‘Sitting On Sidelines’ is not just about sports and athletics either, it’s about relationships too! So whatever the situation may be, remember to be prepared, because the opportunity will be yours! Carpe Diem – WTD!

Chris Treborn | Put Me In Coach (feat. Marcos) | direct link to —> CD Baby.

Also, check this out: Chris Treborn is listed in NEW ARRIVALS for Christian Rap – here!

HELP:

We would love to get your feedback and your reviews on this song. Is it a hit single? should we make more songs like this? should Marcos be featured on every song? etc. Let us hear your voice. And please support us by retweeting, reposting, and sharing this content with all of your friends and acquaintances. We greatly appreciate you help and support.

Thank you!

Soul Anchor Music

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PR: Soul Anchor Music – A Ministry for Ministers, a Community for Common Unity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Treborn’s goal with Soul Anchor Music

 


Chris Treborn has is a Christian Hip-Hop artist that loves sharing the stage and the limelight, especially with his fellow brother and sister artists. He has shared the stage with some big names in Christian Hip-Hop like GRITS, CookBook of LA Symphony, and Braille Brizzy himself. When he opened up for GRITS in 2010, he shared half of his 30 minutes of stage time with Myra Hart. Christian admits “I love her voice, even though people compare her to Adele, she has something uniquely different about her.” Perhaps it is her soulful rhythm and blues style with a punch of pop that makes her stand out. Or maybe it is her vocal range – which puts her above and beyond the capabilities comparable to Adele and P!NK.

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PR: “The Emancipation Of Camron Darby” @eCsiLeHipHop In Stores Now!

Please go support our local favorite; eCsiLe & buy his latest release – “The Emancipation Of Camron Darby” which is now available online.

Here are a few sites you can check out for more!

YouTube
iTunes
AmazonMP3
CD Baby

REVIEW: “WASH” by @DavidMichael313

DAVID MICHAEL – “WASH”

Detroit, Michigan has some of the greatest emcees rising from ‘The Underground’. If you haven’t heard David Michael, you have sadly been missing out on one of the best-kept secrets. Well, it’s not much of a secret anymore. Da South posted a review on his last project. In fact, I got to know David Michael by doing that review. He is not your average rapper. He has something more; passion, strength, integrity, and most importantly – Christ Jesus. David Michael is back with even more of what he has always been offering. Get refreshed with a little ‘WASH’!

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REVIEW: Bumps INF – “Who Is Mark James? 2.0” (@BumpsINF)

God Over Money + Bumps INF present…

“Who Is Mark James? 2.0″

Bumps INF is back with another freebie. Yes, you heard right. Mister Infinite has another mixtape, and it’s $Free.99!

When I first saw this project advertised I thought it was a re-release of Who Is Mark James? with more songs and less promos. I figured Bumps got signed & WIMJ wasn’t as big as they wanted it to be, so God Over Money wanted to re-release it to boost the Bumps stock. Geez, I was completely wrong. Bumps is back. Scratch that! Bumps is HERE! He is Still here, he never left! To prove Bumps INF is here to stay – Who Is Mark James? 2.0 pops off with Lavoisier & St. Joogs on that “Grow The Heck Up” segment. Instead of a ‘Mix-Tape’ the 2nd edition is more like a radio show. At first I didn’t get this and I thought it was poorly mixed, but that’s not the case. This playlist is a showcase of Bumps’ infinite skills; lyrically, and stylistically. Bumps still has drops from everyone’s favorite christian hip-hoppers too. He has the game in a choke-hold! Or maybe it’s more like a full-Nelson.

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Q&A w/ David Michael – ‘Send The Sword’, Opening for Reach, “The Underground”

I heard David Michael was putting out a new song via Facebook so I contacted him about the song and also asked him about his experience over the last year or so.

Q&A

Christian Treborn: “Send the Sword” is your newest song. Is it apart of your upcoming album or project, a mixtape maybe?  What are your goals with those projects? Also, was there any inspiration behind the writing of ‘StS’? I understand it’s about getting the Gospel out there, what more…?

David Michael: ‘Send the Sword’ is a single off “The Underground Part 2″. A follow up record to my 1st EP “The Undergound” Released April 10th, 2010. I am also working on an Album TBA later this year.

My goal with this record was to intentionally create a record that both the people that know God, and those that don’t could relate to and be interested in. Mainly covering topics I felt haven’t been addressed before with an over load of raw emotion and rapid fire lyrics. 

With “Send the Sword” I wanted to convey a message that we need to send out the Word of God at any cost. Sometimes it costs us friends, money, even comfort, but its time to display Gods Word in Power. People who are in darkness are sick of us running our mouths, its time for our walks to scream loud, its way over due.

CT: I see on YouTube you have a lot of concert footage, especially for some Reach artists. How was it opening for Phanatik & Tedashii? Who else did you open for? Didn’t you open for Trip Lee or Lecrae?

DM: Yes I’ve opened up for Phanatik, Tedashii, Mahogany Jonz, Thi’zl, D-Maub, Trip Lee (twice), PRo, R-Swift, and Lecrae. I’m booked to open up for Lecrae again this coming May in Saginaw, MI.
I’m so thankful to God for opening up doors like this. It’s always a Blessing, not because of who they are, but because of what I always learn from them by watching and observing, appreciating the Gifts and Wisdom God has given them.

CT: Your last release was “The Underground”, How successful was “The Underground”? What did you learn from reviews or from the fans’ input about the project? Is there anything you would change or add to it? For those of us that want to purchase it, is it online, did you do any distribution, like iTunes?

DM: I got a great response off “The Underground”. Considering I sold it out of my trunk with no online presence, no marketing, or promotions etc. it did great. It sold just under 500 copies. On top of that I sowed over 500 copies to various organizations, and youth groups, so there is a little over 1,000 copies floating around. 

A very popular (mainly secular station) FM 98.WJLB here in Detroit,MI. featured my single “Lonely Road” quite frequently in their rotation Sunday morning so I was amped about that!

I heard a lot of positive feedback from it, especially on the “ex-posits” I did in between songs. It was a huge bridge builder for the older generations. I saw the disconnect from the Pastors to the Youth Groups, so I intentionally gave them ex-posits to connect them again. Most Pastors here the name “Jesus” and say “OK we like it”, but for the most part they have no idea what most Christian Rap is saying. 

I think “The Undergound served its purpose. It was my first record this side of Christianity and I needed to pour out what the Lord had been brewing in me.

I intentionally didn’t make it available online. I wanted it to be, well, under ground. A street album particularly made for Detroit. We have a lot of work to do here and I wanted to pour into the local Body with no real desire to gain a national platform. I submitted some singles and my album to some online Christian sites but only to hear what others outside the city would say. That way it would be unbiased. 

NEW SONG: “Send The Sword” by David Michael

David Michael impressed me with the first song I heard from him – Stand Strong. I felt silly once I found out he was a white guy from Detroit. Yeah, he has that raspy-rap that could be compared to Eminem, but he has more energy and authenticity than Em. I mean, you can feel the power of his lyrics. Don’t believe me? Check out “Nightmares” from his album ‘The Underground’. DM is going to keep it 100 for as long as he can grip a mic. And even if he couldn’t, he will still be heard. His goal is that of the Disciples of Christ; get out the WORD, let the good news be heard, and spread the Gospel like there was no tomorrow.

His newest song is called “Send The Sword” – produced by Iz-Real Music (of Everyday Process) & opens up with the sounds of a battle scene like a Roman Empire TV series. If you want to compare his vocals to some known Holy Hip-Hoppers, consider the styles of Trip Lee versus Tedashii. This song isn’t his usual laid-back-yet-still-hyped style. He totally amped it up and sped up his vocals for ultimate affect. If you have heard his song “Get On The Grind”, this new song follows the same aspiration. It’s about witnessing to the nations, from local to global.

SEND THE SWORD!

Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

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Find more about David Michael on Facebook
http://www.audiolife.com/Store/DavidMichael313
http://www.reverbnation.com/DavidMichael313

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BE SURE TO READ MY REVIEW ON ‘THE UNDERGROUND’ BY DAVID MICHAEL @ http://Treborn.Wordpress.com/Reviews or DaSouth.com

Audio for the song is coming soon…
An additional interview and press release will be updated soon as well.

FREE Starbucks Coffee Contest

Would you like a FREE pound of whole bean coffee, or perhaps a FREE box of VIA Ready Brew, or maybe even a tin of full-leaf tea bags. Well, we would like to send you one absolutely FREE! How does it work?

First, we just want you to leave a comment and let us know how you feel about Christian Music these days. Does it work? Is it a tool of ministry? Is it entertaining to Christians? Would the world really want to hear it? Etc. Be creative with your answer and express you full honest opinion.

Second, follow us on Twitter… yes, we need some friends, fans, followers, whatever. Just to get some buzz going. We want to be another tool to assist indie artists as well as Christian artists. Nothing major, just another part of the body. Follow us @SoulAnchorMusic – http://twitter.com/soulanchormusic

We will choose a winner at random and we will email you notifying you that you’ve won. From there you will provide us with your shipping address to receive a FREE pound of Starbucks Coffee.

Thank you for participating. Let’s connect. Let’s grow. Let’s build!