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    Review of Supremacy

    I have long been a fan of Russ Shanks, and so I was eager to hear his latest effort titled Supremacy. Russ is never flashy, yet he raps with a skilled subtlety that forces the listener to be very attentive in order to catch the meanings in his bars. On the track Dragon’s Lair Russ enlists the help of fellow emcee Sho, who delivers these lines “Is he a Christian Rapper? I’m an emcee…” and “[There’s] No writer’s block when coming from experience.” These sum up the approach Russ takes with this project as he tackles topics such as police brutality, racism, false piety, enduring in the faith, and much…

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    Review of Shad Gill’s Svn7VII

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. While many in CHH—Christian Rap, Holy Hip-Hop, or whatever else you want to call it—are trying to figure out whether or not Reach is still unashamed; or if it should or should not be called Christian Rap; and at the end of the day attempting to find the genre’s identity, one person stands out as unconcerned with these things. He is simply making good music for himself and his fans.

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    Sin & Accountability

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. In book five of St. Augustine’s autobiographical work titled Confessions St. Augustine mentions a doctrine held by the Manicheans that puts forth the idea that man is not responsible, or rather not accountable for his own sins. He says that during his time as a Manichean* he believed “that it is not we who sin, but some other nature within us that is responsible.”[1] On the surface this actually seems to line up with biblical teaching on man’s sin nature, but as Augustine elaborates on the idea by adding that this ‘nature’ he speaks of is actually some outside force imposing its will on man,…

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    More Than Music

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. The Futility of Waging War Against Music Music, and the arts in general, is one of my favorite topics to discuss endlessly. Anyone who has ever spent more than a few hours around me knows that the arts are a great passion of mine, so I want to briefly address an issue I have with the Christian community’s often misguided, and even unintentional war against the arts; specifically music.