Looks like Christian Hip Hop Is breaking into the main stream arena with artist like Mista Crain Leading the charge
Overflow has a nice vibe and has mastered the ability to mix traditional Praise and Worship with Christian hip-hop, how did the single come about?
I attend Living Water church and our motto is “Experience the Overflow!” I am the Sunday school teacher in our men’s class and our book we are using is highlighting Ezekiel 34:26 which says “I will cause a shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessings.” The song is an affirmation about receiving divine intervention in your life. I wanted to proclaim that and encourage myself and anyone who hears it that #FavorAintFair and it don’t matter what it looks like.
With so many CHH artists trying to blend with secular music, what made you go throwback with the sound while remaining current with the message?
I desire to make meaningful music that has a strong “Word” based content. I feel good music has no genre so rather the sound is throwback, trap, or pop, if it is good it is going to gain attention and hopefully the message is what keeps it on repeat. The church is a hospital, not a museum, so it is important we go out and connect to everybody not just Christians because we all need Jesus lol
What is your take on the CHH label and Christian artists being segregated overall?
I’m #BoutDatChrist Matthew 10:33 and I’m unashamed of whom I rep and am direct with my goal. I love the label and am not running from it. Again, I feel good music has no genre and responsible for the content. There is so much music out with no message, or glorifying things that lead to death. I am leading to light and life. A way to remove the segregation of the market is to connect with listeners outside the genre. I gladly accept the challenge while keeping the message clear.
The sound has a nice vibe, is this a sample of what your project is going to sound like?
Yeah this is definitely a preview of what is to come. My album “Servant King” is my interpretation of who Jesus is via Mark 10:45. Any project I put out is going to have the word, my story, my testimony and a worship element. Rap and Worship, Pop-Gospel whatever, just know it is going to be good music. I have been in the church my whole life and I love the gospel and gospel music. My goal is to intertwine the modern with the traditional and equip, encourage, and enlist my audience to join me in faith. Follow me as I Follow Christ @MistaCrain