“This Joy” – Torrance Rudd

“This Joy”
Torrance Rudd
Indie (2023)

Torrance Rudd single cover

By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever

Born and raised in a family of singers and musicians, Torrance Rudd started rapping at the age of 11. Since accepting Jesus as his Lord and Savior at 18, he has dedicated himself and his music to glorifying God. He testifies to the joy of being the King’s kid in his urban contemporary single, “This Joy.”

Torrance grabs hold of a familiar church cliché—”this joy that I have, the world didn’t give it to me”—and attaches his personal testimony of salvation and renewal. I expected rap but Torrance sings melodiously over a modest R&B chord progression heavily punctuated with synths and percussion. It’s a feel-good message with a skate party vibe.

“I need you to forget about your problems, grab your loved one by the hand, and take them to the dance floor ’cause it’s about to go down!” Torrance calls out near the end of the track.

Bruh, we’ve been dancing the whole time!

“Seek” – CLASS

CLASS feat. Elder Tam
MG Music Group (2023)


By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever

Recitation of Matthew 7:7 establishes the premise for “Seek” by CLASS. The gospel hip-hop artist drops the lyrics of his latest single over a relaxed tempo, delivering bars with an unhurried cadence. It’s effective for the simple message he imparts into the heart of the listener: an intimate relationship with God is available for the seeking. Tamatha Ward aka Elder Tam, joins him on the track, singing the melodic hook and riffing throughout the verses.

CLASS is the stage name of Effram Winstead, a member of MG Music Group. His music ministry has taken him and the group to several states and the UK. He is a faithful member of Young’s Chapel Baptist Church in Roxboro, NC, and shares life with his wife and their five children.

Official Video – “Unbelief” – Stephen King


Enjoy this official music video from Stephen King titled, “Unbelief.”  King is a rap/Christian hip hop artist, songwriter, and minister. 


“Find A Way to Love” – Pastor Robert McCloud

Robert McCloud
Enjoy the video of Pastor Robert McCloud’s Christian rap single, “Find A Way to Love.” McCloud is a native of Detroit whose hip-hop interest was fueled more than 30 years ago by RUN DMC, KRS 1, LL Cool J, Fat Boys, and others.

"Mercy" – Prince Tai

Prince Tai
From the CD, Lessons (2017)
Available at iTunes

Prince Tai art workBy Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever

I got goodness on my right side
I got mercy on my left
And I know I don’t deserve it
Even my haters callin’ me blessed

Don’t mistake Prince Tai’s declaration for conceit, because while the singer/songwriter acknowledges, “I’m far from what I was,” he makes no bones about his need for God’s continual mercy.  In fact, “Mercy” is the name of his hip-hop tinged contemporary single and the plea therein contained.  The hook alone is infectious, but the prayer lyrically expresses a widespread confession and request: “I’m far from what I was, but I’m not yet what I shall be.  Have mercy on me…”

Prince Tai is based in Norcross, GA, and has caught the eye of notables like Drake, Michelle Williams, Tyrese, Erica Campbell, Tweet, and Missy Elliott.

Official Video – “Heaven” – Sir the Baptist

Enjoy the self-edited
and self-directed official music video of Sir the Baptist’s urban inspirational
“Heaven,” which features
Lawrence & Co, Keke Wyatt and ChurchPpl. 

In conjunction with last month’s video release, Sir announced–in
partnership with H&S Commercial & Industrial Supplies and Services–“Mission
432: Heaven to Houston” to help rebuild the city of Houston in the aftermath of
Hurricane Harvey.  For more information about the mission, visit mission432.com.

“Heaven” is from Sir’s
full-length project,
Saint or Sinner.

Official Video – "I Ain't Preaching to the Choir" – Miz Tiffany

Enjoy Miz Tiffany’s official music video, “I Ain’t Preaching to the Choir.” The single is from her forthcoming EP by the same name. Miz Tiffany, aka Tiffany Coleman-McGee, is a Christian rapper, songwriter, model, and aspiring author from Mississippi.

"Serpent" feat. The C.O.R.E. (Video)

Enjoy The C.O.R.E.’s music video, “Serpent,” written by Christian rappers Judea, Deacon Authority, Johnny Fatz, Seth, and Tha Professa. The C.O.R.E. is signed to MG Music Group.

Official Video – "Testify" – The Rev

Check out The Rev’s official video of his single, “Testify.”  The Rev (Jean G. Noel) is signed to Noel Music Group LLC, formerly known as ChristLine Entertainment Inc.

Official Video – "Gospel on Sunday" – Mike Body

Enjoy Mike Body’s official music video, “Gospel on Sunday,” which features Jarell Johnson and is directed by King G.  “Gospel on Sunday” is the self-written single from Body’s 2016 EP, Signs of Maturity.