Mouth of Babes

"At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." – Matthew 11:25

Asians for Christ!


I have always been a fan of Asian culture, in general, my favorites being Japanese and Korean 🙂 The way that they train their children up to be driven in academics and respectful towards elders is admirable within itself. Not to mention, the seed of creativity is planted and nurtured from a young age. Before I go off on a tangent, let me get back to the task at hand. This week, while perusing around Bandcamp, I happened to come across some fresh talent in the realm of Christian music. These two bands, The Nehemiah Band and Amp, are proof that Christians can get down too. They have a fresh, contemporary sound that this generation can get into. When it comes to music, or any artistic genre for that matter, it’s all about penetrating the soul of the listener and reaching that sacred, most vulnerable place of the conscience. A lot of people manipulate the power that music has to accomplish evil and implant counter-morals for personal profit. Therefore, it’s nice to see two groups of young Christians doing the exact opposite. The Nehemiah Band’s LP “Break of Dawn” sheds light to the pressure that young, church bred Christians often feel to live up to the standards that their parents set before them. As a result, one often ends up with a false sense of what it means to be a follower of Christ–the idea that church attendance and good deeds make one closer to God. Many, when they finally are awakened to the deception of religiousness, fall astray and seek to fill that empty void by worldly means. What God wants His children to know is that while we were blind to reality, He was always present. In those moments when we couldn’t see or hear Him, he was quietly planting seeds of wisdom that can only bloom when we fully surrender our lives to Him. Songs such as “Do It My Way” struck a tender chord in my heart and caused me to reflect on my childhood growing up the church, but never fully grasping what everything meant and the significance of my salvation through Christ. Their music can be best described as edgy, folky, hip-hop, soul. Since my description can hardly suffice, take a listen for yourself.

TNB’s Official Website

TNB’s Bandcamp

TNB’s Myspace Page

The second group, Amp, which hails from Gaithersburg, MD, has a much different flair. J Han and Chung Lee bring the rhymes and Sam Ock brings the vocals (he also spits a verse himself from time to time). The trio recently came to together, seeing the power in numbers, to create their first group effort–an EP titled “Amplify”. The name for the group and the EP both come from a poster that reads “Amplify Christ” which can be seen in a few of their Youtube videos. I see this group going great places and I’ve only heard 6 songs from them. Be sure to check out all of their websites which I will post the links for below.

Amp’s Bandcamp

Amp’s Myspace Page

Amp’s Youtube Channel

Amp’s Reverb Account

I can’t end this post without mentioning my mans, Jin, and his incredible comeback! I say “my mans” like I know dude personally, but I almost feel like I do. I’ve watched his entire career progress from his days on 106 & Park to his short ride with Ruff Ryders. I remember crying tears of joy when Jadakiss handed him his Ruff Ryders chain. I was so blessed to come across his myspace one day a few months ago and find out that he had handed his life over to Christ. His new mixtape, Say Something, shows that dude still has it. My favorite track is “Beautiful Story”  because it’s a very honest and detailed description of his journey to reach this point and who doesn’t like a good story?

Jin’s Myspace

I hope that you all enjoy these three rare and unique gems as much as I did 🙂 God bless! And remember….God is Love, Baby! ♥

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A Rant…

“Black people…we’re either jumping the gun or shooting it” – @EvILLUSIONist

I wrote the above quote in a tweet earlier today and it completely sums up how I’m feeling about the black community. Whether it’s Sean Bell’s murder, the census, a politician’s comment, etc., we’re so quick to pull the race card and jump to conclusions that are simply….FALSE. Stop jumping on youtube, twitter, facebook, or whatever social network you can get your hands on, and going off on topics or incidents that you have no information about. Somebody’s commentary on a TV show does not count as information; that’s what we educated individuals like to call an OPINION. If you’re sitting there giving me an opinion on an opinion, that makes everything that you’re saying null in void; therefore, you just wasted several precious minutes of your life and mine. I’m writing all of this to say, cut it out! Every white person in the world is not racist, and even if they were, they could not possibly bring more peril to your life than we have brought on ourselves. Remember, something can only be offensive to you if A) It’s been brought to your attention & B) You agree w/ what’s being said to some extent. Let’s spend less time focusing on others, and work on ourselves. When you have your stuff together, you can effect change–no one is impressed by your mess. Also, let’s stop suggesting that we all come together and address the problems in our community, if no one actually plans on doing that. Now, either come together or stay divided; whatever you choose to do, start DOING it and stop talking about it. Peace and hair grease! — The Love Baby

Transformed (Insane)

This isn’t that new, but I just watched it again and it blew my mind again. YESSS, MALI MUSIC! Enjoy 🙂

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This Is Where I Am Right About Now….

It seems like they don’t write lyrics and compose music like this anymore. I just recently discovered Andrae Crouch’s music and I’m so glad that I did. I’m enjoying myself listening to music like this right now. I hope you like it 🙂

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“Wrap Me in Your Arms”- Martha Munizzi (Cover)

This cover of “Wrap Me In Your Arms” was so beautiful that I had to share it. P.S.– This is one of my FAVORITE songs of all time, so it holds extra significance to me! My favorite version is performed by Freddy Rodriguez, so you should google or youtube search that 😉

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Gungor

I found out about this amazing band from B.Reith talking about them in a video. Their latest album, “Beautiful Things”, is one of the best contemporary Christian albums I’ve heard lately–well, ever. I suggest that you visit their official website and myspace page for more info on tour dates, new projects, and other things of that nature. The video that I’ve posted below is just a small snippet of what you can expect from the album.

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SFK: The Upper Room Mixtape

I often find myself DESPISING Gospel Rap/HHH mixtapes, mainly because they tend to be wack. This mixtape, however, was such a pleasant surprise. If you enjoy live music, you know– horns, bass, guitar, keys, drums, this is definitely the mixtape for you. There’s a process you have to go through to download the actual mixtape. Don’t worry, it’s not difficult; just go to their website and follow the instructions. Enjoy! 🙂