Time flies when you’re having fun, and if you could believe it, 2007 was that long ago! You know what else happened 10 years ago? The following albums on this list.
2007 was a tremendous year for Christian Hip-Hop. It was so big in fact that we were able to put together a top 25 list. Some of the names are familiar, some of them are not, but all of them were impactful. Be sure to let us know in the comments which one was your favorite.
116 Clique – 13 Letters
13 Letters was the second compilation album put out by the artists on Reach Records. There were tracks by Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Shai Linne, Sho Baraka, FLAME, Json, 1-Lyfe, and Dillon Chase.
A lot of these names aren’t affiliated with 116 anymore, but that doesn’t stop this from being a solid album which features tracks such as “Begin with the End,” “Dig In,” and “Get Loose.”
The “13 Letters” stood for the 13 books of the Bible written by the Apostle Paul.
KJ-52 could make it onto one of these lists seemingly every year with his consistent body of work since 2000. However, his albumThe Yearbook is one of his most ambitious to date.
The album featured 19 tracks and still more bonus tracks made available later. Three songs had a rock twist, most notably “You’ll Never Take Me Down” with Kevin Young of Disciple and “Wake Up” with Toby Morrell of Emery.
Some of the other standouts are “You’re Gonna Make It” with Blanca and “Do Yo Thang.”
Whether going by Knowdaverbs or just Verbs, this emcee was a vital part of the hip-hop scene created by Gotee Records in the early 2000s. His 2007 The Groundwork Theory would be the last project he put out and his first step away from Gotee Records.
“Better Not Fall for That” and “Future” were two of the more memorable tracks on the album. The record also featured appearances by Theory Hazit and Syntst.
Another longtime Gotee Records group, LA Symphony were among the greats in putting Christian rappers under one roof to record an album, this time on Syntax.
Unleashed would be the last record for this group before they took a seven-year hiatus. Comprised of familiar names such as Sareem Poems, Joey the Jerk, Pigeon John, and others, the album was 22 tracks of flames.
It was considered a mixtape and featured demos, unreleased tracks, and few new ones sprinkled in. Posdnus of De La Soul, Will.i.Am of Black Eyed Peas and Method Man made contributions to the album.
There’s not too much to say about this album except it represented some of the best-untapped talents in Christian Hip-hop for 2007. It was also the first Christian release to get distribution from a major label.
Special thanks to Syntax Records for putting this much firepower on one compilation and showing fans of Christian hip-hop a broader audience of artists. A few of the names are Pigeon John, Theory Hazit, RedCloud, Braille, Freddie Bruno, K-Drama, LA Symphony, and, MaxOne of Sackcloth Fashion.
Pettidee – Resurrections: Past, Present, and Future
Pettidee has been quiet the last few years but in 2007 he dropped two albums, Resurrections: Past, Present, and Future and The Greatest Stories Ever Told. While both albums were solid releases for Pettidee, it was the first one that placed him as a force to be reckoned with in Christian hip-hop.
On this record, Pettidee takes his blend of southern hip-hop and infuses it with the crunk sound that was popping at the time.
He opens the album with perhaps his biggest single to date, the explosive, “I’m a Vet,” which set the tone for the album.
This next project came out in 2005 but was re-released to a much broader market in 2007 through Lamp Mode. Redeemed Thought, consisting of muzeONE and Stephen the Levite were the last standing two members of an eight-man group.
Stephen the Levite is quite the prolific artist on his own, but when these two got together they created something special.
The album featured bars from Swift, Everyday Process, Timothy Brindle, and Shai Linne.
The Washington Projects: Commanders of the Resistance
The Washington Projects brother and sister duo of Je’kob and Rachael Washington originally started out with their brother Joshua in the group SoulJahz.
After their widely successful The Fault is History they became a duo and used their last name as the group’s name. They releasedCommanders of the Resistance as sort of a second debut and built upon their hip-hop, dance, R&B, and worship sounds.
There many standout tracks on this record including “Move,” “Zephyr Wings,” and “Love is Like an Ocean.”
Sho Baraka of Humble Beast had his beginnings with Reach Records. While most of his label mates released projects in 2006 or in 2008, Sho debuted his music in 2007.
Sho’s first record showcased the early beginnings of where he’d wind up and also featured plenty of friends along the way. Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii, Json, and Dillon Chase are just some of the names involved.
“Turn My Life Up” opened the album and proved as quite the introduction to Sho Baraka.