Joel - Love You (Prod. by K.E. On the Track)

Perhaps Tennessee is the breeding ground for the future of hip-hop. Chattanooga brought us Isaiah Rashad just two years ago; and now, this year, Nashville is stepping into the ring by way of Joel.

The Birmingham, Alabama native lauds himself as “a Hip Hop/Rap artist and inspirational speaker on a mission to reach the world with a message of hope and promise.” As a part of burgeoning Christian-inspired artistry brand 1 God Productions, Joel is daring to bridge the gap between the secular and the spiritual… or at least the popular and the proverb-motivated.

That “bridge” begins with “Love You,” Joel’s newest single which just so happens to be produced by hip-hop boardman K.E. on The Track. Equal parts refreshing – for the message it brings – and impressive – in the way that Joel switches up cadences in his flow and is never once overpowered by K.E.’s blaring anthemic instrumental – “Love You” is nearly four minutes of Christian hip-hop that changes the game. “If I don’t inspire you, I dropped the ball”, Joel barks as the track is just beginning, setting a tone for what’s to come.

New-age Christian Hip-Hop? Not exactly. But Joel and 1 God Productions are daring to wake up the Spirit – the Holy Spirit, that is – in modern hip-hop. We’d do well to hear out the “Truth” he’s trying to share.