“I got my momma playin very hard / I’m flirtin’ with sin but I’m married to god…”
When you flip through my CD books you’ll find a lot of indie rock and metal, but not too much hip-hop. It’s not that I don’t have an appreciation for the music, it’s just I hate the braggadocio aesthetic that sets the tone for the majority of hip-hop artists of the last few years.
You also won’t find much in terms of Christian music in my collection…my people get blamed for the crucifixion and I hate getting preached at by the misguided and unlearned. So it might strike some as strange that for today’s Synthesis Artist You’ve Never Heard Of Artist Of The Day, I’ve chosen Virginia Beach Christian rap artist El Prezidino.
I like El Prezbecause he’s working through his issues of spirituality and faith in a way that isn’t preaching as much as telling – his missteps handled with the same thoughtfulness as his strides along a righteous path. There’s a bit of bragging in there, but it’s more focused on his wealth of character, not wealth of material goods. And when he does rap about money, it’s almost more as a self-criticism, in that he should be paying more attention to God and self. I can get behind that, you know. Plus, his beats SLUMP. Check out his music on his Space, and you can find his EP The Warning here.
Check his live dates after the jump:
May 4 2008 5:00P Club H2O WASHINGTON, Washington DC
May 31 2008 12:00P Hope Strong Festival @ Garfield High School Woodbridge, Virginia
Jun 7 2008 5:00P Unity Music Festival Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania
Jul 12 2008 3:00P Signal Hill Park @ C.I.T.Y 2008 Manassas Park, Virginia
Jul 18 2008 11:00A Sonshine Festival Willmar, Minnesota
Sep 13 2008 6:00P Christiansburg High School Christiansburg, Virginia
Oct 3 2008 8:00P O.N.E. Art & Music Festival Greenwood, South Carolina
Oct 4 2008 8:00P O.N.E. Art & Music Festival Greenwood, South Carolina
Oct 5 2008 8:00P O.N.E. Art & Music Festival Greenwood, South Carolina
Nov 15 2008 3:00P TBD (pre-game concert Marshall vs. UCF) Huntington, West Virginia