After two albums of rock and roll, I felt inspired to go in a new direction – I felt like there was something else I really wanted to say.
I’ve been listening to hip-hop since I was a kid. I’ve never stopped loving the vibrant energy of this music, and I’ve been genuinely moved by those special artists who have dedicated themselves to saying something worthwhile. But as I’ve seen so much of mainstream music’s effect on young people, I’ve realized that there is some major misinformation out there, and so I want to ask the fans and all artists to help clear it up.
Our media, our modern society, and popular music especially have been making it sound like money means more than human lives, making it sound like it doesn’t matter who you hurt, that it doesn’t matter what you say, that it doesn’t matter how many lives you and your lyrics might help ruin as long as you’re getting that paper. Well, I don’t buy that, and I hope you don’t either.
Life is sacred. Anything we do or say that takes away from the dignity of human life is just wrong. We are all created by God; all made special, our value and our potential immeasurable. No one else can give life, and so no one has the right to degrade it, or to take it away.
Together with some incredibly talented collaborators, I hope to give you a sense of what music can sound like – of what hip-hop can sound like – when it is inspired by God, and infused with a consistent message of faith, hope, and love.
It’s time to tell those who would seek to profit from our suffering that we are not for sale, that life means more than all the money, all the power, all of the empty promises of the material world could muster. Together, we are going to let them know.
Thank you for reading, and for listening.
Shawn Mocey, aspiring MC