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Can I brag on my lord?”- Trip Lee, “it don’t matter if I am young“- Andy Mineo “I’m in love with a Higher Love“- Sho Baraka, “Ya I pray but faith is dead if I don’t get up and go work my legs“- Lecrae ” Yolo can only live once but you can die twice“- KB. “Life in Christ got me finished like a crossed a line”- Tedashii. “And I ain’t fronting, I’m just telling ya’ll what God say” – Derek Minor. Those were lyrics from songs by Christian’s rappers spreading the word of God through rap music. They are separate rappers but are in the same group called the116 Clique. The 116 Clique is named after the Bible verse Romans 1:16. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.” For them it means acknowledging the power of the Gospel and the divine calling to proclaim it in every area of their life. “We can lay our lives down to serve and glorify God in everything we do.”- Lecrae. So they use Hip-Hop beats and place Gods word in it. It all started in 2004 when Lecrae dropped his first cd “Real Talk”. Instead of talking about things that they never did, they are preaching the gospels of Jesus Christ… “I’m riding round and I’m getting’ it; they riding round pretendin’”- Lecrae 116 Clique is just like any Christian Rap group their mission is to show that is it cool to be a Christian and showing them to be unashamed. All through their music they have tons bible verses in them. For example in Trip Lee’s fourth studio album “the Good Life” in his song for my Good he quotes Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” To encourage people that no matter what we go through God will use it to better us.  From kids to adults all over the world play their music glorifying the father by rapping their lyrics. Talking about “Look all I need is One sixteen to brag on my king Romans 1:16, we brag about him daily because he runs this thing.”- Trip Lee another quote from his album The Good Life.  Reason why I’m writing this is not to praise them, but to show how God will use anyone to get his word across. He knew since young people loved Hip-Hop and they couldn’t relate to people like Fred Hammond and etc., God blesses these gentlemen a gift to use to promote the kingdom of God. And personally I would have to say that listening to their music is truly a blessing because even the songs sounds like rap music I’m still singing/rapping praises to God. I saw a show with KB, Trip Lee and Sho Baraka performing in a show in Sacramento, CA last year and it feel great praising God in a different way but also seeing youth on fire for God was also mind blowing. During the concert Trip Lee even gave a mini sermon, I forgot what exactly what he was talking about, but again seeing youth listening to his message was powerful. Then he said “I’m snitch” which to repent to God. He had the whole crowd screaming “I’m snitch”. After that show I had to get their album and ever since I have been bumping 116. I just want to thank God for music like this for young people like myself to play and still glorify the Father. One day I was at work and I see a kid who seemed about 10 years wearing a rehab logo from Lecrae on his t-shirt. This group of unashamed Christians is doing great things for God, it’s good to hear music where they don’t talk about the same thing over “Women, drugs, money and cars” but they talk about how God has changed their lives forever. “My dreams are different; you know that I’ve been changed now the good life is the life that’s been laid down.” – Trip Lee. “I bought clothes to get undressed, but God revealed my nakedness” – Andy Mineo, “You adopted me, you keep rocking me I’mma tell the world, and ain’t nobody stopping me!”- Lecrae. So if you could please check out their music if you have not already, I promise you it will truly bless your life. How do I know it will bless you, because its blessing mines it’s not one day where I don’t play their music. God bless and I just want to personally thank Lecrae, Trip Lee, KB, Andy Mineo, Tedashii, Sho Baraka, and Derek Minor for breaking the barriers in Hip-Hop who would have known that you could rap and still glorify the father who’s in heaven. So thank you so much and I pray that God blesses you gentlemen for your mighty work in the kingdom of God.

Wayne Saindon

City College of San Francisco