Interview With Official Christian Rapper, Mr. Raj
1) When did you realise that you had a passion for music?
2017 was the year! It was when I grew a strong passion for music, songwriting and recording in the studio. It was a dark season of my life and I chose to turn to writing poetry to escape.
Overtime, up until now, I’ve grown my love in the rap/hip-hop industry and have been listening to various artists both in Christian and secular music. I have driven my interest in Christian Rap and currently crafting my own songs speaking about Jesus and including emotions we deal with in our daily lives in my lyrics.
2) Who are your main inspirations as an artist?
Main inspirations are Eminem, NF, J. Cole, Lecrae, Kendrick Lamar, Andy Mineo, Nas, KB, Jay-Z and Trip Lee. These are just a handful of the rappers, both in the Christian and Secular music industry whom I am inspired by to write my lyrics.
3) What would you like to achieve as an artist?
I have created both a YouTube Channel and SoundCloud to bring my music to life into the global world we live in. As an artist I want to achieve two things: getting my music to glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and get the public to know who he is and who I am as a down-to-earth, kind-hearted and wretched sinner.
4) What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?
It was when I met a producer who taught me how to rap, deliver my flow and become the beat of the song. Ever since that day, I’ve improved my cadence, lyrical rhymes and musical intellect and passion for recording songs on the beloved mic!
5) Who is the biggest artist you’ve worked with?
I do my music solo, so I can’t say I’ve had any artist I’ve worked with so far. However, I’ve worked with multiple producers and engineers who taught me alot about the simplicity and complexity of recording and production.
6) Tell us a little more about your recent project?
Dear God is the latest release that dropped January 2nd! In this particular song I say a lot in just 2 plus minutes.
In my hook, I am rapping from the top of my lungs saying “Dear God, without you, I am NADA” - meaning without God I am nothing and a nobody. In my 2 explosive verses I come hard and waste no time to explain why God is whom I need and blend it with my mixed emotions I deal with in my daily life. Everything from anxiety, ocd, darkness as well as the light from a biblical sense I allow to glow in my lyrics. I will be working on my very first mixtape starting this month of January with an upcoming song called “Covid World” scheduled to release at the end of the month.
7) What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?
I am releasing my first Mixtape ( name to be announced ) this year 2021! What I will be doing with this Mixtape is dropping one song after another - telling stories about what’s going on in reality, my inner mixed emotions and the importance of Jesus Christ. “Covid World” will be my debut entry song!
8) Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Beyond my musical passion, I am engaged to an amazing woman, work as a Lyft and food delivery driver and studying to become a Special Education teacher in the near future.