"…to the praise of the glory of His grace…" Ephesians 1:6

“Gospel” Hip-Hop

Recently while at work I for some strange reason began “rapping” the lyrics to a song I haven’t heard in probably 8-9 years (by God’s grace I was unconsciously doing some editing). The song is, “Ain’t Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang” it is by Dr. Dre and Snopp Dogg two notorious rappers who have been popular for some time. When it suddenly dawned on me what I was doing and after some reflecting on how long it was since I listened to that song, I had a thought about a related topic. The topic is Gospel Hip-Hop and some people have weighed in against it chiding it for among other things imitating the world instead of standing apart from the world. My thought is this, if after 8 or 9 years I still remembered the lyrics to “Ain’t Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang” how much better will it be if 8 or 9 years later I am suddenly “rapping” the following lyrics…

Triune Praise

written by shai linne

Verse 1

Praise God the Father, the Immortal Creator

For Your glory you made us, You’re the Sovereign Orchestrator

All that You decree will most surely come to happen

You’re awesome as can be and Your glory none can fathom

Nothing could ever stain You, the heavens can’t contain You

We thank You for sending Your Son to explain You

Otherwise we would have remained in the dark

but You sent Your Holy Spirit to spark a change in our hearts

According to Your eternal purpose and will

You determined to reveal Yourself to those who deserve to be killed

Those of us whom You foreknew adore You

We praise You that You predestined us to be conformed to

The image of Your Son who’s the radiance of Your glory

When I meditate on it, the weightiness of it floors me

So Father, we’ll praise you over and over again

Because You sent Your only Son to atone for our sins


Glory to the Father, Glory to the Son,

Glory to The Spirit- Three and Yet One

One in Your essence, Three in Your Person

The same in Your nature, distinct in Your working

Oh my soul- behold the wonder of the Trinity

Blessed be the Trinity, Oh, what a mystery!

I’ll stand amazed for the rest of my days

Pouring out my heart in Triune praise

Verse 2

Praise God the Son, Second Person of the Trinity

You’re distinct from the Father, yet you share in His divinity

Fulfilling an eternal covenant- You came through

To planet earth to save who? All the Father gave You

You became a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief

For the glory of Your Father You extinguished the beef

That stood between us at the cross- the Father’s anger released

The Shepherd slain for the sheep, the situation is deep

I can’t find the right language to speak, in fact it’s making me weep-

Just the thought of You saving this creep

You’re risen from the dead, I still can’t get this in my head,

How the Judge could leave the bench and go to prison instead

Lord Jesus, you’re amazing, Your bleeding is what saved men

It’s the reason why we’re praising, can’t wait to see Your face

In the meantime, please help us to see You as colossal

And by the Spirit live lives worthy of the gospel


Verse 3

Praise God the Holy Spirit, 3rd person of the Trinity

Distinct from Father and Son, yet share in Their divinity

Holy Spirit we praise You, You don’t like the spotlight

You’d rather point away from yourself and give props to Christ

But yet because You’re God, You deserve veneration

And You’re the One responsible for our regeneration

You apply the finished work of Christ to all the elect

Your call is effectual- You haven’t lost one yet

You comfort us when sin, Satan and the world got us bothered

And it’s only by You that we cry out “Abba Father”

You’re the Spirit of adoption, the Spirit of Truth,

You graciously provide Your people with the gifts and the fruit

You help us kill sin and dis-attach us from our idols

If it wasn’t for You, we’d never understand the Bible

Because You wrote it- For our life it will surely suffice

Amazingly, You do it all for the glory of Christ!




For What It Is Worth My Favorite Gospel Hip-Hop Songs Are:

“Jesus Muzik” by Lecrae

“Get Low” by Lecrae

“Were You There?” by Shai Linne

“Mission Accomplished” by Shai Linne

“Atonement Q&A” by Shai Linne w/Steven The Levite

“Triune Praise” by Shai Linne

“Who Can Pluck Us” by Flame

“Don’t Waste Your Life” by Lecrae

“Indwelling Sin” by Lecrae

“Identity (Remix)” by Lecrae

“No Silence” by Flame

“As The Hour Draws Near” by Shai Linne

“Letter From The Grave” by Shai Linne

The above underlined two must be listened to in that order.

“Superstar” by Trip Lee

“Inexhaustible” by Trip Lee

“Relief” by Trip Lee

“Satisfaction (Hedonist)” by Trip Lee

I dare say there is more God honoring theology in these songs then there is in most popular Contemporary Christian Hits.

John Thulin