Datin has a problem when artists try to emulate Lecrae and Andy Mineo’s success.
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In an interview with Rapzilla, the God Over Money rapper talked about his song ‘Bout Dat!’, a track off his new Menace Mixtape and how people assume he’s throwing shade at Lecrae and Andy Mineo.
“The first verse is just encouraging believers and Christian rappers to be about this,” he said.
I just do it with the doers…we’re moving with the movers, you can never mute us, don’t confuse us with the dudes who do this for the loot we do this for Yeshua.
“I Stand firm on my experience that I’ve seemed to discuss this matter for Jesus and people automatically assume I mean Lecrae and Andy.”
If you ask me about Lecrae and Andy, I’mma say I think it’s brave and manly, to what our Father God has prompted you to do despite what these raging fans be….
“I believe since they are the first of their kind, the trailblazers of the CHH genre, and when I listen to their music I still hear Christ,” explained Datin. “What I see is that they are fishing in another pond. They are not fishing in the Christian hip-hop pond ministering to the church. There’s a bunch of people who do that. We do need people to be on the forefront and out in the world. That’s what they are doing.”
“I already knew that people were going to think that I was shading them, and it’s not normal for me to name drop,” he said. “I said, let me just clean this up on the second verse, and clarified, my beef is not with them. And if it is false [their ministry tactics], the Lord will reveal that eventually, but for now, why don’t we just have hopes that God sent them out there to paint a picture that we can actually see – the lost.”
He continued, “My beef is with the people that want to emulate their success. They’re successful and they dropped the label [CHH] so others do that.”
“That’s fake to me. I’ve seen a couple of brothers be like, ‘Yeah, CHH, we out here repping Jesus’ and all of a sudden Lecrae switches and they switch and say, ‘Nah, CHH is dead. Don’t box me in’.”
One person who Datin believes is doing everything write is upcoming artist Zauntee. According to Rapzilla, Datin was touring with Zauntee at the time of the interview.
“I’m doing life with these guys. I am overjoyed about it,” Datin shared. “He’s such a solid kid and even with him making a worship type song, ‘God Taught Me’, people still make videos exposing him saying it’s really a Satanic worship song.”
Datin says some of the falling away of these Christian artists dodging the Christian hip-hop title is put on Believers who look way too much into nothing.
“Even on my end, I’ve heard all types of stuff like my song ‘Hallelujah All Day.’ Somebody moved their hand a certain way and people are like, ‘See, it’s the Devil’,” said Datin. “You people are nuts. If they can respect something as blatant as these examples, imagine somebody who falls back even a little bit to be more relatable but with a gospel message talking to the world through a Christian lens, of course, that can be easily mistaken.”