8 thoughts on “Radio Yeshua

  1. Brother Joseph,

    Don’t know if you know of them….but have you ever heard of a group by the name of “Hazakim”? With Hazakim, they’re Missionaries within Urban Cultures..and Messianic Jewish. I so love what it is that they do int he Messianic Jewish World…especially when it comes to multi-cultural styles. For though I’m very eclectic in my music styles (i.e. Gospel, Instrumental, Contemporary, Jazz/Funk, etc), I’m strongly for things such as LYRICAL theology. The term “Lyrical Theology” was coined by rapper/ fellow minister of the Gospel , Shai Linne. The term means two things. “Lyrical” in that the song will be very creative in rhyme patterns and style. “Theology” in that the song is theological in nature. As one Holy Hip Hopper said best, “The lyrical aspect is simply things related to Hip-hop poetry and the art form of rhyming as well as the music in general…… The theology aspect is things related to the study of God and His self-revelation through the person and work of His Son Jesus Christ. ….Because my main priority in life is not music, but knowing God and making Him known, the theology aspect will get much more emphasis than the lyrical aspect.”

    A lot of times the songs will go verse by verse through a specific Bible passage. A lot of these songs make you feel like your listening to something you’d learn of in a “Systematic Theology” class in some kind of Seminary over a slammin beat. Although I love all kinds of music, this “new” genre of hip-hop has become a favorite and keeps my ears and mind sharp……….for as the Word makes clear in Ephesians 5:18-20 and Colossians 3:15-17 to make music in our hearts with Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs. With the art form of Rap/MCeeing, its akin to one who has the gift of a Psalmist and Lyricist. …and within the Black Community, its one of our greatest forms of communication.

    And with Hazakim, its amazing to see how well they do with this.

    To hear one of their songs, go here to Shamayim of Gold-Hazakim . It deals with what the Books of Revelation and Ezekiel 39-44 discuss on the New Kingdom. One of the most powerful ones I’ve heard in a long time—and it always takes me back. For more information on who they are, one can go to Lamp Mode Recordings: Hazakim Interview»

    For a brief note on who they are:

    Founded in 1997, Hazakim (pronounced “ha-zah-keem”, Hebrew for “strong ones”) consists of emcees/producers, Michael and Tony Wray, who also happen to be blood brothers. Michael and Tony spent much of their young lives in the Columbus Ohio area where they were introduced to hip-hop culture at very young ages. Michael recalls, “I remember my cousin playing Rakim’s “Paid In Full” album at a family gathering…I had never heard anything like it before. The way Rakim was able to construct his words over the beat just really grabbed me. It was then that I acquired an appreciation for hip-hop culture and the art of emceeing (rapping)” While hip-hop culture was an influence in many ways, Hazakim’s faith became the driving force of their lives to the extent that even their “hip-hop-ness” was being filtered through a Biblical worldview Their formative years were spent in the growing Messianic Jewish movement, a sect of Judaism that believes in the Messiahship of Yeshua (Jesus) and accepts the writings of the New Covenant as authoritative.

    In the mid 90′s, Anthony, the younger of the two, attempted to make his mark in music as a member of “Showcase Emcees”, a group which included Gotee Records recording artist John Reuben. Eventually the

    group disbanded and John Reuben was signed. “Hazakim was really birthed out of a challenge to our faith”, explains Anthony. “Mike and I were sitting in a co-worker’s car during a lunch break. This guy was somewhat skeptical of our faith and was always trying to trap us with difficult questions. He told us that he had something he wanted us to hear. So he plays a song by Los Angeles rapper Ras Kass, which basically made a lot of claims about the validity of scripture and the historical Jesus. Back then a lot of hip-hop was socially and religiously conscious but very biased against belief in Jesus and the Bible….So after hearing like 4 minutes of this and getting heated because we knew the answers to Ras’s arguments, Mike was like, “OK, let me respond to this”. And so he wrote our first song, “Liar, Lunatic, Lord or Legend”. The track created some buzz and the rest is history.”

    Fusing their Messianic faith with hip-hop poetry, Hazakim released their first album, “Hip-Hologetics: A Defense of the Faith through the Medium of Hip-Hop Culture” in 2001. As an independent effort, the album garnered substantial support from fans of underground Christian music. After relocating to Brevard County in 2003, the pair began working on a sophomore project entitled “Theophanies”, which addresses the issue of the “deity of the Messiah”; a hot topic in theological discourse. In late 2007, Philly based Lamp Mode Recordings signed the group and acquired the upcoming album after hearing bits and pieces of the project over the Internet. …

    By applying as their motto the charge of Rav Sha’ul (Paul) in II Timothy 4:2, “preach the Word, be urgent in season and out of season; convince, rebuke, and exhort – be unfailing in patience and in teaching”, using the medium of hip-hop culture and through the scriptures they strive to:

    -Convince the non-believer of the Messiahship of Jesus and their need for Him as Redeemer and Lord.

    -Encourage and admonish the believer to trust the Word of God in faith and knowledge.

    -Adhere to and teach the sound doctrine which was taught by the Lord and his disciples.

    Blending hip-hop and apologetics (an explanation or defense of the Biblical faith) they present what they call “Hip-Hologetics”…………..

    From their fresh vocal delivery to their poignant lyrical content and their soulfully creative production; by God’s grace, Hazakim has been in the lab perfecting their craft and are hard at work to bring you more Hip-Hologetics! They have devoted their gift of poetry to the Lord, making Him the focus of every rhyme. Through the power and sovereignty of God, they strive to be teachers and ministers – an effective evangelistic voice to this generation. Amazingly, they have seen the Lord use this ministry awesomely in leading the lost – Jew and gentile, young and old – to the Messiah. After all, it is not the method, but the message in which lies the power. As spoken by Anthony of Hazakim in a recent interview, “…We believe that the Lord has big things in store for Hazakim, to His glory.” So be it!

  2. For more information on who they are, one can go to Lamp Mode Recordings: Hazakim Interview»

    They’re Missionaries within Urban Cultures..and Messianic Jewish. I so love what it is that they do int he Messianic Jewish World…especially when it comes to multi-cultural styles. For though I’m very eclectic in my music styles (i.e. Gospel, Instrumental, Contemporary, Jazz/Funk, etc), I’m strongly for things such as LYRICAL theology. The term “Lyrical Theology” was coined by rapper/ fellow minister of the Gospel , Shai Linne. The term means two things. “Lyrical” in that the song will be very creative in rhyme patterns and style. “Theology” in that the song is theological in nature. As one Holy Hip Hopper said best, “The lyrical aspect is simply things related to Hip-hop poetry and the art form of rhyming as well as the music in general…… The theology aspect is things related to the study of God and His self-revelation through the person and work of His Son Jesus Christ. ….Because my main priority in life is not music, but knowing God and making Him known, the theology aspect will get much more emphasis than the lyrical aspect.”

    A lot of times the songs will go verse by verse through a specific Bible passage. A lot of these songs make you feel like your listening to something you’d learn of in a “Systematic Theology” class in some kind of Seminary over a slammin beat. Although I love all kinds of music, this “new” genre of hip-hop has become a favorite and keeps my ears and mind sharp……….for as the Word makes clear in Ephesians 5:18-20 and Colossians 3:15-17 to make music in our hearts with Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs. With the art form of Rap/MCeeing, its akin to one who has the gift of a Psalmist and Lyricist. …and within the Black Community, its one of our greatest forms of communication.

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