Hailing from Chicago’s Black Metropolis, Bronzeville’s Sir the Baptist’s love of music and inspiration came from his father, who is a preacher and a social activist. He has recently released his self-produced album, Saint or Sinner, which features appearances from Killer Mike, Brandy, Michelle Williams, Ray J, his beloved ChurchPpl and more.
Sir gained the attention of a national audience first when he appeared on The Social Experiment’s “Familiar” from their 2015 Surf album and then through his own releases with tracks such as “Wake Up” feat. ChurchPpl. Vibe Magazine has hailed the track as “a bold statement for social justice in America.”
Saint or Sinner is inspirational and socially conscious, yet a fun album, which Sir considers “church pub rap”. Tracks like “Prayers On A Picket Sign” and “Raise Hell” speaks to the current generation of the marginalized and disenfranchised facing racial injustice and civil unrest. “Deliver Me” will have you in tears if you are a person of the spirit. Brandy’s high range vocals have the power to convert non-believers. “Southern Belle” is a cute love song that fits Sir and Michelle Williams well. “High With God” featuring DC Young is hilarious. Sir the Baptist also will get you down on the dancefloor with “Replay” with the help of Ray J and Jordan Mitchell.
The beats do not stay on just one pattern, he dabbles in a bit of everything from hip hop, soul and R&B with a very versatile lyrical prowess. Saint or Sinner is a breath of fresh air that gives nothing but thought-provoking, feel good music. You can cop the album, available now at these digital music sites.
I had a sit down with the artist as he was soundchecking in New York at the Smithsonian’s beautiful design museum, Cooper Hewitt. While being very down to Earth (shoes off and all), he articulately delves more into his album and we spoke about today’s hip hop, his father and more on this episode of #HangoutSession.
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