Wachtsje, Trip - Did not You pensjoen?

Een paar months ago ik ferrast elkenien troch oankundigje in merk nij album, “Rise.” Jo net begripe hoe hurd it wie te hâlden stil oer it foar myn label en ik gie it iepenbier. It album hie al yn 'e wurken foar mear as in jier, en ik koe net wachtsje om te fertellen elkenien - benammen dyjingen dy't hâlden freget as ik wie stjoer wat nijs.

It antwurd oant no ta west hat djip stimulearjen. Ik bin fernuvere dat minsken hawwe fierder te stypjen my ek al ik haw west moaie stil foar de lêste twa jier. Jo leafde en opwining hat allinne ferhege mines.

Early Retirement

Ien fan de antwurden ik waard net fernuverje troch wie dit ien: "Wachtsje, Ik tocht dy mei pinsjoen?"Dat is de fraach dy't folget my hinne as in skaad. Ik haw oarder dat yn fraachpetearen, Tweets, en blog berjochten, mar ik wit it is noch net dúdlik oan wat. Lit my bliuwe te besykje om it rekord rjochttroch: Ik nea mei pensjoen.

Yn 2012, Ik oankundige dat ik wêze "yntinsivearring wei fan muzyk." Ja, Ik wit, dat klinkt pinsjoen-ish, mar ik purposely net brûke dat wurd. Ik hold it mei opsetsin dizenich want ik wie net 100% wis wat it soe útsjen.

Ik wist dat it mooglik dat "The Good Life" wie myn lêste album, mar ik wie der net wis. Hjir is wat ik wit: der soe in grutte prioriteit shift dat soe drastysk feroarje hoe't ik yn ferbân mei muzyk. Ik soe net út op 'e dyk mei myn kollega emcees safolle. Ik soe net by steat wêze om Kurbel út in soad nije muzyk. Ik soe net in folsleine tiid rapper. Ik wist ik woe te helpen dûmny Gods tsjerke.

Sûnt dy tiid, Ik haw al tsjinne by myn tsjerke yn Washington D.C. yn ferskate pastorale rollen. Ik haw dien admin wurk, ferkundiging en ûnderwizen, jongerein tsjinst, marital begelieding, etc. Ik gie moanne sûnder dwaan gjin shows of it skriuwen fan in inkeld bar fan in liet, om't de tsjerke ferantwurdlikheden. Ik sels siet út de 2013 Unashamed Tour. En al ik miste it meitsjen fan nije muzyk, Ik hâld wat ik haw it dwaan. Health saken hawwe makke dat útdaagjend op kear, mar it is al in rewarding seizoen foar myn famylje en my.

nije Album

Nei dat earste jier fan de folsleine-time pastorale tsjinst, Ik besleat om stadichoan begjinne wurke oan in nij rekôr. Myn kreative sappen waarden Flessenwater up, en ik wie klear om te gean. Mar ynstee fan in fiif of seis moanne burst fan non-stop skriuwen en opname, dit album wie traach en fêst sûnt muzyk wie net myn folsleine tiid baan. Dat wurke út grut want ik koe stadich craft elk song, en krije it sa ticht om folsleinens as mooglik.

Ik besleat om te wurkjen mei ien produsint dizze tiid, ynstee fan it akseptearjen track ynstjoerings út in stel oare jongens. Doe't ik brocht it idee nei Gawvi er ús it, en wy treau inoar te meitsje wat incredible. Elke reis ik makke nei Atlanta wie krúsjaal omdat it wie sa dreech te krijen wei fan famylje en tsjerke plichten. Mar hjir binne wy ​​oer in jier letter, en it is hast út!

Ik wit guon minsken binne noch betize oer wat te ferwachtsje fan my yn 'e takomst. Der binne in soad unknowns foar my, mar Ik sil fertelle wat ik witte:

– Ik noch wol te wêzen in dûmny.
– Ik noch wol te dwaan muzyk.
– Ik noch wol om reizgje te rap en prate.
– Ik noch wol te skriuwen boeken.

En ik bin besykje te finen út hoe of as ik kin dwaan al fan dy dingen op in wize dy't earet God, wylst noch wêzen trou oan myn famylje en Gods tsjerke.

Wil “Rise” wêze myn lêste album? It soe kinne, mar ik hoopje net. Foar no, Ik wol te genietsjen it momint en diele mei jo alles wat ik tink is myn bêste wurk noch. In soad feroare sûnt 2012, mar ien ding bliuwt itselde: Jezus is Hear, en ik wol mei earje Him mei myn muzyk.

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38 comments

  1. TonyAntwurdzje

    Good Day my good brother? Its an awesome thing that your passion and desire for music is still flowing through your veins as well as your desire to spread God’s word through sermons. I can imagine how time consuming things are with family, muzyk, ministerial duties etc. Born from D.C and raised in Ft. Worth, its a great thing to see a brother from my neck of the woods doing God’s work in every area.

    Thanks for the music brother.

    Respectfully,
    Tony

  2. MrAveryBrownAntwurdzje

    Trip has always been intentionally consistent in his approach to teaching, preaching, and music, which has encouraged me and continues to encourage me, daily. When the initial announcement was made in 2012, I knew it wasn’t an officialretirement”, just a strategic shift to focus on other things. Even now, he’s delicately balancing preaching, teaching, muzyk, and family in an awesome way. That’s why I’ll continue to support him in his endeavors, and as he mentioned “Jezus is Hear, and I want to honor Him…” Ik sis, keep going Trip, your life, music and ministry speaks volumes, beyond a stage, a mic, or a sound bite, your life and the way you intentionally carry yourself, speaks volumes.

  3. DavidQuinonesAntwurdzje

    Trip leeyour life and passion for Jesus amazes me!! You really bless my heart. i am someone who loves authentic people and though i do not have a close relationship to you, that authenticity comes out through your music and your messages. i met you in Philadelphia at Carin University two years ago and it was a life-changing experiencemy dream is to one day work with you in ministry and in music…. keep the faith my friend!!!

  4. MattShaferAntwurdzje

    I’m glad you’re back making music but, more than that, I’m glad that you’re following the way the Lord wants you to go. Your music, books, and messages have been a great uplift to me over the past couple of years. Thank you so much for those. You’re in my prayers.

  5. VICTORKHIZAntwurdzje

    YES! THANK YOU FOR THIS BLOG POST TRIP! IT’S ENCOURAGING TO SEE THAT YOU ARE STILL OPEN TO MAKING MUSIC BUT AT THE SAME TIME ARE STAYING FAITHFUL TO THE MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH. YOU ARE ONE TALENTED DUDE. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING YOU LIVE ONCE AGAIN. PRAYING FOR YOU.

  6. TeriaAntwurdzje

    Reis, I am do glad you decided to allow God to use you in music once again. I love his work, and I am happy that soon I will have more relevant tunes to praise God to. Reis, you have been such an encouragement, not only to the young, but to the young at heart, and those across the world. I hope my son turns out to be a man after God’s own heart, such as yourself, and that he will allow God to use him in everyway possible. It is important that our young men have a Godly example before them. Keep doing the will of God. I believe that by staying obedient, God will show himself and bring healing to you. Be blessed!
    T. Holmes

  7. AndrewAntwurdzje

    I love how Trip Lee is doing what the Lord has called him to do. He is following the Lord and honoring him with his music. Keep doing what the Lord has called you to do.

  8. Robert MayAntwurdzje

    I am very excited to see that you are disciplined enough to slowly do music and be fully committed to your family and God’s Church. Can’t wait to hear your album though.

  9. KudzAntwurdzje

    Woow this is awesome Trip.I cannot wait for Rise to come out soon.I definetly think this album is going to touch a lot of people.Your music inspires me.Continue to honour the Lord as you do.
    Blessings all the way from New Zealand!

  10. RommelAlonzoAntwurdzje

    hey Trip,

    I really look up to you bro! As someone who is a PhD student in engineering, a youth pastor and a worship leader amongst other things, you’re struggle to find a way to use the talents God has given you has inspired me not to give up in finding the Good life. As soon as I heard the title of your new album, I knew this was God’s way of tellin me it’s time to wake up and to not give up on finding the Good life in him. Even if I fail, your music reminds me that he won’t. Thanks for your music and for the struggle you put yourself through to simply get the message out.

    Much Love

  11. SarahAntwurdzje

    Much respect for you, Trip Lee. You’re a man of God. You’ve always been one of my favourite rappers and I couldn’t be happier that you’re releasing new music whilst fulfilling your duties to your family and church.

    I have so much gratitude to God for that fact that artists like you exist. You, through God, have provided me so much inspiration in the midst of both my struggles and triumphs, and for that I’d like to show my sincere appreciation. It’s one of my dreams to see you in concert, either by you visiting New Zealand or by me travelling to the US for one of your shows! God bless and much love to you and your beautiful family.

  12. BrandonAntwurdzje

    I am always stirred up and encouraged by Trip’s artistry. I praise God for that brother. I hope he moves to Atlanta so we can build.

  13. ErickCorralAntwurdzje

    I can’t wait for this new album. I Started listening to Christian hip hop in 2013. First artist I heard was Lecrae. I was hooked since I first heard Church Clothes. Time went by and I started to find out about Andy Mineo, KB, Trip Lee, Tedashii and so on. All of these guysmusic has changed my life. Totally changed my taste in music and also encouraged me to get more involved with my faith. Thank you Trip and the rest of 116. I hope I get to see you in concert soon. God seinigt.

  14. CBAntwurdzje

    Reis, as you were out of music, I noticed an extreme difference in your approach to your faith & career from other 116 artists. I have been able to see & feel through your journey that being pliable in the hands of the Father has been your number one priority (not saying that isn’t true for the other artists). I admire you for the way that you’ve gone about your pursuit of your goals. I’m proud to be a fan of yours & SO EXCITED that there’s new music from you. I am praying Isaiah 60:1-2 over you & your family, as I feel that RISING to the glory of God that’s shining into your life, is what you’ve been doing over the last years. Salute!
    #Unashamed

  15. JoshuaDenimAntwurdzje

    I’m happy for you bro. I know you’ll do whatever God is asking of you. But for you to say this is your best work yet..I’m really excited to hear what God has been laying on your heart through the music. God bless you man and thanks for teaching me all the things you have through you music.

    PS – 20/20 was BOSS!! Lol

    -JoshuaDenim

  16. AustinRobertsAntwurdzje

    Reis, I’m happy to know you have created a new album. I’m more happy as to the fact you stepped side from music for a while to focus on things in your personal life, that you felt were far more important in which the were. For years I have looked up to you as well as a few of your fellow emcees because if I hadn’t began listening to, what most would call mere lyrics, I would much rather call your words, or songs rather, lyrical testimonies and preachings. Before hearing your music, I was in a dark place. I had fallen far from the arms of God. Your music, as well as other artists, brought me closer to God and motivated me to better myself. I thank you as well as other emcees in your category for inspiring me and motivating me to come closer to God. I support you and what you do because you don’t do the things you do for yourself. Nee. You do them in the name of the Lord and I respect that so much. Keep on doing the things you do. God isn’t done working with you yet. God seinigt.

  17. DrowningInGraceAntwurdzje

    I praise God for your diligence and dedication to His word. The time spent on your album is evident in the tracks that have been released so far. I love your work and ministry and look forward to what God has in store for the Body of Christ through you.
    Grace and Peace.

  18. Julia RiebAntwurdzje

    Reis–

    I recently (4 days ago) just saw you in concert in Salt Lake City, UT. I absolutely loved the way you were so transparent in your songs. You preached the gospel so clearly, Dankewol. Thanks so much for bringing hope to the world in the name of Jesus. Hâld fan dy!

    Julia

  19. tamsynAntwurdzje

    Hi Trip Lee. I love your song sweet victory. I love the authenticity of your lyrics. Its really helped me feel like there are people who can sincerely relate with my struggles as a Christian. Cause its not easy. Witnessing how Gods used you due to obedience, ie remaining faithful despite the pain- both encourages and challenges me not to tap out, but to keep pressing on.Christ is soo proud of U. God seinigt! Tamsyn, South Africa

  20. JesiliaLeaupepeAntwurdzje

    My husband and I are excited for this new album and have listened to every song that has been released so far from Rise. You got great stuff on it bro. We’re glad to be supporting you by buying your new album. (By the way, you’re a HUGE inspiration to my husband. He’s a big fan of yours-from rapping, to buying your book, and to admiring your love for your wife and kids and how you display it all the time in interviews).

    God bless you bro. May God continue to grant you the strength you need to deal with all your responsibilities. Supporting you all the way from the Bay in California.

    -the Leaupepe’s.

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  23. BillyAntwurdzje

    Bro I just downloaded your album and maaaannnn certain songs almost brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for reppin the Lord man you all have been a huge blessing in my life and brought me closer to Jesus with your music. #116