Wacht, Trip - Niet u met pensioen?

Een paar maanden geleden heb ik verraste iedereen door de aankondiging van een gloednieuw album, “Stijgen.” Je begrijpt het niet hoe moeilijk het was voor mijn label over het stil te houden en ik ging het publiek. Het album was in de werken al meer dan een jaar, en ik kon niet wachten om iedereen te vertellen - vooral degenen die bleef maar vragen wanneer ik iets nieuws te laten vallen.

De respons tot nu toe diep bemoedigend. Ik ben verbaasd dat mensen zijn blijven om mij te steunen, hoewel ik vrij rustig geweest voor de laatste twee jaar. Uw liefde en opwinding is alleen maar toegenomen mine.

Vervroegd pensioen

Een van de reacties die ik was niet verrast door was dit een: "Wacht, Ik dacht dat je met pensioen?"Dit is de vraag die mij volgt rond als een schaduw. Ik heb het in orde interviews, tweets, en blogberichten, maar ik weet dat het nog onduidelijk om wat. Laat me blijven proberen om het recht te zetten: Ik heb nooit met pensioen.

In 2012, Heb ik aangekondigd dat ik zou "een stap verwijderd van muziek." Ja, Ik weet dat klinkt pensioen-ish, maar ik doelbewust maakte geen gebruik van dat woord. Ik hield het met opzet vaag, omdat ik niet was 100% zeker hoe het eruit zou zien.

Ik wist dat het mogelijk was dat 'The Good Life' was mijn laatste album, maar ik was niet zeker. Hier is wat ik wist: er zou een enorme prioriteit verschuiving die drastisch zou veranderen hoe ik in verband met muziek. Ik zou niet uit te zijn op de weg met mijn collega emcees zo veel. Ik zou niet in staat zijn om slinger uit een aantal nieuwe muziek. Ik zou niet een full-time rapper. Ik wist dat ik wilde pastor Gods kerk te helpen.

Sinds die tijd, Ik heb gediend in mijn kerk in Washington D.C. in verschillende pastorale rollen. Ik heb admin werk, prediking en onderwijs, jeugdwerk, huwelijkse begeleiding, enz. Ik ging maanden zonder enige vorm van programma's of het schrijven van een enkele balk van een lied als gevolg van de kerk verantwoordelijkheden. Ik zat zelfs uit de 2013 onbeschaamd Tour. En hoewel ik miste het creëren van nieuwe muziek, Ik hou van wat ik heb gedaan. Gezondheidsproblemen hebben het een uitdaging op keer gemaakt, maar het is een lonende seizoen voor mij en mijn gezin.

Nieuw album

Na dat eerste jaar van de full-time pastoraat, Ik besloot om langzaam te beginnen met werken aan een nieuw record. Mijn creatieve sappen waren opgekropte, en ik was klaar om te gaan. Maar in plaats van een vijf- of zes maanden uitbarsting van non-stop schrijven en opnemen, dit album werd langzaam en gestaag sinds de muziek was niet mijn full-time baan. Dat werkte geweldig, want ik langzaam elke song kon ambachtelijke, en krijgen zo dicht bij perfectie mogelijk.

Ik besloot om te werken met één producent ditmaal, in plaats van het aanvaarden van spoor inzendingen uit een heleboel verschillende jongens. Toen ik op het idee om Gawvi hij vond het geweldig, en we geduwd elkaar om iets ongelooflijks te maken. Elke reis ik naar Atlanta was van cruciaal belang, omdat het zo moeilijk was om weg te komen van familie en kerkelijke plichten. Maar hier zijn we meer dan een jaar later, en het is bijna uit!

Ik weet dat sommige mensen nog steeds in de war over wat te verwachten van mij in de toekomst. Er zijn vele onbekenden voor mij, maar ik zal je vertellen wat ik wel weet:

– Ik wil nog steeds een pastor te zijn.
– Ik wil nog steeds naar muziek.
– Ik wil nog steeds te reizen naar rap en spreken.
– Ik wil nog steeds boeken te schrijven.

En ik probeer uit te vinden hoe of als ik al die dingen kunnen doen op een manier die God eert, terwijl het nog steeds trouw aan mijn familie en Gods kerk.

Wil “Stijgen” mijn laatste album? Het zou kunnen, maar ik hoop niet. Voor nu, Ik wil genieten van het moment en te delen met u allen wat ik denk is nog mijn beste werk. Er is veel veranderd sinds 2012, maar een ding blijft hetzelfde: Jezus is de Heer, en ik wil hem eren met mijn muziek.

AANDELEN

38 opmerkingen

  1. TonyAntwoorden

    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, muziek-, 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. MrAveryBrownAntwoorden

    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, onderwijs, muziek-, and family in an awesome way. That’s why I’ll continue to support him in his endeavors, and as he mentioned “Jezus is de Heer, and I want to honor Him…” ik zeg, 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. DavidQuinonesAntwoorden

    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. MattShaferAntwoorden

    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. VICTORKHIZAntwoorden

    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. TeriaAntwoorden

    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. AndrewAntwoorden

    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 MayAntwoorden

    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. KudzAntwoorden

    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. RommelAlonzoAntwoorden

    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.

    Veel liefde

  11. SarahAntwoorden

    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. BrandonAntwoorden

    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. ErickCorralAntwoorden

    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 Bless.

  14. CBAntwoorden

    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. JoshuaDenimAntwoorden

    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. AustinRobertsAntwoorden

    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 zegene.

  17. DrowningInGraceAntwoorden

    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 RiebAntwoorden

    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, thank you. Thanks so much for bringing hope to the world in the name of Jesus. Love you!

    Julia

  19. tamsynAntwoorden

    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 Bless! Tamsyn, South Africa

  20. JesiliaLeaupepeAntwoorden

    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. BillyAntwoorden

    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