Vente, Trip - Ikke du pensjonere?

Et par måneder siden jeg overrasket alle ved å introdusere en helt ny album, “Stige.” Du forstår ikke hvor vanskelig det var å holde kjeft om det før min etiketten og jeg gikk offentlig. Albumet hadde vært i arbeid i over et år, og jeg kunne ikke vente med å fortelle alle - særlig de som spurte når jeg var slippe noe nytt.

Responsen så langt har vært dypt oppmuntrende. Jeg er overrasket over at folk har fortsatt å støtte meg selv om jeg har vært ganske rolig for de to siste årene. Din kjærlighet og spenning har bare økt min.

Tidlig pensjon

En av de svarene jeg var ikke overraske av var dette en: "Vente, Jeg trodde du pensjonert?"Dette er spørsmålet som følger meg rundt som en skygge. Jeg har adressert den i intervjuer, tweets, og blogginnlegg, men jeg vet det er fortsatt uklart for noen. La meg fortsette å prøve å sette posten rett: Jeg har aldri pensjonert.

I 2012, Jeg annonserte at jeg ville være "stepping bort fra musikken." Ja, Jeg vet det høres pensjonering-ish, men jeg med vilje ikke bruke det ordet. Jeg holdt det med vilje vag fordi jeg ikke var 100% sikker på hva det ville se ut.

Jeg visste at det var mulig at "The Good Life" var mitt siste album, men jeg var ikke sikker. Her er hva jeg visste: det ville være en stor prioritet skift som ville drastisk endre hvordan jeg knyttet til musikk. Jeg ville ikke være ute på veien med min kamerat emcees så mye. Jeg ville ikke være i stand til å skru ut en haug med ny musikk. Jeg vil ikke være en full tid rapper. Jeg visste at jeg ønsket å hjelpe pastor Guds menighet.

Siden den tiden, Jeg har tjent på min kirke i Washington D.C.. i ulike pastorale roller. Jeg har gjort admin arbeid, forkynnelse og undervisning, ungdomsarbeid, ekteskapelig rådgivning, etc. Jeg gikk måneder uten å gjøre noen viser eller skrive en eneste bar på en sang på grunn av kirkens ansvar. Jeg satt selv ut 2013 unashamed Tour. Og selv om jeg savnet å skape ny musikk, Jeg elsker det jeg har gjort. Helseproblemer har gjort det utfordrende til tider, men det har vært en givende sesong for min familie og meg.

nytt album

Etter det første året med full-time pastortjeneste, Jeg bestemte meg for å sakte begynne å jobbe på en ny rekord. Mine kreativiteten hadde blitt tappet opp, og jeg var klar til å gå. Men i stedet for en fem eller seks måneders utbrudd av non-stop skriving og innspilling, dette albumet var langsom og jevn siden musikken ikke var min fulltidsjobb. Det har fungert bra fordi jeg kunne sakte lage hver sang, og få det så nær perfeksjon som mulig.

Jeg bestemte meg for å jobbe med en produsent denne gangen, stedet for å akseptere spor innleveringer fra en haug med forskjellige gutter. Da jeg hentet ideen til Gawvi han elsket det, og vi presset hverandre å gjøre noe utrolig. Hver tur jeg gjorde til Atlanta var avgjørende fordi det var så vanskelig å komme vekk fra familie og kirke plikter. Men her er vi over et år senere, og det er nesten ute!

Jeg vet at noen mennesker er fortsatt forvirret om hva du kan forvente fra meg i fremtiden. Det er mange ukjente for meg, men jeg skal fortelle deg hva jeg vet:

– Jeg ønsker fortsatt å være en pastor.
– Jeg ønsker fortsatt å gjøre musikk.
– Jeg ønsker fortsatt å reise til rap og snakke.
– Jeg ønsker fortsatt å skrive bøker.

Og jeg prøver å finne ut hvordan eller om jeg kan gjøre alle disse tingene på en måte som ærer Gud, samtidig være tro mot min familie og Guds menighet.

Vil “Stige” være min siste album? Det kan være, men jeg håper ikke. For nå, Jeg ønsker å nyte øyeblikket og dele med deg alt hva jeg tror er mitt beste arbeid ennå. Mye har endret seg siden 2012, men en ting forblir den samme: Jesus er herren, og jeg ønsker å hedre ham med min musikk.

AKSJER

38 kommentarer

  1. TonySvare

    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, musikk, 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. MrAveryBrownSvare

    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, undervisning, musikk, and family in an awesome way. That’s why I’ll continue to support him in his endeavors, and as he mentioned “Jesus er herren, and I want to honor Him…” jeg sier, 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. DavidQuinonesSvare

    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. MattShaferSvare

    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. Michael JimenezSvare

    Trip you’re an inspiration to all of us Christian Rappers. We support every and any decisions you make. Keep it

  6. VICTORKHIZSvare

    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.

  7. villeSvare

    Tur, 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. Tur, 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

  8. AndrewSvare

    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.

  9. Robert MaySvare

    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.

  10. KudzSvare

    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!

  11. RommelAlonzoSvare

    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

  12. SarahSvare

    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.

  13. AshleySvare

    fantastisk tur! Keep going where He leads youand please share all of your amazing experiences with us as you go!

  14. BrandonSvare

    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.

  15. ErickCorralSvare

    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. Gud velsigne.

  16. CBSvare

    Tur, 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

  17. JoshuaDenimSvare

    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

  18. AustinRobertsSvare

    Tur, 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. Nei. 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. Gud velsigne.

  19. LIllianSvare

    Took the words right out of my mouth. I’m proud of you, Tur, and excited for everything you’re doin. :) Keep it up!

  20. GabeTavianoSvare

    Some just didn’t catch your words of prophecy, that you weren’t just referring to God being on his Brett Favre.

  21. DrowningInGraceSvare

    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.
    Nåde og fred.

  22. Julia RubbedSvare

    Tur–

    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

  23. tamsynSvare

    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. Gud velsigne! Tamsyn, South Africa

  24. JesiliaLeaupepeSvare

    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. (Forresten, 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).

    Gud velsigne deg 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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  27. BillySvare

    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

  28. AbigailSvare

    I LOVE YOUR MUSIC TRIP!!!!! I love how you represent the gospel through your music. Takk skal du ha!! Gud velsigne!!!