Vänta, Trip - Inte du går i pension?

Ett par månader sedan överraskade jag alla genom att tillkännage en helt ny skiva, “Resa sig.” Du förstår inte hur svårt det var att hålla tyst om det innan min etikett och jag gick offentliga. Albumet hade varit på gång i över ett år, och jag kunde inte vänta med att tala om för alla - särskilt de som hålls frågar när jag släppa något nytt.

Responsen har hittills varit djupt uppmuntrande. Jag är förvånad över att folk har fortsatt att stödja mig trots att jag har varit ganska tyst under de senaste två åren. Din kärlek och spänning har bara ökat min.

Förtidspension

En av de svar jag var inte överraska med var detta en: "Vänta, Jag trodde att du avgick?"Detta är den fråga som följer mig runt som en skugga. Jag har tagit upp den i intervjuer, tweets, och blogginlägg, men jag vet att det är fortfarande oklart för någon. Låt mig fortsätta att försöka ange posten raka: Jag har aldrig gått i pension.

I 2012, Jag meddelade att jag skulle vara "kliva bort från musiken." Ja, Jag vet att det låter pension-ish, men jag avsiktligt inte använda det ordet. Jag höll det avsiktligt vag eftersom jag var inte 100% säker på vad det skulle se ut.

Jag visste att det var möjligt att "Det goda livet" var min sista album, men jag var inte säker. Här är vad jag visste: Det skulle vara en enorm prioritet skifte som drastiskt skulle förändra hur jag relaterade till musik. Jag skulle inte vara ute på vägen med mina kolleger emcees så mycket. Jag skulle inte kunna vev ut en massa ny musik. Jag skulle inte vara en heltid rappare. Jag visste att jag ville hjälpa pastor Guds församling.

Sen den tiden, Jag har tjänat på min kyrka i Washington D.C. i olika pastorala roller. Jag har gjort admin arbete, förkunnelse och undervisning, ungdomdepartement, äktenskaplig rådgivning, etc. Jag gick månader utan att göra någon visar eller skriva en enda bar av en sång på grund av kyrkans ansvar. Jag satt även ut 2013 unashamed Tour. Och även om jag missade att skapa ny musik, Jag älskar det jag har gjort. Hälsofrågor har gjort det svårt ibland, men det har varit en givande säsong för min familj och mig.

nytt album

Efter det första året av heltids själavård, Jag beslutade att sakta börja arbeta på ett nytt rekord. Mina kreativa safter hade tappats, och jag var redo att gå. Men i stället för en fem eller sex månader explosion av non-stop skrift och inspelning, detta album var långsam och stadig eftersom musiken var inte mitt heltidsjobb. Det fungerade ut stora eftersom jag kunde sakta hantverk varje låt, och få det så nära perfektion som möjligt.

Jag beslutat att arbeta med en producent denna gång, i stället för att acceptera spår inlagor från en massa olika killar. När jag tog idén att Gawvi han älskade det, och vi drivit varandra för att göra något otroligt. Varje resa jag gjort till Atlanta var avgörande eftersom det var så svårt att komma bort från familj och kyrka arbetsuppgifter. Men här är vi över ett år senare, och det är nästan slut!

Jag vet att vissa människor är fortfarande förvirrad om vad som väntar mig i framtiden. Det finns många okända för mig, men jag ska berätta vad jag vet:

– Jag vill fortfarande vara en pastor.
– Jag vill fortfarande att göra musik.
– Jag vill fortfarande åka till rap och tala.
– Jag vill fortfarande att skriva böcker.

Och jag försöker ta reda på hur eller om jag kan göra alla dessa saker på ett sätt som ärar Gud, medan det fortfarande är trogen min familj och Guds församling.

Kommer “Resa sig” vara mitt sista album? Det kan vara, men jag hoppas inte. Tills vidare, Jag vill njuta av stunden och dela med dig allt vad jag tror är mitt bästa arbete ännu. Mycket har förändrats sedan 2012, men en sak är densamma: Jesus är herre, och jag vill hedra honom med min musik.

AKTIER

38 kommentarer

  1. TonySvar

    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, musik, 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. MrAveryBrownSvar

    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, musik, and family in an awesome way. That’s why I’ll continue to support him in his endeavors, and as he mentioned “Jesus är herre, and I want to honor Him…” Jag säger, 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. DavidQuinonesSvar

    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. MattShaferSvar

    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 JimenezSvar

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

  6. VICTORKHIZSvar

    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. TeriaSvar

    Resa, 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. Resa, 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. AndrewSvar

    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 MaySvar

    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. KudzSvar

    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. RommelAlonzoSvar

    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.

    Mycket kärlek

  12. SarahSvar

    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. AshleySvar

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

  14. BrandonSvar

    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. ErickCorralSvar

    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 välsigna.

  16. CBSvar

    Resa, 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. JoshuaDenimSvar

    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. AustinRobertsSvar

    Resa, 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. Nej. 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 välsigna.

  19. LIllianSvar

    Took the words right out of my mouth. I’m proud of you, Resa, and excited for everything you’re doin. :) Fortsätt så!

  20. GabeTavianoSvar

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

  21. DrowningInGraceSvar

    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.

  22. Julia RiebSvar

    Resa–

    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. TamsynSvar

    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 välsigna! Tamsyn, Sydafrika

  24. JesiliaLeaupepeSvar

    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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  27. BillySvar

    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