Promise Two: Album Notes

A promise is only as good as the word of the man or woman offering it; for the almighty God (who lives outside of time) to lie is an impossibility so each promise from His lips has already been accomplished. After going through much heartbreak & trial, while struggling to trust God & his plans, J-Giles Son decided to spend time learning about what God has promised to all people &/or true Christ followers. This journey of discovery is far from over, but the product of this in depth study of what God has declared for His people has led to the 10th project from J-Giles Son entitled Promise Two.

There is a direct connection between holding onto these truths and living a noble life; 2 Corinthians 7:1 says, “therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” Similarly, 2 Peter 1:4 states that “He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them (we) may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” We can live from a beautiful place of secure identity within the promises of God. Looking to Him as a loving, engaged & perfect father who never has allowed a single word uttered to fall to the grown is a tall task, especially considering the fallen & challenging nature of this world & it’s inhabitants, but one of our greatest victories or ugliest failures will be centered around whether or not we believe God.

Do we believe everything that He has said to us about Himself, or when He returns will we be convicted about our sinful unbelief (John 16:8-9)? As Jesus asked in Luke 18, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? A better question might be will He find faith in your heart & mind. Blending dirty south and abstract beats, each track of Promise Two covers a particular promise of God in which every saint should be able to hold onto in faith. This word heavy project includes features from several talented artists including: Eshon Burgundy, K-Drama, Mouthpi3ce, Ty Brasel, Illijam, Angie Rose, Kayla Starks, D Myles & Rashaad King.       

Hands on the Clock: Album Notes

Like money, time is a precious commodity that we as humans: 1) wish we had more of 2) desire to manage how we see fit & 3) consider ourselves to be the owner of. To be aligned to God’s will, however, requires a shift in our worldview at the heart level in relation to the concept of time. Scripture speaks loudly on this issue proclaiming that “There is an appointed time for everything” [Ecclesiastes 3]. Although many, if they believe in an all powerful God at all, would describe Him as distant…like a father disconnected to his family as God to the world…the Word from cover to cover clearly refutes this flawed position.

The 9th album by J-Giles Son is a project about the God who is outside of time but very much involved in regards to what has happened [“He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified” (Hebrews 10)], what is happening [“My times are in Your hand” (Psalm 31)] and what will happen in our world [“In due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (Galatians 6)]. The album also touches on the topic of time in general, how life has a way of changing us over years and the battle that must be fought by the follower of Christ in order to successfully finish this race. If we want to make the most of our precious time on this corrupted earth we must find trust in Him [Ephesians 5, Psalm 62]; so “let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help” us through this journey called life [Hebrews 4]. Features include: Mouthpi3ce, Ki’Shon Furlow, K-Drama, J. Carter, Dee Black, Eshon Burgundy, Alex Faith, Monty G, Illijam, Prophet Link & Stacks Lyrics.

80AYEchD: Album Notes

We live in an ever moving, posting, sharing & evolving culture where there’s no time to “Be still, and know that [He is] God [Psalm 46].” The new fashion trend, the latest song, the new movie being released, the next champion to be crowned & the hottest actor/actress all need to be publicized and there are only 24 hours in a day. Just staying on top of what’s current is a job in and of itself; our relationships remain shallow as we devote our attention to the latest trend. Technology connects us to the entire world and isolates us from our neighbor simultaneously. Often we move so fast that we “forget” to remain/abide in Him, and we wonder why we struggle…but a “branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine [John 15].” This ever moving lifestyle can distract us from our pain but also prevent us from walking through it into healing. In his 8th album 80AYEchD (ADHD), J-Giles Son speaks to himself and every individual, offering up the thought-provoking notion that we’re all, to various degrees, drifting from a relational God as we lean into our “normal,” frenzied routines. Features include Mouthpi3ce, Benjah, Ki’Shon Furlow, Swift, Roy Tosh, Drew Allen, KayLa Sparks, Wise (Nothing Over God) and more…

Kill to Protect: Album Notes

The connection between protection and love is clear in scripture. God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only son so that, instead of death, we could receive eternal life (John 3). Our creator was willing to allow us to take the life of His Son so that we could be protected.

Not only is this true, but we as believers are called to let go of our lives, placing them on the altar of God’s will and follow Christ. If we lose our lives, we are gaining life (Romans 12).

There is a time for everything… a time to kill and a time to heal (Ecclesiastes 3); now is the time to Kill to Protect, in a similar manner to our Heavenly Father. We are at war against the forces of darkness and evil in this world, and we must fight for our faith, our families and our future. Those who come to war casually become casualties (Miles Welch). In his 7th album Kill to Protect, J-Giles Son explores these realities…the fight that must take place within and in this world in order to live a life to the full in devotion to God and family as opposed to merely self, which is the way of the world. Features include Mouthpi3ce, Benjah, FLO, Swift, KayLa Sparks, Wise (Nothing Over God) and more…

Here & There: Album Notes

There’s nothing down here that can compare to what God’s prepared for us up there; it follows that what we choose to give up for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom isn’t worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us [Romans 8]. In his 6th album Here & There, J-Giles Son compares daily life to eternal life, focusing on several different themes such as life, death, Heaven & Hell. Meant for believers and doubters, the young and old, this project was recorded with the intent of exploring the reality of Heaven and what is to come after our short time here on this earth. Deeply rooted in scripture, Here & There also sets out to declare “what no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” to all [1 Corinthians 2]. Though an impossible task to accomplish, the album takes listeners on a journey that has the potential to lead a person to stop and consider why they are here on earth and where they are headed in this life and beyond…

Feels Good Right: Album Notes

Worship: A place where God’s light collides with our darkness. We can find joy, comfort, forgiveness, peace, direction, truth & love in His Presence. In contrast, “Those who run after other gods will suffer more & more” {Psalm 16:4}. Many are on that broad road, loving a path which leads to destruction.

In his fifth album “Feels Good Right?” J-Giles Son explores the concept of worship through hip hop; he speaks against our fallen nature & propensity to be passionate about everything but God. “Feels Good Right?” declares that, “It is good to be near God” {Psalm 73:28}. His personal testimony is that, “Nothing feels better than connecting to the Almighty God in worship, being filled with His Presence, being forgiven, being loved & made new.”

It doesn’t start and stop, however with music; worship bleeds into our daily lives…it should be obvious whose we are by how we live. Just as it says in Romans 12, “Therefore, I urge you brothers & sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

–A message from the artist: recorded not only for the Church & for the struggling youth of today… “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord” {Psalm 102:18}.

Employed By The King: Album Notes

We are working for the King every day. We’re on our jobs in the workplace, in our churches, with our families, in the studio and on the stage…Everywhere we are, we are shinning God’s light.

All over the world there is a battle going on in-between headphones; as Kingdom Workers, we intend to spread God’s truth to our culture and the youth through music-in this nation and abroad. We want to combat the lies and toxic messages that the commercial rap industry transmits to our youth on a daily basis. This is Truth Music; this is ministry.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving…Colossians 3:23-24

My Mindset: Album Notes

Romans 8:5 states that “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

This album takes us into the unique mind of the Christ-Follower and Hip Hop artist JGILESson. How could we claim to believe in Christ and know the love of  God if we act and think like the world does?

Romans 8:7-8 states that “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.”

We are called to be led by the spirit in regards to our daily actions and our thoughts, which is exactly what My Mindset is about. With progressive beats and sick lyrics, you’ll be nodding your head while confronted with spiritual truths.

 

Kingdom Work: Album Notes

Kingdom Work is the title of J-Giles Son’s second album. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are God’s masterpiece. But it doesn’t stop there, every Christ follower has God-given gifts and talents that are to be used for God’s Kingdom, His glory. God wants his people to stand up and bring healing to this broken world. So many people live selfish lives outside of God’s will and at the same time communicate to the world that they are God’s children; we’re “Christians.” We are consumed with our possessions, our relationships, our accomplishments…

Change starts with you. This call to work for God’s Kingdom is not meant for your church or your youth group. Change starts with you. Are you willing to use your gifts for God right now? Don’t get lost in your past, whether it is filled with victory or defeat.

What gifts has God given you? What are you good at? Are you an athlete? Good…use your influence for God’s Kingdom. Are you artistic? OK… Let God use your gift; that’s why you have it. If you’re compassionate counsel the broken, if you’re good with money become rich in generosity as well…

Whatever abilities, whatever talents or strengths that you have… they’ve been placed there by God, for His Kingdom… So go to work!

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