The Chopping Block Blog

New Music: "What Now" by S.O.

By Lamp Mode

New Music:
S.O. is back with his latest single "What Now." Fresh off two major releases in 2016, the current face of Spotify's "Blessings" playlist kicks off the year with a brand new single. 

S.O. penned a personal letter to his fans:

To the fans,

You know for me you have always been more “fam” than fans, so I wanted to write you briefly.

I remember a concert I had last year before I got married. I was talking to one of my supporters. He said that a few of his friends were talking about my engagement and what it meant for my music.

“You are an artist who makes emotionally driven songs,” he said to me.

My response was, “Of course.”

Albeit I did call myself an ‘emo rapper,’ I did not want that to be what defined me, though I’m married to that label. He continued on and said that now that I was getting married what am I going to rap about now.

In short, his question was, “What now S.O.?”

He said this not as an insult but as a legit question. All the songs about heartbreak & love that people seemed to have connected with in his mind would be lost forever. The newly married S.O. would not have anything to write about.

The irony of it all is that my music always came from a real place in my life. The songs that people love come from a real place.

So too does this new single.

What Now?” is my answer to the fans who think that I will switch up on them and start to create something else. Music will still be from the heart and still be real. No more songs about breakups (lol), but there are a million other songs that are going to be written. I will continue to write as long as I breathe and God allows me to create.

So much to look forward to in the future.

Yours truly,


S.O.

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Announcement: Chopping Block Conference, March 18th 2017

By Lamp Mode

Announcement: Chopping Block Conference, March 18th 2017

We are excited to announce our partnership with ATWL.LA and Emmanuel Reformed Church to bring you the Chopping Block Conference on March 18th, 2017. Featuring music and teaching from Lamp Mode artists shai linne, S.O., Timothy Brindle and Json. Also featuring poetry performances from local artists Antonio Appling, NIQ, Janet Jun, and Jacqulyn Whang.

Named after our popular video series, the Chopping Block Conference will feature teaching on the application of the Gospel to various issues such as urban ministry, racial reconciliation and more.

This event is a fundraiser and ALL proceeds will go to help plant/ support existing churches into Compton and inner-city Los Angeles.

Register today. Tickets are limited.

Prices:

  • $17 for conference admission
  • $17 for concert admission
  • $30 for day pass (conference and concert)

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Featured Playlist: "New Wave" Best of 2016 Playlist

By Lamp Mode

Featured Playlist:

Check out our "New Wave" top 50 CHH tracks of 2016.

Featuring Json, S.O., Dead Heroes, God's Servant, Bizzle, Canon, Derek Minor, Lecrae, John Givez, JGivens, Trip Lee, Young Noah, GS, Ki'shon Furlow, Ruslan, Christon Gray, Flame, Ty Brasel, Mike Real, Sho Baraka, Dru Bex, HeeSun Lee, Eshon Burgundy, Sean C. Johnson, Shope, Willie Will, Dee-1, K-Drama, J.Rhodan, Datin, Wordsplayed and Da T.R.U.T.H.

Follow the playlist and the Official Lamp Mode Spotify channel today.

 

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shai linne and Json Featured in Article "Five Reasons Preachers Should Listen to Hip Hop"

By Lamp Mode

shai linne and Json Featured in Article

Lamp Mode artists shai linne and Json were recently featured in article titled "Five Reasons Preachers Should Listen to Hip Hop" by Dan DeWitt at theolatte.com.

"I certainly don’t want to reduce great preaching to cadence, but I do think this is an area where many preachers can benefit from hearing sermonic rhythm from artists like Shai Linne or the Ambassador."

"Listen to Json’s album No Filter for a view of Christian life from the trenches of the lived experience. Christian rap can help us think deeply about the way our message might sound on the other side of the lectern."

 Read the full article here.

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Save 50% Storewide This Black Friday

By Lamp Mode

Save 50% Storewide This Black Friday

This Black Friday, save 50% off storewide on CD's, digital albums, t-shirts and sweaters. Stock of physical products is very limited. 

Stephen the Levite Music + Merch - Save an additional 15% off

To apply discount, enter LEVITE into the discount box at checkout.

Digital Albums - $4.99

All digital albums are 50% off except "These Things Take Time" by S.O. ($4.99 regular priced)

Deluxe Digital Albums - $6.99

All deluxe digital albums are 50% off.

CDs - $6.99

T-Shirts - $12.99

Sweaters/Crewnecks - $17.49

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New Music Video: "Fall" by S.O.

By Lamp Mode

New Music Video:

Fall is the fourth single off of S.O.'s latest project "These Things Take Time" With depth and introspection, S.O. pours out his heart on a myriad of topics.

“People love when I just loop a beat and spit about a variety of topics,” S.O. said, “and this song is no different.”

This one-shot video was directed by Scouts Honor Media.

Related Link: "S.O. Gets deep on 'These Things Take Time'" by Rapzilla

 

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Featured Playlist: Lamp Mode Classics Vol. 1

By Lamp Mode

Featured Playlist: Lamp Mode Classics Vol. 1

Two hours of classic Lamp Mode tracks from 2003 - 2016. This is your essential greatest hits. Any other songs you want added? Leave a comment!

Follow the playlist and the Official Lamp Mode Spotify channel today.

 

 

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Thank You, God's Servant

By Lamp Mode

Thank You, God's Servant

Lamp Mode Recordings is celebrating the transition of God’s Servant off of the label into a full-time pastoral role at Risen Christ Fellowship.

Brian Davis, who raps under the name God’s Servant, released three albums – Simple Love (2012) Christ of Christmas (2012) and Diadem (2014) – during his tenure with Lamp Mode.  

Much more than an emcee, Brian Davis also served as the administrator for Lamp Mode working with other artists on the label.

“Brian is not only a brother and a friend, but a herald of the gospel,” Lamp Mode president Jason “Json” Watson said. “We had great chemistry and great debates. What he brought to the team behind the scenes and as an artist will be missed. This is not the loss of a brother but a send-off. His heartbeat to shepherd the people of God carries a far greater weight in our eyes, and we are excited to see and support what God does in and through him as well as Risen Christ Fellowship.”

A church plant established in Philadelphia in 2015, Risen Christ Fellowship is pastored by Davis, Shai Linne and Frank Lettko.

“I absolutely love my job now as a pastor,” Davis said of his position with the church. “I feel like I have the best job in the world.”

The official Lamp Mode announcement comes on the heels of God’s Servant independently released EP All Glory Goes. The five-song project is available where online music is sold.

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