The Garden in Eden was a Temple, since God dwelt with His people. Therefore, God made Adam to be a priest "to guard" God's holy presence from evil (Gen. 2:15; Numbers 3:5-10) and execute judgment on anything unclean that would defile His holy sanctuary (i.e., the serpent!).
This sets the pattern for the Levites killing 3,000 idolaters on their day of ordination, Joshua leading a kingdom of priests into the Promised Land to slaughter the Canaanites, and ultimately Jesus Christ's cleansing of the Temple and his casting out of Satan by his death and Resurrection as we await for him to cleanse the earth of all the wicked in His second coming!
In his second single from "The Unfolding" album over a rugged track produced by Braille of Beautiful Eulogy, Timothy Brindle unpacks how this theme of Priest-Judge unfolds from Genesis to Revelation.
In 2017, it's very obvious that streaming has fundamentally shifted how music is consumed. One major aspect of the shift is best captured in the embracing of the playlist. For the average music listener, playlists are at the forefront of how they consume music. While people have shifted away from listening to albums and singles, the average person now listens to music on playlists that represent the different seasons and moods in life.
S.O. on Spotify
For Lamp Mode artist S.O., Spotify and Apple Music playlists have given new life to his music previously released, as well as creating avenues for new music. Over the last several months, S.O. has released a slew of projects including "These Things Take Time," and "The B-Sides," as well as a number of singles including "Riding Through Nacogdoches," "What Now," and "New Wave Remix." These singles and projects have given S.O. added visibility on Spotify and Apple Music.
"London Dreams" placed on "Beast Mode" Playlist
This week, S.O.'s song "London Dreams" from his 2015 project "So it Ends" was added to the official Spotify "Beast Mode" workout playlist. With over 2,100,000 followers, "London Dreams" has the potential to reach many who've never heard his music, or more importantly, the message behind his music. London Dreams was also added to the popular CHH playlist "The Blaze."
S.O. is back with another new single “Riding Through Nacogdoches”
The label’s first international artist – born in Nigeria and raised in London – S.O. recently relocated to Texas. The song’s title is reflective of a drive he now makes routinely.
“My church in Texas where I live is off of that road,” S.O. said. “I drive there at least three times a week. The song is just me saying, ‘Here are some of the things I’m thinking through when I’m riding. Here’s some of the stuff going on in my life.’ I just wanted to make another record speaking about my experiences and speaking about what’s in front of me.”
Riding Through Nacogdoches Music Video
S.O. was one of the Lamp Mode artists to participate in the label’s inaugural Chopping Block Conference in Los Angeles. He took the opportunity to shoot a video for Riding Through Nacogdoches.
“I thought it would be good to shoot a video with my fans at the moment right then and there,” S.O. said. “The Chopping Block Conference was great obviously. I was teaching on social media. What we did is in between (teaching) times we invited fans to be part of the video.”
Produced by G.P., Riding Through Nacogdoches will be available wherever online music is sold.
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.