Json, the President of Lamp Mode Recordings, is a St. Louis-based emcee known for his transparency, gospel-centeredness, skill at his craft and longevity in the game. Whether the topic is parenting, sexual abuse or life in the hood, Json approaches real-life subjects with a soul-touching openness and authenticity. Json has released six studio albums with Lamp Mode: Foreign, No Filter, Braille, Growing Pains, City Lights and Life on Life.
shai linne is a theologian, poet, and a pastor at Risen Christ Fellowship in Philadelphia. Shai has appeared on numerous independent and national Christian hip-hop releases and has released six solo projects of his own since 2005: The Solus Christus Project, The Atonement, Storiez, The Attributes of God, Lyrical Theology 1 and Lyrical Theology 2.
There’s a reason why Seun Otukpe, Lamp Mode Recording’s first international hip-hop artist, bears his soul so much in his music, which has been labeled as “emo rap.” S.O. knows he’s not the only person that has experienced pain, and he wants to show others how to find comfort in Christ during the storms of life. S.O. has released four projects with Lamp Mode Rec: So it Begins, So it Continues, So it Ends and These Things Take Time.
As a kid Mike never imagined himself becoming an emcee; being more drawn to classic jazz artists such as Miles Davis, Coltrane, Ellington, and Vince Guaraldi. Hearing the Cross Movement’s debut album, Heaven’s Mentality, changed all that. He wrote his first rhyme after hearing an agnostic rapper challenging the validity of Scripture—that rhyme became Liar Lunatic Lord or Legend—Hazakim’s first song…he hasn’t stopped since.
Falling in love with socially conscious east coast rap as a kid, Tony began writing rhymes of his own at the young age of 10. In addition to writing lyrics, Tony also found a voice in producing and arranging music for the group (with Mike also contributing from time to time). Incorporating the sounds of his upbringing, and the many cultural influences that make Hazakim who they are, Tony has helped to forge a unique musical backdrop for the duo’s lyrics.
Timothy Brindle is the product of God's Sovereign Grace, as Jesus rescued him while he was a secular battle-rapper a week before 9/11 in 2001. Timothy’s conversion “interrupted” a secular solo project that he was working on with an underground producer named deejay essence. In God the Father's Kind and Wise providence He had timothy meet shai linne 7 weeks later who discipled him through the book of Romans over the next 2 years as they got plugged in to a church pastored by Rev. Lance Lewis.
The Lord also saved deejay essence around this time, who moved to Philadelphia in 2002 to start Lamp Mode Recordings, releasing timothy's first Christian hip-hop album, The Great Awakening in 2003. Timothy released Killing Sin in 2005, The Restoration in 2012, and a group album called The Collective with Stephen the Levite and Zae the Blacksmith in 2013. In their 11 years of marriage, he and his wife Floriana have 6 beautiful children from the ages of 10 years old to 2, and they live in Philadelphia.
With their encouragement and support, Timothy he recently graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary's Masters of Divinity program where he spent the last 5 years studying the Word of Christ to prepare for life-long ministry in the local church. He is a pastoral intern at Cross Community Church (PCA).
Stephen the Levite
Darrell Bell, better known as Stephen the Levite (STL), is a husband, father, community leader, and Christian emcee. The California
During his tenure with Lamp Mode, STL has released four studio projects: To Die is Gain, Truth, Beauty, Goodness (w/ Redemed Thought), The Forerunner EP, The Last Missionary, The Collective (w/ the Collective) and Can I Be Honest?