King Chav: The rapper getting the Jesus message onto the radio

Tuesday 29th December 2020

Tony Cummings spoke to Florida-based rapper and radio man KING CHAV



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King Chav: T'Challa is the main character from the Black Panther movie. So when I wrote the song, the movie had just come out, and I loved the movie so I wrote a song in the mindset of King T'Challa. The first verse I'm actually kinda speaking from his perspective. That song got a lot of attention. It got me on the radar of a lot of different publications here in America.

Tony: In 2018, in August I think, you released the album 'Golden Lining'. What's your favourite song on that particular project?

King Chav: That's a great question, I've never had that. It would probably be "Higher Learning".

Tony: So where do we get this higher learning from?

King Chav: From God, from Scripture. In the song there's two contrasting verses. The first verse, I'm speaking from the perspective of somebody challenged by their inner self, their devil side, the side of them without God. And I'm relaying information from that side. And then the second verse I'm talking about being born again, about being redeemed, seeing the truth and the higher learning that God is the higher power that does everything.

Tony: In 2019, you released the single "Delusions Of Grandeur", featuring Parris Chaz. So who IS Parris Chaz?

King Chav: Parris is one of my friends, he's a very popular rapper here in the Christian hip-hop scene in America. "Delusions Of Grandeur" is about how we can have these grand ideas of life, these grand ideas of what we think we're gonna do. If we just stick to who we are truly and don't try to live like someone else, we can have the life that we need. We don't have to act as someone else or have these crazy, grand ideas to live the life that we need. From our perspective in that song, we're two inner-city kids so we're talking about guys from our neighbourhood who wanted to be drug-dealers or gangsters and mobsters. And it didn't turn out the way that they thought it would.

Tony: I lived in Hollywood once, before I was a Christian, and I rubbed shoulders with quite a lot of people who'd made it big in showbiz. I found that often the entire showbiz world is about people pursuing dreams of stardom, actually achieving stardom and then finding that stardom didn't satisfy them the way they expected. Is that your perspective on stardom?

King Chav: "Yes. If you don't have a greater purpose or a greater mission, when you're pursuing these things in your dreams, once you get them you lose any kind of value you had on it, because you're so stuck on the chase of it that once you finally get it, if you don't have a greater vision or greater fulfilment, then it was all for naught."

Tony: Tell me about your track "The Leftovers".

King Chav: I made some promos to let people know that that is exactly what it is not. The Leftovers is a TV show that was produced by HBO. It's one of my favourite shows. There's a traumatic event where two percent of the population just disappears. So from my perspective, when we're dealing with loss or family members that leave or things don't work out or we get sick or we lose jobs, the things we lost we appreciate. We need to have a greater appreciation for the things that are left over. My dad recently passed, so from my family lineage I am the leftover. So I have to have a greater appreciation for myself and have a greater appreciation for my family now. Because we're drawn closer together now. So "The Leftovers" is just in times of loss learning to appreciate everything that's left over. CR

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.
About Tony Cummings
Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.


 
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