Andy Mineo on the “Christian” Rap Stigma: It Minimizes What We Do

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You can call him Sicilian. You can call him a Christian. You can call him a rapper. Just don’t make the mistake of calling Andy Mineo a Christian rapper. You’ll be doing yourself and your ears a disservice.

Mineo is an emcee from Washington Heights, New York who’s part of the rap collective, 116 Clique, lead by Lecrae.

While Lecrae won a Grammy for Best Gospel Album 2013, the “Christian” rap tag is something they’d like to shake.

“It minimizes what we do,” said Mineo on the gospel rap stigma.”At times, people want to label something that they don’t immediately understand.”

Mineo’s fan base understands. His solo 2013 project, Heroes For Sale, debuted at number 4 on Billboard rap album charts this past April. He attributes this to the actual truth that can be found in his rhymes. Mineo’s brand of hip-hop is grounded in reality. Growing up in the “The Heights” kept Minoe’s freestyling skills sharp, and his wordplay has been his calling card.

He was invited on to MTV’s Rapfix’s end of the year wrap to freestyle, and impressed veteran journalist Sway to the point that he brought Mineo back to his Sirius XM radio show.

“It was an honor to meet Sway. I grew up on him, so I was trying to play it cool,” Mineo jokingly recalled Sway cosigning his skills on the mic.

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SOURCE: The Grio
Kyle Harvey

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