Creative Christian Moments
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Blog Article 6: Advocate – The Way Review
“The Way, the Truth, and the Life”: these words of Jesus Christ in John 14:6, describe His omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient characteristics. As Christ has called Christians to be His disciples and die daily to ourselves, a titanic Christian rapper by the name of Advocate also echoes the familiarity of this call through his 2010 CD entitled The Way. Advocate also known as Andre Benjamin is one of the many voices united in their purpose to call life into the desolated landscape that encompasses this generation. His lyrics are hard hitting and heavy handed as he heralds poetic odes of accent, alliteration, and metaphor built upon a foundation of theological schematics. Benjamin is a master swordsman of the Word who wields his righteous weapon through humility and conscience challenges to society.
Benjamin attended North Seattle Community College from 1996-1999 and Seattle Pacific University from 1999-2002 and currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology with a Minor in Business. His poetic rapping skills are enhanced by his use of Christian theology to teach truths to his listeners. The Way has seventeen tracks that barrage the listener with hard truths of the Bible while also building up and exonerating the listener. Benjamin possesses a brilliantly divine gift of producing songs across the rap spectrum for all ages while also utilizing the gifts of other local Christian musicians such as Ebony, Marcus, Chay Sutton, Sharpskills, Servant, Mullen, Wendell Morris, and Willie Will. My personal favorites on his album are “Fool”, “Heatwave”, and “Real Life MC’s”.
“Fool” is a declaration of his public demonstration of his faith as a fool for Christ, a term used by the Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 4:10. The bombardment of bass and intentionality of his lyrics call the Christian to represent Christ throughout their own personal spheres of influence.
“Heatwave” is a narrative challenge to battle rappers about preaching the truths of God. The heat produced from this song creates ripples within the mainstream music. Benjamin declares repeatedly the heated message Christ has called him to herald by “bringin’ heat waves to the streets”.
“Real Life MC’s” flows like a letter to the editor, that being the modern rap community, in which he reprimands the falseness, sexual immorality, violence, and regurgitated rhymes from wannabe ganstas who have never known anything about the struggles they falsely preach. Benjamin challenges the rap community to return to Biblical truths, positively encourage and support the youth of this nation, and return to originality in music. His message is refreshing and reinforces the opinions of many people I have spoken with about the abandonment of originality in mainstream music.
Benjamin works with the nonprofit organization called the College Success Foundation as a College Advisor HERO with Garfield High School and Washington Middle School. Benjamin currently attends Sonrise Chapel in Everett, WA and you can support him through purchasing his CD on iTunes, scheduling him for concerts, and through prayer. May the fire of Elijah follow Benjamin in the trail he treks in his pursuit of God!
Official Website: http://www.advocateworldwide.com
Advocate, The Way, Self-Published, 2010, Compact Disc.
Benjamin, Andre. Portrait. 2013. https://www.facebook.com/andrebenjamin/photos_all