While Yuletide-themed hip hop isn’t exactly a new concept (Kurtis Blow was “Christmas Rappin'” back in 1979), it often catches listeners by surprise. So when you take that recipe and add in sermon samples from and the full endorsement of “Greatest Living American” and beloved evangelist Billy Graham, expect to see more than a few raised eyebrows.
That’s exactly what can be anticipated with Lights Up, Eyes On, a 5-track EP by San Angelo, Texas’ DJ Promote that was commissioned last year by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
“I was so honored to be asked to create this project,” Promote said. “I mean, he’s like an icon. To take that timeless message he has and reinvent that in a way where people can hear it all over again is just awesome!”
Listeners can digitally download Lights Up, Eyes On for free at http://www.ransom.tv – a viral media website created by the BGEA. DJ Promote crafted the beats for four of the five tracks and then invited several artist friends to add to the music.