Rarely do we find an artist who is able to capture the minds of a warm-hearted churchgoer and a cold-hearted criminal all in one breath. Or one who challenges the status quo by speaking the righteous truth. When last has an M.C. ran up against politics with a verse that makes everyone think about true love as a path of peace? Or Have you ever heard a flow that can soothe the broken-hearted while cutting down evil with the love of God? Meet RiZ-RoB. RiZ-RoB!
We got the chance to speak with Riz! Let's see what he had to say....
KingdomSoldNYC: Tell us a little about yourself and your journey with God
Riz: So my name is Riz Rob from Queens NY. Born in Brooklyn but raised in Queens NY, Jamaica. I’ve been making music from I was about 15 years old. I used to make secular music, and I was pretty experienced. I almost got a record deal but I was in a near fatal accident, and it changed my life. Since then, that was 2010 I’ve been doing Gospel Hip Hop, CHH- Christian Hip Hop. It’s been pretty good, picked up a lot and I’m just looking forward to what’s next.
KingdomSoldNYC: What is next for you?
Riz: Well I just linked up with my DJ. We just got a show with Ruff Ryder the Label. I am also getting ready to release my next mixtape, so there’s some anticipation there. You can check out the radio station at Gospelryde.com
KingdomSoldNYC: Awesome, So let’s talk about your recent release. You put out a single entitled “IDK” and it is a very real depiction of a relationship that is in need of God. What inspired this song?
Riz: This is a story about my wife and me. It was pretty much easy just had to reflect on me and be honest. I just thank God for that.
KingdomSoldNYC: Why do you believe the message of this song is so important?
Riz: It is real and relevant to the unsaved and saved because these issues are happening in the church. Divorce is happening in the church, and I feel like we are giving up on love. Those that are in the church now are even giving up on love, and in giving up on love giving up on God and becoming more selfish and worldly. Following what the world is saying. So these things do need to be addressed.
KingdomSoldNYC: We are now, thankfully in a time where the CHH community is rising and getting a lot of respect. A couple of years ago when people would hear CHH it was kind of taboo, like what is that? Do you believe that the transparency in CHH songs, dealing with real life issues has discredited the CHH community or has it pushed the CHH Community forward to a place where people are more accepting and excited to listen to “Gospel Rap”?
Riz: I feel it’s causing the community to rise. Things need to be more open. We need to talk to the audience that’s not making it to the church because of tradition. The church is closed minded at times, and when you are more relatable to the people, it is an opportunity to win them over. So I feel that we need to be a little more open-minded as Paul did. Let them see Jesus in you.
KingdomSoldNYC: That’s good right there! We have a lot of artists that are not just rapping about biblical truths but are also speaking from their experiences. They're rapping about how God’s has worked in their lives and brought forth restoration. The truth of the matter is God sent Jesus to help get us out of our mess. There is an urgency for transparency within the church and Christian community at large as well as outside the four walls of the church so we can win souls. So I believe the Christian hip hop community is doing it, and those that recognize it, respect what you all are doing! So keep up the great work! Riz are there any shout outs you would like to give?
Riz: Yes, definitely my DJ, DJ remarkable. My manager, Camron and the whole movement of the righteous rhythms music and everybody that’s with it. Follow me on Instagram, all social medias, Facebook, Youtube @RizRob.
KingdomSoldNYC: Is there an encouraging message you would like to leave for anyone that may come across this interview?
Riz: In any and all things follow your heart, put God first. Don’t let anybody tell you- you can’t. Trust God, believe in yourself, and you are good. God bless.
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