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Written By|Myles Matthews

In the evolution of rap music, many different genres have taken form so much so that they have taken over what we originally identified as rap. In this modern era, we have sub-genres such as trap rap, mumble rap, and melodic rap to name a few. The one sub-genre that does not get as much attention is gospel rap music. This overshadowed genre of music that rarely gets the airplay it deserves has some very talented artist. Lecrae, Andy Mineo, and KB are more than likely some of the more notable names that you have heard of in the mainstream space.

Charles Giddins aka CG3 is a New Jersey-based Gospel Rapper that looks to push the conversation when it comes to this space in music. Originally a poet, from 2014 to 2015, his ability to use metaphors and wordplay overlapped into creating music and writing songs. In a family full of singers and musicians Giddins was already familiar with this creative process. With a Christian faith and a musical background, he knew that this form of music was the best way to get his message across.

In 2016, he released his first single titled “FPA”, which stands for “Father Please Answer”. As he continued to grow during his musical journey so did the message that he wanted to share with his listeners. CG3 told NBT, “I want people to find their balance in life physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. God is my balance and I hope and pray that many others find him as their balance in life also.” With that being said he recently released his debut project titled “Balance EP”.

The “Balance EP” is a project that depicts the artist’s journey taking ownership of his relationship with Christ. His thoughts behind his first project were not centered around the numbers but centered around the souls he might be able to touch through his music. This theme seems to be true with many artists in this genre, and I believe this is what makes this art form so pure. CG3 may not be an artist that you may have heard of prior to this story, but his music along with his message is definitely something we all can appreciate.

Stream “ Balance EP” on all major platforms.

Follow CG3 on Instagram: @cg3music

All Photos were shot by Photographer Terrell Brown

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