Self-professed “hip-hop theologian” Sho Baraka recently released his new album, The Narrative, and says his desire to speak out on the nation’s political climate as an African-American Christian has caused a great stir.
The 14-track project was released on Oct. 21 and is an eclectic hip-hop album loaded with a heavy influences from jazz and soul.
The Narrative “addresses hot topics including social consciousness, issues people encounter in everyday life and the struggles we all face as humans,” according to the album’s description. The Canadian-born artist also shows a softer side in this album, with songs about being a father and the challenges that come with raising children, two of whom are autistic.
Baraka’s public opposition to both nominees for president in the 2016 elections, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, made headlines earlier this year.
“As an African-American, I’m marginalized by the lack of compassion on the Right. As a Christian, I’m ostracized by the secularism of the Left,” he wrote in an op-ed in Christianity Today.
But now that the election is over and President-elect Trump has won, the Christian emcee is hopeful that his own positive message will help lead a generation to seek truth in God.