My wife has pointed out the inescapable irony of me writing this article right after one calling for unity, but in my opinion what occurred over the last couple of days (and what I myself admittedly participated in) can still help with that. For those unaware, North Carolina New Comer Mitch Darrrel released a CHH version of Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse in which he calls out several MCs including Thomas Iannuci, Kody Free, Kris Noel and J. Crum. Two of whom, I am close with and felt the need to respond as well.
Now, on the surface it looks as though a beef was going on, but if you know Mitch or know the text messages that flowed between all of us, you would understand that it was all essentially a sparring match. Athletes need competition to thrive and the same is within the hip-hop genre and that was Mitch’s heart behind this. He did not want to damage any relationships, in fact he wanted to build them and build the artistry with them. One critique of the CHH genre is that we lack the originality or skill to compete with non Christian rappers. Mitch wanted to stir the pot and put that idea to rest. He wanted it to be an iron sharpens iron kind of scenario.
Datin sent out a flurry of tweets after all of this happened accusing us of not representing the gospel and even retweets someone using Proverbs 26:18-19 to critique what occurred which states “18 Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” He later apologized and said that he did not understand the context, but that we should all be aware of living above reproach.
Five Twenty Collective also released an article satirically discussing whether this whole situation was the ending of CHH as we know it and seeing if any artists make it out of the smoke. I guess we’ll have to see when all of this clears up, but I’m sure all will be well and in the meantime you can listen to Mitch discuss it all himself this Wednesday on the Marrio Esco Live podcast. As a lesson learned, it may be best to check with the people involved before one goes public with accusations.
Written By: Srrvant