Oct 21, 2015

Feature: Uncomfortable - @AndyMineo

Christian Rapper Andy Mineo gets his audience out of their comfort zone.

Mineo came out with his sophomore album, Uncomfortable, this month. Some of you are already hesitant to listen to him with the label of  “Christian” rapper. But wait! This guy talks about much more than Wednesday night bible study and the pastor’s Sunday sermon. He gets real with his listeners.

He came out swinging in his first track Uncomfortable by discussing topics like, homosexuality, racism and classism, all the while calling out American culture’s need for instant gratification. He doesn’t hide his feeling on government corruption either in Vendetta.  He boldly voices that “Pac did a lot more for me than Barack,” expressing his frustration with the system but also acknowledging the power that many artists have to make real change. It's safe to say this isn’t your mother’s Christian Rap.

He has a bone to pick with the entertainment industry too. In Rat Race featuring Jon Bellion, he calls out art critics who put labels on his music. His response to them comes in Desperados featuring Mali Music, which is my favorite of the entire album. Mineo tells his listeners the lesson he learned: “The only way you get acceptance, is when you know you don’t need it,” a wise word for anyone striving for acceptance by others. 

But it isn’t all politics and fame with the New York native. He dives into his personal life with tracks like Uptown, a tribute to his hometown of Washington Heights. This track fuses an old school beat with new school content, as Mineo brings up current issues that are facing the city he knows and loves. In Hear My Heart, an ode to his big sister Grace who was born deaf, he unveils their strained connection. He admits that he never learned to sign, and asks her for forgiveness because he put little effort into their relationship while growing up.

On his website Mineo says “My other albums have sounded like playlists. This is more of a focused full-body of music”.  Uncomfortable in particular unpacks Andy’s mind and life. If you want to get to know the man behind the music, this is the album to listen to.  It’s the perfect combination of faith, family, and wit; a combination that anyone can relate to, regardless of what you believe.

Multimedia Journalist, Founder and Chief Editor of WTM Host of A-Side B-Side Podcast and more. I like to talk about stuff and write it down. Sometimes to a microphone. Either way, I need you to feel this.

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