PLACERVILLE, Calif. — In what has quickly been branded as the biggest reinvention in Adventist music history, the Heritage Singers announced today that they will release a hip-hop album. “Straight Outta da ‘Ville — NWA (Not Without the Almighty)” will be released August 1 and will feature what a press release calls “luscious lyrics of life set to an uplifting-but-super-street beat.”
“I’ve always known that I was a rapper deep inside,” said Max Mace, founder of the group and its eldest member. “I’ve been trying for years to get our audiences to accept me as an emcee by doing more talk-singing in our concerts. Besides, some of those high notes are killing me.”
The press release gave tantalizing sneak peeks at what’s on the album:
- “Kingdom State of Mind” with a chorus of: “New Earth/Golden cities where dreams are made of/There’s nothing you can’t do/Now you’re in New Earth/These streets will make you feel brand new/God’s light will inspire you/Let’s hear it for New Earth, New Earth, New Earth”;
- “Hip and Wise” — chorus: “J.C., J.C., J.C., can’t you see/Somehow your words just hypnotize me/And I just love your humble ways/Guess that’s why I’m broke, but soon repaid, uh!”
Some beloved and classic hits also get the hip-hop treatment, including “Something Happened to My Baby Daddy,” “I Know da Peazzkeepa, Yo,” and “Swing Low, Sweet Low-Rider.” There will also be new music, like “It’s All Good in the Woods,” a song about their love of nature trails, berry picking and bird watching.
“We’re calling our new style ‘Christian Thug’ — we can be street but still give ‘Tons of Hugs,'” singer Val Mace-Mapa said.
Adventist anthropologist Ben Bradshaw sees the group’s musical move as a natural and likely progression. “People don’t realize that the Heritage Singers and hip-hop artists have a lot in common: 1.) They don’t like to do a lot of dancing but prefer to walk around and/or stand in one place on stage; 2.) They both like to raise their hands during concerts, but hip-hop artists just call it ‘raising the roof’; 3.) They always have an entourage; 4.) They both invest in a lot of dental work. For hip hop artists, it’s grillz; for the Heritage Singers, it’s teeth whitening,” said Bradshaw.
Mace noted that some of their fan base might be critical of and initially offended by the new direction and style of music they are undertaking, but sought to calm fears. “There’s no need to worry,” said Mace. “There will be ZERO voodoo beats. Tim Davis will be doing all the beat-boxing. And anything that could, in the faintest, sound or seem inappropriate will be done on a synthesizer.”
“I don’t see what the big fuss is about the Heritage Singers doing a hippopotamus album,” said 82-year-old Dorothy Brown, one of the select few sent a preview album. “They’re trying to bring Adventist generations and cultures together. I like that they’re trying.
“Don’t hate, appreciate!”
Swing low sweet lowrider, Priceless!!!
They “broke ground” with their music in the 70s and 80s, who better to “break some new ground”. Can anyone post as to weather albums can be pre-orded
Oh man. I wish this were true. I’d bump it
Can’t wait to see the music video!
Let it be true!!!
What are the chances WWU will let them perform in the sanctuary now?
Please don’t…It wouldn’t glorify God IMHO
I am sorry that we have fell so far into Babylon that are music must resemble the worlds. Nothing makes us a distinct and peculiar people anymore. What have we done.
As we lead towards the end of time the devil has turned more subtly than ever before what has happened to be the remnant? What has happened to being original and drawing the world to God than being drwan into the world
Never in a million years.God forbid. Hip-hop is music of the devil. Hogwash,nonsense.
Going to be any “scratching” by Max Mace??
i am married to a 7 days adventist and cannot understand how a day is fussed about and not God. i also cannot comprehend why all sermons or teachings are referred to only by Ellen White. i believe in the word of God and He left his Holy Spirit to guide us. Why not refer to the bible, why to books written by her? She is not mentioned in the bible as a deciple. i have seen with my own eyes how “holy” people are from a Friday sunset to a Saturday sunset then immediatly after closing they “normal”, not looking at people just dont understand the consept.its important for me to understand because i wish to serve God with my husband. also can understand why a new day begins at sleeping time?
Love it! Keep it up! Brought our several loud guffaws out of me!
You might want to consider another title for an article
“Heritage Singers or Heretic Swingers, will the CD be burned at Andrews University?” or
“Kanye has Heritage Singers opens for his 2015 Bring On The End of Time tour”
Finally Satan has won Max Mace’s heart..Can’t believe the group that inspired me from Childhood is now my dream killer..
Hi, i listen to the old heritage singers all the time.
It’s about time !!