Inspirational Hip-Hop release
With "Unity", Darrell Kelley has released an album that taps directly into the Zeitgeist of this decade.
His strong religious beliefs serve as the framework from which he serves his strong views on the society we are currently living in, rather than acting as the poster boy for the church he is serving as a pastor. This will appeal to people from all walks of life, even non-believers. With conviction, Darrell spits his lines in a most convincing manner. It may not attract the homeboy looking for the next gangsta rap craze, but it is the kind of Hip-Hop we like to feature and promote on our radio channel.
But, let's harken to the word of the pastor himself:
As a musician and a Gospel entertainer, I really and truly believe we need to stand up for what we believe in, Kelley says. We need to come together as a country and stop being divided.
I write music just to spread a positive message. I don’t believe in doing music with violence. I have the right music that is good for people to help them understand the positive message I’m bringing. I want to continue to write music and continue to sing positive things in reference to anything that is primarily negative. I want to turn those things into something positive if I can.
I’ve always been someone who has a voice to help out a situation by speaking out about it or singing about it. In the case of “Believe in Something,” Pastor Kelley is exploring the conversation around the freedom of speech and the controversy that has arisen in the wake of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the singing of the National Anthem in protest to the way minorities are treated in the U.S. In essence, Kelley uses the song to encourage people to take a different look at the situation and remember that everyone has a right to think and speak and feel the way they do when they live in America because it is a basic right.
Kelley continues: You’re an individual at the end of the day, so don’t let race or religion take away your character. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing, to spread that message. [Gospel] music has always been done by those who hear the calling in their hearts. I have that calling in my heart.