Drill music is only growing in the Christian Hip Hop space. Still, some may question if it’s a spiritually healthy art form.
One standout gospel drill artist is North London native Konola who recently dropped a two-track EP with Zelijah Tishbite called Double Edge Duo, shut down any arguments about the growing hip hop subgenre.
“There’s been a lot of talk, opinions, hate, and confusion around the phrase Christian/Gospel Drill. Mostly from people that don’t understand the purpose behind the words,” he wrote on Instagram. “Or from people that were never present when God gave His drillers their calling. For everyone still swinging their sword, behind closed doors and in their ministry, keep going.”
What Is Drill Music?
The aggressive flows and hardcore beats began in the South Side of Chicago in 2008. They were created as an outlet to vent about the violent and nihilistic streets people lived in. About 10 years ago, the UK drill scene emerged and took the hip hop subgenre to a new level.
UK rappers added their grime influence to the drill sound but kept the gritty lyrics and aggressive sound. For a number of CHH rappers in the UK, drill music has become an outlet to express some dark realities.
Is Drill Too Violent For The Kingdom?
While some may hear a violent cadence in drill music, Konola explained that Christianity is often a violent lifestyle.
“This Christian walk is far from a field of daffodils and roses. It’s very much violent,” he explained. “There have been testimonies that have come out of how we serve & the body of Christ has been strengthened with courage and boldness when partaking in spiritual warfare.”
Ultimately, just like every other genre in Kingdom music, Konola made it clear that Gospel Drill is created for a bigger purpose.
“This is all for the glory and advancement of God’s kingdom,” he wrote.
Check out Konola and Zelijah Tishbite’s “Double Edge Duo” below: