Atlantic Records signee and Chicago native Sir The Baptist brought the church with him last night at Samsung 837 in NYC. The hip hop/gospel artist introduced himself to the audience by doing a quick interview/Q&A session with Essence Magazine’s Cori Murray and then he got into a brief history lesson about his roots, growing up, and the history behind Chicago, a city mostly known for it’s violence. Sir The Baptist said that his music is not just gospel or hip hop, but it’s culture driven. He stated that his music is to help the movement of what’s been happening in today’s society and going forward. He performed his well known records such as “Heaven” and “Raising Hell” to help uplift the crowd.
This was my first time hearing Sir the Baptist’s music and it was also my first time going to the Samsung 837 store. As an iPhone user, I was adamant about staying away from anything Samsung related. Also, I was never huge on gospel-type of music. It was never my cup of tea. I’m glad to say I was completely wrong about this! Both the music and the venue were amazing. There was complimentary finger foods such as hamburger sliders and each attendee got 3 drink cards upon entering the venue. I got a chance to check out some of Samsung’s virtual reality technology. After that experience, I’m contemplating on switching to a Galaxy (Sike! Team iPhone all day).
All in all, this was a great. I praise Sir the Baptist. His music is fantastic but the reason why I praise him is because he was able to make it out of a rough place like Chicago and still have a positive mind to think anything is possible. He decided to keep his faith in God and still never lost sight of what he knew was important and that’s giving the people a voice during all of this turmoil.
Check out some pics and a video via @Ryonlawford’s Instagram.
Photo Cred : @Julieli_ & @837NYC