The performer and producer of hip hop known as EcoChaz has released his new single, “Green.” The track has been published on the Da Truth Inc. independent music label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Bringing a combination of unstoppable back beats, heavy-hitting urban poetry, and melody hooks that prove the artist is at the top of his studio production game, “Green” by EcoChaz is one of the most striking indie hip-hop tracks of 2015 so far.
EcoChaz cites as main artistic influences only Mali Music and LeCrae, but his latest single, “Green,” also exhibits similarities to some material by Flame and Trip Lee. All of these popular musicians have deep roots in the gospel and Christian music scenes, not unlike EcoChaz himself, but his stage name and the title of his single are also very deliberate. One might call the artist an eco-Christian musician – gospel-green, if you will.
To this end he takes his principles one step further in terms of lyrical themes, one step further than perhaps any hip-hop artist to date. He is fighting a war for the greater good on two fronts. That “Green” has been released independently rather than in collaboration with a major music corporation is therefore particularly significant in EcoChaz's case because his art is at least as much his mission as it is his music.
Asked to comment on the message of his new single, EcoChaz writes, “[My song says] that it's cool to follow God and His will by getting your soul and world clean. While at the same time having fun with going green.”
EcoChaz doesn't just proclaim his faith, however. He stands as a living example of it.
“My mother prayed for a singer when she was pregnant with me,” he writes. “I was born one.”
EcoChaz partly takes his name from an acronym meaning “Encouraging Cleaner Options” and partly from his middle name. He has described himself as an inspirational/Christian artist, and is a recent graduate of the Ex'treme Institute formed in 2011 by Nelly at Vatterott-Berkeley College in St. Louis.
“Born a singer,” he writes, “I always had a love for music. But once I became drastically serious about my search for the Higher Power, I began to write songs – more so raps than songs – but as a man who's always kept a close eye on the industry trying to understand all the inner workings and reasoning for the things done. I vowed to be an artist of purpose who leaves an example to follow back to Christ, and who uses all the powerful influence of music and its culture to aid the will of God.”
“Green” by EcoChaz becomes available worldwide beginning 14 March 2015. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind ecological and spiritual hip-hop music event.
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