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Gospel City iNTRO: Meet The Uncommon Gospel Rap Rookie of The Year, Christ's MessenJa (CMJ)


Firstly, we apologize for bringing you this iNTRO now because we were contacted about CMJ over a month ago. He is a young gospel rapper with impressive rap delivery skills and he is very commited to the cause of the gospel.

He told us thus: “I’ve been served with abundant grace.  That’s why I’m trying to touch the mic.”

Indeed, gospel rap music has sprung yet another great asset in the person of Isaac Hanokam Hassan a.k.a., Christ’s MessenJa (CMJ).  An indigene of Adamawa state, CMJ grew up in the city of Jos in Plateau State, the third of three children. 

He was introduced to the Christian Hip Hop Culture in 2007 and has been hooked ever since.  In 2008, CMJ co-founded Da’ B.O.A.R.D. (By the Order of the Almighty Rescue the Destitute), which consisted of F.R.A.Z.E. D.I.G.O.N., Nuhu Gaina of Stage One and Paul Yila (Espeey), among others.  Though the group disbanded in 2010 for various reasons, it served as a platform to shape and direct future ministries.

CMJ not only displays a passion for the truth of the gospel, but proclaims it skillfully as well.  He released a mixtape in 2012 titled “Turn it Up” which has received much praise and all 11 tracks can be downloaded from his reverbnation or hulkshare page.  Along with being a burgeoning emcee, CMJ is also a songwriter and composer, showcasing lyrical expertise and depth.  His motivation to write and rap comes from his love for God and the experiences that have shaped his life.

CMJ has been musically motivated by an eclectic group of musicians and singers.  These include the likes of Lecrae, KB, The Ambassador, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Shai Linne, Sho Baraka, Pastor AD3, FLAME, Canton Jones, and JR.; and producers like Derek Minor, Wit, and Esso.  He also enjoys the work of B.O.U.Q.U.I., Rooftop MCs, N.U.T.T.Y. Josh, G. Eleos, and Frank Edwards.

CMJ continues to minister to different audiences composed largely of young people.  He has begun work on his next yet-to-be-titled album, which will be released soon. 

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