Deshawn White's "The Trailer: Based on a True Story" is Underground Christian Hip-Hop at its Finest
Christian hip-hop and rap artist Deshawn White is releasing the first "trailer" to his new album this Friday (Jan 28). This EP is the first of four EPs to come. The Trailer: Based on a True Story is underground Christian hip-hop at its finest. The press release states, "(W)e use the term underground to exaggerate the rawness in the vocals this man carries. His soul is without a doubt in his music, and we are one for that. We can appreciate an artist whose passion is music. Any person with ears can hear that music is Deshawn White's passion, and we do support him."
You can check out a snippet of the lead single "Burn" below and you can also pre-order/save the EP HERE.
Raised in Johnson City, Tennessee, McArthur Deshawn White loved a wide range of music at a young age. He listened to everything for Linkin Park to 2 Pac. However, it was when he heard the late rapper DMX that his world changed. It was the raw, aggressive sound that voiced some of the pain he was dealing with internally. Growing up in Carver projects was difficult, but music became an escape for him.
On November 29th, 2007, Rapper Bryan "Birdman" Williams was among 16 people pulled over in Kingsport, Tennessee (15 miles from White's hometown) and charged with possession of marijuana. It was unfortunate for Bryan Williams. However, through a chain of events, Full Grind, White's former production team, was able to show Bryan and his team around the area while they awaited their hearing. This forged a relationship that allowed Deshawn to travel behind the scenes with Cash Money Records.
While touring with Cash Money Records, he released a mixtape called "ET Phone Home" in 2010. The mixtape included a song called "What Up" that featured Memphis rapper Yo Gotti. It was produced by Hot Rod, another Memphis native.Later that year, White would leave the music industry to "find himself." While on Lil Wayne's "Americas Most Wanted" tour, he would have an encounter described as "a God moment." He moved back to his hometown and went on a spiritual journey studying Islam and Christianity.
In 2011 he released his first Christian single, "Hold On." He wouldn't release another body of work until 2015, when he released his first full-length Christian album, "Before The Ceiling Falls." In 2018 the rapper launched 323 Records and started carving out his own lane by creating an inspirational style of music with a mainstream flare. He would release singles "Dance Party" and "Power Trippin," which gained national and international attention by charting at #84 on the Digital Radio Tracker top 150 independent airplay chart.
In May of 2019, he released a politically driven EP titled "Power Trip. The EP feature "Dance Party" and his chart-topping single "Power Trippin." However, it would be an unexpected track on the EP "Blood In The Water" that would take his popularity to the next level a year after the original release. The track had over 2,000,000 Spotify steams and was growing at a rapid pace. However, the track along with the "Power Trip" EP would later be halted due to a sample that was unknowingly not cleared. "Blood in the Water" was later reproduced and re-released, but it didn't find traction like the previous version of the song.
As of now, he has yet to re-release "Power Trip."Following "Power Trip," in March of 2020, he released an R&B/Hip-hop Ep titled "Good Thing." The body of work would find a home on the iTunes R&B music charts debuting at #8. With the R&B EP being a significant shift from the rapper's comfort zone, he quickly followed that release with a hard-hitting single titled "Trayvon," a song that addresses social justice. He also released "Sauce Inme," an upbeat track "featuring Grammy and BMI award-winning songwriter and producer Kia Shine. While working on his full-length album, on November 5th, 2021, he released a tribute song for Spider-Man: No Way Home.
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