The best word is unexpected.
Unexpected in that you would never guess this guy does this, and unexpected in that if told what he does, you would never expect it to be any good.
Not only does the quiet, unassuming guy rap, but he raps about Mormonism. As if the assumed contradiction in that last statement wasn’t enough… he’s really good.
His music is so good that to label it with the prefix religious feels unfair and discrediting. Yet the music, and the man who makes it, is overtly religious; he does not feel lessened by the category. He is simply someone who has something in him that needs expression and he has an unusual gift in expressing it.
In my youth both my religious culture, and that of Hip-Hop, were tainted by a little ditty titled the “Mormon Rap”. This tongue in cheek, self mocking song, made it obvious that the culture and the genre could not cohabitate and established this idea as fact. Someone forgot to tell Beloved. Not only that, but I don’t think the contradictions ever even occurred to him. This is evident in that nowhere is the equivalent of “Yo, look at me, I’m Mormon,” work its way into his lyrics, rather he laces together distinct LDS doctrine with personal essays. He’s not opposed to a laugh, but he isn’t joking.
He is at this point completely undiscovered. It is a shame that should soon be corrected. If you are in, or can arrange to be, in Salt Lake City the night of March 18th, go see his first ever performance, on his first ever trip to Utah. You need not like Rap, or like Mormons, but you may leave changed on both accounts.
5 thoughts on “Beloved the Ghostwriter”
Well Done Dalyn. Donte’ is as good as Dalyn says he is. Seriously, if you are in SLC for this event. Got and be prepared to be moved. I am not a fan of the Rap genre but even I find myself singing the lyric and bopping to the beat… oh crap, I know I’m gonna take heat for the bopping to the beat comment… I just know it… I’m 53 Dalyn… give me a break okay?
GREAT news! We hope it sells out – only wish we lived closer to SLC.
Mormons and Muslims are the only people who take their religion seriously these days.
The Muslin influence is known but a Mormon influence would be a nice counterpoint.
This is why I think most traditionaly Christian rappers fail – many don’t have the passion to make their music relevant.
Barclay, 53?! You look 73 and act 12.
Ann, word is it went swimmingly (another phrase to go with John’s beat bopping)
UBJ, someone called Beloved rap’s Mormon Matisyahu. It was a smack-on comparison and I was ashamed I didn’t think of it.
Our babysitter bailed out late afternoon and our parents were busy. IT was a sad and sorry tragedy to have to miss it for myself, but thankfully Chris’s phone was working optimally well with plenty of pictures and snaps. Among other things, he said Beloved was just a total natural up there on stage. We need to get him far more marketing though– marketing that he well deserves.
And speaking of such, I’d really like to see whoever is behind Mormon Message You Tubes to do one on Beloved. Everything from his past to his conversion to his now Mormon rap is an amazing and unique journey that shouldn’t be left under the bed.
We miss Beloved. We miss our Independence ward.