JAMES THE MORMON
By Jack Barnes
Independent artist and rapper James The Mormon releases album We Came To Play today. The album has already debuted at #9 on the iTunes album chart for all genres, and #4 on the Hip-Hop/Rap chart; a major feat for an artist without major financial or traditional distribution support. But, this is not a surprise to fans that have followed James The Mormon’s meteoric rise over the past few years. His previous offering EP “I’m Not A Rapper,” peaked at #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart and #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. His career blossomed from YouTube where he would post his music and inspiring videos that spread quickly beyond his humble roots in Utah. To celebrate the album’s release, James The Mormon has also released today his highly anticipated music video for “Gravity.” Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
“Gravity” is a mission statement. I wrote this song fueled by every negative comment, every naysayer, everything dragging me down. It’s evidence that even the loudest haters can only make me double down on my efforts to show the world that I will accomplish my goals and that you can too,” James The Mormon proudly boasts.
Now known as a super conscience lyricist, he’s consistently received major support and admiration in the hip-hop community. Last year, Complex premiered his video with Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett. He’s premiered several videos with BET, most recently premiering his video for “Buck Wild,” from this album. BET also supported the video for “Energy,” earlier this year.
Speaking about his album, James says, “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that I couldn’t do something. You can’t make hip-hop in Utah. You can’t call yourself “James The Mormon” and make hip-hop that has nothing to do with religion. We Came To Play is an album for everyone who has been told that they couldn’t. It’s an album for everyone who is different. It’s for underdogs. More than that, it’s an album made entirely by underdogs – hip-hop artists from Utah who have all been told that they couldn’t do this and be this. But we’re here and we came to play.”
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