Rhode Island-based artist Cru Alxndr released his debut single as "a recently shifted Christian rapper," "Guard Down, God Down," in which a release says he "talks about the hardships of letting go and letting God. Cru paints a picture for listeners who need a push of faith, or are looking for some laid-back Monday motivation in a spiritual and flesh sense."
"This song was written about and inspired by a dear friend of mine that passed away in June of 2015. Emma Marie Aronson was a beautiful, life-giving, free-spirited girl with unbelievable potential in everything she did. You never really saw her without a smile. You never really heard her not laughing. She just had so much joy in her heart."
18-year-old artist from Cleveland, Kyle Ringer garnered millions of views with his #SoGoneChallenge and the attention of the original artist Monica, Lecrae, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. Kyle raps about this experience and more on "UP."