Christian hip hop artist Cephas has just released his new video "KNGDM State of Mind Pt. 2." The inspiration for Pt.2 came about as Cephas was serving as an evangelist for a local Church. He was in a board meeting discussion about how to reach the community with the Gospel and the lead pastor decided that evangelism was worthless because "it didn't equal butt's in seats on Sunday mornings" and cut funding to their outreaches. That was enough for Cephas to pull his support for the Church... and write the verse for KNGDM State of Mind Pt.2 declaring:
"I thought the spreading of the gospel
was the mission
Did everything for this church
And they go dismiss it
Than I caught a glimpse of
My saviors face
From what had taken place
Religious leaders saying what a disgrace
But the same ones who drove the nails in place
Were the same ones He came to save by His amazing grace"
In his efforts to pull away from Churches that were more concerned about building their platforms than sharing the Gospel, Cephas received much undue criticism... even from people who claimed to be his friends. It was obvious that some had grown jealous of the fact that he wasn't reliant on titles or positions of influence. To Cephas, being part of a leadership team was about reaching people... not merely a move towards career advancement... fueling the lyrics:
"But God is who I'm loyal to
Been around too many disloyal dudes
Posing like the chosen few
but were jealous of the levels I was going to
Afraid of the man of God
I would grow into
As I would show and prove"
Hence, a KNGDM State of Mind is one focused on reaching the lost... not building a platform. It's also one that is rooted in forgiving those who would rather build a platform than God's kingdom. At the end of the day that's the only way to swing them towards the light.
No stranger to CHH Cephas got his start in '02 carving out a reputation for himself as a go to producer for combining vintage vibes with modern sonics. His soulful jazzy productions garnished the attention of some of CHH's elite including Datin, Bumps INF, Bizzle, Selah The Corner, Beleaf of The Dream Junkies, Lavoisier, Yaves, D-Maub, K-Drama, and others.
As a DJ Cephas has had the privilege of backing NF at Creationfest, was the headlining DJ for the Love Is Red conference twice (feat. Carl Lentz, John Gray, Rich Wilkerson Jr, Elevation Worship, & Andy Mineo), and co-hosted as a DJ for KB, Tedashi, Thousand Foot Krutch, and the Jabbawockeez dance crew with Nick Hall for the Pulse Cleveland Crusade.
Not only has Cephas been active as a producer & DJ but he has had his hands in other aspects of the music industry as well. As a show promotor for the midwest him and his team have hosted the likes of Social Club, Bizzle, Christon Gray, KB, Tedashi, D-Maub, K-Drama, Yaves, Selah The Corner, Sevin (Hogmob), Beleaf, Ruslan, and John Givez, among others.
At the end of the day... Cephas refrained from the pressures and lures of the secular hip hop industry for a reason: because spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ is his single most important goal as an artist. At all of his shows (even when promoting) he preaches an extremely clear Gospel message and it's estimated that over the last decade thousands of young people have heard the Good News through His music ministry. The music is a blessing however it serves even a greater purpose in drawing people closer to the call God has on their lives.