I first heard of Andy Mineo in 2011 on the 116 Clique “Man Up” album, a collaboration with Lecrae, Trip Lee, KB and many other Reach Records artists. With each collaborative track, I found myself drawn to Andy’s style and flow. Andy, however, is not new to hip hop; in 2009 – 2010 Andy went by the moniker ‘C-Lite’ releasing albums “Sin is Wack” and “My City.” In 2011, Andy released his first album as himself. In late 2012, I found his 2011 album “Formerly Known” and it quickly began rotating on my Spotify.
In 2013 “Heroes For Sale” was released and I was floored. The maturity of Andy’s sophomore album is a level many emcees aspire to, but rarely reach.
“Heroes For Sale” explores the concept of inadequacy, Christian celebrity status, forgiveness, and missional living. With lyrics like “We ain’t no heroes for sale, if you bought one better keep your receipt” we are reminded not to elevate others because of their name, reputation, or accomplishments. As Christians, our holiness begins and ends with Christ and that’s not something we should forgot.
“I’m not a super human, I am just a man.” – Andy Mineo “Superhuman”
When it comes to Hip Hop, which I listen to frequently, I’m looking for two things: (1) Clever wordplay, and (2) good flows. However, if an artist can meld that together with sick beats, I’m a happy camper. Though not every beat on “Heroes For Sale” is danceable, the majority are incredibly head-bobbable. Besides, a hip hop album without a few slow jams and serious tracks would get tiresome. It’s a sign of skill to have a variety, and with the group of amazing producer’s behind Andy’s album, you will get that variety. That being said, not every hook catches me and I find myself regularly skipping certain tracks in lieu of the more upbeat offerings.
Standout Tracks: Ayo!, The Saints, Uno Uno Seis and Wild Things
Do I love this album? Yes! If someone were to ask me for a Hip Hop recommendation would I recommend this album over other current offerings? Emphatically, Yes! If you like Spirit-Filled, interesting, and challenging lyrics, set to well produced beats, then buy “Heroes For Sale.” If you don’t… Why do you listen to Hip Hop?
Welcome to the church in the wild
I live with dudes haven’t been to church in a while
I’ve chosen this lifestyle, you ever met my friends?
Porn stars, dope dealers, they like, “Why you chill with them”?
I thought you was a Christian? Yeah I’m on that team
But I’m with them cause my life’s the only bible that they’ve ever seen
-Andy Mineo “Wild Things”