Wed, 19 June 2013
Tune in as DJ Wade-O talks with Tony Tillman about his new EP, the Christian Hip Hop fraternity, hero worship, Trayvon Martin, his biggest mistake in ministry, religious themes in mainstream music and more.
- On the pending George Zimmerman/ Trayvon Martin trial: "At this point, I'm just curious to see how it will all play out…It's a scary situation man."
- On The Amount of Music he has put out recently: "I'm entering a good place creatively. The past couple of years a lot has changed in my life. My wife just had a baby and I'm just getting back to a place where I can create freely."
- On raising his sister's kids for a season: "I don't live in the hood no more. I live in a pretty nice neighborhood. And they come from a different system. They kicked the lot, so we just let them go back home."
- On Canon following everyone in RMG and changing his stage name: "He actually mentioned it one time. But it was more like 'Man, I ain't changing my name!"
- Lessons learned from the music industry: "Even though what you are doing is seen as a mission from God, there is a business side to it. Just like with anything, there are people who are friends and those who look like friends."
- Biggest Mistake in Ministry: "I would say my biggest mistake was not having a team."
- On reaching out to other artists for his EP: "I always see myself as the cat without the platform. I see everyone else as so much bigger than myself."
- On the CHH Community and Platforms: "We look at someone's platform and say the platform either has value or doesn't have value, instead of looking at the artist and the heart behind his/ her music."
- On the Christian Rap Community: "I look at this Christian Hip Hop community as a fraternity. The Music I make reflects on JSon. It reflects on Derek. It reflects on Lecrae…it becomes scary because you have people that want to be a part of it so bad that they worship the other artists."
- On his music legacy: "I want people to say regardless, his music was real. I was able to relate to his music."
- On Kanye West's album "Yeezus": "I'm offended by it, but I understand it. He hasn't been enlightened by the holy Spirit to know how Jesus is."
- On the impact of Urban Churches in the Hood: "I judge it on a case by case bases. I believe their are some churches in neighborhoods filled with a lot of violence and a lot crime and they are having an impact."
- On Witnessing to people who Never respond to the gospel: "The frustration comes when we put the onus on us to get them saved."
- On Attending an a predominately white church: "It's not so much a culture shock for me, but it is for them. I'm from Arkansas…I'm used to dealing with the other race."
In our interview, we spoke with Tony Tillman about:
- (01:49) – The Trayvon Martin Trial
- (02:54) - His New EP
- (04:00) - On raising his sister's kids
- (06:08) - Derek Minor Babysitting his kids
- (08:00) - The Name Change from Brothatone to Tony Tillman
- (11:21) - Lessons learned from the Music Industry
- (14:12) - Biggest Mistake in Ministry
- (16:52) - The 'Welcome to the Family Album'
- (18:20) - Linking up with Sho Baraka, Tedashii and Beckah Shae on His new EP
- (21:07) - Does the Christian Hip Hop Community over-value platform
- (23:26) - Hero Worship in Christian Hip Hop
- (27:38) - His Legacy as an artist
- (29:49) - Religious Themes in Mainstream Hip Hop
- (34:04) - The Impact of Urban Churches in the hood
- (38:19) - Sharing the Gospel with people who aren't responding to the gospel
- (42:00) - His involvement in the local church
- (45:32) - Culture shock of attending a predominately white church
- (48:42) - The Lord stretching him in different situations (church, family, music)
Tony Tillman’s Contact:
- Web: http://reflectionmusicgroup.com | Twitter: @TonyTillman