From the rough streets of Cleveland to the U.S. military to the top of the Amazon Christian music charts, Tyrone Crawford’s story reads like a novel, full of passionate struggle, steadfast faith, and spiritual transformation. Today, (Friday) the active duty Air Force serviceman and nationally known Christian rapper with a one-of-a-kind sound, driving beats, and powerful words joins the conversation about racial unity with the release of his bold new single, “Together”, available now for purchase and streaming across all DSPs via WieRok Entertainment. Reflecting on the meaning of the song, Tyrone explains, “Division is something that has been growing more and more over the last few years. Especially between different races. As I observe this division grow beyond man’s control, my hope is that this song would cause a domino effect and begin to bring people closer together.”
“Together,” featuring rising country music artist and CMT “Music City” docu-series star Jessica Mack, is the follow up to Crawford’s first track, “Hope,” and is part of a series of songs comprising the rapper’s first body of work with his management team, WieRok. Scheduled to release every few months through 2019, the singles speak a message of hope and accountability to those that need a lifeline.
In the spirit of this message and Philippians 3:13 "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before..." Crawford is also introducing the NGB apparel line. NGB is an acronym for “Never Going Back” – a commitment he made to never go back to a life without Christ.
As a teenager, Tyrone was that person in need of a lifeline. His mother’s drug addiction and his father’s absence made risky situations and dangerous people a part of normal life. By age 18, he was selling drugs and hanging out with drug dealers, coming within inches of choosing that path for himself. Adolescence exposed Tyrone to another force: homegrown rap music. He began recording tracks, mimicking the rappers he admired -- writing songs about money he didn’t have and cars he couldn’t afford.
When Tyrone’s cousin invited him to a church youth event, he wasn’t expecting much, but the experience changed everything. That night, he gave his life to Christ and began making dramatic changes to his own path, diving head-first into the New Testament then joining the military. With his heart of service, he has made a successful career out of the Air Force.