From the rough streets of Cleveland to the U.S. military to the top of Amazon’s Best Selling Christian Rap Music chart, Tyrone Crawford’s story reads like a novel, full of passionate struggle, steadfast faith, and spiritual transformation. The nationally known Christian rapper who captivates audiences with his one-of-a-kind sound, driving beats, and powerful words has signed with Colorado Springs, Colo. – based new management and label WieRok Entertainment. Tyrone’s debut single, HOPE, with companion lyric video is available today for purchase and streaming across all DSPs via WieRok. Reflecting on the meaning of the song, Tyrone explains, “With so much negativity, pain, and hardship going on in the world I wanted to lead people to have hope in Christ through it all.”
The single is part of a series of tracks comprising the rapper’s first body of work with WieRok. Starting today and scheduled to release every few months through 2019, the singles speak a message of hope and accountability to those that need a lifeline.
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 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 path, diving head-first into the New Testament and into new callings. With a heart for service, Tyrone joined the military and began a successful career with the Air Force, all the while pursuing music.
“When I get on stage, I want to plant and water seeds and I want lives to be changed, like mine was,” said Tyrone. “That’s my ultimate goal. If you’re not getting the message in my music, I’m not doing my job. I want people to leave saying ‘this guy was preaching in his music.’”
To date, Tyrone has released five albums, one of which charted No. 1 Best Selling Christian Rap CD on Amazon’s music charts. He has collaborated with national artists including K-nine, Mr. Del, KDrama, Young Noah.