“We all know that religiously strict families birth the worst rebels. This cross-cultured fact has become the creative finger…print of Sir the Baptist and the inescapable thought of religion across the globe explains why this is an emerging artist with a universal market. Sir the Baptist is an Indie American Renaissance Artist. If 2Pac was our first urban prophet, Sir is our first glimpse at an urban hymnist with that same ghetto gospel.”
Those are some words from Sir’s bio, as I did some searching for information on the talented artist. Not only is Sir talented, he’s a game-changing fusion artist that incorporates both the secular and sacred – with a message that’s refreshingly progressive, delightfully innovative, and sometimes unapologetically necessary for today’s socio-political climate.
I was put on to Sir from a good associate of mine, Jason Kpana over at TIDAL headquarters while making my rounds in New York. Sir the Baptist, legally William James Stokes, was born at the gateway of Jazz Heaven Bronzeville on the near South Side of Chicago. The mystique of his artistry is connected to the memories of his father’s sermons and the Chicago crime and drug infested ghetto. Ready for a new genre? When asked what is his genre, Sir says “Church Pub Rap.” It’s Art Tatum’s boogie woogin’ on an old upright piano in a small tavern with a choir and Andre 3000 or 2Pac at the mic. This has led Sir to collaborate with legendary Composer Lee Musiker; who produced the likes of Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra Jr, but also collaborating on the track “Familiar” with Chance the Rapper, King Louie and Quavo of Migos. Performing in finales with the Joffery Ballet, but then taking that same 8-piece horn section to rage venues with Travis Scott at Chicago’s renowned music venue, Metro.
Based on what I’ve seen and heard, the future definitely looks promising for Sir the Baptist. Take a listen to some of his music below, and let us know what you think!
Listen to Sir the Baptist via Soundcloud:
Watch: Sir the Baptist – Raise Hell ft. ChuchPeople