The Divine Soldiers
1. Rescue captives from a misdirected hip-hop society.
2. Intercept enemy transmission.
3. Interject the previously ignored fifth element -
Jesus Christ, before re-broadcasting.
4. Use non-compromising, frontal display.
Failure is not an option.
Many "platoons" land on shore, but very few stay and make in-roads into this world of ours that is under serious civil unrest. Beginning with the immediate attraction to their crunked out musical style, hip-hop fans are drawn in by the stories and truth in the lyrics of the Divine Soldiers and supporting choreography. The message isn't for those looking for casual Christian entertainment. These Divine Soldiers are serious about rescuing the perishing.
J-Wal and S.o.L, (who make up The Divine Soldiers), are a pair of 6'5" b-ballin', rhyme droppin', Jesus Christ lovin', Soldiers for The King. These brothers were raised in Phoenix, Arizona, moved to Ohio and first gained acclaim on the hardwood in Akron as All-City basketball standouts. Though they first thought that their future would be through an orange ball, they have instead responded to the hip hop "call".
Passion oozes from these Soldiers. They have witnessed first hand the hopeless plight many in their own community and culture are trapped within. They are in turn committed to do all within their power to fully communicate the impact that Jesus Christ can make on a life. In their self-titled debut album, they promise that they are . . .
"Never going to leave you alone,
Goin to find a way to get in your home
Write it in the sky, or callin' you on the phone"
Further examine their fervor in Desensitized as they sing . . . "Time's running out so we declare war. Don't want to open your heart - I'm going to kick down the door. In Crazy Condemning Critics they remind us of the urgency of their mission when blazing through "This ain't no easy task, - going through the radio better make it fast, - Grab all the captives no questions asked, For the enemy's about to be unmasked."
These soldiers also have a substantial compassionate outreach. Powerful as a picture of an American soldier carrying a war weary child to safety, their songs and verbal testimony provide encouragement for parents (Man I Am), single motherhood and marital struggle (Change is coming), temptation (Thoughts, Actions), and even victims of crime (Equivalent to Water). They are like any true soldier - available to serve and protect - and their lyrics promise just that in "'Til the Day (that I die)". ..
I'm marching into the camp of the enemy,
And taking back everything that he stole from me,
But I'm also taking back what he stole from them,
And carrying out soldiers that have been wounded,
Will endure to the end and if my life gets taken,
Absent from the body means I'm present with Him
Whether it's East Coast, Jazzy, Latin influence, R & B, "Dirty South", or rap metal that you are looking for - the "Soldiers" have plenty of uncompromising, quality style and lyrical ammunition for their audience. The priority of basing all things from the person of Jesus Christ, means that an encounter with the Spirit-led "Soldier" will rescue the listener from settling with captivity.
I've come in Jesus name, I've come to smother flames
That might burn your flesh, I don't do this for fame. (Desensitized)