It is with great pleasure that we introduce the music of Epic Church’s own Mr. Weaver! Mr. Weaver got connected with Epic during our annual 4th of July Rocket Pop Outreach in 2014. Since then, he has become an incredible part of our community, running sound and collaborating with the worship team to bring spoken word/rap to Epic’s Sunday morning worship services.
Mr. Weaver, a.k.a. Chris Weaver, began rapping at the early age of 13 when he and his friends would play around with rhymes just for fun. It was during this time that Chris fell in love with writing songs to express himself. However, it wasn’t until the winter of 2014, at age 22, that he started the process of recording his debut album, Who Am I? Collaborating with spoken word artist Josh Surita and Epic worship leaders Andrew and Katelyn Salib for the album, he truly created a work of art with stylistic diversity but seamless continuity. The record dropped (completely free of charge to the public as a ministry) on May 15, 2015 at Epic’s Ground Level Café, who hosted the CD release party.
Effortlessly weaving together elements of rap, hip hop, crunk, and spoken word, Who Am I? is a solid record with more than just music in mind. Mr. Weaver blends together his thoughts, emotions, his past, and his new life in Christ to document an artistic exploration of his question: “Who am I?” The lyrical style blends together that of Christian artists tobyMac and Lecrae as well as the tone and flow of popular secular artists such as Eminem, Macklemore and Kendrick Lamar. These stylistic influences meshed with the throwback early 2000s sound make for an incredible listen and an even better second listen.
But don’t be deceived. Taken from his track titled, “Don’t Call Me a Rapper,” he strongly opposes the flow of the hip hop industry and is bold in critiquing their lifestyle. He imitates their lyrics as:
“Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah gold chains…
Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah cocaine…”
Mr. Weaver is clearly not afraid to stand out and speak his mind and this segment is just a small sample of the in-your-face boldness that listeners can find throughout the record.
When asked what inspired the album, Chris talks about growing up and the struggle to find himself. He says the album is a result of that self-discovery, how he came to terms with his demons, submitted to the Lord and “let Him do the rest.” Mr. Weaver goes on to say, “If I could guarantee everyone in America could hear one track off the album it would be ‘Beautiful Liar.’ In a society that’s becoming more and more focused on the ‘Legalize It’ movement, I desire for the world to know who the true Healer is: Jesus.” And as far as the future is concerned, Chris is unsure where his musical path will take him. But he is quick to point out that his number one goal is to strengthen his relationship with Christ, trusting that his desire to continue working on music will play itself out the way that it’s supposed to.
Who Am I? is an album that declares Chris’ deliverance from his past struggles and embraces their use as a powerful testimony to God’s work in his life. The album contains a strong message of hope for people looking to overcome addiction and the influence of the world, and empowers them to give it to God and lean on Him. While the album boldly speaks God’s truth, parents of younger children should be warned that the lyrics at times are very blunt, making clear references to issues regarding drugs, sex and violence, which many people face. By courageously addressing these subjects, Chris has opened the door for discussion and confession regarding these topics. In each track, Mr. Weaver always directs the listener back to Christ and His power to redeem and overcome any stronghold of the devil. With solid lyrics, an unflinching message and intentional mission, Mr. Weaver is ready to make a substantial impact on the rap/hip hop scene in the Lehigh Valley and beyond!
To check out Mr. Weaver’s music, take a listen to Nat’s favorite song, “Beautiful Liar” and Kate’s favorites, “City of Christ-Topher” and “Scattered Thoughts.” Mr. Weaver’s music is available for purchase on iTunes, or for free on CDBaby.com. You can also stream songs on his website MrWeaverMusic.com. Since he is also a regular Epic attender, feel free to find him on a Sunday morning or at one of our events and get a CD in person!