HM is proud to premiere the new lyric video for “Feel the Break” from Jeremiah Dirt, featuring JGivens and Illustrate. Dirt has long been a member of the holy hip-hop world, establishing the Shadow of the Locust in 1994. “I want to make music that pushes people, inspires them, and encourages them,” he has said.
We spoke with Dirt about “Feel the Break” specifically:
“‘Feel the Break’ started off as a non-topical song but started to gravitate toward the chorus as we wrote it. We took it as the ‘break’ you receive from our all merciful and gracious God. Though the lyrics are still loose, they center around Bible verses like Romans 8:18, Isaiah 66:9 and Psalm 56:3. In the chorus, we are inviting the listener to feel the break in the troubles of life and simply rest in God, who is all powerful to move the stones and split the seas.”
Jeremiah Dirt has been a part of the underground hip-hop scene for almost two decades. Starting out as a homeless youth in San Diego, Dirt had begun to write and perform original material in junior high school that expressed positivity and spirituality. In 1994, he signed with P.O.D.’s then mother-label, Rescue Records, and began work on the Plague album, touring with P.O.D. eventually releasing the debut album in 1999. He followed Plague up with A War to Restore in 2000 and Heavy Manners in 2009.