Month: January 2011


My last visit to a recording studio was back in 2009.

However, I’m still getting regularly stopped by the kids on the estate who ask me to rap for them and also enquire when my next CD is coming out! Well enough’s enough so I thought it was about time I got back on the mic and recorded a new project. Therefore on Saturday I travelled up to Hit Factory Studio in Birmingham to spend the day with my producer/friend Vision and record some new tracks. It was a productive session and the end product is TWO ROADS EP that essentially consists of 2 grime tracks and 2 accapella tracks.

As I type they are probably getting mixed and mastered. As soon as they’re back I’ll be posting them online to make them available for free download. I’ll also be burning off a bunch of CDs to give away to all the local youths, as well as at various youth events, prisons etc. that I get the privilege to rap at.

Stay tuned…


Wing Mirror

Are you living for the moment with joy and stepping into the future with hope? Or has your past got you shackled? If it’s the latter, maybe you’ve been looking into the wing mirror for too long…

Wrecked in the Valleys

Apologies that the Rant has been somewhat quiet of late – I’ve been kinda busy! Last Monday 4 fantastic Americans arrived in Wales with a view to coming over to plant churches with New Breed. Therefore I spent most of last week as their tour guide, cultural commentator, missional visionary…and also just their friend! They’ve been such good company – a real joy to hang out with and a real blessing to myself, my family and Hill City Church.

However, it hasn’t been the easiest 7 days days of my life…far from it!


Are you One of the Hundred?

Are you one of the hundred?

I’d love you to be!

What am I on about?

OK, here’s the deal…

Over the last 12 months or so, we as a church have had the privilege of partnering with our brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso in multiple ways. To date we have sponsored over 30 children in Compassion project BF201 (a phenomenal achievement for a small church on a deprived council estate).

More recently, we raised £1,133.30 that has provided mosquito nets for every one of the 120+ children (and their families) at BF201.

We also raised a further £839 that will provide playground equipment for the children who have previously only had a dusty yard to play in!

It really is remarkable just how much has been achieved in such a short space of time. However, we’re not the sort of church that lets complacency set in…

So the bar just got raised again!

Get ready for 6 MASSIVE MONTHS!

Our next challenge is to raise the small matter of £25,866 for the construction of 5 new classroom facilities at Compassion project BF201 (read more here). What’s more, we need to find that amount by the end of June! In many ways even attempting to reach this target seems utterly ridiculous – there’s no way that a small church like ours can find that kind of money. However, we are firm believers that our extremities are perfect opportunities for God to flex His miracle muscles and blow us all away with His provision!

My own contribution to the fund-raising drive (as well as a 24hour sponsored DJ set later in the year) is the 21CLUB.

The 21CLUB is for people who are willing to make a 6-month-long commitment to contribute £21.00 per month towards the classrooms. We are looking for 100 people to rise to the challenge and join the 21CLUB. Together, 100 people would raise an incredible £12,600 – almost half of the total we’re aiming for (more with gift aid!)

Could you be one of the 100?

I appreciate that Christmas has just been and that we’re in a recession, but if there was any way that you could stand with us in this it’d mean SO MUCH to some of the world’s poorest children in Burkina Faso!! I want to personally guarantee you that every single penny will go to the construction project and we will not keep any for ourselves.

Thank you for considering this, and if you’re up for it:


God bless.

(Please post a comment or email me at and I’ll get the forms to you).

Gentle, Special, Beautiful…and so much more!

Today is Michelle’s 30th birthday. I sincerely thank God for this sensational woman and for blessing me with the joy of sharing life with her as her husband. She’s been my soul mate, best friend, companion and co-adventurer for her last 10 birthdays now and I can honestly say hand-on-heart that she’s more precious to me than ever and my love for her has only grown deeper and stronger. She’s not only a phenomenal wife but a wonderful mother and our kids absolutely adore her too.

However, while me and the kids enjoy the gift of life everyday with Michelle, there are so many others whose lives she has touched over the years – which prompted me to think of a creative gift for her 30th birthday that would bless her heart and make her cry (good tears!) What I came up with was rinsing her address book and texting pretty much everyone she knows and asking them to give the one word that they most attribute to Michelle with a view to making a card out of all the words. It was all very last minute (as is my custom) yet so many responded with a multitude of words (and a few mini essays!) that it was quite literally overwhelming (my iPhone almost went into meltdown!!)

She’s clearly loved by A LOT of people!!

The image above is what I eventually came up with for the card. (Yes it did make her cry good tears!!) However, words are still flooding in now, so there’s a little insert that I’m having to work on to include them too! Therefore, if you didn’t get a text off me but would still like to bless Michelle by submitting a word(s) then please leave a comment below.

The top 3 words that came back to describe Michelle were gentle, special and beautiful.

She is definitely all of those things…and so much more!

Happy birthday babes!

I love you.

Prayer Week Day 4 – Burkina Faso

Post by Helen Leek – one of our Compassion Team at Hill City

One God – one Goal!

God has blessed us with a crazy opportunity to bless our precious children in Burkina Faso and bring great glory to Him by meeting a seemingly impossible target of £25K in 6 months. I believe the only way we are going to achieve this is to be sticking very closely to God’s agenda and so my prayer for us this week is that everyone involved in this African adventure would be tuned in to God’s plan for the playground and the classroom.

  • Pray that the Holy spirit would keep us inspired and enthusiastic in our fundraising efforts and that we will be granted the wisdom to discern which ideas are the fruitful ones to follow.
  • Pray for the staff on the ground in BF and the administrators at compassion and thank God for their tireless efforts in helping the children and their families. I pray that 2011 will be a year when they get the joy of seeing many souls won for Jesus.
  • Finally, I would like us to pray for our sponsor children: Lolo, Rebecca, Yenouboua, Abibatou, Maria, Aminata, Fati, Sirina, Dalia, Matini, Adiaratou, Danielle, Hassan, Yvette, Prisca, Karelle, Aida, Arnold, Catherine, Franck, Fortujne, Seraphine, Camille, Juliette, Cheque, Christia, Ulrich, Hyacinthe, Salamata and the 2 Erics.
  • We pray for God’s protection for them and their families and pray that those who do not yet know the Lord Jesus will meet with Him in 20011.