Set Time: 9:30–10:30 p.m., EMU Green Stage
Sir the Baptist, hip-hop’s holistic lyricist, is proving himself to be a chaplain of the modern rap culture. He’s an internationally known artist signed to Atlantic Records, nominated for the BET award, and acknowledged by Forbes, Jay Z, Billboard, CNN, Late Night with Seth Meyers, People Magazine, BBC Radio 1, NPR, the Grammys, and many others for his trailblazing cause of “healing hip-hop”. As a second-generation cultural minister who grew up in the historically rich Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, the idea of cleansing the culture has called to Sir the Baptist since birth. CNN states that Sir the Baptist is achieving this through a “balance between religion and life”. By using the power of hip-hop’s influence, Sir the Baptist records compelling stories about real people as modern parables to strip away the shame and embarrassment that too often keep people from seeking help. He delivers that same message in his album Saint or Sinner via Atlantic Records (coming May 12, 2017). The congregation is taking on an emotional rollercoaster as Sir the Baptist weaves his way through tales of honesty, love, joy, pain, truth, and enlightenment; listeners are left with ideas of hope and the possibility of change. Sir the Baptist isn’t just a recording artist, he’s also the author of The Travelogue of a Visionary and major national and international news outlets frequently call upon him for his opinion on current events. In his tireless advocacy for humanity, his urban church and charitable organization (Tymple and DeedPin respectively) have brought awareness, funding, and care to countless foundations and over 100,000 music-festival goers in the summer of 2016 alone at festivals such as Lollapolooza, Made in America and more. Sir the Baptist was also honored by the Mayor of Chicago for his contribution to HIV and AIDS awareness. After over five million streams, two major films and one album, Sir the Baptist is well aware that there’s so much more work to be done.