“If you want to live a comfortable life; make sure you never love anybody, be selfish, and never sacrifice”. Andy Mineo’s hard-hitting, bass-bumping, real-talk lyrics provide a fresh alternative that is unique in Christian hip-hop, and his newest album Uncomfortable is no exception.
Born Andrew Mineo, he kicked off his hip-hop career by joining a rap group known as Fat Camp during his college years, opening for mainstream artists such as Jadakiss, the Roots, and Common, before becoming a Christian and teaming up with Lecrae under the stage name “C-Light”. After initial success as a backup singer, he launched his first album in 2013, and rebranded himself under his real name, Andy Mineo.
His seventh album in only eight years, Uncomfortable is just that. It is raw, gritty, and different, and not just talking about the lyrics. Some of the soundtrack features Spanish singers, brass instrumentals, and interesting solos, to say the least (such as his references to racial stereotypes and monologues). It is just this type of music that challenges the boxes and categories we tend to place hip-hop in, and this inability to define Andy Mineo’s music is the point of the album as a whole - to challenge our comfort level and introduce “uncomfortable” as the new normal.
From his featured track Hear my Heart, a musical apology to his deaf sister, to the song Know What’s Right, which challenges religious stereotypes of Judaism and Buddhism, this musical exploration into the unknown is a journey that Andy Mineo seeks to guide. In his song Love, Andy expresses that “falling in love is easy, building it takes patience...I’m talking about the real stuff; that kind that make vulnerable and reveal stuff, that kind dealing with your pastor, get healed stuff, fellows say they real tough, but nothing braver than love, love”. Such an uncomfortable redefinition of love is often what is needed most - to be reminded of the purpose of love and how raw and unbecoming it can be; this can be seen interwoven into many of the songs on this album.
Though many say that Andy Mineo has changed his style since his days formerly known as “C-Lite”, the underlying truth that he seeks to express in his unique, undefined, uncomfortable way is just the medicine needed to provide the antidote to our status quo category of comfortable.
- Joseph Kolapudi