Resurrection: Back on the Grind
Also known as the Soldiers of Christ, S.O.C. is an urban hip-hop entity established as an avenue to reach lost souls. Their ministry of restoration and deliverance is echoed in their music as well as in the streets of their community in Muskogee, Oklahoma. 'We first started out walking the streets with signs. Being criticized by most Christians, we bore the heat of the street to express our faithfulness to the call,' says Ron Mayes aka Showtime. Taking the gospel to the streets has been an effective strategy for SOC. The initial focus of SOC was to minister the word of God to 'un-churched' individuals; people who are not familiar with the traditions and rituals of religion and church. Their heart is for drug addicts, gang members, dope dealers, alcoholics, ex-convicts and the like. The Soldiers can relate to the struggles of the people because they have experienced first hand, the effects of crime and drug abuse. 'Life is all about the chances you take and the decisions you make,' says Jonathan Gross, founder of Soldiers of Christ. SOC's freshman project entitled Kingdom Business was released in the spring of 2004 and was widely accepted in the inner city. This album sparked the interest of many believers and non-believers. It includes Still Geez, a grimy track which describes the attitude of the soldiers and explains even though you have been saved from sin and are now in a state of spirit-led living, you can still have the same zeal, passion and excitement for Christ that you had when you were 'in the world.' The project also includes the critically acclaimed hit, What Am I Gonna Do? Produced by One One for One One Productions, this song speaks about the ever so familiar times of temptation and allurement to give in to the schemes of the enemy. It gives real-life instances of sexual temptation as well as the temptation to get out on the block to sell drugs in order to make ends meet for your family. 'Kingdom Business is being re-released with a few enhancements because of it's high demand from our fans,' says Lonnie Barker, executive producer and founder of Boogie Boy Music. 'Our desire is to give people what they're hungry for.' The second album, Resurrection: Back on the Grind is the sophomore project. Scheduled for release in Summer 2005, this highly anticipated CD is filled with head bangin' tracks like Resurrection and Get Crunk featuring Jaman, Sh'pone Harris and the Great Mustafa. 'This project will serve as a representation of what God is doing in this ministry.' While detailing several of the Soldier's personal experiences, such as the loss of loved ones in Reunited and experiences in times of trials and hardships. This album will also touch on a broad range of topics relevant to everyday people's lives. Such topics include childhood memories of mental and physical abuse in Abusive, the struggles and temptations of pastors and the devastating affects of infidelity in What Went Wrong, the internal struggle between good & bad nature in one's humanity You Need To Know and a sensual love song, Never Knew Love. Guest appearances include Sterlin Mooney, Promise Dixon, Brosha-L and others. The overall purpose of this project is to be a positive influence within the hip-hop community, providing a sense of relativity and encouragement to hurting people around the world. In essence, revealing God's undeniable ability to save us from any situation and bring forth a personal Resurrection propelling them to a place of purpose and fulfillment.