Inspirational rap artist Psalm hits hard with his debut cross-over album, giving us a project that can be appreciated by hip-hop fans of all variances, believers and non-believers alike.
With sounds akin to Andy Mineo, NF, Tripp Lee and Lacrae, Psalm’s hard-hitting lyrics, coupled with contagious melodies, deliver real world messages and portray personal struggles that are relatable to almost anyone.
Psalm (aka Lyricidal), born David Andrew Byrd, is an inspirational christian rap artist based out of Boise, Idaho. He originally performed secular music under the alias Sketchy Waze, and had a modestly successful underground following under that title. He toured across the country for several years, including headlining performances at popular festivals and events. Throughout his career, he worked with renowned acts such as Tech N9ne, Spice 1, Hopsin, Swizzz, Dizzy Wright, Hed PE, Potluck, IV Seconds, Whitney Peyton, Kung Fu Vampire, G-Mo Skee, Hard Target and many more. In a couple of years he had garnered over 2 million views on his online videos and was featured on popular hip-hop channels such as TeamBackPack, WorldStarHipHop and the Cypher Effect.
Although by society’s standards David was well on his way to a successful music career, behind the scenes his worldly pursuits were literally destroying his family. Throughout his childhood and early adult life, David sold and used drugs. He struggled heavily with addiction, and battled with violent tendencies and sexual immorality. Surrounding himself with people who suffered from the same afflictions as he did, he used his music to justify many of his actions, and allowed it to become the sole focus of his life, neglecting his wife and child. In 2013 everything came to a head, and David’s wife left him after 8 years of marriage. It was then that David heard from God, and actually listened.
David claims that science and skeptics can not explain away the miraculous ways that God worked in his life during that time, and his testimony is powerful. God ultimately promised David that his family would be restored, and in return David vowed that he would turn away from his worldly ambitions and use his talents to do good in the world. That year he walked away from the following and income of ‘Sketchy Waze’ to explore his spirituality and discover his faith. It would be two years before God put it back into David’s heart to begin making music again; this time for a greater purpose. 12 months and 22 tracks later, ‘Covenant’ was a finished LP.
While much of Lyricidal’s lyrics are faith-based, his music doesn’t quite fit into the conventional evangelical musical category, as he does not tip-toe around the sensitive subjects of corruption and sin. He addresses these issues head-on, using his own personal experiences and past afflictions as inspiration.
While many church-goers may believe these messages to be too abrasive to be considered gospel music, Psalm says he doesn’t want to use his music to minister to a church of believers, but wants to reach people where they are; lost in the world and hopelessly enslaved to iniquity, just as he had been, and provide them some hope for a better life through real, meaningful messages of redemption and second chances.
It is in this formula that something unique happens: gospel music that isn’t quite gospel music. While believers can appreciate the underlying messages of God’s promise, many of the stories throughout Psalm’s 22-track LP will be equally relatable to people who have lived and experienced the lifestyle of sin and separation from God. It is in this way that Psalm hopes to help people who are still in the dark places he has been.
Psalm still resides in his hometown of Boise, Idaho. However, the music from his debut album has reached all the way across the oceans (being rotated as far as KingFisher FM Radio in South Africa). The single ‘Come Home’ from his debut LP is featured on Skwad Life Radio across more than 50 FM stations nationwide, and was included on the 2017 VIP Sampler for The Rock & Worship Road Show. On top of this, the single was also named in Jesusfreakhideout.com’s Top 10 Staff Picks for 2016. Jesusfreakhideout also released a 2017 CHH Sampler which included Psalm’s single ‘Everything You Wanted’ (JFH Presents: Who Are They Anyway? 03/03/2017). Psalm’s music and videos have been featured on popular music sites like Killerhiphop.com, Trackstarz.com, Jesusfreakhideout.com, Newreleasetoday.com, Christianraps.com, Christianhiphophitsjustashard.com, Undergroundontop.com, Omnigodmusic.com, and is currently featured on Pandora radio, C-Pop Radio, and other popular Christian radio stations. His online music videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of views so far.
Psalm prays that his new mission will be blessed by God even more than his old endeavors, not through financial gain, but through being able to share his message with those who may need it, and who may not feel comfortable seeking it out in the traditional church settings. He is now an ordained minister and works with struggling youth and addicts in his community. An award-winning film maker, Psalm serves in his church’s ministry with videography services. In efforts to give back to his community, he has partnered with Love INC Boise, The Most Excellent Way Boise Addiction Support Group, and the Boise Rescue Mission to serve with monetary donations and community service, encouraging others to join in through his Ministry Muzik message. Psalm also uses his keyboard and production skills to engineer and produce for other independent musicians in his area, and is currently working on his follow-up LP, ‘DeathProof’, which will feature reputable CHH artists such as PyRexx, Bryann Trejo, Marz, SupaMan, Exigh, Second Chaynce, Young Bro and others. He has recently joined with local non-profit hip-hop ministry the Net Work, in efforts to further coordinating delivering the gospel to those in need. For more information, visit www.ministrymuzik.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.