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EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian hip-hop has found a gifted new recruit in Andy Mineo, who first gained notice with his 2011 mixtape Formerly Known. Heroes for Sale gives him room to release dazzling volleys of rap against tracks that mix solid beats with seething swirls of electronica. Mineo doesn’t mind coming on strong and swaggering a little, as aggressive tunes like “Cocky” and “You Will” show. He tempers his brassy attitude with a willingness to bear his scars, whether he’s grappling with family issues (“Bitter”), considering past mistakes (“Curious”), or dealing with temptations of the flesh (“Shallow”). Mineo’s testimony gains impact from his ability to tap into a wide variety of musical influences. The Latin percolations of “Uno Uno Sies” (featuring Lecrae), the rock guitar riffage (and sly Wizard of Oz references) of “Wild Things,” and the techno groovery of “AYO!” keep listeners giddily off-balance. Amid the inspired flow and unexpected musical fusions are powerful Scripture-based messages that contrast human weakness with the majesty of God.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Christian hip-hop has found a gifted new recruit in Andy Mineo, who first gained notice with his 2011 mixtape Formerly Known. Heroes for Sale gives him room to release dazzling volleys of rap against tracks that mix solid beats with seething swirls of electronica. Mineo doesn’t mind coming on strong and swaggering a little, as aggressive tunes like “Cocky” and “You Will” show. He tempers his brassy attitude with a willingness to bear his scars, whether he’s grappling with family issues (“Bitter”), considering past mistakes (“Curious”), or dealing with temptations of the flesh (“Shallow”). Mineo’s testimony gains impact from his ability to tap into a wide variety of musical influences. The Latin percolations of “Uno Uno Sies” (featuring Lecrae), the rock guitar riffage (and sly Wizard of Oz references) of “Wild Things,” and the techno groovery of “AYO!” keep listeners giddily off-balance. Amid the inspired flow and unexpected musical fusions are powerful Scripture-based messages that contrast human weakness with the majesty of God.

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About Andy Mineo

New York City-based rap and hip-hop artist Andy Mineo makes progressive, electronic-influenced hip-hop. Raised in Syracuse, Mineo began rapping and producing albums in his home studio while still in high school. Originally going by the stage name of C-Lite, Mineo was signed to Syracuse University's Marshall Street Records and opened for such acts as the Roots and Common. While in college, he reconnected with his faith via a meeting with producer Alex Medina and the urban evangelism project T.R.U.C.E. He was soon touring with T.R.U.C.E., and in 2009 released his first mixtape, Sin Is Wack, Vol. 1. In 2011, Mineo signed with Reach Records and dropped the moniker C-Lite in favor of his actual name. That same year he released his second mixtape, Formerly Known. In 2013, Mineo returned with his proper full-length studio album, Heroes for Sale. In 2014 he released the EP Never Land, and 2015 saw the release of the hit single "Lay Up" along with the album Uncomfortable. Two years later, Mineo joined Wordsplayed for the collaborative mixtape Magic and Bird. Peaking inside the Top 50 of the Billboard 200, the effort featured the singles "Dunk Contest" and "Judo." The next year, Mineo scored gold certification for the single "You Can't Stop Me" with Messiah. The same month, he issued the EP I: The Arrow, which featured two songs with Weatherman, and included the single "I Ain't Done." ~ Matt Collar

HOMETOWN
Syracuse, NY
BORN
April 17, 1988

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