A.J. Robinson raps with a refreshing perspective that resonates with listeners. Using a keyboard and recording equipment left to him by his uncle, A.J. started writing lyrics and making beats at 15. Now he uses his love for rap music as a way to illustrate the gospel to help people understand what Jesus is all about.
Using an old iPhone and the GarageBand App, A.J. records songs filled with emotion and truth. A.J. believes that worship takes many forms and isn’t always found with a choir and a sermon.
“Maybe music is the only glimpse of church that they ever get to see,” he said. “It’s important to be adaptable and flexible in the way we communicate the word of God.”
Whether talking about his grandmother’s stroke in “Whenever Life Hits,” or something he’s learning in his journey with Christ, as in “New Meaning,” A.J.’s lyrics are transparent.
One of his most recent songs “Fractured Lens,” written during finals week his senior year of college, reflects on his journey from the guilt and shame he experienced when he was “impulsively doing things just to benefit his own sake,” to the freedom he has experienced since meeting Jesus at age 20 and being baptized.
“Wow! I’m clean now,” he said. “I had come before the Lord saying, ‘I don’t have the cleanest record, but, God, I’m willing to trust you. [I felt like] I should still feel a sense of guilt like I’m a horrible person, but that was literally washed away clean.”
In his lyrics he talks about being choked by insecurities, self-pity and living a life without purpose. But his words give hope when he says:
“Because I’m broken inside, as much as I try to hide, I can’t deny these burdens with tears swelling up in my eyes. / Yes, I cry about the negative things; I should die. / But He gave me a second chance at reliving my life.”