Meet Gordon Iserhoff aka Jew-b-al. He’s a Christian Hip-Hop recording artist and have been in this genre for more than 12 years.
“I am the first of its kind to hold this style of music from where I’m from Mistissini, Quebec.
A First Nations Native who fell in love with Hip-Hop at the age of twelve by the time I reached seventeen I already became a big fan of 2Pac and Nas and was influenced by their messages through music, I would rap to my peers while intoxicated rapping to Pac’s lyrics or Nas.
By the age 24 I converted to Christianity by reading the Good Book and ever since then all I ever wanted to do was preach this beautiful message from the Bible, the problem was no one wanted to hear this message until I realized that God gave me this gift in rapping why not use it to get people to listen, And that’s how I became who I am.”
Lisa: This may come across a bit corny but if you could describe yourself with one word what would it be?
Lisa: Who and what are your influences that helped create your unique sound?
Jew-b-al: Oh Jesus, the more I read His word the more I got influenced by his way of living and I wanted to put this in music as much as I could. But before converting to christianity 2Pac and Nas were my influences.
Lisa: How is the music and lyrics in your songs developed? Like, do you work with external Producers, and which typically comes first – the lyrics or the beats?
Jew-b-al: Yes I do work with a producer that goes by the name of Adam Cherrinton A.K.A Wyshmasterbeats I bought one of those bundles packages he offered. I first listen to the beat for some time just to find a story and if it speaks my language I will freestyle over and over until I catch a verse whether the bridge or the rap verse from there I just pour in all my emotions in writing.
Lisa: I really liked your single “Tell Me You Love Me”: Can you tell me more about it? Where did you get inspired to write it?
Jew-b-al: I would highly recommend you listen to my interlude on track 2 of my album (Tell Me You Love Me) if you’re interested enough, you can find it on any streaming services.
Lisa: What are your thoughts on the current state of the hip-hop industry?
Jew-b-al: If you were to ask me about the state of the CHH industry, then I’d say there is a bit too much of self-gratification and compromise. Then there are those who take this Gospel seriously which applaud for their boldness (Bryan Trejo, Bizzle, Seven and Da T.R.U.T.H) But Hip-Hop in general, honestly I don’t really listen to their stuff the only secular rap artists I heard of are Tom Macdonald and Joyner both are similar in their style and have good messages but not all of them, other than that I have no other answers on this one.
Lisa: What do you feel your listeners should get out of your music?
Jew-b-al: Salvation, That has always been my aim to see young people and people in general to see a transformation in their lives when listening to my music.
Lisa: What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music so far?
Jew-b-al: Losing loved ones and being betrayed by the ones closest to you, but musically speaking not being able to connect with the right people has always been difficult because there are many groups in this genre and many of them have their doctrines they follow which, for example, “Once saved always saved” or “Jesus already came back and there is no second coming” for me it’s hard to believe that knowing that the bible states ”to work out your Salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12) and when you read carefully in the book of Matthew 24, it’s all there.
Lisa: What do you want to say to people who don’t take Christian Hip-Hop seriously?
Jew-b-al: You are deaf, dumb, and blind becasue you don’t hear the right words spoken into your life. Try listening to CHH a bit more, I dare you, I double dare you, maybe it will change the way you think?
Lisa: What advice or philosophy might you impart to other musicians, be it in forms of creativity, technical stuff, the business side of it, or anything else?
Jew-b-al: I guess my advice would be writing songs, if you are like me who’d rather leave the composing of beats to professionals and purchasing them. then I say, make sure the beat you buy has a story don’t just buy it because it sounds good, buy it because there is a story to be told in that song, make it your best friend, and express exactly how you feel in that song, when recording it bring the same energy and raw emotion in it. and don’t forget to copyright it if you bought it for exclusive rights.
Lisa: What is your view on technology in music?
Jew-b-al: It’s the thing of the future, it’s better now than 15 years ago you can send your music on gmail, and or dropbox for features, mixes and mastering not to mention the distribution side with DistroKid or TuneCore People from all over the world can hear my music with a click of a button, it’s a great tool to use to spread the gospel.
Lisa: What are your plans for the future?
Jew-b-al: My Plans are to finish my studies on Biblical Theology and get my certificate for Pastoral duties, to release a few more albums to raise up new leaders and musicians, singers, and rappers, Do a tour which I haven’t done since I started doing this style of music, and help the youth pursue their calling. Last but not least to become the greatest father and husband.