Spent three hours on the phone yesterday with Apple technical support to solve an iPhone music-related problem. Many thanks to Debbie for her patience. I was exhausted when we were done, but the issue was resolved and I have my music once again. Y’all know how I get when it comes to my music… Smile with me!
Song/Album: “Breathe Again” by Papa San on the album God and i.
Why it made the cut: From the first deep intake of breath on “Breathe Again,” you can’t help but be hooked. Add to that the pounding bass and drums, pulsating rhythm, and an irie blend of Papa San’s rhyme spittin’, Kirk Franklin’s guest ad libs, and some killer backup vocals, and we have a winner on our hands!
I love that San doesn’t idle to recognize how integral God is to his life. The fastest lyrical speaking DJ out of Jamaica reminds us in typical dancehall style that our very existence is based on God’s will and love for us. Like San, may our prayer be: “Break me into syllables; teach me how to breathe again!”
Artist: A personal encounter with God in 1997 turned Tyrone Thompson, better known as Papa San, from one of the fathers of dancehall into, in his own words, “a fisher of men, and music is my bait.”
Raised by a Rastafarian grandmother, this Jamaican street poet extraordinaire began deejaying, singing, and churning out hits in his early teens. Known as the Marathon Man due to the numerous consecutive chart-busting hits over his 20-year career, San was well known on the U.S. rap circuit prior to his conversion, and his music enjoyed worldwide acclaim.
San’s lyrical dexterity and rapid-fire delivery has transcended the dancehall genre and pops up on the albums of many gospel and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) artists. His blend of reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, and gospel has led to collaborations with some of gospel music’s biggest names, such as Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, and CeCe Winans. In addition, San has five solid solo gospel albums to his credit.
Papa San and his wife Debbie and family live in Florida and are the ordained ministers of Our Father’s Kingdom International Ministries.
Change my heart I am not okay
And you say you wouldn’t leave me whether night or day
I can’t do without you no way, no way, no way!