Back in March of 2019 Dexter (OSI) reached out to us through his production company/ministry He's Worthy Productions and he wanted to see how we could partner and how he could help us in our mission. We hit it off pretty quickly and God made it clear that we were to graft Deter into the team and he stepped in as our Creative Director. Shortly after that he shared his music with us and it for sure took us by surprise. OSI has a raw yet refined sound that is sure to excite the hip-hop purest and is even more likely to fire you up in your walk with Jesus. His blend of boom-bap and passion for Christ come through the speakers like a momma bear protecting her cubs, there is no question what he is about and there is no question that the Lord gifted him to share through hip-hop. OSI has not only joined the team as the Creative Director but we also offered him a spot on our artist roster.
We thought it made sense for everyone to hear more of his story and what God has been doing in and through his life. If you have any questions or simply want to say whats up, leave a comment, we would love to connect with you!
Where are you from, describe your upbringing?
Born and raise from the 313 Detroit Michigan. Bless to be raised with both parents in my household. I grew up with hard working parents, even though we may not had a lot, my parents made sure I stayed out the streets.
How did you come to Christ, (your salvation story)?
I was a traditional Christian, my mom always kept me in church. I knew who God was, but didn't have a personal relationship with him. I asked God to reveal himself to me. I lost everything, my marriage, my house and job. I was definitely at a low point of my life, family and friends were only able to do so much. I came to terms, I couldn't rely on them, God was my only source. I started working on a personal relationship with God, reading the word of God and praying. I continue to build my faith, that's when changes start happening, now I'm able to sit here tell people how worthy God is, when you put all trust unto Him, He can open up doors that nobody can close.
What was your first introduction to music?
I was exposed to variety of music like Motown, Bobby Womack, The Clark Sisters through my mom. At the age of 12 I was introduce to hip-hop through my cousin who lived on the east coast, who I visited during the summer. It was away for me to get out the house, I was a gamer and nerd. My cousin didn't have video games so I kept my self entertained by drawing albums covers and CD covers of hip hop artist while listening to hip-hop and reciting lyrics.
What was your first introduction to Gospel hip hop?
My first introduction to Gospel hip hop was years ago through a distribution deal that I was signed to. Among other hip hop artist on the roster. Eshon Burgundy's music stood out the most among them, due to his dope lyrical content; while presenting the gospel that I'm able to relate to. Shoutout to him! God willing, I would love to work with him someday.
Tell us a little about your first CHH album?
A Sinner's Mercy, tells a story about grace and mercy, my trials and tribulations.
Tell us about the the singles?
The first single "Spiritual War" looks at putting on the Armor of God and applying your faith unto Him through trials and tribulations. "More like you" is about walking through life and searching for a greater meaning beyond worldly needs with positivity and stronger in faith and trying to become "More Like Christ"
Where can we find your music?
The music can be found on all digital outlets worldwide or on tentmakermusic.com
You can download "Spiritual War" here (if you want to listen to it first check out the visualizer at the end of this article)
07 SPIRITUAL WAR.wav
"More like you"- http://smarturl.it/xy1k88?fbclid
"A Sinners Mercy"- http://smarturl.it/asinnersmercy
What's next for you ( tour dates, new releases, etc)?
Currently been in the studio heavy finishing this New EP "Verbal Judo" with my brother from another mother also apart of He's Worthy Productions, engineer and producer Tony Rizzo got a couple of other surprises coming up can't wait to reveal everything to you guys really looking forward to it God is so good and amazing! I'm blessed to be apart of the Tentmaker Music fam!!!!
How can you be contacted for booking and collaboration?
Please feel free to DM me on any social media platforms, real talk I'm always open to build at Fellowship.
What is your best advice for this generation?
My advice is to put God first and everything that you do and stay obedient. I know a lot of times we might go off our own personal feelings and ambitions but God already knows what you need. He knew you before your mother did. Put your faith in him and become fruitful for the kingdom.
What does worship mean to you?
Fully devoting yourself by praising Him and humbling yourself upon his grace and mercy. We Often we take His grace and mercy for granted and fail the realize nothing is promised. Just being able to pray to God is truly an honor and blessing that He gives us to communicate with Him whenever.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this, we hope you enjoyed it! Check out a couple of OSI's singles below and stay on the look out as some new music is coming down the pipeline! To learn more about OSI visit his Tentmaker Music Artist profile page. Thanks again and as always, God Bless!