Hook-Filled Hip-Hop Single Mixes Genres, Focuses on the Promise of a Brighter Tomorrow
IVAV (a division of Curb | Word Entertainment) recording artist Steven Malcolm is still riding high on the success of his Dove-nominated album The Second City. Malcolm returns to the intersection of hip-hop, pop, and forward-thinking gospel music with “Glory On Me (feat. Childish Major & Taylor Hill),” dropping today, 4/2. Listen to the track HERE.
“Glory On Me” is a celebratory single grounded in faith and optimism. It all begins with a church piano and a soulful refrain sung by collaborator Taylor Hill, then gives way to three minutes of rapid-fire wordplay and deep-seated beats. Also featuring an appearance from Childish Major, “Glory On Me” is Malcolm at his very best, mixing swagger and spirituality into a rowdy, redemptive song that blurs the boundaries between worship music and rap.
Malcolm has always thrived in the uncharted territory between genres. The Second City, his most recent release, debuted at Number 11 on Billboard’s hip-hop chart, received a Dove nomination for Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year, and highlighted not only his hip-hop credentials but also his Jamaican roots and reggae influences. “Glory On Me (feat. Childish Major & Taylor Hill)” follows the same path, with Malcolm glorifying his maker over a track that owes as much to the club as the church.
“It’s very rooted in hip-hop, but we give praise before the beat drops, so the song also has a real gospel
foundation” says Malcolm, who wrote the track during a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “More than anything, it’s uplifting. It’s the song we all need in a time like this.”
Malcolm promises there’s more uplifting music on the way. “Glory On Me (feat. Childish Major &
Taylor Hill)” marks the beginning of a fresh chapter that will unfold throughout 2021, with Malcolm continuing to release new songs that combine the spirituality of Sunday morning with the energy of Saturday night. For Malcolm — a prolific artist who grew up in search of a guiding light, then launched his acclaimed career after finding God — the timing couldn’t be better.
“2020 was a year of discouragement, but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel,” he explains, speaking from experience. “God’s still in control, and He still gets all the glory.”
“Glory On Me (feat. Childish Major & Taylor Hill)” is available HERE now.
About Steven Malcolm:
Steven Malcolm makes faith-driven hip-hop that’s as unique as his multi-cultural background. It’s a sound grounded in rap’s rhythmic delivery, pop’s modern melodies, and God’s word, glued together by a diverse artist whose music has earned five Dove Award nominations and more than 44 million streams.
Raised by a family whose Jamaican-born patriarch was deported back to the Caribbean when his son was 10 years old, Malcolm turned to music for a source of stability. He found success in the hip-hop underground with his independent debut, Monster’s Ink, then signed a deal with Word Entertainment. As the first rap artist on the label’s roster, he introduced his sound to a wider audience with the self-titled Steven Malcolm — whose hit songs combined elements of trap, boom bap, South Atlanta hip-hop, and modern pop — its 2019 follow-up, The Second City, which debuted at Number 11 on Billboard’s hip-hop chart. Tracks like “Fuego” highlighted his
Jamaican roots and reggae influences, both of which were showcased again in 2020, when Malcolm teamed up with Shaggy for the larger-than-life “Fuego Remix”. The R3HAB Remix of Steven and Shaggy’s version has already been streamed over 3 million times. Alongside the mainstream success, the Dove-nominated remix of “Even Louder” found him duetting with seven-time GRAMMY® nominee Natalie Grant.
Released in 2021, “Glory On Me” finds Steven Malcolm beginning yet another chapter of his singular career. The song blurs the boundaries between Christian music and hip-hop, delivering timely messages of faith,
optimism, and redemption along the way. This is hip-hop music with a heart, mixing the spirituality of Sunday morning with the energy of Saturday night.
About Curb | Word Entertainment
In 2016, Curb Records acquired Word Entertainment, combining two of the music industry’s most respected global brands, and more than a century of collective experience. Today, Curb and Word are two of the world’s leading independent music companies. Owned and operated by Mike Curb, the Curb | Word family includes the labels Curb, Word, Squint, Fervent, Sidewalk, MCC and IVAV, as well as Curb Publishing, Word Publishing, 25 Live, Curb Films, Word Films, Word Entertainment, and Curb Sports, representing top artists and entertainers in Country, Christian, Pop, Rock, and Hip-Hop. For more information, visit www.curb.com.