Album: Heroes For Sale (2013)


  • This is the opening track of Heroes For Sale, the first studio album by American Christian Hip-Hop artist Andy Mineo. Lyrically, the New York rapper based the album around the idea of the fallibilities of human heroes. Mineo explained: "We make heroes out of a lot of things. We make heroes out of people. We believe ourselves to be greater than we really are. We make ourselves look like heroes to other people. What I really wanted to do is show the brokenness of the heroes that we create and the heroes that we try to be in order to show that there is ultimately only one great hero."
  • In an unusual move for a Hip-Hop record, it opens with the classic hymn "I Will Rise and Go to Jesus." "I loved it so much that I decided to sample it and use it to open up the album," explained Mineo. "So my album opens with a traditional hymn, which is very rare for a hip hop album, but I think that opening hymn embodies everything that I wanted to say on this project: 'I will rise and come to Jesus, I'm broken, sick, wounded. All I need is grace.' Those are the kinds of lyrics you'll hear on that opening hymn and I think it's a perfect set-up for the rest of the album."
  • Mineo explained regarding the song's meaning: "Anytime someone gets a microphone we exalt the person speaking and often times we look at them as some kind of super human. We look at pastors that way. We look at basketball players that way, anyone who has a platform. So on the first song of the album I reveal a whole bunch of my struggles. I say, 'Hey, listen, though I have a microphone and though I might be exalted in some platforms, I'm not a super human. I'm just a fallen, broken person who needs grace.' We put on these masks and I really wanted to tear some of those down and create some vulnerability on this project. That's a lot of what that song is about, just saying I'm not that great, but my God is."


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