Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matt 28:19-20 (KJV)



The Cross Movement

For ten years, the name The Cross Movement has been synonymous with gritty East Coast rap and piercing Bible-based lyrics. In an age when large hip-hop collectives, such as the Wu-Tang Clan and Junior Mafia, were en vogue, seven young Christians were bound by different ties than most and, in turn, outlasted most of their early contemporaries. Since then, they have toured globally and have been covered by media outlets as diverse as Time Magazine, CCM Magazine, The Source and The Washington Post. With so many articles written and stories told about them, the members of The Cross Movement remain most focused on one story, HIStory: Our Place in His Story.

And as with all good stories, chapters end. HIStory marks the final official studio album by The Cross Movement as a collective. Although the group always planned to only release seven projects, a final project can still be a daunting task logistically, emotionally and musically.

Where there were once seven ragtag kids performing for pennies and sleeping on church basement floors, today there are four committed and busy family men. The Tonic (John Wells) details how The Cross Movement has evolved. “I’m currently president of both Cross Movement Records and Issachar Recordings and developing a new Christian media entity. Phanatik (Brady Goodwin) is a Bible college student and is running the website Christianhiphopper.com. T.R.U.-L.I.F.E. (Virgil Byrd) runs both the studio and A&R for Issachar Recordings, while The Ambassador (William Branch) has taken on the task of teaching pastor at a new church in Philly.”

Although the logistical task of getting the group together over five months was huge, the larger task was writing and recording a project worthy of a final collective effort. To honor their part of God’s bigger story, The Cross Movement pulled out all the stops. Goodwin pulls no punches reflecting the collective sentiment of the group, “We worked on this harder than anything we’ve ever done.”















  Name Artist Released  
Human Emergency The Cross Movement 10/11/00
House of Representatives The Cross Movement 02/18/99
Higher Definition The Cross Movement 02/22/04
Heaven's Mentality The Cross Movement 04/28/97
Chronicles - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 The Cross Movement 08/22/06
Gift Rap The Cross Movement 02/22/04
Higher Definition The Cross Movement 02/22/04
Heaven's Mentality The Cross Movement 04/28/97