The good folks over at Illect Recordings have just released a video for “Concealed Sorrow” – one of the most heart-wrenching Christian hip hop songs I’ve ever heard and one of the reasons I nominated Theory Hazit & Toni Shift’s Modern Marvels as one of my Top 5 Albums of last year.
Inspired by a true story of pain, hate, and loss, "Concealed Sorrow" goes a little deeper than your average rap song.
The track, which is based on a real life incident witnessed as a youth by now-pastor and university professor Dr. Tony Campolo, is told from the perspective of a bullied, undefended, and forgotten gay high school student who ended up taking his life after receiving the brunt of horrible actions from his classmates.
Theory says he wrote 'Concealed Sorrow' hoping that the church would listen, watch, and perform the love of Christ to all that struggle.
“Perhaps this message is just what the culture needs – a wake up call to begin standing up for the downtrodden and outcasts of our society," Theory said. "At the very least, 'Concealed Sorrow' should serve as an eye opener for anyone who thinks that bullying and hate are minor issues. Family members, friends from high school, and co-workers also inspired the song and short film. I pray that Christians would step up and be as we are called."
To catch the clip, read the lyrics, and the full backstory from the song visit illect.com.