Chi-town's SIR THE BAPTIST Gets NOD from Jay Z & BET HipHop Awards

Born Sir William James Stokes, in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood, Sir The Baptist took his love of music and inspiration from his preacher/social activist father and created a sound all his own, an individualistic amalgam of soul, hip hop, R&B, jazz, doo-wop, pop, and gospel he calls “church pub rap.” Sir captured a national audience first via his contribution to Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment’s “Familiar” (featured on 2015’s acclaimed “SURF”)

We had the pleasure of covering Sir after his amazing set at lollapalooza 2016 in Chicago. He is a great talent. What excites me the most about him is how he integrates hip hop/R&B with gospel music. This style of music has became very popular since the release of another fellow Chicagoan Chance The Rapper.

Sir performed an incredible set on Sunday September 4th at Made In America Festival in Philadelphia. When he was leaving the stage, Jay appeared behind the stage  to come to tell Sir that he's rocking with his story and that he's a big fan. Incredible moment for Sir, who's #1 music idol is Jay.

"Growing up in Chicago, it wasn't always easy. But having family, faith, music and supporting my community of Bronzeville made it home. As the song says, If we're faithful over a few things, the good lord will give you much"-Sir The Baptist

The Atlantic recording artist  has announced the release of his powerful new anthem. “What We Got” – produced & written by Sir himself – heralds the upcoming release of Sir The Baptist’s full-length debut project, “PK: PREACHER’S KID,” arriving later this fall.

The project also includes the hit single, “Raise Hell” (Feat. Church People), which earned him a BET HIP HOP Awards Nomination in the “Impact Track of the Year” category. This single had over 2 million streams on Spotify. 

He is a talent from Chicago that the city needs to rally behind make sure you catch him performing at Common's AAHH Fest Sunday 24th in Union park (Chicago,IL).

Below is an interview we did with Sir after his set at Lollapalooza :

Our media correspondent Bree Specific had chance to chop it up with Chicago's own Sir The Baptist at Lollapalooza, he gave her insight on growing up as a preachers kid, and so much more!