I had the pleasure of chatting with Canadian emcee A.O.N about his new album “Though The Heavens Fall”. Here are a few highlights from our conversation, including his views on social justice, the sad fate of Drake fans in Calgary Alberta, and a humble prayer request in the end that I hope you’ll respond to.

Randy Mason: My name is alright, but not nearly as cool as yours. How did you come up with the stage name A.O.N?

A.O.N: In the book of Revelation it talks about how if you’re lukewarm you’ll be spit out of God’s mouth. I got it from that, you’re either giving God all or nothing. For a lot of years I sat on the fence. I grew up in a christian home, but later left and became an atheist. Eventually I came back, but was still living in sin claiming to be a Christian, until God took me out of that. That’s when I read the passage and decided to base my name on it.

Randy Mason: I love names with meaning. Your album title is also pretty awesome. Tell us about the concept of “Though The Heavens Fall”.

A.O.N: I was reading a book called “The Forgotten Spurgeon” and there’s a part where he talks about even if everything falls apart around us God’s word stands true, even though the heavens fall. I loved the quote, and decided to run with it for the title track. Initially the album had a different name prior to me reading the quote. When I read the quote it became the album title.

Randy Mason: What’s the Hip Hop scene like in Calgary Alberta Canada?

A.O.N: I used to perform at bars often. I did a show at a bar once unknowingly opening up for Satanist rapper. I shared the Gospel, and the promoter was upset about that. I haven’t played any bar shows since then because I refuse to compromise. Rap isn’t big here in my hometown (Calgary Alberta Canada). I’m in a little town where everyone loves country music.There are maybe two christian rappers that I know of in nearby towns. It’s pretty lackluster out here.

Randy Mason: That sounds frightening. The part about rap not being big out there.

A.O.N: Wu-Tang is big out here, if you come around saying you like Drake you may get beat up.

Randy Mason: That’s also frightening. Good thing this interview is happening over google hangout and not in person. So what was the creative process like writing this album?

A.O.N: I had a lot of beats and features that I’ve accumulated over the years as an indie artist. When I got signed to Anamorphic music we put it all together to make this album. We are also preparing to release a label project soon.

Randy Mason: Perhaps the most potentially controversial song on the album is “All Lives Matter”

A.O.N: A lot of christian rappers now are on the social justice tip, and that’s okay. I think it’s good to discuss, but I don’t agree with a lot of the popular movements such as the black lives matter movement; although I obviously believe that black lives matter. The minute you say all lives matter people shut down and don’t want to listen. I believe that what is happening in regards to police brutality in the black community is evil and needs to be spoken against, but the black lives movement as a whole is spreading more negativity than positivity, and is internally inconsistent. What about abortion, and other issues like it? Basically, social justice apart from Christ is like putting makeup on a corpse. The focus ought to be on the Gospel which brings reconciliation.

Randy Mason: There’s no shortage of things to pray about that’s for sure. With that said, How can we pray for you?

A.O.N: Pray for me as a husband and father, that I would love my wife and children in a way that’s biblical, and that music would not be an idol but just a ministry. In addition pray that I would not be fearful and anxious, but instead that I would live in light of the gospel, trusting in God.

A.O.N’s album “Though The Heavens Fall” is available now. A majority of the sales go directly to www.imb.org (International Missions Board) & www.calvarygrace.ca (A.O.N’s church home).

Read our review of Though The Heavens Fall here

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Randy Mason is a writer, Hip Hop artist, educator, and worship leader at Elements Church in the Bronx, NY, where he resides with his wife, and their five children. Randy loves music, ministry, writing, reading, and family life. Visit NYC and you may just bump into Randy, the urban missionary, on the subway sharing the gospel through Hip Hop via Trainsformers ministry. Randy believes that art can impact the human heART, and that music moves the message of Jesus Christ into the mind of man. Some of Randy’s hobbies include playing football, and improvising fictional bed time stories/verses/songs for, and with his children.

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