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Steven Malcolm

Steven Malcolm: "Any music, when used in a positive way, will always change and heal the world."

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06/03/2024

Steven Malcolm is a multi-cultural artist at the top of his game, infusing Christianity with his distinctive brand of soulful hip-hop. His powerful lyrical messages have gathered acclaim with five Dove Award nominations, over 115 million streams, and a reflective studio album ‘Tree’ that debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Hip-Hop chart. The artist discusses his highly anticipated fourth album, ‘BOATS’, his latest single, ‘Nothing Into Something’, and how healing, self-care, and perseverance can achieve harmonious results.


The profoundly inspiring ‘Nothing Into Something’ illustrates the concept of finding beauty in meaningful transformation by providing hope to his ever-growing audience and anyone struggling. The message at its core, Malcolm shared, is: “I hope those who feel they have no way out, those who feel they are in a dark situation, know that if they let the truth in, there is light. The truth is, we all have the power to turn a negative into a positive.”


Originally, Malcolm turned to hip-hop when he desperately longed for purpose and hope. After joining a local church that infused hip-hop with worship, the artist’s musical journey began, changing his life. Explaining the powerful significance of hip-hop, Malcolm told us, "Hip-hop is the most authentic genre. It's raw; it's all about how you feel and your environment. It’s real-life music, so when people hear it, they hear it themselves. Any music, when used in a positive way, will always change and heal the world. I would say it's more so what's in the message that can make the difference.”


‘Nothing Into Something’ is a magnetic reflection of the personal nature of ‘BOATS’, which is a dynamic showcase of Malcolm's emotional depth and signature soulful style. “It's the realest record I’ve released thus far. It's a song filled with stories I’ve come across about friends and family who I’ve seen change through the power of Jesus. It's truly a powerful record.”

‘Nothing Into Something’ focuses on the significance of healing. Lyrically based on Malcolm’s cousin, who successfully turned his life around after suffering from alcohol addiction, the uplifting hit paints the idea that any negative situation can be redeemed. Referring to the hope and resilience rooted in his belief system, Malcolm shared his tips with listeners seeking direction: “Seek God. You create something; you know its purpose and the best way to function. Life is the same way, but for some reason, it's cool to say the universe is what controls your mood. Find the creator; you find your purpose.”


Malcolm also discussed the importance of self-care and well-being amidst the lingering pressures of the music industry: “Self-care is the key to the artist’s peace of mind and success, allowing space for his creative process, which crafts a healthy work ethic—TIME TO MYSELF is my self-love secret. I am a father now and have been a husband for 5 years. One thing I can say is that life is BUSY, stress is HIGH, and reward is LOW, so time to myself is how you create something; you know its purpose and the best way to function. Life is the same way, but for some reason, it's cool to say the universe is what controls your mood. Find the creator; you find your purpose. Find your purpose; you find life."


Admired for his candid songwriting and open discussion of personal struggles, ‘Nothing Into Something’ is no exception. Providing an uplifting source of inspiration and hope for his listeners and beyond, the single introduces a fresh perspective to the hip-hop community and aims to tackle the stigma surrounding mental health. "We are a genre that glorifies killing, but when a rapper dies, it's all about stopping the killing. I feel the world knows that. Shout out to Dee-1 for still standing on business and taking the heat. Dee-1 was spot on, and people like him deserve more credit. The voice of hip-hop is beyond this world, so I'm working to show we can do better and speak truth, not hate. Better days are ahead."

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