Canon Defines His Own Path

Chicago-born rapper Canon doesn’t wish to be boxed in by his Christian beliefs. While he’s not the kind to shrink back from professing his spirituality in his music, he’s additionally not against working with artists of all kinds of backgrounds. After all, “good music is good music,” he says.

The 29-year-old first began gaining steam after working with Lecrae on Lecrae’s Rehab: The Overdose in 2011. He’s additionally teamed up with Derek Minor on songs equivalent to “It’s Not A Game” and “Over Do It.” Since then, he’s been working tirelessly to ascertain himself as a solo artist.

As he prepares to launch his new album Home on Friday (December 7) by way of Reflection Music Group, TR1LL caught up with the burgeoning musician to debate his non secular path, the message he hopes to get throughout to followers along with his music and why he believes God is at all times trying over him.

He’s Currently Living In Music City 

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I’ll present up wherever. Tonight we’ve obtained yet one more present from this tour. We’ve been touring since August. I’m DONE DONE lol but it surely’s been nice! Time to complete robust! Thank you guys for a terrific expertise.

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“You find a lot of creatives out here,” he says of Nashville. “I don’t know if there’s a ton of outlets for Hip Hop out here, which I pray that in my time of being here, that we could build that up. Nashville has a lot of dope creatives and a budding pocket of artist that are really dope. I hope to keep building on top of what is here already. I have an opportunity to build with some of the artists that’s out here. Certain parts of Nashville is definitely progressing.”

The Car Accident Led To His Spiritual Path 

“I’ve learned through the accidents that I have had that my life isn’t mine. And no matter how much someone may try to say, “Hey, there is no God.” I’m like effectively, you’ve gotta notice anyone’s controlling issues that we can’t management if you’re not in management. Somebody’s making the universe go spherical. Our hand isn’t on it.”

He’s Almost Died Multiple Times

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Contemplating how we’re gonna make it by way of the evening, I’m weak and I ain’t gotta faux it in my life, Oh lord you recognize we’d like you, because you, gave me energy for my individuals, ship me method above the eagles

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“I’ve been in a pair conditions the place I virtually died. Obviously God’s palms are over my life. I’m nonetheless right here. The accidents have allowed me to comprehend my life isn’t mine. The occasion that occurred is I virtually died. I used to be in a automobile accident, a automobile flipped over a number of instances. I noticed I’ve an opportunity to answer this. I might both insurgent and say, ‘Alright, you know what? Forget everything. Harden my heart and I’m simply going to do me. If I might die at present, I’m simply going to reside my life.’

“Or I could say, well, I’m still here. Me being here is not a product of something that I did but it’s obviously off of somebody that kept me alive. I attribute that to God and I say, ‘God, my life is yours. You saved it. Well, it’s yours. I owe you.’ If somebody saves yours life, you’re like, well I owe you my life.”

His New Album Home Is A Highly Personal Affair

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Pre order for my new album HOME is LIVE! Full challenge drops DECEMBER 7TH! Link in bio!!!! When you preorder, you will get three new tracks, BAMMM ft. @thederekminor & @kingbyron23, We Gone Make It ft. @casskanda & @itsgerardalain, and Push Thru! Let’s get it!!!!

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“I’ve been working on it for a while. I’ve got a lot of really dope artists that I collaborated with on this project. I want people to think heart is where the home is or home is where the heart is, however you want to put it. I want people to really be excited about their home, about where they come from. When I think about home for myself, I think about family. I think about tradition. I think about upbringing. I think about history, culture, all these things you have in your home. Whether you grew up in that same home all your life or you’ve taken a new place and made it your own.”

His Family Left Chicago To Escape Violence

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If there’s wherever you belong, it’s #HOME! We battle feeling accepted, wished, and revered, battling to search out someplace we belong. I’ve been there too, and now I’m able to take you on my journey. Let’s begin it with a brand new single THIS Friday. More on that tomorrow… 🚨🚨🚨 Be positive to activate notifications right here on IG, comply with me on @Spotify, @applemusic… EVERY platform! Share with your pals, and remark with a 🏠 beneath for those who’re prepared! Let’s GO! – 🎥: @calebnatale

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“We had to move because everybody was getting shot up in Chicago. So we had to leave. We had to get get out. I don’t feel bad for leaving, either. I’m alive. But we was living out in [Chicago suburb] Lombard for a second and I think I was like 12 or 13.”

He Almost Ran Away From Home After A Bad Car Accident

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“I’m trying to understand why they ain’t mixing with me, They told me ‘Canon be Canon,’ I can’t be no realer than me, They want a man with the heart of a saint but ran from the streets, I’m just trying figure out who rocking with me just for me.”

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“My cousin and I used to be driving to the mall. My brother forgot his pockets so we had to return. We hadn’t even left the block but. Instead of simply doing a U-turn, he stopped the automobile, put it in reverse after which simply went backwards down this complete block. He floored it in reverse. Every home on that block has a extremely, actually deep ditch. The subsequent factor you recognize, we swerved right into a ditch. Car flips over a number of instances. We hit this tree in entrance of this home and behind that tree was a propane tank. And that tree stopped us from hitting the propane tank. That automobile was totaled however we weren’t.

“I almost ran away from home that day because I knew we was going to be in trouble. I was like, ‘I’ll see you all when I’m grown. I hurried up out that car. I’m thinking it’s going to blow up like in the movies. We had some neck pain and minor scratches but beyond that, we were fine. Nothing was wrong. We didn’t even have our seat belts on. They should have been planning my funeral that same weekend. But praise God we didn’t have to. But when stuff like that happens, it’s hard to not look up and say, alright God, you’ve got my attention.”

He Doesn’t Try To Preach To People

“I started really making music about my experiences with God. And it ain’t this thing where I’m preaching at people. Because I don’t even like to be preached at. I barely like going to church [laughs]. That’s just to be honest. It wasn’t like I’m about to be, ‘Oh man, I’m all set to testify. I’m going to be preaching down everybody’s throat.’ No, I was like, I’m just going to make the music that I know I love to hear. But it’s just going to have my own swag to it. It’s gonna have this own message. The content’s gonna be different.”

He Grew Up Listening To The Eastside Boyz & T.I.

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They can’t contact me, nor damage me. I’m protected. #WeGoneMakeIt 📸: @duan.davis

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“You name it and whatever, I listened to it. I mean, I still listen to it to this day. I still love it. But I’m just like my content is going to be different. You know what I’m saying? I don’t go around calling women b’s and ho’s. So I’m not going to be talking about it in my music like I do that. Because I don’t. I don’t go around saying I’m about to go shoot somebody up. I’m not that confrontational. ”

He Wants To Be A Voice For The Voiceless

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You matter to this world. Your contribution to this world is and can at all times be essential. But so is the respect and dignity given as picture bearers of God. Let no man take that away from you. @ritzdrea

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“This isn’t a factor the place it’s Christian solely. I’m not that form of artist. My message to everyone is communicate up for the person that doesn’t have a voice. And not solely that, be you whilst you’re doing it. If you have no idea who you might be on this trade, the trade will attempt to inform you who you might be. I imply, not simply the trade. This world. If you don’t know who you might be, the world will attempt to dictate who you might be.

“I’d most likely wish to say be who you recognize, know who you might be and communicate for the one that doesn’t have a voice. Speak your message and your story, but additionally communicate for the one that doesn’t have a voice.” 

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