UNCOMFORTABLE TOUR 2016
May 19, 2016
Andy Mineo AKA "Mr. You Can't Stop Me" embarked on the Uncomfortable tour that made stops in 25 cities. Having graced the cover of B2B in March 2014, we were sure to catch Andy's show while he was in Denver, CO on May 4, 2016. A Christian rapper on a mission to bring people out of their comfort zones, it was clear to see that Andy is doing an amazing work for God.
The show in one word was lit. Lit is used to describe an atmosphere that is hype and full of energy. Mineo has a reputation of selling out venues with standing room only crowds. Just six months ago he performed in Denver and the crowd was just as large and diverse this time around. As I stood there observing the scene, I thought of how music is such an awesome tool God uses to bring people together.
Fellow lyricists, Propaganda and Wordsplayed opened for Andy. Through the lyrics of their music, the three artists came together night after night and used the stage for ministry. Ministry is seen as service to God and to other people in His name. It is something we are all commanded to do. When Jesus said we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, He pointed us to ministry. Christian ministry is an attitude and lifestyle of serving others. Be the youest you you can possibly be. Maybe we can dream of the next four years being great and we can celebrate. -Propaganda
From beginning to end the visuals were both intense and thought provoking. It caught me off guard during the performance of "Desperados" when Andy had a gun pointed at him on screen and the man pulled the trigger to Andy's head. "Bang, bang... how do you terrify a man that is scared to die? While I got a mic, I'm going to air the lies that paralyze my people. I live by the fear of God."
An appeal was made by Andy's wife, Cristina, to sponsor a child through World Vision. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people.
In Mineo's song "Uncomfortable" he starts by saying "Nobody told me you could die like this, nobody told me you could die from bliss... We never ever saw it coming... Corrupted by the comfort we love." This track speaks about how you can never be happy if you're always afraid to let go of what's comfortable, familiar. Sometimes, those are the things that hurt us.
One of my favorite tracks is "Know That's Right." I love it because it says "If you stay ready, you don't have to get ready." For me that's motivation. At the end of the song it says "I know where I'm going... I'm going home." In another song titled "Love", Mineo shares his love story and celebrates being a newlywed. The song itself is speaking to the word, love. "You motivate my whole mission. When I think about God, you the definition. Why I never see you hang with the religions? I feel you when you know I'm forgiven."
Throughout the Uncomfortable album Andy reminds us that to grow as individuals, we should always try to challenge ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and do something more. Life is a journey, so why not make the most out of it? Don't get caught running the rat race. Know who's you are. - Andy Mineo