Spotlighting the honest realities of his own mental health journey, acclaimed hip-hop and spoken word artist, church leader, speaker and community advocate Legin drops his latest single, “Streets of Gold,” today. Blending gospel and trap influences with live brass and bass, the Cardec Drums and Ben Mekkes-produced track finds Legin delivering some of his most personal verses yet.
By addressing his struggles with stress, discontentment, rejection and division, among other issues, Legin hopes the song will encourage listeners to seek help when life overwhelms.
“I pray this song will give people the honesty to recognize their weaknesses and struggles and bring them to God, while realizing the present and future hope of Christ that helps our now and secures our forever,” he said.
The message of “Streets of Gold” paves the way for the second installment of Legin’s “GOOD ENUF Virtual Concert Series,” premiering Tuesday, June 15 (8 p.m. ET). The multievent series, which kicked-off in March, employs a unique blend of music, Bible teaching and mental health education to address the rise in depression and suicide since the onset of the pandemic. “GOOD ENUF” events are ultimately designed to connect those in need with helpful resources, while raising funds to subsidize counseling expenses for as many people as possible.
Tickets for June 15’s “GOOD ENUF Session 2” are available here.
“Being able to touch on sensitive topics like abuse, fatherlessness and race tensions, while prioritizing the gospel and giving people hope and tangible help, was a great feeling,” Legin said of “GOOD ENUF Session 1.” “This next event will be a deeper dive into my story, as well as the stories of people I'm trying to encourage and impact. We’ll share new songs that are very personal to me, and the segments featuring my counselor will reflect some of the current things I'm processing. Together, we’ll assess my needs and what's next; and I believe this event will be even more transparent than the first.”
“Counseling is a journey similar to a spiritual journey,” he added. “In the gospel, you walk with Christ down a narrow road, and who you are the first day you repent and believe isn't who you are years later as you continue to grow with him. Eventually, you look back and realize how far you've come with him. Other people can see it, too. You can practically apply that same thought to the healing counseling can bring. Expect a long walk, but eventually you – and others – will look back and realize how far you've come. It's OK to need this help; it's spiritual to receive it.”
Legin currently serves as the Creative Visionary at CrossRoads Church in Norfolk, Virginia, where he has preached monthly for nearly eight years. In 2016, Legin and Pastor Kevin Tremper of CrossRoads formed the Hampton Roads City Collective. Through relationship building, panel discussions and other gatherings, the collective has sought to help faith leaders in the community engage in difficult conversations about race, justice and the gospel. Additionally, in 2017 Legin helped create the Safe House Project, an organization that works to unite communities across America to end domestic sex trafficking, while empowering survivors with hope, freedom and a future.
As an artist, he has released 10 recordings, including 2017’s “Safe House” and 2018’s “Dark Room” EP. His 2020 EP, “In This Moment,” is a personal and passionate musical response to racial injustice, political divisiveness and disunity in the country. The project was birthed during a prayer march Legin helped organize and host in Norfolk, following the death of George Floyd. The march drew 5,000 people, including leaders from more than 100 churches and organizations in the community.