As the Heroes for Sale album title suggests, Mineo aims to deconstruct the idea of creating superheroes out of ordinary, sinful humans—himself included. He believes the music boils down to one main sentiment: “I’m not great, but I know a God who is great and who redeems us.” He deals with the pain and hurt he’s felt from his absent father and other loved ones in the Eminem-esque “Still Bleeding.” The force of delivery escalates as he raps about words that still sting 20 years later, yet his message doesn’t end with that anger: “I don’t even got it inside me to give forgiveness / I got to find it in the place where He said ‘It is finished.’”  

 

Mineo says some Christian fans are quick to judge him because he hangs out with non-Christian rappers, without seeing how he’s cultivating those relationships. Such misplaced zeal turns off nonbelievers, who—when they hear the term Christian rap—turn away because they assume the songs will be cheesy and terrible. But what really differentiates the work of Lee and Mineo from mainstream hip-hop is the hope in something greater.  

 

Mineo’s album closer “Death Has Died” lists the brokenness in the world: failed relationships, school shootings, abuse, cancer, shame, and natural disasters. He doesn’t pinpoint an earthly solution but finds the antidote in the hope to come: “One day He’ll wipe every tear from our eyes / He’ll come and make all things right / We’ll sing death had died / But until that day this won’t be forever.”