Jason Lewis, aka Humble Tip, left his home of Capitol Heights, Maryland, after high school to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and pursue his dream of becoming a sports agent. He graduated in 2008 with a degree in health promotions and then earned a master’s in health and wellness in 2011.
He says it became clear during his years at the world’s largest Christian university that God had other plans for his life. A series of on-campus jobs while he was a student eventually led to him launching his own music career and accepting the position of ambassador for the university after he graduated. Now, Humble Tip performs at events across the country as a hip-hop artist and speaker, sharing about the institution that changed his life. Humble shares tips on…
Tip is an acronym: “To Increase Praise.” It’s about making a daily attempt at humility to increase praise to the king.
His role with Liberty
Liberty is the world’s largest Christian school, Southern Baptist and predominately Republican. When you add all of these together, you don’t think of an African-American, hip-hop-driven male. But God used this school to mold me into the man I am today, so I put on heavy for my squad.
His growthPrior to Liberty, I had passion and an authentic love of God, but not much understanding of God’s word. There, I got the knowledge to go with that passion. I learned about his word and who he really is.
His sweet spot
I’m passionate about the Beautiful Tomorrow assemblies I’ve done for schools. The message is: Regardless of what adversity may have happened in your life yesterday, today you can make the decision that tomorrow will be beautiful.
Most fans are 14 to 19 years old, but white soccer moms also love me. I can go to southwest D.C. and relate to guys on the street, but I can also go to middle-class suburban Ohio.
His first impression of Liberty
Liberty was 110 percent culture shock when I arrived as a student. My first question when I got there was, “Yo, why do these white people not wear shoes? They’re wearing sandals when it’s cold outside.”
His exposure to new musicLiberty has convocation, which is the largest gathering of Christian youth in America, three times a week. At my first convocation, they played Hillsong, TobyMac and Newsboys songs. All I knew growing up was my culture just outside of D.C., which was black gospel, Pentecostal church music and hip-hop, so I’d never heard of these artists. There were 8,000 students all singing the same thing, which made me feel isolated because I had no clue what they were singing. However, I’m so appreciative and thankful for being introduced to [a new style of music]. It’s made me a more well-rounded person, which means I can be more effective for the gospel.
Photo credit: Jodie Walton