Formerly Known

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Formerly Known
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Mixtape by Andy Mineo
Released September 29, 2011 (2011-09-29)
Genre Christian hip hop, R&B
Length 46:21
Label Reach
Producer 808&Elite, Alex Medina, Andy Mineo, Skrip, Tyshane, CheeseBeats AKA Tha Kracken, Andre "Supaman" Atkinson, Mark Mims, Maurice "First" Tonia, Johnny Juliano, Black Knight, I.D. Labs
Andy Mineo chronology
Sin is Wack
(2009)Sin is Wack2009
Formerly Known
Saturday Morning Car-Tunez
(2012)Saturday Morning Car-Tunez2012

Formerly Known is the second mixtape by American Christian hip hop artist Andy Mineo, and his first under the Reach Records label. It was released as a free digital download on September 9, 2011. Formerly known as C-Lite, Mineo dropped this stage name when he signed to Reach in July 2011. The album title is based on three concepts: Mineo was formerly known as "C-Lite," God intimately foreknows all of humanity before birth, and Mineo was formerly an enemy of God before his adoption into God's family.[1][2]

Featured performers on the album include Lecrae, Beleaf of TheBREAX, Co Campbell, Thi'sl, Eshon Burgundy, Sho Baraka, Swoope, Rich Perez, and R-Swift, as well as a comic appearance of professional golfer Bubba Watson. Production was provided by Mineo himself along with Skrip, Alex Medina, and other, uncredited producers such as Tyshane.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Christian Manifesto 4.5/5[2]

Formerly Known was received positively by critics. Michael Wildes of The Christian Manifesto scored the mixtape four-point-five out of five and called it "one of the best albums" of the year.[2] Jerome Hill of Jam the Hype Radio was also favorable to the album, stating that "Andy Mineo keeps us flowing with this project with sounds like 'whoop,' showing us that Christian hip-hop is not lame."[2][3] Hill considered "Let There be Light", featuring Lecrae, a personal favorite.[3] Wildes listed "Fools Gold", featuring Sho Baraka and Swoope, and "Michael Jackson", featuring Thi'sl, Rich Perez, R-Swift, and Bubba Watson, as the two songs which he liked the best.[2] "Michael Jackson" sampled a line from Kanye West and was based around the concept of Christians being former sinners who were "bad real bad Michael Jackson".[2] Wildes noted the humorous intent of the appearance of golfer Bubba Watson and stated that it "closes out a fine project".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Goodbye" (featuring Eshon Burgundy)   4:03
2. "Let There Be Light" (featuring Lecrae) Alex Medina[4] 4:10
3. "Formerly Known" (featuring Co Campbell) Andy Mineo[4] 3:24
4. "Pick It Up" (featuring Beleaf)   3:33
5. "Young" (featuring KB) Tyshane[5][6] 3:55
6. "Every Word" (featuring Co Campbell) Andre "Supaman" Atkinson, Mark Mims, Maurice "First" Tonia 3:40
7. "Whats It All About" Johnny Juliano 2:20
8. "Hello World" Skrip[4][5] 2:26
9. "Everyday Thing" Johnny Juliano 3:06
10. "Listen" Skrip[4] 3:05
11. "Fools Gold" (featuring Sho Baraka and Swoope) Andy Mineo[7] 4:08
12. "Whatever Comes" I.D. Labs 2:59
13. "Pressure" (featuring Co Campbell) Black Knight 4:26
14. "Michael Jackson" (featuring Thi'sl, Rich Perez, Swift, & Bubba Watson) 808&Elite 4:06
Total length: 46:21


  1. ^ Reach Records (October 4, 2011). "Andy Mineo - Everyday Thing (@AndyMineo @reachrecords)" (Web/Video). YouTube. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Wildes, Michael (October 12, 2011). "Formerly Known". The Christian Manifesto. Archived from the original (Web) on February 19, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Hill, Jerome (March 14, 2012). "Andy Mineo – 'Formerly Known' Mixtape Review [Released September 29, 2011]" (Web). Jam the Hype. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Andy Mineo 'Formerly Known'" (Web). Rapzilla. September 29, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Horton, Chad (September 4, 2012). "2nd Annual Beat Battle at Flavor Fest 2012" (Web). Rapzilla. p. 2. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Mineo, Andy (October 24, 2011). "#fact - my homey Tyshane who.." (Web). Twitter. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ Reach Records (October 27, 2011). "Andy Mineo - Fools Gold Ft. Sho Baraka (@andymineo @amishobaraka @reachrecords)" (Web/Video). YouTube. Retrieved December 14, 2012.