Rawsrvnt has been doing music in the Christian industry for several years. He has pioneered a Hip Hop Worship movement that has broken through religious barriers world wide. Traveling across the United States and treading international waters to Europe and Africa, he has impacted the masses with the truth of God's unconditional love utilizing a delivery method that has been embraced by a wide range of people.
When we listened to Sho Baraka's album 'Lions & Liars', one of our favorite hooks on the album was on the song "Word", featuring ... well, nobody knew. We couldn't find the answer, and we even posed it as a trivia question to you. The only answer we got was from an inside source in the UK. So I tracked down this person, and gave compliments, but she shied away from them and played it off as a fluke. She isn't a known artist, but she is a songwriter and rapper. She runs a the label Preacha Boy Music (Jahaziel, Etizz, New Direction Crew, GP), among other things. We introduce to you, Charisse Beaumont.
If you have ever met St. Louis native and Lampmode Recording artist J'son, you would know that he is one very passionate guy. Whether its having hour long debates about doctrine or relaying instructions at his own video shoot, J'son throws every ounce of himself into what hes doing. Who is Json? Maybe youve heard him on one of Flames four albums. Maybe youve heard him on '13 letters' or any of the other Reach Records projects. His listeners have been fortunate benefactors of this creative zeal on his past albums 'The Seasoning' and 'Life on Life,' and now with his forthcoming third album he is ready to push the envelope even further. I recently sat down with J'son during a video shoot to talk about his new label and the upcoming album.
You should have heard of them by now, but maybe you havent. If youve happened to run across the super-crew known as Deepspace5, then you can be sure you havent forgot.
Deepspace5 is comprised of 3 producers and 7 MCs. The group has had two nationally distributed records, The Night We Called It A Day (Uprok/BEC 2001), and Unique Just Like Everyone Else (Gotee Records/EMI 2005). Deepspace5 has had more independently released albums, including Beat Rabbi Presents: Deepspace5oul (Illect Recordings 2007) and Bake Sale (Deepspace5 records 2008). Her members include Manchild and Dust of Mars Ill fame, Playdough, Sev Statik, Beat Rabbi, Fred- die Bruno, Sivion, sintax.the.terrific, Manwell?, and Listener.
Why aren't people like Lecrae winning!? There is frustration that KJ-52 won the Dove Award for 'Rap / Hip Hop Album of the Year'. KJ-52 now has 5 Dove Awards. There have been complaints over the years, including this year, that KJ-52 won because he is white, because he has the most sales, politics, etc. While some of that may be an influence, most or all of it is based on ignorance. There are requirements and criteria (similiar to Grammy's, Stellar's, etc.) that have to be met for artists to be considered for nominations.
'Chronicles of an X-Hustler' dropped in August of 2009. The album received critical acclaim and debuted Number 4 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart between Fabolous 'Loso's Way' and Lil Waynes 'The Carter III.' This was quite an achievement for an independent artist but Thisl isnt done yet. It is certain to be another hot summer as he gets ready to hit the road with k-Drama, Pro, and Json on the Urban Missionary Tour. Rapzilla recently caught up with Thisl after his video shoot for Youre the One to talk record sales, inner-city outreach, and how monopoly can help build Christian community.