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Thi’sl and his pastor Kenny Petty identify with the frustration in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson by protesters who demand justice for Michael Brown.

After a police officer shot and killed the unarmed 18-year-old Brown on Saturday, Petty told a group of Ferguson pastors how one of his best friends had died under similar circumstances 21 years ago. According to Petty, who serves at a church in St. Louis, cops shot his unarmed friend five times in the back and twice in the back of the head as they fled the scene of a gang altercation. Add a comment
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Kareem Manuel and T.J. “Decipha” Morrissette of the Christian hip-hop duo CTZN plan on traveling to Iraq for a mission trip next summer. The country’s recent increase in violence has forced CTZN (pronounced “citizen”) to reconsider, but the group still expects to go.

“It’s really scary, but they need Jesus, man,” Manuel told Rapzilla. “You’ve got to go where the gospel is needed. The light shines the brightest in the darkness. If they’re going to open the doors, let us rap and share our faith on tour, we’ve got to at least explore the opportunity.” Add a comment
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Swoope cemented himself as one of the most celebrated lyricists in Christian hip hop after Wake Up dropped in 2012.

“Swoope’s album the Wake Up woke me up,” Lecrae told Rapzilla. “That album just slapped me man. This dude is raising the bar.”

When an album is so excellent it shocks a future Grammy Award-winner, certain expectations are created. But as Swoope prepared to write his next solo album, Sinema, he suffered from a condition that jeopardized his reputation—writer’s block. Add a comment
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How do you inspire a record label with over 120 gold and platinum records and 20 Grammy Awards to try something new?

Ask Reach Records.

Two years ago, Lecrae and Ben Washer’s independent label moved Brad O’Donnell, SVP A&R at Capitol Christian Music Group, to pursue a hip-hop artist.

“They were the ones who showed the Christian—and general market, by the way—that there was an audience hungry for music like this,” O’Donnell told Rapzilla. “It was not only with the music, but I was impressed with the artists as people and what they stood for.” Add a comment
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“Don’t be in a hurry to go to court. For what will you do in the end if your neighbor deals you a shameful defeat?” – Proverbs 25:8

By now, and if you are reading this article, you are probably aware of the biggest news to hit the Christian Hip Hop airwaves in a long time: the lawsuit filed by Flame against Katy Perry in which he alleges that she infringed the copyright for his song, “Joyful Noise”. While not much else has been reported regarding the pending lawsuit, there has been a swarm of commentary surrounding it. The comments have ranged from incredulity that Flame would sue an artist as big as Katy Perry to disdain that a Christian is filing a lawsuit, but regardless of what side of the spectrum an individual may lie, one question invariably finds itself into all discussions: “Should Christians sue?” Add a comment
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Has Christian Hip-Hop arrived? This question asked to 10 different people may warrant 10 uniquely different responses, but it was the first question Nicola Menzie of the Christian Post asked Chad Horton, co-owner of Rapzilla, and Timothy Trudeau of SyntaxCreative, in an interview on Monday. Most may disagree that Christian hip-hop (CHH) has truly arrived but it is undeniable that it has succeeded greatly amongst Christian and mainstream audiences.

The core Christian fan base has indeed pushed record sales and ticket sales through the roof, making it almost impossible for others within the hip-hop community to neglect CHH artists any longer. Add a comment
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Nate Marquardt prayed for James Te Huna before fighting him at UFC Fight Night 43.

“Please protect this guy so he doesn’t get too hurt,” said Marquardt.

He didn’t believe oddsmakers, who labeled him an 8-5 underdog. Despite losing his last three fights, Marquardt expected to win easily.

His confidence wasn’t rooted in pride. It was rooted in God.

Marquardt is a professing Christian. His faith, and the Christian hip-hop song he used for entrance music, gave him peace against Te Huna. But the last few years, Marquardt failed to prioritize his faith over his career.

Pride did influence that. Add a comment
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