Last week, Rapzilla introduced one of Christian hip-hop’s early founders, Stephen Wiley. Wiley’s connection to the golden era of hip-hop helped spark an untapped segment of music Christian circles had not heard of. As this new breed of gospel-inspired rap music began to hit the streets, the church and even Christian music in general, were not ready for the wave.
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Once upon a time, in hip-hop history, existed a time and place far removed from what we see now. Before there was the talk of a rapper’s plight, there was Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” Artists and groups such as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, DJ Kool Herc, Kurtis Blow and a slew of other DJ’s and MC’s introduced a new style of music called rap. However, it wasn’t new for one young artist, who had been unknowingly doing it for years. This is the story of how Christian hip-hop was born.
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