Fedel, what's the meaning behind the name? And how did you get it?
Well, the name Fedel came from the word fidelity which is a synonym for truth and defined as accuracy, faithfulness and loyalty. All things I wanted to embody as an artist and a man. I change the i to an e to make it my own...you know how we rappers do lol.
As a member of The Cross Movement, The Tonic has toured globally, earned two GRAMMY nominations, a Stellar Award nomination and two GMA Dove Award nominations; has been featured by media outlets as diverse as Time Magazine, CCM Magazine, The Source, Vibe Magazine and The Washington Post; and posted some of the highest street week scans in the history of Christian hip-hop. Prior to joining the group 16 years ago, The Tonic was an independent solo artist, and his new album, The Dash, marks a return to his roots.
How did you come up with your nickname "Zane One"?
My Real name is Zane,and I'm trying to live up to its meaning.Now I added the "One" on my tag when I would hit up in black books. From then on, everyone started calling me "Zane One." I pretend I'm a graff artist!
If Hip Hop is dead, then it needs to be resurrected and submitted to the glorious Lord because God created it! I do Hip-Hop Music (aka Boom Bap) and I am in the church, so it's the best of both worlds. Boom-Bap-Tism. I feel that other than those that are known to be creative (in both Worldly & Christian rap), everybody else just copies off of what's popular. I am encouraging the believer to place there trust in God for all ideas! He is the ultimate/unlimited supply of innovation. So why do we pray less and watch MTV/BET/VH1 more for relevancy when we can just hear from the almighty Himself? We gotta seek the Lord!