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.
The Tonic (of Cross Movement and CEO of Cross Movement Records) has finally released his first solo album "The Dash". Available now at Qualityjunk.com.
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!
Your new album "Reiterate" is out, what makes it different from your previous releases? There's definitely been growth in the song writing as far as appeal but it also was done purposely as one of the goals we wanted to achieve.