A rowdy, unashamed crew of believers convened in Atlanta for the kickoff night of the movement's first annual conference on Friday evening. All ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds were merged together to form a beautiful Gospel gumbo united under the name of Jesus Christ. When the 116 movement was unofficially inaugurated years ago, few anticipated a gathering so large in scope that it would draw urban and suburban Christ followers from across the country and even the world.
Timothy Trudeau has worked in the music industry since he co-founded Syntax Records in 1997. Although he has experience in booking, producing, songwriting, mixing, mastering, promoting, management, design and performing, it’s his current role as CEO of Syntax Creative where he thrives. Follow him on Twitter @rocdomz or on Facebook.
I recently posted the title of this article as a status update on Facebook hoping to provoke a thoughtful discussion within Christian hip hop. My heart behind it was not to spread negativity. What I got, however, was exactly that—ending in an unhealthy moment for the provoker and the provoked.
The truth is that I care deeply about this scene. Christian hip hop has been part of my life professionally since 1997… even longer as a fan. The status was a legitimate #FAIL on my part.
To be clear, I reject the notion of a sacred and a secular hip hop (it’s all just hip hop). However, there is most assuredly an organized community of content creators, curators, and consumers—often separatist—surrounding a sub-genre of hip hop, and that is who I intend to speak of and to.
According to published research on the world’s population, 1 out of every 3 people affiliate or profess to be Christian; just over two billion approximately. Of those two billion people, about eleven percent of them live in the United States of America, totaling close to 250 million people.
Now, according to US News & World Reports, the United States in 2012 held just under 313 million people. That would mean that almost eighty percent of the United States would at least check “Christian” under the religious affiliation section on their census forms.
So here is what doesn’t seem to line up. Jay Z in less than two months has sold close to two million copies of his latest, Magna Carta Holy Grail
album. Drake in just less than two years sold over two million copies of his Take Care
album that he released in 2011. However, it has taken Reach Records, the largest and most supported name in Christian Hip Hop, 10 years and the collective album sales of every artist in the history of their label to reach 1 million copies sold combined. It took Reach Records ten years and every artist they have ever had to do half of what Jay Z did in just over a month.
Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina..
I’m writing this blog for the church planters and pastors who have asked me, “How do you prepare a sermon?”
And I’m writing it for the Transformation Church Family so that “Transformers” will know how to pray for me as I prepare sermons for them that will hopefully cause us to reflect Jesus to our broken planet. So, here it is … my preparation regimen … it’s really pretty simple.
Hip Hop icon Kanye West has created a stir yet again. Recently, the rap star was interviewed by Kris Jenner, the mother of his girlfriend Kim Kardashian, on her show’s finale. Though he is known for his outlandish displays of bravado, this time Mr. West shocked the world with his openness and emotional vulnerability.
The Dove Awards nominees were just announced and we thought of a few more albums that could've been nominated for Hip Hop/Rap Album of the Year... especially in place of Manafest
's rock album.
Doing drugs and partying in “Sin City” was a major part of this kid’s life, but at a young age he gave it up for Christ. Infiltrate Music’s newest artist KIDD shares his testimony and some never before released songs from his upcoming debut album 'Murder My Flesh
', available September 3, 2013.
When discussing a topic so contentious and debatable, it's important to establish ground rules and criteria. While others will focus on other more recognizable songs to be included in this compilation, this article aims to point out the most "inﬂuential" for the artist, label and the Christian Hip Hop movement as a whole, NOT best. Because of this criteria, many of the newer offerings have been left off this list, as it is difﬁcult to determine a classic if enough time has not elapsed to prove its credentials. Also, these songs are in no particular order. With that being said, let's get into it.
Words carry a ton of meaning and rap music makes room for a ton of words. That means whether right, wrong, or indifferent, rap is unique in its ability to convey a message.
Over the years hip hop has gotten a bad rap (pun absolutely intended) because its lyrics so consistently boast in things like violence, materialism, drug use, and misogyny.
But that’s not the only message hip hop conveys. Artists like Sho Baraka
and others have powerfully proven this. Hip hop submitted to Christ can be a really effective conduit for our message of hope, salvation, rebuke, and education.
Maybe more than any other 60-year-old Caucasian, midwestern pastor, God has used John Piper to shape and influence this kind of hip hop. If you haven’t tasted Reformed theology and Christian Hedonism with a little boom bap or over some hard hitting 808’s, here’s a theological EP.
Miguel Davilla is the lead pastor of Hampton Roads Fellowship in Hampton Roads, VA.
"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to
the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts
and intentions of the heart." -Hebrews 4:12
There is no question today that the face of America is changing. The population is
undergoing radical demographic changes unlike in any other time in our Nations history.
The rise in immigration along with the high birth rates among minorities, have been the
largest contributors to this demographic change. More specifically, hispanics are
projected to represent over 30% of the American population within the next 25 years.
That is staggering when you think about. How will the church today relate to this coming