Not since the wild card New York Giants beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots in the Super Bowl have we seen an "upset" like we saw at the Grammy's. Lecrae won the Grammy for "Best Gospel Album"
by beating out Israel Houghton, James Fortune, Anita WIlson and the man who EVERYONE thought was a shoe in for the award - gospel legend Marvin Sapp. It was an upset according to many industry insiders such as Bebe WInans and more.
For me, when they eliminated the "Rap/Rock Gospel album" category, I never thought a straight hip-hop act would EVER win a Grammy in that field.
This TOP 30 list is based on the amount of downloads the free albums got on Rapzilla in 2012.
His name is Jin
— short for Jin
But as a high-schooler in Miami, he was better known as "the Chinese kid who raps," a reputation he's developed after frequenting local talent shows and rap competitions.
In 2004, at 22, he became the first Asian-American to release a solo rap album on a major label in the U.S.
Read the list, we’ll talk after.
This post is aimed at those considering becoming a Christian Rapper full time or for a career.
Today the news of Andy Mineo
's debut album release 'Heroes For Sale' was announced
. Along with that announcement came the unveiling of a spectacular album cover design.
The cover was created by the design and illustration studio Invisible Creature founded by Don & Ryan Clark, otherwise known as the lead vocalist and former guitarist of the Christian heavy-metal band Demon Hunter.
Our YouTube Channel
had 7,438,634 views in 2012. Let's look back and see what the 10 most watched Christian Hip Hop videos were in 2012.
After weeks of time, effort, and debate from the staff at Rapzilla, we bring to you our nominations for who we chose as leading in a specific category as it relates to doing music. The categories for 2012 are: Artist, Album, Free Album, Single, Group/Crew, New Artist, Record Label, Producer, Album Cover, and Music Video.
To qualify to be nominated, the artist must have released an official full length album, or EP available at retail outlets with a release date between December 2011 and November 2012.
We will be following up and posting the winners by reader votes as well as Rapzilla's Best of 2012 picks. Voting ends January 20th 2012.
It’s always fun to meet someone who has a similar testimony.
My story in a nutshell is this: I loved all things hip-hop, and I did not love Jesus. God was merciful to me. He made me aware of my sin and my sin’s consequences. And, against that backdrop, it allowed me to see the cross in an entirely different light.
I have some close friends with the same story. As I have traveled to a few conferences and ministry training events, I’ve met people all throughout the U.S. (and Canada) whose stories involve these elements.
1. Multiple heavy hitters are releasing new projects
There is so much new music scheduled to come out in 2013 and a lot of it is by the leaders in our genre. Andy Mineo
, Da' T.R.U.T.H (January), Lecrae
(May), Sho Baraka
(January), the 2nd King Kulture compilation, R-Swift
(April), Beautiful Eulogy (Braille
, Odd Thomas
and Courtland Urbano), Rhema Soul
, Bizzle and more have either announced a release date or revealed that they are in the lab creating new material. There will not be a lack of content in Christian Hip-Hop next year.