Columns & Editorials
10
Feb 2011


The winners of our "Rapzilla.com's Reader's Choice Awards" are here. Be sure to also check out our
Best of 2010: Rapzilla.com's Staff Picks.

To view the nominees click here

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Feb 2011


We'll be dropping one freshman per day over the next 11 days to highlight our picks for the top 11 freshman to look out for in 2011. To qualify, the artist can't have more than one official release.

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02
Feb 2011

Written by Steve Patton


I think there is something that rappers, fans, pastors and everyone else needs to keep in focus when they listen to CD’s, book concerts, write songs and everything else pertaining to Christian hip-hop: THEY’RE RAPPER’S, NOT PASTORS!

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19
Jan 2011


I wanted to compile a mildly humorous list of the top 10 reasons why your beats may get rejected by a rapper. The comments are rooted in truth, but satire is used to add humor.

Reasons

10. There are too many producers to choose from, so yours got cut. Those pesky producers are flooding the market with too many options for artists. If there were only a few producers, then you’d have your way much better.

9. Artists don’t know how to pick beats. Your beat was clearly the best track to use, but artists sometimes don’t know a mic from a mic stand. Give them time, they’ll figure it out. In the meanwhile, if those beats keep getting rejected, you can rest assured that there are no rappers out there who know a mic from a stand.

8. You are in the wrong era. Let’s be honest, your tracks could sound like something that should be on the interlude of a Family Matters episode. That sound went out a year ago…

7. Rappers are mean. There you go, they got that “rap spirit” and they stylin’ on you.

6. You sent them beats uninvited. Well, did you? They didn’t expect that you’d have their email address, didn’t expect that you’d send them a 200 MB zip file, and didn’t know what to think when your email didn’t properly use punctuations and cApital letterings and spelling and it was a run-on sentence and you talked too much and u typed lyke it wuz a txt mssg

5. You didn’t research the artist. Don’t send trap beats to an underground rapper. And don’t send classic boom bap to guys who do the old man to most of their songs.

4. Watch your pricing. You charged so much that people were expecting that the Neptunes were ghost producing for you. Seriously, this is Christian hip-hop! We broke, homie!

3. Timing is everything. You can either be too late or too early. Send a beat in too early and it gets old (which means it would have gotten old on the album). Send a beat in too late and the album making process is too far in to add you.

2. How easy you are to work with. Sometimes it all boils down to a person’s character. Is that producer easy to work with? Is he a snob? Lack of character can hurt you in such a small genre.

And now, for the number 1 reason why artists reject beats

1. No project development! Having someone manage the balance of sound on their project could be something that they need to help bring their album to a rounded out classic. This doesn’t answer why some of your beats get rejected, entirely, but it might answer why many indie projects don’t always have the best sound that they could. Finding the right production can go a long way to making an album better, and that’s one service that a project developer can give- helping you find the right production!

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18
Jan 2011


After weeks of time, effort, and debate from the staff at Rapzilla, we bring to you the nominations for Best Album of 2010, Best Compilation of 2010 , Best Mixtape of 2010, Best Song of 2010, Best Artist of 2010, Best Group/Crew of 2010, Best New Artist of 2010, Best Producer of 2010, Best Album Cover of 2010, and Best Music Video of 2010.

To qualify to be nominated, the release date must have been during December 2009 to November 2010. Click 'Like' to vote for your top picks! We will be following up and posting the winners by reader votes as well as Rapzilla's Best of 2010 picks. Voting ends February 10th.

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15
Dec 2010

Written by Juan Vidal


The truth is, we live not in a Theocracy. Long gone are the days where Rulers, Kings, Monarchs, and Presidents look to a higher being in the decision making process. Human reasoning and understanding has become the final authority in all matters.

There is a tension that many believers find themselves in; the desire to stand up for what they believe in while understanding the world in which they live.

As a business, hip hop has always relied on the power of sex for profit. For years, artists like Patra, Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, and Nikki Minaj, to name a few, have capitalized on their sex appeal to great effect. Meaning they've made heaps of dollars by coupling art and sexuality. So with the reality of sex as entertainment ever before us, certain questions must be asked: how do we educate the impressionable minds being bombarded daily with sex and sex and more sex? Who is to provide this education? Parents, school teachers, the church?

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04
Nov 2010

Written by Chad Horton


After sharing my concern and frustration with some colleagues regarding reading album reviews and their ratings over the years that received 4, 4.5, or 5 mics/stars that are in my opinion undeserving, I decided to publish my thoughts.

I grew up not knowing about Jesus, the church culture, or Christian music. I was saved in 2004, so up until that point I listened to mostly secular hip hop, rock, and some pop. I discovered hip hop when I was about 6 years old (1984). I really started studying hip hop, the production, the lyrics, reading every word in the liner notes, and reading magazines like The Source, XXL, Murder Dog, Vibe, etc. when I was in 8th grade. I gave up baseball card collecting and started to get deep into music and all that came with it.

Magazines really had a lot of weight with regards to news, rumors, independent highlights, and album ratings up until roughly 2005 - 2007. Some of those top hip hop magazines really gained a reputation of rating an album accurately. Some of those magazines were so trust worthy with their album reviews and ratings that you automatically went and bought an album if it got 4 mics or above. Given the audience that reads Rapzilla.com is probably 95% Christian, and a good amount of those Christians didn't listen to secular hip hop and aren't old enough to know most of the albums that I'm going to shed light on below, I don't expect this article to be of much impact with our reader base. But for those that are old enough, and do know the albums that I'm going to shed light on, and are album reviewers or work for media in Christian music, specifically Christian Hip Hop, I hope to make an impact.

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03
Nov 2010


CHRISTIAN DISS RECORDS ARE LAME AND NOT SCRIPTURAL! There, I said it and it feels good to say. I can’t see how anyone is celebrating Stanley Burrell aka MC Hammer’s thinly veiled diss track aimed at Jay-Z. (By the way, the MC is officially back in his name. You may remember that he took it out of his name at one point.) You cannot point to any valid scriptural basis and tell me that what this guy is doing is rooted in spiritual or biblical principles. This is not an attempt to show Sean Carter the error of his ways - its a diss track through and through. For crying out loud - he said he was going to “bust him in the mouth” then at the end of the video he baptises him?! As the scholars of old use to say: “GET THE HECK OUTTA HERE!”



For those not really sure on where all of this came from, allow me to bring you up to speed real quick. Jay said in the Kanye West song “So Appalled” the following:

"And Hammer went broke so you know I'm more focused/ I lost 30 mil so I spent another 30/ Cause unlike Hammer 30 million can't hurt me."

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