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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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“Your favorite “Christian” hip-hop artist isn’t a Christian.” Have you ever heard that? What about this one: “Your favorite “holy” hip-hop artist doesn’t really rep the gospel.” Or how about this one: “Your favorite Christian emcee is okay but they talk about the gospel way too much.” And why would anyone feel like this or say something so divisive? Because of their favorite “Christian” hip-hop artist. Their favorite crew or emcee does this “Christian” hip-hop thing the right way and yours is in sin. Now, of course their favorite hip-hop artist didn’t say that their fan should feel this way about yours, but their favorite guy is right, so by default - yours is wrong.
Its a silly train of thought, but let’s face it - we’ve all seen it in our scene. We divide over camps, crews and cliques and their ideologies and if yours doesn’t line up with mine then yours is wrong. And we ALL know that among Christians, wrong = sin. So if your favorite emcee isn’t repping like Reach Records then they really aren’t repping. Or if they don’t rep like Frontlynaz then they are doing it wrong. Or if they aren’t reaching the people like the Humble Beast camp then they aren’t really doing it. Websites, message boards and Twitter arguments are the petri dishes that feed this fungus of an ideology creating the divisions we see in our “holy hip-hop” circles. Meanwhile, as people are arguing over who is really repping Christ (or being a Christian at all by some people’s judgements) the artists themselves are celebrating the contributions of the people their fans are condemning!
Often words begin with a singular meaning in a certain context, and evolve into various meanings. Examples of words that have evolved and added to the book of slang, in the hip hop context are: dope, ill, fresh, word, sick, etc. In our opinion, there is a difference between the evolution of dope, ill, fresh, word, sick, etc, and the term leak. The difference is these words evolved from a singular meaning in a certain context, to a new meaning in a different context.
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If you've been around the Christian Hip Hop scene for any period of time, you've heard people say "secular beats are sin." Even in my most zealous, legalistic days I've never really got on board with that idea. I mean c'mon son, sin?!?! Like, you can go to hell over this if you don't repent of it - sin? Like, Jesus went on the cross and died so that the "Power" instrumental doesn't separate us from our Heavenly Father - sin?!?! Like, if you're a Catholic emcee (shout out to ManChild!) you need to go to confessional, do Hail Mary's and rosary beads - sin?!?!
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I heard a song on the radio the other night and it bothered me to my core. Maybe you've seen it performed on Late Night with Jimmy Falon. Its the new song "B.M.F." (Blowing Money Fast) from Rick Ross aka Ricky Rozay (huh?). The song is from his new #1 selling album (180,000 sold in the first week) 'Teflon Don'. As soon as I heard the chorus I became enraged. It starts like this:
"I feel like Big Meech, Larry Hoover..."
Right there, in my car, in my own way - I lost it. Why? Because I saw what was happening. What was happening was a destructive idea moving from idealistic imagery, to becoming a living, flesh and blood folk hero. There are a few ways to promote & glorify a lifestyle and one of those ways is the celebration of its heroes. But on the surface, one would think all this song is promoting is a lifestyle of glamorous spending and luxurious living. After all, the song is called "Burning Money Fast" right? WRONG!