Columns & Editorials

Today Rapzilla is taking a look at some of the best Christian hip-hop and mainstream hip-hop collaborations. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but these are a few that have stood out over the years. It’s important to note, these are Christian emcees who featured a secular rapper on their track, not the other way around.
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The year is 2016, and most of us are looking at the calendar saying, ‘Where has the time gone?’ When it comes to music, time flies even faster. Stop for a second and think about when your favorite album dropped. After the smile from your nostalgia trip ends, pause and ask yourself, ‘When did that drop?’ There is a good chance that your favorite record is 10 or more years old. Now pick your jaw up, sit up in your seat, and take a trip back to 2006 as Rapzilla brings you down a stroll of memory lane.
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Rapzilla recently filmed a mini-documentary in Third Ward, Houston, where hip-hop artist Ronnie "Reconcile" Lillard has heavily invested in a "missional community" with fellow rapper Corey Paul the church Resurrection Houston over the years.
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This week’s “Saturday Night Live” episode featured Alicia Keys as a musical guest. The excitement over Keys returning to do some music is understandable, but even more noteworthy is that she returned with a very “gospel music” sounding song, “Hallelujah.”
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“Is this album solid spiritually? Is this album fun? Do my students 'get it?'”

Ministry and hip hop — there are times when those two words prompt as many questions in my mind as there are answers.
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“TobyMac, and the Mac is back no slack/ On a DC track that's jacked, beyond comprehension…” wait a minute…

In case you missed it, (and yes, we are two days late, but we’ll tie it in nicely, just wait), DC Talk just may very well be coming back!
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Reach Records emcee Lecrae is slowly unveiling his upcoming book “Unashamed,” by releasing chapter excerpts on Medium. His latest post, “Red Carpet Treatment,” chronicles his experience as a “known,” or in some sense, unknown, artist infiltrating the elite members of mainstream music at the Grammy Awards. However, the biggest takeaway from this passage is despite his star status and large stature, he felt small and “different” among his peers.
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Back in November Reach Records came under fire for removing the original “116” statement from their website’s bio and replacing it with one that was deemed “more safe.” However, in a recent interview with HHDX, the label’s co-founder Lecrae, addressed the mission statement for the first time.
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In early March, there was a “Christians in the Arts” event at Columbia University where a handful of artists gathered on a panel to answer some tough topics about Christianity. Among the panelists was rapper Andy Mineo. He spoke about the trouble finding a balance between making art for Christians and non-Christians, which led to some thoughts about Kendrick Lamar’s faith.
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