Columns & Editorials

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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The hottest topic in the news is, "Who will be the next President of the United States?" It seems everyday the latest headline about Donald Trump, Hilary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders takes the media precedent above everything else. The battle of Republican candidate versus Democrat candidate has reared its ugly head again after four years, and social media has become the biggest casualty.
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The legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest lost one of their own today, with the passing of Phife Dawg at just 45-years-old. With the hip-hop world grieving the loss of an influential emcee, even the Christian Hip-Hop spoke up about the impact of Phife and paid their respects.
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Rock and hip-hop have been collaborating for years, and that is no different with Christian music. The late 90s and early 2000s was dominated by bands in the genre of Nu-Metal/Rap-Rock/Metalcore. Christian music fans proved that they wanted some of that action as well.
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Christian Hip Hop's Best of awards are back again! If we would’ve told you that Reach, Humble Beast and Lamp Mode would only release a combined six albums in 2015, you probably would’ve thought it’d be a slow year for Christian hip hop.
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Rapper Corey Paul hasn’t gone out of his way to tell listeners about his day job, but when fellow Collision Records artist Alex Faith learned that Paul was a firefighter, Faith wasn’t surprised. Neither was Houston juvenile probation supervisor Dan Hicks, who runs a Christian-based mentorship program where Paul regularly volunteers.
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Many of the Rapzilla readers enjoyed our previous article titled “5 Moments Christian Hip-Hop Would Like to Pretend Never Happened” and after receiving an overwhelming amount of submissions for choices that were worse, we decided to give you all five more.
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Andy Mineo, KB, Bizzle, Swoope, Canon, Eshon Burgundy and S.O. are some of the most important artists in Christian hip hop, and they all were members of Rapzilla’s inaugural Freshman class in 2011.
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Illmind, a music producer employed by some of hip hop’s most influential voices — Kanye West, Drake and J. Cole — believes Andy Mineo’s new album, Uncomfortable, is evidence that Mineo also deserves hip hop’s ear.
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