“My name is Vice Versa, I’m just a young man of God, a father, husband…”
I heard him say. “My intentions are to preach the gospel through the vehicle of music to the saved and unsaved, that’s where the name Vice Vrsa originates, to be able to do it on both spectrums.”
James Lilly III (23) was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His death from a motorcycle accident on Sunday, 5th August 2012 has seen sympathies and prayers stream in to his wife, daughters, extended family and fellow stable mate, Viktory.
Is it ever too early to compile an “albums of the year” candidates list? Of course not!
2012 has already been a memorable year for Christian Hip Hop, and the second half only promises to
get better. There are some clearly obvious candidates in the mix for best project so far
(Lecrae, Beautiful Eulogy, Swoope, Wit & Dre Murray), but I prefer to focus on some
of the more under-appreciated albums that may not make our top 5 or top 10 list when
the year is over. So here are 10 projects that may not make my final 2012 list but were
Now there’s a lot of bad b----s in the building, Amen!
A couple real n----s in the building, Amen!
I’m finna kill n----s in the building, Amen!
I tell the waiter, “Fifty Bottles,” and she tell me, “Say When”
and I say CHURCH (Preach!)
Sounds like a sermon to me. (Truth is, I’ve heard some pretty outrageous sermons before that come pretty close to this). And it raises an interesting question for the Church: How much of pop culture is okay to use in discussing God? That’s a mighty debate.
Every once and while there are some watershed moments that show us a picture of what's going on in our culture. The last one we had was when 50 Cent & Kanye West clashed. It wasn't a clash on a song or at the club, but this battle happened at the retailer spots where their music was available. That sales battle was a battle not necessarily of skill, talent or even marketing as much as it was a battle over the prevailing ideas of American culture.
New Hot 97.9 FM in Philadelphia lived up to its namesake recently, as the radio station’s Q-Deezy Show
played host to a heated debate between rap star Meek Mill and Philadelphia Pastor Jomo K. Johnson.
The controversy surrounded Mill’s song, “Amen,” off his recent Dreamchasers 2
mixtape, with Johnson calling for a boycott of Mill’s music.
If you haven't heard the song, we don't encourage you to seek it out however we want to provide context and background for this article and will quote the hook on the song:
The undercurrents of dissatisfaction concerning the absence of substance in the lyrical content of secular Hip-Hop today is fueling the advancement of Christian-influenced Hip-Hop. In addition to the growing number of talented, hard-hitting Christian-influenced rappers who are making no apologies for their Savior or their skills.
Some time in the 2000's the decline of authenticity in secular Hip-Hop began and the ascension of substance in Christian-influenced Hip-Hop started. Now the reasons for the decline of one and the rise of the other are still unclear. Perhaps it was when secular rappers began their venture into reality television, clothing lines, energy drinks, headphones, and the overall obsession with branding and mogul-dom, that the passion for rhyming took a backseat.
It's time for you to stop rapping.
Let that settle in for a second.
For some of you reading this article that was the most liberating thing you've heard in weeks. But it's time. There are a myriad of reasons that explain why it's time for you to stop rapping but right now you just need to embrace the joyous, liberating reality of your musical retirement.
For some, you need to hear the reality of something you know deep down is true but no one around you has the guts to tell you: you're just not that good. And I'm not talking to people just starting out and trying to sharpen your craft. You're off the hook here. I'm talking to you Mr. / Mrs. / Ms. 3 to 4 albums strong and all just aren't that good. No one is saying you're a bad person, but plenty of people are saying behind your back what you need to hear to your face - you're not a good rapper and you haven't been one for a while now. Deep down, you know it’s true but pride won't let you accept it. Well allow me to be the voice of reason, conscious and honesty - you're not that good and it's time for you to stop rapping. I'm not being mean but, for once someone is telling you the honest truth you've been waiting to hear and it’s time to hang up the pen, blackberry, iPad "Notes" app or whatever you use to write rhymes with. But hang on with me, I'll go deeper with you in a minute.
We keep hearing from web/tech gurus about how empowered artists are in the internet age, but yet, the numbers just don’t add up. It’s also ironic that tech bloggers like to promote the idea of “touring and t-shirts” as a solution to the
If you want to listen to the radio or watch or read a newspaper you have A LOT of choices ... right? You can watch MTV, BET, CMT, NBC, ABC, ESPN, CNN, HBO, Nick Jr., etc. That sounds like a lot of choices when flipping through the channels on TV. Do you notice that most of the shows are the same concepts, just with
The truth is: God is still at work!
Thanks to everyone who is downloading and spreading the "Church Clothes
I'm blown away at the response. It’s humbling and pushes me to keep going.
At the beginning of my musical career, my intention was to enrich and give hope to