After weeks of time, effort, and debate from the staff at Rapzilla, we bring to you our nominations for who we chose as leading in a specific category as it relates to doing music. The categories for 2012 are: Artist, Album, Free Album, Single, Group/Crew, New Artist, Record Label, Producer, Album Cover, and Music Video.

To qualify to be nominated, the artist must have released an official full length album, or EP available at retail outlets with a release date between December 2011 and November 2012. We will be following up and posting the winners by reader votes as well as Rapzilla's Best of 2012 picks. Voting ends January 20th 2012. Add a comment
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It’s always fun to meet someone who has a similar testimony.

My story in a nutshell is this: I loved all things hip-hop, and I did not love Jesus. God was merciful to me. He made me aware of my sin and my sin’s consequences. And, against that backdrop, it allowed me to see the cross in an entirely different light.

I have some close friends with the same story. As I have traveled to a few conferences and ministry training events, I’ve met people all throughout the U.S. (and Canada) whose stories involve these elements. Add a comment
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1. Multiple heavy hitters are releasing new projects
There is so much new music scheduled to come out in 2013 and a lot of it is by the leaders in our genre. Andy Mineo, Da' T.R.U.T.H (January), Lecrae, Canon (May), Sho Baraka (January), the 2nd King Kulture compilation, R-Swift (April), Beautiful Eulogy (Braille, Odd Thomas and Courtland Urbano), Rhema Soul, Bizzle and more have either announced a release date or revealed that they are in the lab creating new material. There will not be a lack of content in Christian Hip-Hop next year. Add a comment
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Matthew Movement is created by a pair of brothers from Orlando Florida. We ran into the owners of the designer t-shirt line at Flavor Fest in Tampa Florida this past October. The designs grabbed my attention and kept me from walking on to an artist interview we were about to film. The designs were all different but you could sense there was a theme. Once I heard the concept behind each design and that the theme was the 10 commandments I was hooked. The designs took on so much more meaning and it became clear that these were awesome conversation pieces and ministry tools. Matthew Movement coins themselves as moral pioneers in the fashion industry, making statements and setting standards through high quality products. Matthew Movement's clothing is used to express their unique worldview. They approach social taboos with a fresh and bold perspective, desiring to spark a positive change in our culture.

Check out all 10 commandement designs for men and women after the jump. Add a comment
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Already Been Chewed is the design studio of Barton Damer. They work with a variety of clients including Nike, Rob Dyrdek's Street League Skateboarding, Facebook, DGK, and Supra Footwear. You were almost certainly introduced to Barton's work from the video intro and outro on Rapzilla's videos on YouTube. More recently you were exposed to Barton's work with FLAME's cover art for his album 'The 6th'.

Reach Records always does a great job of branding their albums. When Lecrae approached Barton Damer, owner and creative mind behind Already Been Chewed to create live visuals for his Gravity set, Damer instantly had the idea of turning the Gravity logo into a floating city that would rise up and orbit into space. However, there is a lot more thought that goes into the visuals than simply trying to make something that looks dope. Damer always tries to design with purpose to give a deeper meaning to his art and that includes creating unique moments throughout the live show. Add a comment
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Kendrick Lamar's new album, "Good Kid, M.A.A.D City", is brilliant, period. If for nothing else, it fully encapsulates the sound of an emerging (here!) Cali - artists who grew up with (but not as) the bangers, and possess the acumen to convey without glorifying that life through the music. With Dre's help, I'm listening again to a Cali I grew up wishing I knew better. I'm listening again to sounds that only could come out of Cali. Add a comment
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I know this piece won't earn me ANY fans and will likely get me called an Uncle Tom, sell out, house (GASP! can't use that word in 2012, but it rhymes with trigger) and many other misunderstood negative names will be thrown around. With that being an honest reality, allow me to share something with you.

I'm grateful that God saves men and women in hip-hop culture. And make no mistake about it, hip-hop IS a culture. Hip-hop has a certain set of beliefs, behaviors and customs that are very much a part of what makes it what it is and thank God for the men and women dedicated to reaching people shaped by the culture. Like no other culture, urban America has been radically shaped by the culture of hip-hop. With that in mind, we must remember that as Christ is saving us, there are some things we must RECEIVE from the culture, REDEEM from the culture and REJECT from the culture. Add a comment
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Rich Perez is the pastor of Christ Crucified Fellowship in (Washington Heights) New York City.

“My soul takes boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad” As a native New Yorker it’s tough seeing others get the glory or recognition that you would like to be getting. Humility is not the cup we often, if at all, drink. If we are entirely honest, we’d admit that we want as many “likes” on our statuses as the next person. We want as many following up on us and we want as many re-tweeting our self – proclaimed clever and witty statements on Twitter. Add a comment
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