StoryDre Murray's sophomore album on Collision Records, 34, released on Nov. 27, and the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based artist has given listeners a behind-the-music look at each track.
StoryIn the earliest days of Reach Records, it seemed that they were unapologetically standing on the side of Christian music that had to be preachy and overtly religious or it was deemed not “Christian” enough. I’ve never heard anyone from Reach Records say this, but the tone of their music and general conversation was that if your music wasn’t Christian “on the surface,” then you just might be ashamed of the Gospel.
StoryWith Thanksgiving Day tomorrow Rapzilla decided to poll some of the artists we cover and see what some of their favorite food items are for the holiday. From corn bread to sweet potato pie, see if these artists share the same tastebuds as you the fans, and most importantly, Happy Thanksgiving.
StoryA few weeks ago, I tweeted thoughts I’ve been working through regarding the potential impact CHH (Christian hip hop) can achieve. Since CHH is arguably 30 years old now, I’m wrestling through our lack of impact, organized leadership, strategy, togetherness with churches and vision. It's not that we don’t possess the attributes in part, rather, in my limited assessment, what we lack is an organized philosophy of mission bringing all these attributes together in order to mobilizes masses into action.
StoryThere is no better way for an artist to communicate with their fans than through social media. Rapzilla has compiled a list of the Top 20 Christian Rap artists who have figured out how to best reach their fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
StoryConcordia University defensive end Benjamin Thom dreamed of playing professional football.
StoryGospel legend Kirk Franklin was recently on Power 105.1's "The Breakfast Club" where he kept it real about sexuality, pornography, his conversion to Christ as a teen, and new album Losing My Religion.
StoryReach Records is the most successful Christian hip-hop label in the history of the genre. They earned that status before they began to change their approach to their calling as artists.
StoryBefore Dylan Phillips went by the stage name nobigdyl., he was one of a few black teens at his high school in the small, rural town of Bell Buckle, Tenn.; facing common struggles of adolescence, as well as some more unique.
StoryJ. Monty likes surprises. On Friday, the Atlanta-based rapper released his debut album, Second Born, a title which fans are left to assume refers to J. Monty, given that a photograph of a baby is on his album cover.
StoryIn early 2012, Atlanta-based rapper Alex Faith toured with Christian hip-hop supergroup High Society Collective — formed by artists Sho Baraka, Swoope, J.R. and Natalie Lauren.
StoryGrammy-nominated producer G.P. shed a tear the first time he watched S.O.’s music video for “So It Ends.”
StoryThree familiar faces to mainstream music made an appearance about halfway into Atlanta-based Christian rapper J. Monty’s new music video for “100 Bars, Pt. 3” — Jay Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne.
StoryAs you readied to dress up as a Christian rapper for Halloween this year, Rapzilla asked some of your favorite Christian rappers what their favorite Halloween costumes were growing up and why.
StoryI got thrown out of history class once because I called my teacher an idiot.
StoryBefore DC Talk embarked on its 55-city Jesus Freak Tour in Feb. 1996, the group rehearsed for about a week at an auditorium in Adrian, Michigan.
StoryRapzilla recruited a panel of experts this year to countdown the greatest rappers in Christian hip-hop history.
StoryToday — Oct. 21, 2015 — is the day Marty McFly went to the future in the 1989 movie Back to the Future II. In honor of the day, Rapzilla has amassed some of Christian hip hop's most notable Back to the Future references.
StoryFor the first time in a long time, Manafest has released an album in which he sounds more like a hip-hop artist than a rock artist.
StoryDwight Ford Jr., a student at Valor Christian College, contemplated suicide on Tuesday, April 21.
StoryAndy Mineo’s bucket list includes filming a flick about an ex-hustler, Raymond Rivera,
StoryDee-1’s car needed gas after his performance at the Katrina Commemorative Conference in New Orleans on Friday, Aug. 28, the day before the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
StoryFive projects in as Social Club, rappers Marty and FERN desired to express their personal perspectives more than they were able to as a group, which typically limited each of them to one verse per song.
StoryTony Tillman concluded Camden — his album that Reflection Music Group released this August — with an open letter to a former fellow Crip. They lost touch after Tillman became a Christian and left the gang.
StoryCapitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. identifies with hip-hop culture in no way, shape or form — yet rappers Trip Lee, Shai Linne, Braille and God’s Servant are alumni of its pastoral internship.
StoryNo bongs were smoked from in the making of Montell Fish’s music videos for his August mixtape, Somewhereintheforest/Reading the Bible.
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