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.
A few months back, I read an article on Rapzilla entitled “What Kendrick Lamar Can Teach Christian Hip-Hop”. I have many thoughts about the article and the mindset it represents. I’m thankful for Rapzilla’s willingness to allow me to respond. While I’m sure the author was well-intentioned there were a number of things that troubled me about the article.
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.
As the current generation of the most influential Christian hip-hop artists rocked the stage at The Legacy
Conference this summer, the man just to the right of me rubbed his chin and nodded approvingly.
He looked like a proud father.
As a member of Cross Movement - the group that has arguably had the biggest influence on the current
crop of Christian hip-hop artists – Phanatik’s legacy of “sparking a holy culture” lives on today through
the current batch of Christ-centered emcees.
These days, the Philly-born, Christian hip-hop pioneer still has his pen and pad in hand, putting out heat
for the Christian hip-hop community. Only these days it’s in book form.
Phanatik recently released his second fictional work, City of Allegory Book II: The Handy-man’s Fix,
which is the follow-up to the original book, City of Allegory. Both are self-published and available at
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.
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.