A breakdown & insight of one of the most important projects in Christian Hip-Hop history.
One of the biggest gripes with Christian hip-hop is its’ lack of creativity. Either there’s a barrage of
Reach/Lampmode clones or a desperate attempt to latch onto trends secular hip-hop threw out the
window several years prior (*glares at auto-tune/screwed up hooks & trap beats*). For there to be such
an assortment of rappers that are certain God called them to preach the Gospel, it seems a large part
have fallen into the trap of saying the same thing in the exact same way.
In 1 John chapter 3 verse 1, the apostle John writes, "see what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of
God; and so we are."
This phrase, what kind of love, literally translates “unearthly, foreign, other-worldly.” This
love the Father gives us is so unparalleled, and John so astonished that he wonders
aloud “where did this come from?”
Adam Thomason is the Pastor of Damascus Road Church in Flint, Michigan and CEO of Collision Records.
Urban ministry and urban contexts are often treated like a zoo—people come, visit for a short
time, take pictures of animals in their cages, leave, and do a show and tell with some of their
friends back home. For many people that’s where it ends.
In a rare first for Rapzilla we decided to interview a different type of Christian Hip Hop influencer. Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Texas and head of the Acts 29 church planting network, sat down with us in a candid interview where we discussed hip hop's role in the local church, his heart for the young black male, and even talked a little about white privilege. Watch the video and share your comments below.
Propaganda talks about his upcoming album 'Excellent' which he reveals is dropping end of September 2012. He also talks about the Gospel viral video, his song on Lecrae's Church Clothes, and his involvement in the upcoming Unashamed Tour.
Earlier this summer Nas, one of mainstream hip hop's most critically acclaimed rappers, released a new album called Life is Good. Despite how long this Queens, New York-bred emcee has been in the rap game, his album was surprisingly relevant, debuting at #1 on the Billboard charts. This week, however, his "street cred" took a hit amid allegations that he used a ghostwriter for his 2008 Untitled album. For other artists (dare I say, most artists?), this wouldn't be a big shock. But Nas is one of hip hop's favorite sons and is believed to represent the pureness of poetic art form. So, everyone went crazy.