Da' T.R.U.T.H. talks with us about his new entertainment label Mixed Bag, gives us a title and release time of his next album, and shares his thoughts on his latest album 'Love, Hope, War'.
Collision Records recording artist Swoope talks to us at Unashamed Conference 2013 about Alex Faith's upcoming album 'ATLast', the sound of his new album coming next year, the possibility of another WLAK album, thoughts on the success of his label, and other projects he's been working on.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a luncheon with John Piper at the Legacy Conference
in Chicago. After he encouraged and exhorted the attendees for some time, he offered a Q&A session. He gave some great answers to some great questions. One question that stood out to me was when DJ Wade O dug up the old dead horse of being a Christian Rapper versus being a Christian who raps… and I’m glad he did!
This overly debated question has always piqued my curiosity because as I have worked on both sides of the industry I have noticed a blatant hypocrisy. The kind of ridicule one receives when they operate within the “Christian” music industry versus outside, is definitely different. If every song is not a “Gospel” song a determination is made that this particular artist is in fact not
a Christian. On the other hand, when an artist who has always been in the mainstream says that he is a Christian, he is welcomed with open arms. This isn’t just for the artist who previously created “amoral” music, but also for the artist who has created “immoral” music. In addition to the Christian scene automatically converting this individual into an instant hero of the faith, he is allowed to continue to make music that isn’t excplicitly Christian while keeping his new found Christian platform. He is exempt from the rigid guidelines that have been forced upon those who happen to have their start on the Christian side of the industry.
Two guys with a similar up-bringing, but two totally different life-stories, came together to help lead misfits everywhere to the King of kings. Listen to the testimony of Social Club, and download their latest album 'Summer of George
It’s easy to see that Christian Hip Hop is a growing entity that doesn’t appear close to reaching its peak anytime soon. While this expansion has brought more options for the loyal listener; it’s also has created a dilemma for those on a tight budget or limited time. Hopefully with this list, you’ll be more confident to take a chance on some newer projects from artists who you haven’t had the privilege of hearing. Though it may be a cultural cliche, these artists have, in one way or another, truly been “slept on”. Consider this your friendly wake-up call.
Trillia is the author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (Moody, 2014). You also guest posts at Desiring God and The Gospel Coalition.
When I first became a Christian, I remember feeling “carefree” and to say I was excited about the Lord would have been an understatement. I was also a sponge. Anything anyone said to me I took as “the gospel.” As a young, impressionable Christian this was not good. I didn’t fully understand grace and as people would talk about sin I began to become fearful of not measuring up. I began to fear sinning. I began to question my motives, actions, thoughts--everything and I assumed everyone was questioning them too! I was afraid of the judgment of others. I was terrified of the opinions of others. I feared man.
After an intense opening day takeoff of moving messages, Biblical breakouts and captivating concerts; the Unashamed Conference 2013 reached cruising altitude on Saturday. Day 2's theme revolved around a day of strategic questions for conference participants. From the opening general session to the final moments of fellowship, the collective of the unashamed was bombarded with a flurry of these inquiries, designed to convict and challenge all who fearlessly chant "116".
A rowdy, unashamed crew of believers convened in Atlanta for the kickoff night of the movement's first annual conference on Friday evening. All ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds were merged together to form a beautiful Gospel gumbo united under the name of Jesus Christ. When the 116 movement was unofficially inaugurated years ago, few anticipated a gathering so large in scope that it would draw urban and suburban Christ followers from across the country and even the world.