Album Listening Session: Tony Ri'chard - Dead oTo Society
Tuesday, a new name to the Christian hip-hop scene released an album with a couple familiar faces.
Dre Murray and John Givez are featured on Dead oTo Society, the debut album of Tony Ri’chard.
Trip Lee New Song Manolo ft. Lecrae
The Trip Lee & Lecrae collab is released as the third single for Trip's upcoming GAWVI produced album, Rise.
Album Listening Session: Devin Turner - Now or Never
After a successful debut with his single, End of My Rope, featuring SPZRKT, Devin Turner is releasing his first studio album entitled 'Now or Never.'
How One of Houston’s most criminal Artists Became a Christian Rapper
This month, less than two years after he penned an anthem about selling crack, Houston rapper PyRexx released the mixtape Workflo Vol. 1 with lyrics so Christian that the Grammy Awards would call it gospel music.
I heard a song on the radio the other night and it bothered me to my core. Maybe you've seen it performed on Late Night with Jimmy Falon. Its the new song "B.M.F." (Blowing Money Fast) from Rick Ross aka Ricky Rozay (huh?). The song is from his new #1 selling album (180,000 sold in the first week) 'Teflon Don'. As soon as I heard the chorus I became enraged. It starts like this:
"I feel like Big Meech, Larry Hoover..."
Right there, in my car, in my own way - I lost it. Why? Because I saw what was happening. What was happening was a destructive idea moving from idealistic imagery, to becoming a living, flesh and blood folk hero. There are a few ways to promote & glorify a lifestyle and one of those ways is the celebration of its heroes. But on the surface, one would think all this song is promoting is a lifestyle of glamorous spending and luxurious living. After all, the song is called "Burning Money Fast" right? WRONG!
Cross Movement Records hinted at rebuilding their roster after recently announcing the signing of k-Drama to release his upcoming album 'We Fit: The Workout Plan'.
We have confirmed a rumor that Cross Movement Records is in fact re-building their roster, and have signed the talented and hard working Philadelphia artist, Young Joshua!
Young Joshua will be releasing his new album 'Thinking Out Loud' through Cross Movement Records on September 7, 2010. The album will feature R-Swift, Braille, J.R., and more. Official press release and tracklisting after the jump.
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Al Harris, a veteran cornerback with the Green Bay Packers nicknamed "The Dirty One", is currently producing a Christian Rap album with childhood friend and convicted felon Kevin Soto.
“We’re going to change everything,” Harris said. “This is a movement. We’re saying, you can do all the right things and still be cool.”
“All these years, music kept coming up, kept bringing us together,” Harris said. “It always came back to music, no matter what we did, or where we went.” Harris and Soto had started talking about making a hip hop album in 1997, but things always seem to fall apart. Mostly because Soto kept getting into trouble.
"But one day he calls me and says, 'I am going to church,' and the conversation just evolved from there," Harris said.
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As both an artist and listener I've noticed something fairly peculiar about Christians and their critiques of another artists music. I don't really see it among so-called "secular" audiences or any other music subset. What is "it" that is so different? Its this:
People feel like they can't just NOT LIKE the music.
Have you ever asked a Christian their opinion about another Christian artist? ESPECIALLY artists that use an urban music style? 8.5 times out of 10, if they don't like it they won't say "I don't like it." They have to give these deep, theological reasons as to why they don't like it. "Its not enough meat in it for me" or "they don't rep Jesus hard enough for me." What the heck does that even mean?!?!? Is there a Jesus quota to be Jesus'd enough? Do you have to quote Albert Mohler or something or have an RC Sproul sermon as the hook to be meaty enough? Do you have to have a song entitled "substitutionary atonement" to be deep enough to be considered Christian?
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