Shanell's (formerly Mizz Reality) new free album By Design includes a host of features including D-MAUB, BenJah, Brinson and production from HotHandz, J.R., Wit, DJ Official, Tony Stone & more.
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.
Lecrae on The Tonight Show
For the first time ever, Lecrae, or any other rapper that professes Christ, was on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Watch the full episode.
In a society where instant gratification is the norm, we understand that waiting for your favorite Humble Beast artist's newest album can be nerve racking. Although there are multiple releases scheduled throughout the year, we've come up with the perfect thing to curb your humble hunger.
"Humble Beginnings" is a compilation which showcases new music from the entire Humble Beast roster. Whether you're looking to catch up on the latest music from our Hip Hop veterans, or wanting to discover what our talented newcomers have to offer, "Humble Beginnings" will definitely whet your appetite.
With 10 tracks from Braille, Theory Hazit, Odd Thomas, Propaganda, Sareem Poems, and production from Theory Hazit, Odd Thomas, and 14KT, you'll be rocking this album steadily on repeat. "Humble Beginnings". Releasing 6/22/10.
Check out the cover, track listing and production credits after the jump ...
Where were you approximately 20 years ago? Me? I was a middle school hip hop head, who loved Eric B and Rakim, 3rd Bass, and, of course, MC Hammer. I was also into the sub genre of hip-house, which typically featured the quick tempos and electronic drums and synthesizers of house music mixed with the samples, scratches and vocal style of rap music. Groups like 2 In a Room, LA Style and Black Box succeeded in melding the two genres with aplomb, and while they may seem dated in 2010, trust me...in the early 90s, we loved that stuff. Well...I did anyway.
The journey of exploring a Christian bookstore for the latest rock, hip-hop or pop album always includes a visitation of the infamous comparison chart. The chart's primary objective is to compare mainstream and Christian artistic styles to conclude whether they can be placed in the same category. The music industry as a whole likes to categorize artists to appeal to a particular fanbase.
In the last decade the most duplicated trend in Christian hip hop has been lyrical theology. Aspiring emcees formulate their lyrics in the vein of established Christian Hip Hop artists like Cross Movement, Shai Line and Trip Lee. One failed observation on the part of the aspiring emcee is that the mainstream community listens to the music before the lyrics, while our community listens to the lyrics before the music. Mainstream watches for the music or the presentation and then hears the lyrical content. Inspiration can be defined as, "being breathed upon; resulting in a burst of creativity". Copying can be defined as, "duplicating information, work or object while not using the same process that originally created it". Have you ever played music for a person that's not familiar with Christian hip hop and their reaction is "the rapper sounds like______"? When Allen Iverson performs a cross over on an opponent you never hear, "His cross-over is like_____? Why is that?
M.O.T. has a new album out entitled "Failed Fitters" available for FREE download here. This project focuses more on Relationship rather than Religion. M.O.T. comments "Each song is written in a unique way. Whether its from God to Man or Man to God..Or us to the World. This is the most honest music we've ever wrote. Enough talking Here it is."
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After a two year hiatus Dae-Lee is back at it and has released his newest installment, 'The Warm Up.'
'The Warm Up' is a very appropriate title for an artist who has been away from his art for a spell, but that's not the only story behind the title. It's also about the growth that took place during his time away from music to build his relationship with the woman who is now his wife.
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Check out part 2 of the “Between Two Worlds” Reflections video. Trip Lee gives us another look into his journal where he describes the universal love and desire for a superhero and shares more on his own personal life struggles.
There are many parallels that can be drawn between the Christian existence and other areas of life. Analogies such as the faith as a battlefield and the Christian worker as a farmer are familiar to all in Christendom. With 'Student of Life' Memphis resident Shane Kidd introduces a new parallel to the mix. The Believer is the Student, Christ is the Teacher, and Life is the Classroom. Throughout the album this metaphor is fleshed out through witty lines and thoughtful songs. Although this is a novel concept at places it is betrayed by average music that fails to live up to its lofty ambition.