By the time Trip Lee released his 4th studio album, The Good Life, the long-time Reach Records favorite was at a crossroads. He was battling a serious health condition and preparing himself for pastoral ministry. When he announced he would be taking a “break from music” on a short behind-the-scenes video for TGL, everyone seemed to be caught off guard.
Dee-1 Discusses His Faith, The BET Cypher and Mission Vision
Dee-1 visited Sway and discussed his faith, mission and vision, and his new track "Against Us".
Derek Minor Reveals New Album 'Empire'
We caught up with Derek Minor on the red carpet at Dove Awards. Derek revealed the name of his new album will release in the first quarter of 2015. The new album is called Empire.
Video: God Over Money "Kick In The Door Cypher"
Featuring Datin, Bumps INF, Selah The Corner, & Bizzle.
Check out the first single, "Leadership" by Flame (listen), from Lamp Mode recordings' upcoming compilation, "The Church", to be released June 8th, 2010. Lamp Mode understands both the seemingly controversial nature of "the Church", especially among the Hip hop contingent, and well as the biblical imperative of the Church's importance.
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Deepspace 5 is back with another classic crew album with all in house production and raps. When you have a crew of emcee's to represent, you get diversity in flow and production. This is the first offering from DS5 on the newly formed Mega Royal Records, headed by Dallas' own Rob Viktum, who is known for his Viktumized remix albums. This is Deepspace5's fourth crew album, even though each individual artist and the many sub crews have put out too many albums to name or try to number. When you listen to a group album, ideally you end up having your favorite rappers and sounds that stand out with each individual. This album is fresher than many of their previous albums, which may be a result of having several years both together and apart to hone their skills as emcees and producers. From Playdough's stylistic singing to Listener's "talk music," styles vary and are complimentary. The crew brought seasoned raps full of metaphors and emotion. This album is a stand out this year.
The official track listing has been announced for Trip Lee's upcoming album 'Between Two Worlds' in stores 6/22/10. The album is laid out with the first half with Trip holding it down alone, and the second half boasting an allstar lineup with a few unknowns thrown in.
1. Real Life Music
3. Invade ft. J. Paul
5. No Worries
6. Covenant Eyes ft. PRo
7. Life 101 ft. Chris Lee
8. I Love Music ft. Sho Baraka
9. Limitations ft. Leah Smith
10. Yours To Own ft. Jimmy Needham
11. Apathy (Interlude)
12. Twisted ft. Lecrae, PRo, Thi'sl
13. Bear With You ft. Tedashii
14. Show's Over ft. Mitch Parks
15. The Invasion (Hero) ft. Jai
16. My Lord (Bonus Track)
Rawsrvnt (Eddy Puyol) is starring on a new reality TV show, Donald J. Trump presents The Ultimate Merger. The show, featuring 90's platinum R&B artist Al B. Sure!, Akon's protégé the up-and-coming Ray Lavender, and Rawsrvnt, is about twelve bachelors looking to win the heart of Omarosa as she searches for her soul-mate. The show is scheduled to air on June 17, 2010 at 9PM EST on TV One Network (more details on the show here). Here's a short interview we had with Rawsrvnt about his appearance in the reality show.
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Soul Deep Ministries is proud to announce that our very own Rawsrvnt (Eddy Puyol) is starring in TV One's new reality TV show Donald J. Trump presents The Ultimate Merger. The show, featuring 90's platinum R&B artist Al B. Sure!, Akon's protégé the up-and-coming Ray Lavender, and Hip-Hop Worship Pioneer Rawsrvnt, is about twelve bachelors looking to win the heart of the beautiful Omarosa as she searches for her soul-mate. The show is scheduled to air on June 17, 2010 at 9PM EST on TV One Network (http://tvoneonline.com).
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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?