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.
NCAA Basketball isnt the only March madness that takes place annually. Down in the capitol city of Texas there are nearly 100,000 people that congregate annually at the world renown event known as South by Southwest.
For those that dont know, South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of interactive, film, music festivals and conferences that take place every spring in Austin, Texas. Each of the three parts run relatively independently, with different start and end dates. It has been around for 23 years and it still going strong.
SXSW is one of the largest music festivals in the United States, with nearly 2,000 performers playing in more than 80 venues around Austin over four days, in March.
And though dominated by music, SXSW also features a robust film festival and an innovative, interactive technology conference, where techies from around the country showcase their latest software, gadgets and gaming technology. It is a well known fact that Twitter launched at the SXSW Interactive media conference in 2007.
Make no mistake what happens at SXSW impacts the world. Whether for better or for worse. Recognizing this, one thing I observed as I attended this years conference, was that the Christian Hip Hop culture was absent outside of the 2nd annual, 'The Life in Hip Hop' concert. Im talking about the wisdom filled workshops. Im talking about the divine appointments that are waiting to be made. Im talking about the life changing conversations that we could be having with people.
BEC RECORDINGS INKS PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW ZEALANDS PARACHUTE MUSIC TO BRING RAPTURE RUCKUS TO THE STATES
Always on the hunt to bring new talent to their fans, BEC Recordings is partnering with New Zealand based Parachute Music to introduce the music of Rapture Ruckus to the United States in June 8, 2010. Rapture Ruckus will release their fourth project, which includes songs recorded in Nashville, TN with industry-maven Joe Baldrige (DC Talk, Family Force 5), as a part of the BEC Recordings partnership.
Fronted by MC Rapture (Brad Dring), Rapture Ruckus craft an arresting, original fuse of Rock laden Hip Hop, with heavy guitars and slick pop sensibilities. Honing a tight stage show over the past eight years, the band dazzles with big production and a live show that is most at home under the flashing lights of festivals and stadiums.
Rapture Ruckus debuted in 2002 at New Zealands Parachute Festival (one of the largest music festivals in the Southern Hemisphere) breaking the events record for highest-selling new act. Owning the stage like veterans, their slamming show propelled Parachute Music to instantly sign the act, and they have since become a key headliner of the 25,000-strong festival.
Rapture Ruckus has continued touring, supporting bands throughout North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Already releasing three albums since their 2002 debut, and winning the 2007 New Zealand Music Award for Best Gospel Album, Rapture Ruckus is thrilled to bring their music to the United States via BEC Recordings. MC Rapture spits out gritty, honest lyrics, covering his redemption story from a broken home and substance abuse problems to an uncompromising confidence in Christ. The songs are instantly infectious (their sophomore album garnering the band five No. 1 singles), and Rapture Ruckus rile the crowd until everyone is chanting along, or at least waving their arms with the Hip Hop salute.
Rapture Ruckus releases on June 8th, 2010.
1. No Matter What
3. Hold On
4. All Things New
5. I Believe
6. All We Got
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After a four-year hiatus multifaceted singer/songwriter Michelle Bonilla readies to release her sophomore studio effort entitled In Spite of Me, April 13th on RockSoul Productions.
The recent Temple University Cum Laude graduate first came on the scene with her 2006 release "Phenomenal" where her single 'Sin Ti' charted on the top 20 CHR charts.
Shes back with her producer Lee Jerkins (Out of Eden, Cross Movement) with an inspirational 16-track CD--13 full songs and three diary excerpts--with strong infusions of R&B, pop and Latin melodies featuring Jamaican gospel recording artist Chevelle Franklin, and gospel hip-hop artists Lecrae, Flame, and R-Swift. "My music is a blend of who I am culturallyurban, Latin, rock and soul," says Bonilla.
Crossover Church spearheaded an outreach at two Juvenile Correction facilities along with the JCTV Network who brought T-Bone and Deleon Sheffield from their camp. Crossover's pastor Urban D. and their youth pastor Broken both performed music and Urban D. brought the gospel at each facility. They led several inmates in prayer during and after the event. JCTV put together the outreach as they came Florida for a day as their programming has just been approved to all of the state's juvenile facilities reaching a total of over 50,000 inmates under 18. This video features some highlights about JCTV's Second Chance programming and some great moments from that day with the artists and inmates.
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