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.
A former Toys R Us retail space will be the new home for this Urban Tampa Church
After 22 months of grueling negotiations Crossover Church and Toys R Us Delaware Inc. came to a final agreement and signed on March 4th, 2010 for the spacious property at 1235 East Fowler Ave. in Tampa. The pioneering Crossover Church is now positioning to make a huge impact in Tampas rough Suitcase City community. Having outgrown its former facility, the church recently sold their campus. The last Sunday at the New Orleans Avenue location was on January 24th, 2010. "It was an amazing last day as we ended with a huge concert after our 3rd service with Reach Records for DJ Officials Entermission album release party. We went out with a bang," says Crossover Pastor, author and EMI recording artist Tommy "Urban D" Kyllonen. "We were bursting at the seams doing 3 services every Sunday since 2005. We had been praying for a larger space to reach more people and offer more programs for the community we serve." Those prayers were answered when the church closed on the property on Friday January 8th, 2010 - a miraculous feat in this turbulent economy. The property was sold to an up and coming Haitian Church Christian Assembly. Crossover has since partnered with them to do a relief effort for Haiti.
From the online hints via Twitter, it appears that there is a new label about to launch, 'humble beast records'. humble beast just launched the beginnings of a website at http://www.humblebeast.com which has music and visually shows Odd Thomas, Propaganda, and Theory Hazit.
Dreamlight Entertainment is releasing George Moss "Go Hard or Go Home" exclusively on Rapzilla.com. This is the first in a series of scheduled single releases this year from George Moss.
After studying Ephesians 6:12 and researching the current spiritual battles in our world, George Moss felt the call to write about his thoughts on the subject. Ive become more aware of the spiritual warfare that is happening all around us. I never even recognized it before. With poignant lyrics, a catchy beat, and a renewed vision, Moss presents his ideas in Go Hard or Go Home.
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Since Christian hip hop's inception, the lack of quality has been commented on by Christians and non Christians alike. I have been involved in Christian hip hop for the last 10 years, and the complaints remain the same. Mark LaFay, one of my best friends, and manager to Christian bands Haste The Day, Gwen Stacy, etc., turned me onto Christian hip hop for the first time back in 2000. The first taste of Christian hip hop I got was John Reuben's song "Do Not" and Mars iLL's album 'Raw Material'. After listening to these samples and then searching out other releases in Christian hip hop, I soon found out that those were the exception and not the norm. The poor quality and blatant copying of popular secular hip hop has been a common topic over the years, but we can save it for another time. I will transition out of this intro on a good note though, and say that I definitely have seen great improvements sonically. In this article, I want to focus on the design and packaging of Christian hip hop products.
Rhema Soul is about to release an amazing album "Fingerprints" March 30th 2010, get to hear what they have to say about it. Sorry it's not longer Lecrae interrupted the interview when he saw G-Styles. We'll have a full interview coming soon.
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Rapture Ruckus (from New Zealand) joins BEC Recordings, planning to release his album "Hold On" June 8th 2010. The lead single "Tonight" is on his myspace page which reached #1 in the myspace music charts of New Zealand. Rapture Ruckus is re-locating to Nashville for his US release with BEC.
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