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.
When hip hop was first being created by DJ Kool Herc and his contemporaries in the 70s, New York was the place to be. As time has gone on, obviously, hip hop has migrated to various localities around the nation. Since the 80s, Philadelphia has produced some major names, both in terms of commercial hip hop and the underground. Everyone from Will Smith to Eve, Roots to Jedi Mind Tricks has called The Illadelph their home base. Continuing in that city's varied tradition is Japhia Life, with his new album, Nazareth. If youve never listened to Japhia Life, then get ready to hear stories of real life filtered through imaginative lyrics and beats that just might make your head nod.
You heard it here first. Japhia Life is officially releasing his new album 'Nazareth' on Tuesday April 6th, 2010. The album will be available on Christian hip hop stores on April 6th, and then in late April the album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, etc.
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Over the past decade, in addition to his work on projects like Acts 29 and Light Headed, Braille has amassed quite the solo discography, constantly improving and refining his already promising writing and delivery. From his debut, Lifefirst: Half the Battle, to last year's Cloud Nineteen, those who have cared to have been able to witness the evolution of a great emcee. He's not a great "Christian" emcee. He's not a great "backpacker" emcee. He is a great emcee. If you're one of those who have been paying attention, and you know how great Braille is, you're still not ready for this album.
No Ordinary Love might not excel in lyricism, but it makes up for this with innovative music, heart, and well placed guest appearances. Rawsrvnt (pronounced: Raw Servant) may be an average emcee but he is an incredible artist. The songs on this album have so many instrumental and vocal parts that you might forget you are listening to a hip hop artist. There are no simple loop based beats here, instead you find very complex, well thought out music, complete with electric guitars and background vocals. These elements are all used greatly and go a long way in making up for the average rhymes.
San Diego's, Ruslan (of theBREAX) releases "Nothing In Particular" music video and announces upcoming EP.
After releasing the Gallery Drive album & mixtape, Ruslan is keeping the momentum going by releasing his first music video Nothing in Particular and solo EP, 'Right Out Loud, the Prequel.'
Nothing in Particular is produced by DJ Rek, and directed by Sam Wells.
'Right Out Loud, the Prequel' consists of 7 new songs and will be released April 20th, 2010 through Eye Am Productions. The EP features collaborations with Braille, Blame One, Nova, Beleaf of theBREAX, Regg Henny, & Deacon Blair with productions from Exile, DJ Rek, Fabe, DJ Pound, Sound Collage Musik & more.
Download the new single here!. Reach Records says "this song is a hidden track on the album, which we are sure most of you have not found yet, so we are trying something new and releasing it as a free single."
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A common question, but sometimes so difficult to answer, it goes unanswered. 'What are the top 5 Christian Hip Hop albums ever? We spent a great deal of time gathering the answers from some of your favorite folks in Christian Hip Hop! A few added a disclaimer to their answer that they are not in order, and that these are their top picks for various reasons including, impacting their life, the timeliness of the release, innovation, etc. If you haven't heard of some of these artists or albums, click the links to check them out, and get schooled to some of Christian Hip Hop's best albums... ever.
116 Clique is a mainstay and one of the clear leaders in Christian Hip Hop. They have blazed trails with their curriculum and amazed with their focus on ministry and being in the mission field. There has been a great divide between those who are with Reach, Lampmode and Cross Movement Records and everyone else. This was mostly done by fans and not the artists themselves. However, at times I started to wonder if Reach artists were being elitist. Then I started seeing these artists building with others outside of their camps. I started seeing relationships being built publicly on Twitter. I probably should not have assumed anything.