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.
BEC Recordings Manafest drops his fourth studio project, The Chase (iTunes, AmazonMP3
$5.99). After three records that received international acclaim including huge success in Japan, Juno nominee Manafest releases his most aggressive and sonically evolved record to date. Check out the full album at AOLs Listening Party.
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While buzz is massive today because of the heights that new albums by Rhema Soul and Sho Baraka reached, one was not among that buzz. Jacob Izrael released 'The Glitch' today, and it seems that it is just that. A glitch in the norm. The norm is changing, and Jacob released is new album as a free download and will not appear on the top 10 iTunes hip hop charts.