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Hip Hope 2008, the only industry-wide compilation of hip-hop music, releases on Gotee this August 28th and will spotlight the top artists on the scene and include three exclusive tracks as well. This fourth installment of the Hip Hope compilation series will include 16 tracks from hip-hop best-sellers such as TobyMac, GRITS, KJ-52 and career pioneers like John Reuben, LA Symphony, DJ Maj and Mars ILL. The album will also showcase up-and-comers Group 1 Crew, Soul P, Just Live, 116 Clique, Lyrycyst. As a bonus, there are three exclusive songs on Hip Hope 2008 including one from crunk rockers Family Force 5 with debut recordings from both Diverse City (TobyMac’s band), and GabeReal (of TobyMac’s band).

“I can’t underscore the significance of the Hip Hope series in the CBA marketplace” says Joey Elwood, president of Gotee Records. “Not only are we trying to provide a platform for a very influential and important genre of music for today’s youth, but also convince the gatekeepers of this industry that a market does indeed exist for hip hop consumers that are Christians. Hip Hope is meant to serve as a catalyst to expose artists who would not have the opportunity to be on a commercial release, as well as aggregate the “best’ in Christian hip hop so a clear look at the size of the buying audience can be viewed from year to year as the brand is developing.”

In support of the Hip Hope series, Gotee Records has partnered with TVU Music Television to produce a one-hour Hip Hope special featuring John Reuben as guest VJ. TVU, owned by Spirit Communications, is a 24-hour music video television network that targets 12-24 year olds with a message of hope and encouragement. The network can be found on SkyAngel’s direct-to-home DSB satellite system and online at RADIOU.COM. and TVULIVE.com. The Hip Hope TV special will air late August and into September.

TRACK LISTING
1. BOOMIN’ - TOBYMAC
2. WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH IT - FAMILY FORCE 5 (unreleased)
3. OPEN BAR – GRITS
4. MAKE MONEY MONEY – JOHN REUBEN
5. ALL MY PEOPLE – GABEREAL (unreleased)
6. DO YO THANG – KJ-52
7. LET IT ROLL - GROUP 1 CREW
8. BOUNCE – MANAFEST
9. HEAR MY CRY – SOUL P
10. BACK TO CENTER – DJ MAJ
11. RISE – LA SYMPHONY
12. PARTY (CITIZENS COME OUT) - DIVERSE CITIZENS (unreleased)
13. BOLLA ATCH HOY – JUST.LIVE
14. SHOWBIZ – LYRYCYST
15. MOVE SOMETHIN – WILLIE WILL
16. WHEN HEAVEN SCRAPES THE PAVEMENT – MARS ILL




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