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For a lot of people, it's easy to assume that most Christian hip-hop is the same. You can expect lots of shoutouts to Jesus, no cursing, and average skills that rarely sound as good as "the real thing." But realistically, hip-hop was never vulgar to begin with, and as long as the beats and rhymes are tight, you're getting the real thing regardless of an MC's religious background. Here in Broward County, three talented lyricists, Juanlove, K-Nuff, and Butta P, who perform collectively as Rhema Soul, are making a name for themselves with their latest digital download EP, Dope Beats Good News, which is one of the more creative releases to come out of South Florida all year.

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Braille has been working hard on his upcoming album "Cloud Nineteen." Braille shares his plans in his last newsletter:

I only have two songs to finish and the "Cloud Nineteen" album will be completely finished. This is my collaborative record with S1 of Strange Fruit Project. We are planning for a March 3rd release date in 2009 and we have decided to drop this record on our own. At first, I was intimidated by this idea but then a fire started to grow in my heart. I've been thinking a lot about the younger generation. Add a comment
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Ever wonder where is 4th Avenue Jones today? AllHipHop.com recently interviews Ahmad Jones about his whereabouts.

At the age of 17, West Coast artist Ahmad Lewis secured a record deal with Warner Bros. through the now defunct Giants Records while still a senior in High School. Ahmad quickly broke out of the gate with his widely popular song “Back in the Day” which made fans look back and reminisce on their own days of growing up in Hip-Hop. Read the rest of the article Add a comment

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Last week we posted about Todd Collins saying to be on the lookout in 2009 for Beatmart. Which sparked the question, is Beatmart back (read article)?

Soul P (former artist on Beatmart) just uploaded a video update about him being in the recording studio in Nashville with Todd Collins. Could this be what Todd Collins was talking about? Watch the video. Add a comment
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k-Drama's new album "Boombaptism" is out today. They say "Hip Hop is Dead?" k-Drama's 5th release, BoomBaptism, is a direct retort to this question successively circulating today. BoomBaptism, according to k-Drama is, "the rebirth of creativity in Rap music." He believes it's not too late for rap music to be resuscitated and submitted to the Lord. This album inspires listeners to have confidence in the gift God has given them. "I'm encouraging listeners to seek God, not the world, for ideas to apply to their ministries," explains k-Drama, "God is limitless!"

Buy it now at Qualityjunk.com.


k-Drama - Boombaptism
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St. Louis gospel rapper Flame was watching an “Everybody Loves Raymond” rerun Wednesday with his wife when he found out he was nominated for a Grammy Award for his “Our World Redeemed” CD.

Flame, a.ka. Marcus Gray, is up for a Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album award, sharing the category with tobyMac, Superchick, Sanctus Real, and After Edmund.

“I got a text message from my manager saying I was nominated, and I was in a state of disbelief,” says Flame, who resides in Louisville.

He didn’t even know the nominations were coming out that day.

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Reach Records just released one of the most popular concert songs by Lecrae that hasn't made its way onto an album, so they decided to release it to you as a single.

"Hands High" by Lecrae is a challenge to live a life of worship in all areas. A life where your faith transforms who you are and how you act, not just existing with mental nod to "being saved".

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Current TV (UK) will premiere For God’s Sake, a two night season that showcases spirituality in its numerous guises and meets the individuals whose beliefs have transformed and changed their lives forever.

One of the episodes focuses on the Mobo award winning rapper Jahaziel, revealing what inspires his rhymes and the spiritual journey that got him to the Mobos.

For God's Sake will air in the UK on Sky Channel 183/Virgin Channel 155 on Saturday 13th December and Sunday 14th December from 9pm. Add a comment

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Tic Tock formerly of Gospel Gangstaz is locked up on a murder charge. The Gospel Gangstaz have been one of the founding fathers of the Christian Hip Hop Movement. We received an alert that he needs encouragement, you can write Tic Tock letters for encouragement at the address below.

Please write Tic Tock per Michelle.

Todd Jones
#1247630, EF 631782
Telfair State Prison
P.O. Box 549
Helena, GA 31037 Add a comment
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Json and Lamp Mode Recordings have join forces to re-release Json's sophomore album, Life On Life. The album will be distributed through Infinity Distribution and drops next Tuesday December 9th as a soft release. The album will not be marketed to Christian retailers until February 17th 2009.

Lamp Mode Recordings is excited to have Json as part of their growing team. Json brings a unique element to the label, which has traditionally only had east coast artists. Lamp Mode sees this as an opportunity to embrace the importance of the gospel, allowing them to overlook musical preferences, all in the hope of providing a larger platform for Json's ministry. After the re-release of Life On Life, Json will begin doing shows and begin to develop the next album to be released on Lamp Mode. Add a comment
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