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Hip-hop music has been blamed by the government and media as being a key factor for influencing violent youth culture in the UK. Christian rap artists are giving the genre of music a whole new influence.

Rap, garage and grime music are constantly accused of being a major factor in gun and knife crime on our UK streets - because of some of the lyrics and images that glamorise guns, gangs and a get rich quick lifestyle.

However, urban Christian hip-hop/grime music that contains messages of hope, faith and the philosophy of turning the other cheek is emerging on a big scale as being an effective tool used to engage with young people, and be part of the solution to the escalating violence in our inner cities.

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 Brinson has released his debut album Escaping Me on August 5th.  With 3 Special Edition album covers, check out the image.

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After taking a few weeks off for weddings, honeymoons, and missions trips, theBREAX are back on the grind with the release of their new EPK and a California tour with Braille...

The New EPK (Electronic Press Kit) can be viewed on youtube, myspace, google video, and sonicbids.

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Othello at the Warped Tour, Photo by Philip Rood
 

Rapzilla was at the Vans Warped Tour in Minnesota yesterday. Where we meet and talked with Othello of Lightheaded, who's on the entire tour this year. Othello is blessed and being a blessing on this tour. We had a quick interview with him which you can soon find exclusively on Rapzilla.

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Can Christian hip-hop make it in Green Country's urban markets?
If local rapper Fedel has anything to do with it, yes it can.

Last week, his newly minted single, "Tell a Friend," was voted the No. 1 song on Tulsa's 105.3 KJamz nightly top eight countdown. "Being that I'm a Christian artist — a Christian hip-hop artist at that — this is a huge accomplishment that I don't take for granted," he said in a recent e-mail to the Tulsa World. He thanks primetime DJ, Ramal, for the break.

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Braille added a new song on his myspace page called "HeartFelt" which is a feature for DJ Tone Spliff album, that will be dropping later this year titled "Authentic." Braille comments on the new song "This "HeartFelt" track definitely has some personal lyrics. I don't really force most of my feature appearances, I just rap about whatever I'm thinking/feeling at the moment. Hope you enjoy."

Braille also announced that every now and then he is going to throw rough drafts, features and exclusives up on his myspace. Sharing new music fresh after he creates it.

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 The music business in Nigeria is changing as Evangelists turn from traditional gospel music to mainstream to ensure that the Gospel itself is spread to as many as possible through Hip-Hop.  One of the acts involved in this new wave of Gospel is the Rooftop MC’s, which consist of two young men called Kunie Adeyoola (Soulsnatcha) and Olaitan Hughes (Sokleva).

Both grew up with spiritual influences that made them gravitate towards the music industry, and they decided that their sound would be Hip-Hop and their lyrics Gospel.

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Hollistah, whose real name is James Curtis, is a Salina native who has spent the last several years building a music career by mixing the beat of street-smart urban rap with spiritually uplifting Christian rock. He has released one CD, "So Far," and is in the process of completing a new CD, "Got Cash."

Now he's hoping to get cash for a good cause. Curtis will be the featured performer at "From Saline to Helene: An Unplugged Benefit," a fundraiser for Honduras relief efforts.

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Christian Hip Hop label Reach Records will be bringing the Unashamed Tour to the UK from 5th – 11th August 2008.  The tour, which is currently touring venues across the USA, will see four of the labels acts – LeCrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii and Sho Baraka performing live appearances in venues across the UK including Birmingham, London, Manchester and the Soul Survivor summer event.

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EA Sports selected Braille's song "The IV" to use in the trailer for their video game "NBA Live 09" coming out this fall.  The trailer showcases the athlete who will be featured on the cover of the game, Tony Parker from the San Antonio Spurs.  The song comes from Braille's forth solo record "The IV Edition" available now on Syntax/Koch.  The video game placement adds another highlight to what has already been an incredible summer for Braille.  After his record dropped on April 15th he received great reviews from The Source, Okayplayer.com, Rapreviews.com, Sphereofhiphop.com and many more.  He also did a 3 month U.S. tour which included album release parties with Pigeon John, The Paid Dues festival in Denver with De La Soul and performances on Vans Warped Tour with Othello.  The trailer for NBA Live 09 can be viewed on Youtube at the follow link - http://youtube.com/watch?v=YlXG5Ic8n7c

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If you haven't already heard, "Music Meets the Truth" is a full length compilation album put out every single year and is made totally FREE for download.  Both the 2007 and 2008 Beat Lab 7 compilations have proven to be a great success in the Christian music arena, featuring several highly recognized recording artists.

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In a world where many teens know every word of a Soulja Boy or Lil Wayne song but can't remember the Ten Commandments or recite the Lord's Prayer, pastors and youth ministers across the nation are in a battle to bring their youths to Christ.

"Young people aren't going to stop listening to hip-hop," said Samad Bilal founder of New Generations Christian Conference, which stopped by Paradise Cathedral in Roanoke on Saturday.

The all-day conference focuses on bringing the word of God to young people who are influenced by today's hip-hop culture.

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In a dual ceremony before an intimate group of close family, friends, labelmates and industry supporters, Marcus Gray, also known as Cross Movement Records' recording artist FLAME, wed his best friend and longtime girlfriend, Crystal Singh, in his hometown of St Louis, MO.

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In the last week there have been several new Hip Hop videos added to the site. Check them out, rate and comment.

  • KJ-52 - Do Yo Thang
  • Humble T.I.P. - It's Our Turn
  • Manafest - So Beautiful
  • Sharlock Poems - Love
  • Sho Baraka - Higher Love
  • theBREAX - Two Miles An Hour

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DJ Promote will be in California doing recording sessions for Kaboose's upcoming album on Syntax Records.
You can watch it LIVE on www.justin.tv/syntaxrecords

They will broadcast usually after lunch cali time, tune in and sign up to chat.

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Todd Smith, aka Te'Luvv, doesn't fit the rapper mold. The only gold he wears is a wedding ring. He doesn't curse, drink or claim to have emerged from thug life. "The bottom line for me is that it's ministry," he said. "I decrease myself so God can look bigger and better."

Te'Luvv (pronounced Tay-Love) is a 28-year-old Christian rapper who recently moved to Memphis, and just released his fourth CD, "The World is Not Enough." Each track is a poetic sermon delivered through a rap beat.

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Tony Stone, the Christian Hip Hop producer, will release his first solo album "The Creation" August 5th 2008 exclusively in Japan. He doesn't have any solid plans yet for releasing it outside of Japan.  The Japanese version only has features from 2 artists, Braille and Verses, this may change for the international version.

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