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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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Mista & Mrs. Taylor (the Christian Hip Hop husband and wife duo) has just released their latest installment entitled "Set the Atmosphere". Picking up from where they left off with their 4th Man Records release "Love, Joy & Pain" the Taylor's are back still pounding the pavement with the Gospel through the vehicle of music.  "Set the Atmosphere" was birthed from the desire to worship God, bring hope to the lost and revelation to the believer.

For more information visit: www.myspace.com/mistaampmrstaylor

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Sho Baraka's first music video from the album Turn My Life Up is ready for you to watch!  Sho Baraka isn't just an artist behind the mic, he also wrote and co-directed the video to Higher Love, helping unpack the message visually so it hits a little deeper.

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Left to Right: DJ Primo, Sho Baraka, Lecrae, Tedashii, Trip Lee. Photo by Sketch the Journalist

DJ Primo, who chopped and screwed the 116 Clique's first collective project, not too long ago returned to Houston from his second tour of duty with the U.S. Army and was able to present the crew with an American flag that flew overseas in Afghanistan. How dope is that?
Next time you see the King of Christian Chop-N-Screw be sure to tell him how much you appreciate his service and sacrifice in our armed forces. 

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Grammy-nominated rapper and Christian minister, Fresh I.E. is accusing the Winnipeg police of racial profiling, claiming police yanked him out of his car at gunpoint on suspicion the vehicle was stolen.

A Winnipeg police spokesman said Thursday the incident is being reviewed by police Chief Keith McCaskill's office.

Robert Wilson, known as Fresh I.E. in music circles, said he and another man were driving in his car Wednesday afternoon when Winnipeg police boxed him in and removed him from the vehicle at gunpoint.

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Image The Righteous Riders team up with DJ One 3 to present Blue Chip and Specialist Groundzero Mixtape. You can download this 6 track mixtape completely free! The GROUNDzero Mixtape features songs from the upcoming anticipated release “GROUNDzero” by Blue Chip and Specialist releasing in stores nationwide July 8th on B4 Entertainment/Arete Music Group and will be distributed by CLG Distribution. The mixtape features shout outs by artists such as Kurtis Blow, Pettidee, Gospel Gangstaz, Lee from the D.O.C and more. Blue chip wants to tell the fans "this banging mixtape shows the feel of our new record coming out giving you a sample of whats going to hit in July.” You can download the mixtape at www.chipandspec.com or www.myspace.com/chipandspec or go directly to www.zshare.net/audio/117759710f1430c4/ Add a comment

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May 31st the FLA Boyz are gonna have Tampa, FL throwing their bows up! Rawsrvnt and Pettidee are going to be shooting the music video for Raws anthem “Bows Up” at their favorite hip-hop church, Crossover. Of course non other than Rawsrvnt's tag team partner Spe© (who also did Urban D's and the Ambassador videos) will be responsible for making the shots come out hot as he will be producing the video. If you are in Tampa FL go and get the directions and more information about the video shoot/concert on www.crossoverchurch.org or www.myspace.com/rawsrvnt. Add a comment

Spec of Flavor Alliance is giving a video update. Check it out, news about Flavor Fest 2008, Jabo New Album, and more...

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On Friday night in Royal Brougham Pavilion, Portland-based rappers Jelani "G-Natural" Greenidge and Jaamar "J-MAC" McKelvey, rapping about breakfast cereal, received enthusiastic applause from 150 attendees.

As hip-hop crew "The Iccsters," they performed during the fifth annual Night of Beats, including the song "Cereal," which features rhymes about rap skills and a relationship with Christ using cereal metaphors:

"The love of God compels me to move / and kind of like Kix, he's kid-tested and mother-approved. / So strong, you don't need to spike it / and makes Life so good even Mikey likes it."

During their set, Greenidge said that some people still think that being a "Christian rapper" is a contradiction, almost like being a "Christian porn producer."

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