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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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