Trip Lee, KB, and Andy Mineo perform onstage at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
"Hip-hop is an expression of what is dearest to you," says Christian rapper KB. "It's coming from who I love. And who I love is Jesus."
The religious artist's passion was rewarded earlier this month when his most recent EP, "100," became a minor crossover success -- in part because of a special promotion that involved free devotions for fans through the YouVersion Bible app. 100 went on to hit No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart, No. 4 on Rap Albums and No. 22 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 14,000 the first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The release, about living life with love, is the latest hit for Atlanta-based Reach Records, founded in 2004 by Christian rap star Lecrae. The label is making inroads into the mainstream, much like its owner, who last year performed at Los Angeles' Rock the Bells concert with Kendrick Lamar and Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to working with Christian hip-hop artists who are appearing on secular charts, Reach has created a more receptive environment for the genre, which a decade ago struggled to be taken seriously.
Read the full story by Deborah Evans Price, on Billboard.com
Humble Beast Records is preparing to release a new album by their flagship artist, Propaganda. Crimson Cord
is set to release on April 29th with some heavy features, heavy production, and heavy content. Today Propaganda and Humble Beast reveal the official album cover, which was designed by Invisible Creature, who also designed Derek Minor's Minorville
, and many others notables.
Thanks to First-Tweets.com, we can see everyone's first tweets - ever. Check out some first tweets in Christian Hip Hop.
In Miami, FL there is a label that is working hard and doing things the right way. Very few know who they are, but they have a rising artist named Serge. Slated to release his debut mixtape, Off Season
on May 13th, exclusively on Rapzilla.com.
Propaganda's album cover art was teased today for his upcoming project 'Crimson Cord', releasing on Humble Beast Records.
Follow Propaganda on Twitter @prophiphop
Mali Music will be performing on American Idol this week.
Watch Mali Music perform his new single "Beautiful" on Thursday, March 13th, on FOX 8/7c. Make sure to support him by spreading the news.
Viktory a Stellar nominated and Billboard charting Christian Rap artist, is also the owner of PDG Branding & Marketing, an Atlanta based Marketing and Multimedia firm that boasts clients such as AT&T and Home Depot.
Recently, members of the Christian Hip Hop community have been reminded of the
frailty of human life. One such reminder is the sudden and tragic death of two of Steve
and Nonna Towns three children in a St. Louis house fire on Saturday, February 10th.
Steve (better known as producer “Steve-T”) and Nonna also sustained substantial
injuries after escaping the burning house with their four-month old daughter. The
devastating news was covered by much of the local media. Steve
is best known for producing music for Flame, JSon, Fedel and others in the genre, and
Nonna is signed to Thisl’s Full Ride Music Label. The couple has remained rooted in
the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ during this time, selflessly using their pain for the
exaltation of God even in the midst of suffering.