The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced today from the Grand Salon of the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta that TobyMac and Chris Tomlin lead the diverse group of artist nominees with six nominations each, while Jason Crabb nabs five, and Francesca Battistelli pulls in four nods from the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards. This is the first time the awards have been held outside of Memphis or Nashville. The awards show will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia at 8:00 p.m. EST. The awards will be broadcast on GMC, America's favorite network for uplifting music and entertainment, on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. EST. Add a comment
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Australia's Premier Gospel Hip Hop Recording Artist Purified has kept himself busy over the last year, completing an 8 month tour in Europe and a Nationwide Tour in Australia with artists such as Canton Jones, Braille, Everyday Process and others. Purified is about to release his second studio album 'Set On Fire' on March 1st 2011. Add a comment
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Viktory is about to release a new album on 6/28/11 called 'Birth of a Legacy'. Viktory says "It's going to be a treat for everyone that gets their hands on it! Rich with purpose driven content designed to propel the listener into a deeper relationship with Christ and a deeper understanding of- and commitment to- their purpose in Christ." Add a comment



We first brought you our nominations for Christian Hip Hop's Best of 2010, and opened it up for you, the reader, to voice your choice. So we have tallied the votes and have posted the winners selected by you in our Best of 2010: Rapzilla.com's Reader's Choice Awards.

Also, we spent a lot of time debating internally on what our staff picks would be. Check out the Best of 2010: Rapzilla.com's Staff Pick's too! Add a comment
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The creative minds at Syntax Records have come together in full force to create a five song EP entitled “Syntax Records is Justified” inspired by the FX show Justified. With the premiere of the show’s second season premiering tonight at 10 p.m., Syntax is offering the EP as a free download.

“The two main ingredients of Justified are country-living and street life which is what I know the least about” admittedly says Tim Trudeau, President of Syntax Records, “However once we were in the studio we were able to commandeer these fictitious characters and essentially let them write these songs.”

Trudeau, who goes by alias rocdomz (pronounced rock-domes) when in the studio, used his years of experience in production and songwriting to lead an all-star lineup that included in-house producer and Syntax Recording artist Shane Newville, member of Sackcloth Fashion, Sam Hart, Syntax Records own Director of Customer Development, Jeremiah Bonds, and of course brother of rocdomz, and Syntax Records co-founder, MaxOne.

The goal of this project was to create music that could be synchronized in the show. “Writing from the perspective of someone else throughout this whole project was a new endeavor for me, but the experience was awesome, the chemistry in the studio was irreplaceable” said Jeremiah Bonds, one of the project writers.

Justified is based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard, including Leonard’s short story Fire in the Hole. It follows fictional character Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens getting tangled in the new criminal organizations moving into Harlan County. Season two picks up with a cliffhanger after an epic gun battle.

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Back in the day it was often said, “Everything revolves around the DJ and the drummer.” While the elements of music are constantly being arranged, the DJ and the Drummer have always stood in the gap to keep the timing strong and the records spinning. Add a comment
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muzeONE is wrapping up work on his full length debut solo album for Illect Recordings. The Cold War will feature 14 new tracks of fresh raps that you’ve come to expect from him. On this record he bares his soul on several songs including the somber “A Grief Observed” which details the struggles he and his wife faced with their daughter’s health. Add a comment
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This week BEC Recordings’ Manafest received a JUNO Award nomination for the acclaimed 2010 release, The Chase. This marks Manafest’s second JUNO nomination (2007 Glory) for “Contemporary Christian Album.” The Chase has been a career milestone record for this Canadian-based artist with more than 30,000 albums sold worldwide, 40,000 digital singles sold for “Avalanche,” a 2010 GMA Canada Award ("Best Hip-Hop Album"), and his highest career radio charting. Add a comment
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Role Model Records Artist, Spoken, gears up to release his newest project, 'Bright Days, Dark Nights', on April 26th 2011. “A lot has happened since “Up By 13: The Mixtape”. I knew what I wanted to happen, but I also understand that God in His sovereign will, may not agree and consequently not always give me what I think I need or want. With that in mind, I released Up By 13 having no idea what would happen. As far as I was concerned, it was just another drop in an ocean of music. Although I’m confident I’ve been blessed with a gift, as a young kid coming out of the Maple Leaf (Canada), I frankly didn’t know if I would measure up beside the amazing artists of today, putting out God-glorifying, and professional quality music. So I was pleasantly surprised when in such a short time, the Lord took me places I never imagined. Add a comment
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You may know Malice from the platinum selling hip hop duo The Clipse. Malice recently came to Christ, so please keep him in prayer. Malice is releasing a book 'Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked' the book 2/14/11.

** If you do your due diligence and research Malice or go to his website, be advised that he does have existing pre-recorded music with cussing in it. Additionally Malice has a film company and they do video shorts and acting in the video contains cussing as well. His message now is the gospel, and again keep him in prayer. I have personally spoken to Malice on several occasions and his heart and passion is one for Christ and I'm extremely optimistic about the change he will affect in the hip hop industry. Add a comment

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UK Rapper, TRU2DANAME, also part of Four Runnaz group (with E Tizz and Jahaziel), spits a verse in London. Add a comment



Introducing the Bumps and Bruises "Artist Series". They set out to start an on going project of collaborating with artist such as Rhema Soul, from all styles and art forms. They wanted to showcase them while still growing the Bumps and Bruises brand. In their first release they've teamed up with three artist all with different styles but with one mind set and that is to work hard and be creative.

Rhema Soul is innovative to the core. Three albums in and no signs of letting up, touring constantly, making their presence known both nationally and internationally. What they do is more than create music, they create atmosphere. Along with the sale of the tees, Rhema Soul will be offering an exclusive remix download of their hit single, "Steez."

Releasing on Bumps-Bruises.com Friday January 28th, 2011. Add a comment



220 Entertainment Group and Xist Music recently announced a new joint-venture at the STAND: The Movie Preview Party event on Saturday, January 15 in Nashville, TN and at the 26th Annual Stellar Awards press event. The announcement also included the two new Xist Music signings, of touted rappers The Ambassador and Da’ T.R.U.T.H. Add a comment
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