Christian hip hop is making a difference for African students in the Congo. January 31st, 2012 Rapzilla released a compilation album with the goal of raising money to benefit Ecole de la Borne, a school in the Congo. The album featured all new, unreleased, and exclusive songs by Lecrae, KJ-52, Beautiful Eulogy, Sho Baraka, Braille, Japhia Life, GRITS, K-Drama, Eshon Burgundy, and many more. The support by the Christian Hip Hop community was stronger than we anticipated being compilation projects usually are less cohesive, aren't generally pushed by the artists on them, and historically have low sales. The project also received great coverage on the secular hip hop media outlets such as,,, and others. The project went on to crack the Top 10 Hip Hop/Rap Albums on iTunes, and hit #4 on the Top Gospel Albums on AmazonMP3.
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R-Swift recently announced that he will be gearing up to release his next project ‘Apply Pressure’ on April 16th, 2013. Last year, in an interview with, R-Swift revealed the title of the project. When asked why the title, Swift said “It’s sort of like a double meaning. When you get wounded, they say to heal the wound you apply pressure.
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In September we broke the news that one of the most popular artist in Christian Hip-Hop Trip Lee, will be stepping away from music. The report was unexpected and left many surprised. Based on his comments in his mini-documentary ‘The Good Life’ and one of his tweets many came to the conclusion that his departure from the scene would not be temporary. Some couldn't understand how a talented rapper in his prime and on Christian Hip-Hop’s leading record label Reach Records could call it quits. Trip Lee explained in the documentary that stepping away from music would allow him to transition to where God is calling him next. Despite that explanation some were still confused. At the time no confirmation was given on whether he was retiring or if he was going on a hiatus. His comments on stepping away from music in the ‘Good Life’ documentary lead many to believe he was done releasing music for good. After talk of Trip's unexpected announcement on stepping away from music simmered down things got a little more intriguing at the beginning of December.

A rumor broke out throughout the Christian Hip-Hop community that Andy Mineo, Trip Lee and KB might release a group project. The rumor was fueled by an Andy Mineo tweet and a Sketch the Journalist interview that questioned KB on the validity of the rumor. KB said there might be some truth to the prospect of an Andy Mineo, Trip Lee and KB group album. After KB’s response was leaked fans of the artist began to wonder about the status of Trip Lee’s music career. Is he stepping away for good or is it just for a season? Many asked that question because it seemed like the emcee was retiring but now it seems like he is gearing up to be a part of another project. Things were not clear. Trip Lee may just have just clarified a lot with a recent tweet:

As far as music goes, I'd like to remind you that I purposely never used the R word. I'll let you know what the future holds soon – Dec 21st

Trip Lee is stating in this tweet that he never said he will retire and that he will let us know what the future holds soon. This adds more validity to the rumor that Andy Mineo, Trip Lee and KB will be creating a project as a collective. Do you think that the group album will happen?

'In His Time' is the debut project from Canadian hip hop artist Abenezer, which will be released December 25, 2012. The project incorporates musical components such as Jazz, Soul, Electro and sample elements from traditional Ethiopian music.
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D-MAUB recently announced that he will be releasing an album entitled ‘The Missing Peace’ in May. The exact release date, track listing and cover will be revealed soon. He is also going on a tour in the summer of 2013 called the Soulmatic concert series to promote the album.
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Premier Xist Music artist Da’ T.R.U.T.H. unveils the first visual from his upcoming album 'Love, Hope, & War', due January 29, 2013.

Continuing his 1/29 campaign, on Friday, December 21st, Da' T.R.U.T.H. will premiere the music video for "J.I.F.E.", the first official single from his highly anticipated sixth album, 'Love, Hope, & War' at 1:29PM eastern time on
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In the past month, both DJ Official and Alex Medina have produced remixes of songs from Lecrae's chart-topping Gravity album. Medina produced a Gangnam Style remix to "Violence", while 'Fish flipped the hit "I Know". Now, we are hearing that the two have collaborated for a unique Gravity Remix EP that will undoubtedly be a creative work of art.

What other Gravity songs would you like to see on this remix EP?

Thi’sl recently interviewed with The Source, one of the highest selling magazines in the mainstream hip hop market. It’s exciting to see Christian Hip-Hop get love from some of the top media outlets. Even more exciting is that Christ is permeating the culture through Christian Hip Hop.
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