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The Dove Award nominees have been announced at a press conference today at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau Visitor Information Center. The GMA Dove Awards, gospel music’s biggest night of the year, featuring artists from every style of gospel/Christian music coming together for a night of music and celebration, will be broadcast nationwide live on the Gospel Music Channel from 8 – 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Thursday, April 23, 2009. Add a comment
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Jahaziel has recently filmed a short ident with BET UK. This is the beginning of a number of projects BET Networks has lined with the MOBO Award winning rapper. Incorporating with the BET brand tag line ‘It’s My Thing’, Jahaziel shares his heart, his life and his love for God. The ident is an awesome opportunity to share the love of God through a man who does not compromise in his faith. He also showcases the increasing development in UK Gospel Music. Add a comment
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Best known for his 1994 hit "Back in the Day" and fronting the genre-busting band 4th Avenue Jones, hip-hop legend Ahmad joins the Syntax Records family. This also marks the launch of Ahmad's label, WE C.L.A.P., which stands for "We Change Lives, Attitudes & Perceptions". The San Diego-based Syntax and the rapper from South Central Los Angeles fuse together to launch a new chapter in this West Coast story. Add a comment
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Christian music’s largest annual musical tour, The Winter Jam 2009 Tour Spectacular, for the first time ever, has an official theme song.  Hip-Hop Worship pioneer, Rawsrvnt (pronounced “raw servant”) was commissioned to create an arena anthem especially for the tour.

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Population of Invisible People” is the National debut album from veteran hip-hop super-group, Carnival coming straight out of Youngstown, OH.  Carnival has been together for 15+ years as a group and has seen many changes in their lives personally as well as spiritually in that time.  Carnival grew up listening to all styles of music from rock, hip-hop/rap, soul etc.  Our first Christian rap album was Michael Peace then we got T-Bone, Nuwine and Lil Raskull who took it to a whole new level.

 

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Check out the video below of the making of Viktory's upcoming music video for "On Fire", the lead single from the new album from Viktory, "Son of the King", to be released digitally on June 16th 2009, was shot in Chicago, IL in march of 2008 by Joel Kapity of Dreams on Screen productions. Add a comment
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On February 11 at 6 p.m., a Christian Hip-Hop show hosted by a group called The Breax performed at the Clarke Field House. The Breax is made up of three artists: Ruslan Karaoglanov, the emcee and a CSUSM student, Beleaf, the DJ from Baltimore, Maryland, and Mic B, the drummer who is from Oceanside. The event included local artists like Heavenly Host from Oceanside, and a Portland, Oregon native artist called Braille.

This event marked the beginning of the "Broken Television" tour for The Breax, which will take them to New York City, Maryland, and Los Angeles. The idea of the concert was to let The Breax and the local artists express themselves and their beliefs through both Hip-Hop music and spoken word poetry.

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In an era of studio gangsters, over the top street stories and excessive “flossing”, it gets harder to sift through the garbage and find the TRUTH.  Fortunately, Andale’ does just that with his latest single “Homie Please” [FREE DOWNLOAD NOW]  Thanks to production from Mr. Air Jordan himself (k-Drama) and assistance from Brothatone and Pro, “Homie Please” is a song that will not only put the fallacies of street life on blast but will definitely keep you leaning all day!

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On February 25th Braille and S1 will be embarking on a month long tour visiting cities in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.  The duo will be celebrating their new record "CloudNineteen" and also putting their mission statement into action.  Over the course of 30 days they will be performing at an eclectic line up of venues and facilities.  One thing that makes this tour so unique is that the majority of the shows are free and catered towards an all ages audience.  Another bonus of the tour is that Braille and S1 will be handing out free copies of their new album "CloudNineteen" to everyone in attendance at their shows.  

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DJ I Rock Jesus is putting together a mix CD called "One Accord." He has big plans for this CD. He is currently taking submissions for the CD. I Rock Jesus comments "God is not looking for the best HE IS LOOKING FOR OBEDIENCE!" submit your track to: oneaccord2009@gmail.com.

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Sean Slaughter is currently shooting his new music video for "Flesh Killa" with J.R. (of Cross Movement Records). "Ani-Mation" is the one clue we have from Sean Slaughter according to his twitter update. Stay tuned on Rapzilla for more details. Buy his latest album "Man on Fire" at Qualityjunk.com Add a comment

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Veteran Hip-Hop artist, Tre9 out of Houston, TX is releasing his latest project, “The Farmer” on the 10 year old label, Much Luvv Records March 31st 2009. This southern styled hip-hop album features some of the biggest names in hip-hop: Pettidee, Shei Atkins, Ras (aka Lil Raskull), B.B. Jay, Lil Keke, and Big Pokey which shows the unifying heart that Tre9 has to bring artists together to spread a positive message to the masses. Add a comment
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As we reported a few weeks ago, Urban D. and the folks at Crossover Church in Tampa, FL had a "HUSTLE" day on Sunday Feb. 8th, 2009. The promotion was  to attend any of the 3 Sunday services to hear a message about how we all "push, hustle, and grind" in life. All members and guests would receive the new Urban D. "HUSTLE" EP (which includes remixes, a cappella's, and instrumentals... plus an enhanced feature with the new "HUSTLE" music video - this will soon be available for download on iTunes with a digital booklet and the Hustle music video).
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Braille is spending the week at Syntax Studios recording his next solo record titled “Audibly Enhanced Dreams”. Braille says "I know that sounds crazy, but basically I will be touring non-stop for 3 or 4 months so I figured I should at-least lay down the foundation for my next record so that I have time to analyze it and make it RIGHT for a potential FALL release on Syntax Records later this year (God willing)."

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Believin Stephen's new free project called The Perseverance Mixtape will be released on Rapzilla on February 17, 2009. This "mixtape" is actually more like a full free album (all exclusives) with 19 tracks on it including plenty of conceptual songs dealing with the topic of perseverance. Hip-hop fans will be pleased with the beats on this project as they have a gritty east coast underground vibe. Add a comment
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On the heels of Braille’s success in landing the theme song for the NBA Live 2009 trailer and Miami Heat’s own Dwayne Wade’s fifth consecutive All-Star game appearance, Rawsrvnt releases “Watch Out Boy” the unofficial Miami Heat anthem geared to fire up any South Florida Miami Heat fan routing to see their boys win another championship. Add a comment
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GodChaserz Entertainment is releasing Big R's sophomore album entitled "Rated R" next month in March. Production from Wit of The Frontlynaz, Genuine Productions, and Tony Stone. Cameos from Knine, Brinson, and ReadyWriter. The single "I'm Back (in the name of Jesus)" is available on iTunes. We announced the album was going to release back in October 2008, read about it here. Add a comment

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