After seeing brief Billboard success with 'Turn My Life Up' in 2008 (debuting at #43, and then dropping off the 2nd week), Sho Baraka and Reach Records have shown growth in sales and staying power.
I Am Records recording artist, K-Praize at the young age of fourteen is taking the nation by storm with his debut release, 'Kingdom Certified Reinforced.'
K-Praize born, Kevieion Johnson was very aware at a young age that hip hop music was going to be a major part of his calling in life to be an influence in the sphere of those around him. At age five he appeared in Avon catalog ads and towards the end of that year was when he discovered the talents that God had given him in hip hop and dance. The years that followed were accompanied by performing in front of thousands of fans doing shows with hip hop artists like Lecrae, Tedashii, John Cook, Cam, Dillon Chase, and many more.
The new album, Kingdom Certified Reinforced is a mixture of styles ranging from current hip hop beats, dance tracks, classic hip hop sounds, ballads, to club bangers. The message that K-Praize wants to get across is to declare to the youth that its time to take a stand for Christ and proclaim that We the hip hop hope the future generation all across the globe! His lyrics deal with such subjects as spiritual warfare, testifying about Gods goodness, calling the listener to action to go and get people saved, and even encouraging listeners to praise God in every situation no matter their circumstances. The project is also full of some amazing collaborations with artists like Cam, D-M.A.U.B., Humble Tip, C-Micah, K-Drama, Fedel, and more. Kingdom Certified Reinforced has amazing dance tracks like, Tyler Perry and Make It Quake, a song teaching us to remember to always, Count Your Blessings, as well as the uplifting heartfelt songs like I Do It For You and Love Letter. K-Praize is a true role model for this generations youth delivering a kingdom minded message that is inspirational the world-over; regardless of age.
K-Praize first music video, I Do It For You featuring Cam is currently in rotation on several television outlets throughout the country including Gospel Music Channel. He is currently working on the new music video for Tyler Perry which should be out to television networks soon.
Trip Lee released this statement on the upcoming album:
The response to 20/20 was more than I could have asked for. I heard so many stories about how God used the album in the lives of the listeners. The stories range from people just being helped through rough days, to people trusting Christ for the very first time. That blows me away! I want to thank everyone for all the support. But, it's time for a new chapter and a brand new album.
As one of the premiere music outlets in Christian music, we get tons of emails, and now Tweets, Facebook comments, Facebook messages, Facebook IM's, instant messages, text messages, phone calls, etc., from artists that are ignorant to the industry standards, relationship building, and professionalism. Everyone is ignorant at some point and everyone will be ignorant to many things until they die. However, when it comes to being ignorant to music industry standards in this day and age, there is no excuse. Christian hip hop, of almost any genre that I have had experience in, are the worst at submitting news and press releases. So here is a quick example to help you model your professional press release after. This will greatly increase your chances of getting published on websites.
First I want to thank everyone for your understanding, mercy and grace while my family and I worked on rebuilding our marriage and reconciliation. From the very beginning, I have wanted to communicate with you. However following the advice of the church leadership, and others to whom I entrusted my restoration, I remained silent.
Back in late April 2009, the Lord exposed me and consequently delivered me from being entangled in a season of willful disobedience, deception and darkness. I was involved in a non-sexual but very inappropriate relationship with a woman other than my wife, thereby betraying my Lord, my wife, family, Epiphany Fellowship (the church I love and was instrumental in founding) my co-laborers and ministry supporters like you.
Syntax Records' staff (L to R: Steve Trudeau, Jeremiah Bonds, Tim Trudeau, Shane Newville, Chad Horton, Brandon Musser, and Donnell Johnson) are pictured and interviewed in the April issue of one of the top MMA magazines, Fight Magazine with Urijah Faber on the cover.
On Apr. 20, 2010, La Familia Muzik invades Earths planetary airwaves with their new two-disc effort, Greetings Earthlings, a compilation album featuring the entire La Familia Muzik 2010 roster. Introducing new artists Adam Gilley and G-86 alongside La Familia Muzik mainstays Foolish, Ryan Horton, and SYD, Greetings Earthlings relaunches the indie label into 2010 and beyond. Following four successful full-length album releases since the labels inception in Jan. 2006, La Familia Muzik pushes the envelope, not only in their creativity and innovation, but in their passion to see people impacted by the message of their music. Greetings Earthlings, undoubtedly the labels strongest release to date, sets the tone for La Familia Muziks future projects while at the same time giving listeners a solid introduction to the independent labels expanding roster.
You heard it here first. Japhia Life is officially releasing his new album 'Nazareth' on Tuesday April 6th, 2010. The album will be available on Christian hip hop stores on April 6th, and then in late April the album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, etc.
San Diego's, Ruslan (of theBREAX) releases "Nothing In Particular" music video and announces upcoming EP.
After releasing the Gallery Drive album & mixtape, Ruslan is keeping the momentum going by releasing his first music video Nothing in Particular and solo EP, 'Right Out Loud, the Prequel.'
Nothing in Particular is produced by DJ Rek, and directed by Sam Wells.
'Right Out Loud, the Prequel' consists of 7 new songs and will be released April 20th, 2010 through Eye Am Productions. The EP features collaborations with Braille, Blame One, Nova, Beleaf of theBREAX, Regg Henny, & Deacon Blair with productions from Exile, DJ Rek, Fabe, DJ Pound, Sound Collage Musik & more.
Download the new single here!. Reach Records says "this song is a hidden track on the album, which we are sure most of you have not found yet, so we are trying something new and releasing it as a free single."
BEC Recordings Manafest drops his fourth studio project, The Chase (iTunes, AmazonMP3
$5.99). After three records that received international acclaim including huge success in Japan, Juno nominee Manafest releases his most aggressive and sonically evolved record to date. Check out the full album at AOLs Listening Party.
While buzz is massive today because of the heights that new albums by Rhema Soul and Sho Baraka reached, one was not among that buzz. Jacob Izrael released 'The Glitch' today, and it seems that it is just that. A glitch in the norm. The norm is changing, and Jacob released is new album as a free download and will not appear on the top 10 iTunes hip hop charts.
GodChaserz Entertainment has a new distribution partner for their record label. The independent label just inked an exclusive retail distribution deal with Best Buy, the international 45 million dollar consumer electronics giant. The signing enables GCE to expand its reach nationally to new audiences. Best Buy has a global reach of approximately 1,150 stores.
The label will celebrate their new partnership with the re-release of 'Escaping Me', the first studio album from GodChaserz CEO, Brinson. It will feature new music remixed and remastered as well as singles Solar Powered and Here What Im Talkin. The CD is due in stores in late spring.
We wanted to have a national reach while maintaining creative control of our music, and that's what happened. Praise God!" said Brinson, CEO of GodChaserz Entertainment.
The label is also planning to release an all GodChaserz compilation album in Best Buy stores later this year.
A North Carolina-based evangelist hopes to help lift a spirit of heaviness that has fallen over Haiti since a massive earthquake rocked the island nation in January, killing more than 200,000 people.
Ben Cerullo, 33, wants to bless and encourage the Haitian people through Hope Alive, a large-scale event in Port-au-Prince Friday that will include music from Christian rap and reggae artists The Ambassador, J.R., and Prodigal Son, as well as praise and worship.