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Bryan “Braille” Winchester has been in the hip hop game for a long time now and he is now taking yet another step in hip hop. “Talking Textures” is the name of his new label. His previous label “Hip Hop Is Music” where albums 'Extra Credit' by Theory Hazit, 'Spring of the Songbird' by Sivion of DeepSpace5 and more were released, is being shut down in place of Talking Textures. Braille released an update earlier this month about the label, saying that it contains two principles: “letting the music speak for itself” and “letting God speak for himself”.

Braille went on to talk about some of the releases that will be come out under the new label. The first being Othello and DJ Vajra with the album 'Required Taste' which is slated to release in June, and is meant to have that summer feel to it. The surprise to the update is where Braille tells the viewer that Sharlok (Sareem) Poems of L.A Symphony and DJ Dust of DeepSpace5 are finally releasing their record 'Dirty Words' on the new label. This was big news solely because the two released songs about 2 years ago and an album was always rumored to come out, however the group was just having trouble finding a label.

This year is going to be a year to pay attention to Talking Textures. Go pick up your copy (on 4/27/10) of Braille’s 'Weapon Aid,' the first album to be released on the label (in conjunction with Syntax Records) and stay tuned to Rapzilla for more news on Talking Textures. Add a comment

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It was a bright and sunny April day on the West Side of Chicago. The streets were filled with scattered groups of people talking shop and car rims. Children chasing each other through oncoming traffic, all while dope boys pushed product to strung out customers. Just another day in the hood. The weather was unbelievably nice yet there was a sort of thickness in the air... tension. The type of tension that comes from being in K-Town, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago.

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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 it’s 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 God’s 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 generation’s 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.

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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.

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