In January of 2008, gospel rapper Lavoisier released an explosive video on YouTube that quickly became the center of controversy among hip hop supporters and detractors alike. The fifteen minute video, entitled “Rap Terrorist Goes To School,” featured Lavoisier in a Brooklyn, NY school classroom, talking to junior high kids about the integrity of prominent rappers and the validity of their lyrics. Artists including T.I., Nas, and 50 Cent were quoted and openly discussed with sixth and seventh graders, who represent a large and overlooked fan base of impressionable young listeners. The video drew both praise and criticism, including responses from those within the Hip Hop industry.
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Christian Hip Hop label Reach Records will be bringing the Unashamed Tour to the UK from 5th – 11th August 2008. The tour, which is currently touring venues across the USA, will see four of the labels acts – LeCrae, Trip Lee, Tedashii and Sho Baraka performing live appearances in venues across the UK including Birmingham, London, Manchester and the Soul Survivor summer event.
Bushwick Bill, long recognized for his classic work with the Geto Boys, is slated to return with what many of his fans will consider to be his most shocking album to date. This musical chapter of Bushwick's life will see him send his "Chucky" AKA "Chuckwick" persona to his final resting place. His upcoming release, "Testimony Of Redemption," is a skillfully crafted work, intersecting deep spirituality and reality rap.
Fadacy artist Applejaxx is set to release the Databass mixtape on July 15, 2008. In this Databass episode Applejaxx is locked in to implant the message of Christ into the system. This release features Jekob of the Washington Projects, Gibraan, and more, as well as production from Tonex, Nelly B, and Battle Axe. Databass will be released digitally to major online stores (itunes, Amazon, etc.) with digital download cards and physical CD’s available at the Fadacy website. Databass is a prelude to Applejaxx’s full-length project Born Identity.
EA Sports selected Braille's song "The IV" to use in the trailer for their video game "NBA Live 09" coming out this fall. The trailer showcases the athlete who will be featured on the cover of the game, Tony Parker from the San Antonio Spurs. The song comes from Braille's forth solo record "The IV Edition" available now on Syntax/Koch. The video game placement adds another highlight to what has already been an incredible summer for Braille. After his record dropped on April 15th he received great reviews from The Source, Okayplayer.com, Rapreviews.com, Sphereofhiphop.com and many more. He also did a 3 month U.S. tour which included album release parties with Pigeon John, The Paid Dues festival in Denver with De La Soul and performances on Vans Warped Tour with Othello. The trailer for NBA Live 09 can be viewed on Youtube at the follow link - http://youtube.com/watch?v=YlXG5Ic8n7c
If you haven't already heard, "Music Meets the Truth" is a full length compilation album put out every single year and is made totally FREE for download. Both the 2007 and 2008 Beat Lab 7 compilations have proven to be a great success in the Christian music arena, featuring several highly recognized recording artists.
The Christian Female Rap Network (CFRN), in cooperation with DJ I Rock Jesus, have set the date of August 15th to release an all female rap mixtape to encourage and empower listeners in living a life that is pleasing to God. The collaboration includes honest testimonies, authentic beats and snippets of tracks straight off the network's soon to be released, 'The CFRN Experience' project.