In an era where music sales are at an all time low and internet piracy runs rampant, many artists feel the pressure to create a hit ringtone or secure a corporate endorsement to be perceived as commercially successful. So due to inflation, staggering record sales, the economy, global warming, rising gas prices, the war in Iraq, and the current election year, Underground Hip-Hop has possibly lost another one of its most hopeful groups to the dark side.
Dove Award nominee and Cross Movement Records gospel hip-hop artist FLAME has been climbing the charts following the debut of his fourth album, Our World Redeemed, which released on March 4, 2008. The critically acclaimed album jumped an amazing 41 chart positions in one week to hit the #1 position in its second week on the CMTA R&B/Hip Hop Chart. The project also debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top Gospel Chart.
Johnson, along with MBU classmates John Shaw, Ricky Brewer and Nathan Gruen (see right form l-r), recently took home top awards from two national film festivals for their documentary on the impact Christian hip-hop music has made in downtown St. Louis. The 16-minute film, a capstone assignment for their Video Production II course, delved into the growing and somewhat controversial Christian rap movement and illustrated how it continues to transform lives.
Applejaxx will release a new mixtape: Databass this April 2008. The mixtape features collaborations with: Macho of the Tunnel Rats, Gibraan, Nuncio, Soul P, Jekob of the Washington Projects, U.K.(Underground Kitty), Omega of Nureau Ink and the Quad-Click. The debut release is due out later in 2008.
Following the well-received debut of The United Vision Mixtape in 2007, DJ D-Lite and Mike Verse Mills of La Familia Muzik are ready to drop the 2nd installment of the eclectic mixtape series on March 30, 2008.
Wut Metaphysical releases the instrumental only version of 'Last of the Metaphysical Poets' including instrumental versions of the singles 'A Bottle in the Mississippi' and 'I Hail Jahovah'. The instrumental release also includes remixes of current songs, extended versions, and beats that didn't make it onto the album! Available on iTunes now!
Pinnacle Rhythm's Shaun B. and Wut Metaphysical announce the highly anticipated producer/emcee collaboration project 'Death Be Not Proud' is to hit stores in September of 08.