An article about Christian Hip Hop in the Washington Times.
Good luck trying to tell 30-year-old Emanuel Lambert Jr., known to his listeners as Da' T.R.U.T.H. , that hip-hop is dead — that record sales within the music genre are slumping and its reputation is sagging because of its perceived penchant for bling, breasts and blow.
Mr. Lambert still believes in the power of hip-hop culture and still believes in its ability to uplift. He has faith — quite literally.
For the past six years, Mr. Lambert — known to his listeners as Da' T.R.U.T.H. — has made a living writing, recording and performing rap songs that riff on God and the Scriptures, not gats and spinners. The Grammy-nominated emcee is one of a growing number of Christian artists who have chosen to express themselves through hip-hop music and dance.
The people pushing so-called "holy hip-hop" are diverse. They're white, black, older, younger, well-to-do and strapped for cash. Most, but not all, are born-again.
Manafest will drop a new album entitled "Citizens Actic" with BEC Recordings on June 24 2008. Manafest told us in Nashville during the GMA's that this album will have more Hip Hop then the previous releases and of course some Hard Rock that the Japanese love him for.
The Arizona Republic interviewed Sinbad and take a look at this Q&A:
Q: What would fans be surprised to find on your iPod?
A: I've got three of them, and it runs the gamut. There's always some funk, some jazz fusion, some jazz-funk, some rockers that can really throw down. There's a lot of hip-hop Christian rap on there, too. I don't know if that would surprise people. What would surprise people?
Lecrae was in the United Kingdom and it was "CRAAAAZY! I couldn't really capture it in words. Spiritually there was a strong sincerity and desire to know and love Jesus," says Lecrae. He also adds on his myspace blog "Musically the believers there are incredibly talented. Don't sleep America!" If anyone finds any footage on Youtube, or if you were there be sure to leave a comment about it!