Christian Hip Hop artists continue to make a strong presence on the iTunes charts. Female emcee and New York native HeeSun Lee continued the trend today with a solid debut on the Christian/Gospel charts, peaking at #7 with her new release 'Stereotypes
'. The project, which is the first album released from the In My City record label, includes notable features from MC Jin, Erica Cumbo, Chris Cobbins among others.
Since its inception a decade ago, Reach Records has emerged as the most recognizable, profitable record label in Christian Hip Hop. Their expansion has created a host of opportunities for the Gospel to be displayed in art. However, it has also open the door to numerous detractions, the most popular being connections to secret organizations such as the Illuminati. The Atlanta-based label responded to these questions today in an official statement entitled "Reach Records Speaks: Art, Symbolism and Our Mission". It takes direct aim at the mindsets of conspiracy and cultural cynicism that have grown in Christian circles. The statement also explores the viability of art itself as a display of God's glory. Hopefully this statement will stir Biblical dialogue and prayerful reflection about Christian art in the world.
A brief excerpt: "We want to be upfront and transparent when we say that the artistic directions we take are not a result of some mysterious occult group or made with ill-intentions. Many times the choices we make for a particular album design have deeper redemptive, Biblical themes. Other times, they are purely aesthetic choices"
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In preparation for their upcoming “Southern Lights” concert series, Alex Faith and Dre Murray of WLAK present the “Southern Lights Challenge.”
From now until January 24, 2014 fans will be able to stream albums from both artists (Alex Faith’s
Honest 2 God and ATLast along with Dre Murray’s Hell’s Paradise II: Mask Parade collaboration with
producer Wit and Gold Rush: Maybe One Day) here on Rapzilla.com.
Whether you are a first time listener or longtime supporter of these projects, Alex and Dre challenge you
to create a list of your top 5 songs by each artist from this specific streaming collection.
Comment your list below
and tune in Friday, January 24 at 8pm EST to the
“Southern Lights” video chat hosted by Rapzilla. There Alex and Dre will select their favorite “Challenge
List” and discuss the stories behind the songs included on it. There will also be a Q&A portion towards
the end of the chat.
The 29th Annual Stellar Awards convened in Nashville, Tennessee tonight to honor the best artists in Gospel music. Christian Hip Hop was well-represented with nominations in the Rap/Hip Hop CD of the Year Category with Derek Minor ("Minorville"), Lecrae ("Gravity"), Bizzle ("The Good Fight) and This'l ("Free From the Trap") all garnering nominations. The category's award was given to Lecrae, who continues to rack up awards and recognition for his artistry. It also officially establishes him as a significant factor in the Gospel music industry. Congratulations to Lecrae for yet another award!
Alex Faith and Dre Murray of W.L.A.K. are grateful to announce the first round of dates for the Southern Lights Tour with the launch of their brand new website - SouthernLightsConcerts.com
. The website will be updated daily with information regarding the dates as it comes in. Look for your city on the list and don't miss the 'Southern Lights' stop in your town.
Reach Records have announced Tedashii
's upcoming 4th album, 'Below Paradise'. The album is slated to release this spring.
After years of producing for and collaborating with award-winning artists like Da' T.R.U.T.H., KJ-52 and Rhema Soul. Dae-Lee now prepares to release his commercial debut album called REFLECT. For years, Dae-Lee’s mantra has been "I Am A Reflection Not A Distraction.” He hopes this album inspires listeners to be great as they REFLECT Christ, the greatest!