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Since the beginning of recorded music, there has been one constant: record labels. For the most part, they come and go, especially on the independent scene. Labels like Sun Records, Sub-Pop and Metal Blade have all shaped different genres in music, and have even heralded changing trends. Some of these labels live on for an extended period of time and some are absorbed by major labels.

Unfortunately, the shelf life for most indie labels is very brief, and Christian Hip Hop is not immune to that particular business truth. In the past 20 years, labels like Frontline, Grapetree, Reserved Records and Uprok were well respected, but have since gone the way of the dodo. They've been succeeded by labels like Reach Records and Illect. However, since the 90s, one record label* has continued to thrive and provide solid hip hop with a spiritual message: Syntax Records. Add a comment
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St. Louis native Json has become a very familiar name in Christian Hip Hop. He has been turning heads and getting verses re-winded since he was first heard on the 116 Clique compilation in 2005. As an independent artist, he went on to drop two noteworthy albums: 'The Seasoning' and 'Life on Life.' The latter created such a buzz, that Lamp Mode Recordings picked up the unsigned artist and released a remastered version of the album last year. On his third album, 'City Lights', Json seeks not only to paint a stark picture of the inner-city, but urges the church to be the much needed illumination to dark streets. Add a comment
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Griffin, if you didn't know is a Tunnel Rat, Scribbling Idiot affiliate and one half of the duo EDM (Mouf Warren of SI being the other half). Griffin is one of my favorite emcees and this was before his solo debut album ‘Samson’ was released. A lot of fans of The Tunnel Rats have been waiting for a Griffin solo effort since the 2005 self-titled TR release. Here we are five years later and End of Earth Records releases Griffin’s ‘Samson’.

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What makes a healthy church? Lamp Mode and 9Marks have teamed up to let Christians know. Utilizing the “9 Marks of the Church,” (created by D.C. Pastor Mark Dever) Flame, Trip Lee, shai linne, Tedashii, and others seek to communicate the characteristics that aid in the health of the church. This album is a perfect marriage of weighty doctrinal teaching and quality rap music. Learning has never been so worthy of a rewind as it is here.

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In the vein of City High, The Fugees and Black Eyed Pea's, SoulJahz came on the scene as a rap trio made up of two brothers and one sister. The lil sister, like L Boogie, can rap and sing with the best of them. Honestly, their first release caught my attention when Christian Radio wasn't playing much Christian Hip Hop in San Diego County. "Rap Revolution" was a dope cut that local San Diego Christian Radio was spinning. The song featured some dope lyricism which included rhyming every possible word ending in "ation", that you could think of and then some. The brothers Joshua and Jekob had a Onyx / Wu Tang-esque flow which I was feeling at the time. Then a few years passed and they released "The Fault Is History" which was a more pop mainstream album that included a couple re-done cuts off their first indie album. They started touring and doing their new music more like pop singers rather than rap stars. Add a comment
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In the four short years since his debut album 'If They Only Knew', Trip Lee has became one of he most recognizable artists in Christian Hip Hop. His love of down south beats paired along with his mid west flow, and 116 Clique membership, have made Trip Lee universally accepted. With his last album '20/20', Trip displayed insight on life that betrayed his young age. On his third album 'Between Two Worlds' Trip continues to provide unique insight on the world and it's ills. The album is focused on the believer living in this old fallen world while awaiting the glorious new world that Christ will inaugurate at His return.

The album opens up with "Real Life Music" where Trip Lee contrasts his brand of Hip Hop from what is usually played on the radio. Over a sample driven melody with sharp drums he riddles off lines such as "Too many spit that fake rap most just can't relate to / they don't got no Maybach they don't get to make rules / They ain't tryna make stacks they just tryna make do". This is a great intro and prepares audiences for a very accessible album. Trip more than ever seems to exert himself in communicating gospel truth in terms the average listener can easily grasp. Much of the album focuses on conveying the struggles that come along with living in a fallen world. The issues mentioned are not only things that Christians can identify with but many unsaved people may identify with even more.

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