Columns & Editorials

Rock and hip-hop have been collaborating for years, and that is no different with Christian music. The late 90s and early 2000s was dominated by bands in the genre of Nu-Metal/Rap-Rock/Metalcore. Christian music fans proved that they wanted some of that action as well.
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Christian Hip Hop's Best of awards are back again! If we would’ve told you that Reach, Humble Beast and Lamp Mode would only release a combined six albums in 2015, you probably would’ve thought it’d be a slow year for Christian hip hop.
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Rapper Corey Paul hasn’t gone out of his way to tell listeners about his day job, but when fellow Collision Records artist Alex Faith learned that Paul was a firefighter, Faith wasn’t surprised. Neither was Houston juvenile probation supervisor Dan Hicks, who runs a Christian-based mentorship program where Paul regularly volunteers.
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Many of the Rapzilla readers enjoyed our previous article titled “5 Moments Christian Hip-Hop Would Like to Pretend Never Happened” and after receiving an overwhelming amount of submissions for choices that were worse, we decided to give you all five more.
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Andy Mineo, KB, Bizzle, Swoope, Canon, Eshon Burgundy and S.O. are some of the most important artists in Christian hip hop, and they all were members of Rapzilla’s inaugural Freshman class in 2011.
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Illmind, a music producer employed by some of hip hop’s most influential voices — Kanye West, Drake and J. Cole — believes Andy Mineo’s new album, Uncomfortable, is evidence that Mineo also deserves hip hop’s ear.
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Hip-Hop music is a major force in today’s music and culture, and it is hard to imagine a time without it. However, in the late 80s and early 90s it was still in its infancy which caused many moments that can be perceived as “Not so Hip-Hop.”
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In the earliest days of Reach Records, it seemed that they were unapologetically standing on the side of Christian music that had to be preachy and overtly religious or it was deemed not “Christian” enough. I’ve never heard anyone from Reach Records say this, but the tone of their music and general conversation was that if your music wasn’t Christian “on the surface,” then you just might be ashamed of the Gospel.
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With Thanksgiving Day tomorrow Rapzilla decided to poll some of the artists we cover and see what some of their favorite food items are for the holiday. From corn bread to sweet potato pie, see if these artists share the same tastebuds as you the fans, and most importantly, Happy Thanksgiving.
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A few weeks ago, I tweeted thoughts I’ve been working through regarding the potential impact CHH (Christian hip hop) can achieve. Since CHH is arguably 30 years old now, I’m wrestling through our lack of impact, organized leadership, strategy, togetherness with churches and vision. It's not that we don’t possess the attributes in part, rather, in my limited assessment, what we lack is an organized philosophy of mission bringing all these attributes together in order to mobilizes masses into action.
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There is no better way for an artist to communicate with their fans than through social media. Rapzilla has compiled a list of the Top 20 Christian Rap artists who have figured out how to best reach their fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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