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After weeks of time, effort, and debate from the staff at Rapzilla, we bring to you our nominations for who we chose as leading in a specific category as it relates to doing music. The categories for 2011 are: Artist, Album, Free Album, Song, Group/Crew, New Artist, Record Label, Producer, Album Cover, and Music Video.

To qualify to be nominated, the artist must have released an official full length album, or EP available at retail outlets with a release date between December 2010 and November 2011. Click 'Like' to vote for your top picks! We will be following up and posting the winners by reader votes as well as Rapzilla's Best of 2011 picks. Voting ends January 10th 2012. Click each nomination to listen to their music or watch their music video. Add a comment
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Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine life without iPods and CD's talk less of a day spent without Facebook and Twitter and other social mediums, the basic tools many artists in this day and age use to aid in their pursuit of conveying the message within their music. Such means were non-existent back in the 90's, the era that UK Christian Hip Hop burst onto the scene. With founding fathers such as Paul Servier (better known as DJ Royal Priest), Gifted, Blessed Man and a group named MOD and End Dayz, who later went on to release the UK’s first Christian Hip Hop Album.

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The older that hip hop (and I) get, the further away from the roots and original meanings of hip hop terminology we get. We posted a piece called "Don't Call It A Mixtape" written by Stephen the Levite, which is basically the same article conceptually. Don't call it what it isn't. Don't Call It A Freestyle! You are NOT freestyling! This article however has a little room for debate vs. the Don't Call It A Mixtape article - which definitely doesn't. Add a comment
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Out of more than 630 videos, these are the top 25 most viewed music videos from our YouTube Channel at http://youtube.com/rapzilla!

Braille - Shades of Grey (@rapzilla @braillehiphop)
260,510 views

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Json - Parent Me - feat. J.R. (@rapzilla @json116)
58,462 views

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J'son - Goon (ft. Thi'sl & Pastor AD3) (@rapzilla @json116 @thisl @pastorad3)
48,284 views

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Unity is dead. It’s obvious right? Unity in the Christian Hip-Hop movement, culture, circle or whatever you want to call it is deceased. Let’s get the tombstone made and let it read “Here lies Unity. She never really had a chance.” It would be an honest assessment of Unity’s life cycle in our scene, too. She never really had a chance. And how could she have had a chance when everyone’s expectation of Unity created an atmosphere that she just couldn’t breathe in. Add a comment
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If you don't know about Turntable.fm yet, you will after this and will love it if you are in the U.S. We take pride in being early adopters when it comes to all things online and when we heard about Turntable.fm it sounded more than interesting and had to check it out. Well what is Turntable.fm? It is a chatroom much like AOL chatrooms of the 90's but the room is set up like a dive bar or club and each person has a cool avatar that are available as points are earned from good DJ'ing. Add a comment
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“You are a legalist.” GASP! That’s a dreaded title no one in all of Christendom wants to be branded with. Its the modern evangelical equivalent to the Pharisees and if you’re familiar with biblical references then you’ll know that they aren’t spoken of very highly in scripture. They were actually the people Jesus had His most heated interactions with. Given the dogmas we see in many discussions held in our scene, a person has to ask “Is legalism alive and well in Christian Hip-Hop?” So I talked to a few people involved in shaping and influencing our scene and asked them their thoughts on the topic of legalism in Christian Hip-Hop. Add a comment
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We've all experienced it before. One of our favorite emcees or groups is about to drop a new album. We get hyped about it as we think about the first album they released, which came out two years ago, but is still in heavy rotation on our iPod. Their first project had such an impact on us that we remember exactly where we were when we first listened to it. We've loved the songs they've recently featured on and now the moment is here. The new one is ready to drop. We can't wait to hear them spit over new beats and, in new ways, recapture the feeling we had when we first heard them. We didn't even listen to any of the previews that already came out because we want to hear the project as a whole for the very first time. It's Monday and we know that it will be available for download at midnight. Like a kid on Christmas morning, when midnight strikes, we rush to iTunes to download it, turn off our phone, run out to the car so we can play it in the best sound system we have, crank up the volume and drive around while we listen, fully prepared to hit rewind when necessary. And then the unthinkable happens: the emcee switched up his style! What's going on? The beats sound different. They're a talented group, so it's not completely wack, but what happened? Add a comment
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Recently some popular artists in the Christian Music scene made a decision to stop making music that appeals to the “christian market” in lieu of making music that appeals to the general market. In fact, the word that they used to describe what they do is “secular” music. I believe, as long as they as HUMAN BEINGS stay rooted in scripture, I think it is possible to make “secular” music for the glory of God and advancement of His kingdom. Add a comment
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