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Written by Sketch the Journalist   

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COMBO REVIEW



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Written by James Red   

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FLAME has recently released his new album "Our World Redeemed" on March 4th 2008.
I was eager to see the new Soundscan sales chart to see how well the album sold, which I knew would do a good debut.  The sales chart for Christian Hip Hop for the week ending March 9th was released Wednesday (yes, it takes time for Soundscan to gather all the numbers), well today Rapzilla just updated the TOP 20 Sales Chart page and FLAME debuts at the #1 spot!

This morning Rapzilla received a press release from FLAME's Public Relations firm.  Expecting to see the title "Flame Our World Redeemed debuts at #1", instead the news release was titled "FLAME's Our World Redeemed Goes #1!", okay that's still similiar right?

 Wrong! If you read the news release it says: "The critically acclaimed album jumped an amazing 41 chart positions in one week to hit the #1 position in its second week on the CMTA R&B/Hip Hop Chart." That's great news but it would mean the album debuted at #42 and not #1 as the sales chart declared.  We went searching and found that on the previous sales chart (the Week ending March 2nd), before the album was ever released it was at the #42 spot. How is this so? Very simple some stores sold it before the release date (that's not fair indeed!) which allowed it to be on the sales chart early.

We asked the PR (Public Relations firm of FLAME) if their quote meant the album debuted at #42, their answer was simply: "It debuted at #42..." 

Want to know how many early copies were sold to bring it at #42 before the release date? 53, nothing to be proud of. 

This is really no big deal, FLAME really debuts in my books at #1 and not #42. This was a plain mistake, but who's mistake? The early buyers? The stores? Soundscan? The PR? That's up to you to decide.

By the way if you don't have the album, I recommend it:
Buy now from MusiChristian.com



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Mar 2008
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Written by Wut Metaphysical   
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Photo by Jonathon D. Colman

As well all know, hip hop is no stranger to war. A quick walk downtown and you face hundreds of fliers promoting hip hop “battles” of some sort or graffiti burners one-upping each other spread over the most visible areas. The top hip hop artists all have well known beefs with each other. Their songs are dedicated to it, their albums are dedicated to it, and seemingly most of the media attention in hip hop is over their beef or lyric wars. So, it’s not surprising that Holy Hip Hop is engaged in its own war. What is surprising, though, is what the war is over. It’s not a war against spiritual powers and principalities, injustice, false teachings, or any other Biblical enemies; it’s a war between the Christian artists themselves; a civil war.

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Mar 2008
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Written by Sketch the Journalist   
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Where are all the Christian rap critics?
Sure, we have a few individuals (like myself) who write reviews and blurbs for assorted websites, blogs, and the occasional print piece. But are those really “critiques” in the proper sense?

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Feb 2008
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Written by Philip Rood   

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Spec is a full time staff member of Crossover Church in Tampa, FL. Which primarily focuses on reaching those influenced by hip-hop culture. He's the director of the media department, and have final say on all designs/media that Crossover produces. He serves as CEO Flavor Alliance Media Group (urban resources) in partnership with Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen and Mike Estep. He also serve as the creator director for S.O.U.LMAG, which is a nationally distributed magazine geared towards urban culture. Then, on the side he runs his own design firm (Designed By Spec) www.specademik.com & teach high school students commercial art, graphic design & photography.



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Feb 2008
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Written by Tommy Kyllonen aka Urban D.   

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“Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the Door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20)  God is right there, right now… knocking.  He wants to come in and be a part of our everyday life in a real way.  But, we have a choice to leave that door closed, or to open it to him.



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