So, apparently, one of hip hop’s most recognizable artists has changed his name. Yes, “Snoop Dogg” is now “Snoop Lion” The legendary emcee is reportedly done with hip hop and openly embracing reggae as home for his musical talents. Of course, it’s very easy to make fun of this as we have done with some of the other pop culture name changes. But Snoop insists that this is “the elevation” of his persona and points to his journey to a Jamaican Rastafarian temple as his inspiration for the upgrade. He even said, “I wanna bury Snoop Dogg.” Interesting.
“My name is Vice Versa, I’m just a young man of God, a father, husband…” I heard him say. “My intentions are to preach the gospel through the vehicle of music to the saved and unsaved, that’s where the name Vice Vrsa originates, to be able to do it on both spectrums.”
James Lilly III (23) was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His death from a motorcycle accident on Sunday, 5th August 2012 has seen sympathies and prayers stream in to his wife, daughters, extended family and fellow stable mate, Viktory.
Is it ever too early to compile an “albums of the year” candidates list? Of course not!
2012 has already been a memorable year for Christian Hip Hop, and the second half only promises to
get better. There are some clearly obvious candidates in the mix for best project so far
(Lecrae, Beautiful Eulogy, Swoope, Wit & Dre Murray), but I prefer to focus on some
of the more under-appreciated albums that may not make our top 5 or top 10 list when
the year is over. So here are 10 projects that may not make my final 2012 list but were
LECRAE, TEDASHII, KB, TRIP LEE, ANDY MINEO and PRO will join together and embark on the 5th annual Unashamed tour. Sponsored by Grand Canyon University and Logos, Reach Records will present the Unashamed Tour 2012: Come Alive.
The vision for Flavor Fest began to unfold in 1999 as our team saw the huge need of people asking for training and resources to better reach those influenced by urban/hip-hop culture. Crossover's ministry experienced an influx of calls, emails and visits of people from around the country. They began hearing about our ministry through Urban D.'s (Pastor Tommy) first national CD release, "The Missin' Element". The inside of the CD jacket had some pictures and information about our Hip-Hop Youth Ministry. We tried to accommodate all the requests, but that alone couldn't really teach them or answer all their questions. God began to birth the vision for Crossover to host a conference to focus on reaching the culture.