Once upon a time, in hip-hop history, existed a time and place far removed from what we see now. Before there was the talk of a rapper’s plight, there was Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” Artists and groups such as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, DJ Kool Herc, Kurtis Blow and a slew of other DJ’s and MC’s introduced a new style of music called rap. However, it wasn’t new for one young artist, who had been unknowingly doing it for years. This is the story of how Christian hip-hop was born.
"[O]ne of the things I wanted to do was storytelling, create a platform for identity formation. The thing about stories is that you can either tell good stories or you can tell bad stories. For so long, we have allowed bad stories to shape the African American experience and context. I believe it was my job to just assist in the correction of that narrative, to tell other stories, not just from a communal perspective, but a personal perspective."
Canon and Derek Minor put a hip-hop spin on Richard Pryor’s 1985 comedy Brewster’s Million for their video for “Over Do It” from Canon’s Loose Canon Vol. 3 album on Reflection Music Group that debuted at No. 5 on iTunes’ Hip Hop Albums chart.
“I’d like to welcome everybody to the Destination Tour. We wanted to create this intimate environment where we could talk to people and invite people in times like these to come together to have a destination, to have a place to come to just to breathe.”
Sho Baraka talks to us about his brand new album The Narrative, race relations, social injustice, what white brothers and sisters can do to help and more in the featured interview on our 42nd episode of Rapzilla.com Live with Chris Chicago.