While the vast majority of Christian Hip Hop fans may not be familiar with his music, Jerrell Johnson has composed quite a reputation for himself. From his deep discography to his memorable freestyles, he is anything but an unknown face to loyal listeners of the genre. Most recently his latest release, Dream S.O.D.A., gained a host of critical and social acclaim from fans and websites alike, even garnering him a mention on Rapzilla's 10 Under The Radar Albums of 2012 as well as super producer Dirty Rice calling it "A breath of fresh air, and the most creative thing I've heard in a very very long time." With this momentum, the rapper is preparing to release his new conceptual masterpiece, Lightmares.
As the 116 interrogation video continues to be decoded, new findings are steadily emerging. A careful observation of the decoded number in the video "08-28-13" reveals that this is the exact date when Reach Records artist Lecrae posted about the 116 crew congregating in the studio.
Lecrae sat down with Nicky G from SwaysUniverse.com while on location at Rock the Bells Hip Hop Festival, and divulged info on Church Clothes 2 and his upcoming new album.
The cloud of secrecy surrounding the mysterious "packages" received by Reach Records' artists and others affiliated with them has been temporarily lifted. The clique of the unashamed released an "interrogation" video today with the secretive details of the upcoming Unashamed V Tour.
I recently posted the title of this article as a status update on Facebook hoping to provoke a thoughtful discussion within Christian hip hop. My heart behind it was not to spread negativity. What I got, however, was exactly that—ending in an unhealthy moment for the provoker and the provoked.
The truth is that I care deeply about this scene. Christian hip hop has been part of my life professionally since 1997… even longer as a fan. The status was a legitimate #FAIL on my part.
To be clear, I reject the notion of a sacred and a secular hip hop (it’s all just hip hop). However, there is most assuredly an organized community of content creators, curators, and consumers—often separatist—surrounding a sub-genre of hip hop, and that is who I intend to speak of and to.
Today Derek Minor, formerly known as PRo, released his much anticipated debut album under his new moniker. 'Minorville' skyrocketed up the charts, just hours after dropping.
The tracklisting is revealed for FLAME's seventh studio album 'Royal Flush,' which will be available on October 1, 2013 from Clear Sight Music.
We (Rapzilla.com) released our 2nd annual compilation project full of all original, never released, exclusive songs entitled King Kulture 'Stop The Traffic'. A Christian organization based in New York City will benefit from proceeds so that they can continue their fight against human trafficking. We are thrilled to report that this project has landed at #9 on Billboards Christian & Gospel chart! Thank you to the everyone that is supporting this project, and to all of the artists, producers, and talented individuals that contributed their time and efforts to effect change with us in the world!
You can purchase the project on all digital retailers and physical copies along with other merchandise is available on our store at http://rapzilla.com/shop.
According to published research on the world’s population, 1 out of every 3 people affiliate or profess to be Christian; just over two billion approximately. Of those two billion people, about eleven percent of them live in the United States of America, totaling close to 250 million people.
Now, according to US News & World Reports, the United States in 2012 held just under 313 million people. That would mean that almost eighty percent of the United States would at least check “Christian” under the religious affiliation section on their census forms.
So here is what doesn’t seem to line up. Jay Z in less than two months has sold close to two million copies of his latest, Magna Carta Holy Grail album. Drake in just less than two years sold over two million copies of his Take Care album that he released in 2011. However, it has taken Reach Records, the largest and most supported name in Christian Hip Hop, 10 years and the collective album sales of every artist in the history of their label to reach 1 million copies sold combined. It took Reach Records ten years and every artist they have ever had to do half of what Jay Z did in just over a month.
Canon's debut album 'Mad Haven' cover and tracklisting is revealed. The album is set to release October 15, 2013 from Reflection Music Group.
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Alex Faith's upcoming new album 'ATLast' drops on November 5th on Collision Records. Stay tuned for more details on the album including the tracklisting and producers behind the project. Listen to the new single "Letting Me Go" here.
Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina..
I’m writing this blog for the church planters and pastors who have asked me, “How do you prepare a sermon?”
And I’m writing it for the Transformation Church Family so that “Transformers” will know how to pray for me as I prepare sermons for them that will hopefully cause us to reflect Jesus to our broken planet. So, here it is … my preparation regimen … it’s really pretty simple.
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In the short time of its existence, Collision Records had emerged as one of the top labels in Christian Hip Hop. Following the WLAK group album featuring the label's full roster of artists and the 'Gold Rush: Maybe One Day' solo album from Dre Murray, the newcomers apparently still believe they have more work to do in 2013. Rumor has it that ATL native and Collision artist Alex Faith will be releasing his new album on November 5th of this year. This confirms the recent heavy activity from the southern rapper, with various pictures and tweets showing his lengthy production sessions with Swoope, Wit, Wes P and Tragic Hero. For features, the album's title and other information, stay tuned to Rapzilla for the latest news.
Who are you hoping to hear Alex Faith do a collaboration with?