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“I’m Good” was one of the last songs to be recorded for my new album, The Good Life. Lecrae and I actually wrote and recorded an entirely different song, and we liked it at first. But eventually we decided it was just pretty good; and we wanted to put out something great. So I played a few beats for him that
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Xist Music announces the signing of Michigan native hip hop artist, Nate Feuerstein (pronounced Fire-stīne) also known as N.F. to a recording contract. He joins The Ambassador, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., Andalé, Jahaziel, Yaves, and Xist label president and vocalist, Sean Simmonds to the roster. Xist will produce an EP titled “I’m Free” which is set to release April 24th. “This kid is serious”, says T. Black, CEO of Xist Music. “It’s very exciting to see the material he’s putting out.” Simmonds, who is featured on the song, “Alone” says “We want the world to hear why we are so excited about N.F.”
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Swoope and Collision Records released his highly anticipated sophomore album 'Wake Up' today. The album definitely defied the sophomore slump odds and is being called a classic by various fellow artists and fans alike. You can
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It has been two years since Swoope’s last full-length album, ‘The Zoo’ - an album
that brought the artist almost instant recognition in the Christian Hip Hop community.
Swoope releases his sophomore album ‘Wake Up’ on Collision Records, boasting a
certain clarity of thought that, while present on ‘The Zoo’, has been refined like iron ore
for this release.
Suzy Rock has been impressing us for the last few years with her guest appearances both singing and rapping. Her delivery offers alot of variety, at times you'll get an authentic ATL accent with heavy hitting
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There are many things that you can see on the internet that just gets your mind buzzin’. Within
the last few weeks we have seen videos on KONY2012, “Why I hate Religion, But Love
Jesus”, “Why I hate Religion, buy love Jesus (Muslim version), etc. Do I really need
to start on the Presidential candidates? I mean seriously. What and who do you believe? Is
everything we see or hear propaganda? I know of one thing that you can bet your life on… let’s
talk about it.
This article started as a conversation with someone many of you have heard of, FLAME!
If you haven’t heard of FLAME then you will not know that he just dropped his 6th album
called The 6th. The 6th is an album that all of you should pick up. Solid lyrics with solid
beats make this a must buy. That being said there is one song on there that really got me
thinking. The song is called “Scripture Alone”.
When chatting with FLAME I found out one thing about him that is abundantly clear. He believes
with no doubt that the Bible is the inerrant word of God. Not compromising and with no error.
See this would seem to be the norm for most Christians but it isn’t. As FLAME drops knowledge
on this track there is no substitution for the word of God. 40 authors in 3 different languages for
66 books and it is perfect.
FLAME states it like this “The real force behind this record is my desire to understand
Anthropology, the study of mankind, and how it relates to our relationship with Christ. Jesus
came to Earth and spoke with authority to men and women. His word is black and white. It is in
your face much like hip hop. I’ve definitely had my own tragic events in my lifetime but when I
came to Christ, I repented and he saved me. It was at that point that I made the decision to keep
with the rap game but to honor God through it.”
Let’s jump in and see what we can learn from FLAME track “Scripture Alone”:
I can hear your question homie “is that book reliable?”
Yes it is the testaments are very verifiable
What do you believe in? What do you abide by?
Maybe it’s a mixture of different stuff – tye dye
You boys are all syncretist, sinking in your own thoughts
The book that I hold to, cohesive and never off
Saying my book carrying lies but it’s quite the contrary
66 Holy scripts it’s more like a library
Written by by 40 authors in 3 different languages
English is not one of them Greek and Hebrew surely is
Inspired and inerrant, woah what does that mean?
It’s from God and without error in absolutely everything
Yeah it addresses class in session boy I hope you learn something
Hear them lies from the other guys boy I hope you turn from ‘em
Why does it matter though, if the Bible is false or true?
Matter fact before you answer that let me caution you
Don’t play with epistemology homie we need absolutes
If there’s no such thing as truth then…
He can do what he wanna do
She can do what she wanna do
And can’t nobody say nothing
If a killer pull them choppers out and feel like spraying something
Ain’t nobody say it’s wrong and we all know that’s a lie
Somebody outside of us has to speak and rectify
That’s just what God did in the Christian Holy Book
Why don’t you crack it open sit down take a look
God is communicating with us man, the Bible is the most thoroughly documented book work
of all antiquity. If we can’t trust in the Bible we can’t trust nothing. Let’s go!
Why they give my book a hard time? Especially the New Testament
Bi-textual variance that’s utterly irrelevant
To the proper understanding and translation of the text
Yes with more manuscripts there are more variants
But the more the merrier Homie this not a threat
This is strong evidence we possess the original text
Having these manuscripts, different areas different times
Yet they all testify to the same text
God is so_____________ Ain’t no words to explain
How he preserved his words through desert, plains, and heavy rains
But they trying to tell us that the Bible’s been corrupted
I say they are misinformed and they might as well cut it
See FLAME is bout to go deep and I ain’t talking scuba gear
I’m talking real scholarly bought to bring some proof in here
P75 codex vaticanus
These are two manuscripts from scriptures in the canon
And when I say canon I ain’t talking bout “BOOM!”
But the collection of books that will function as the rule
Back to P75 it’s from the second century
The other one is from the fourth sorry for the history
150 years these copies are separated
But it’s so fascinating how they are so closely related
There is not team either controlling the transmission
Just God and His Holy Spirit looking out for his Christians!
Woah! Good stuff for sure. There are many different ways we can go with this but there are
three main points we should make:
1) The scripture alone discusses that what is written is the truth. In John 17:17 it
says “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” No matter what the world tries to tell
us our faith in the Bible being truth is secure. It’s black and white and clear.
2) The criticism that comes from non-Christians is expected. The criticism will be
confrontational but can’t be trusted. In Psalm 25:5 God’s word says “Lead me in your truth
and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I will wait all the daylong.”
Truth will prevail.
3) The truth guarantees us our future. Trusting in Jesus Christ guarantees our inheritance
which is eternal life. Ephesians 1:13-14 says “In him you also, when you heard the word of
truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy
Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise
of his glory.”
There are many things that are said to us in our lives that just aren’t right. We can find
absolute truth, as FLAME speaks about, through God’s Holy Word. We should not leave this world the same way we found it. Let’s make a difference!
Rapzilla was out and about at SXSW 2012 this weekend and attended the Reach Records showcase at La Zona Rosa. The event was packed, excitement was in there air, unreleased material was presented exclusively for SXSW attendee's, and the gospel was preached. AllHipHop.com caught up with Lecrae for an interview where he announced the name of his new mixtape for the first time with
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Lil Prophet is set to release 'The Revolution' June 26, 2012 on Real Word Records. This album will feature a list of artist including Jeremiah Bonds, Pettidee, Rawsrvnt, Yaves, KamB.I.N.O., and Kelly Kelz. Stay tuned to Rapzilla for more info.
Music websites and magazines receive ridiculous amounts of emails from bands looking to get journalists to write about their band! Therefore, if you are unable to afford big money bribes, then you need to follow these simple guidelines for contacting music websites to improve your chances of being featured.
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Clear Sight Music artist FLAME is off to a strong start with his new album, The 6th, which debuted at #1 this week on Billboard’s Gospel Albums chart, while claiming the #2 spot on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart, #8 on the Rap Albums chart and #67 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The album, distributed by Central South and Infinity Music Distribution, immediately shot to #1 on iTunes’ Hip-Hop Chart, and held court at #8 on the Top Albums Chart for the first week of release, sharing the Top 10 with albums from such chart-topping artists as Adele, Big Time Rush and Bruce Springsteen.
"Watching the album climb the charts is encouraging,” said FLAME. “Hearing about how the album is connecting with people is even more exciting."
A GRAMMY®, four-time Dove Award and two-time Stellar Award nominee, FLAME has toured the world while running his own label, Clear Sight Music. His 2010 release, Captured, shot to #1 on the Billboard Gospel Chart and to #5 on the Billboard Christian Chart.
'Live Milliyonic' the new album from Milliyon and produced by Randy “Big Ran” Hairston (Outkast, Mase, Cam’ron, V.I.C, Canton Jones) and Brandon “Black Knight” Peavy (Lecrae, Flame, Melinda Watts) is set to be released on June 26, 2012. The album is a true fusion of rap, pop, rock and soul with the authentic sound and feel of southern hip hop. This album sets to defy the status quo tag that in the past has unsuccessfully put Christian hip hop, R&B and pop music in one box. The first rap single, ‘A-Milliyon’, available on iTunes April 10, is an effective mission statement. Lyrically, ‘A-Milliyon’ is infectious with big bass and 808’s. The song presents the metaphor of living “milliyonic,” an effort to get the message of living for God to millions upon millions.
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An anthem is defined as “a song of devotion or loyalty, a song of praise, and a symbol for a distinct group of people.” As a celebrity DJ and producer, Don Cannon is responsible for a new sound of major hip hop anthems storming the mainstream airwaves over the past couple of years. Cannon is an internationally known DJ who can be heard spinning to elite entertainment industry crowds from Atlanta to Tokyo. His production credits list a who’s who of hip hop’s Top 10 mainstream rappers including Outkast “The Art of Storytelling Part 2” featuring Marsha Ambrosius, Young Jeezy “Go Crazy” featuring Jay-Z, 50 Cent’s “Man Down,” Ludacris’ “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Undisputed” featuring Floyd Mayweather, and Fabolous’ “Jokes on you.”
Donald Cannon is a native of Philadelphia, PA and at the age of five he began his foray into a musical career with his first set of turntables, a mixer and a karaoke machine. Upon high school graduation, Cannon left his Philly hometown to attend popular HBCU Clark Atlanta University. Cannon used those 4 years to sharpen his talent, and develop an understanding of his audience, while rapidly solidifying his position as one of Atlanta’s top tier DJs. As a former member of the Aphilliates, a group of DJs who are Philly natives and CAU alumni, Cannon forayed into the unofficial title as Music Director for Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Shade 45” on “The Aphilliates; The Streets Is Watchin,”co-hosted a show on Atlanta’s WHTA HOT 107.9 FM, and most notably helped to popularize the Gangsta Grillz mixtape series.
Although not a part of the Christian Hip Hop community, Don Cannon is hosting Lecrae’s upcoming yet to be titled mixtape. Knowing of Don Cannon and his work, as well as Lecrae’s I reached out to Cannon to get a little light shed on the relationship and help get a few questions answered that have been asked by Lecrae fans following our brief interview with Lecrae last month.
CH: How did you connect with Lecrae initially?
DC: I connected with Lecrae through one of my homies in Atlanta and I just felt his vibe!
CH: Who connected you in Atlanta?
DC: Street Symphony
CH: What interested you about working with Lecrae?
DC: What interested me was that he feels so strongly about his beliefs and I am the same way, I grew up in the church and a continue to serve God, and its something special in music to be able to stand up in this industry and bring the people something different.
CH: You mentioned you are serving God. In what ways are you doing that?
DC: Philanthropist works and care giving.
CH: Are you strictly hosting Lecrae's mixtape or are you more involved?
DC: Right now I’m just helping him get heard in all angles and I’m just gonna continue to rock out if he needs me.
CH: Did you know about devout Christian's doing Hip Hop prior to Lecrae? If so, who?
DC: I did and also salute Christians for doing so.
CH: Did you know any specific artists?
DC: No, I’m just familiar with Lecrae.
CH: In the past Christian Hip Hop or Christian Rap if you will, has gotten a bad wrap. Do you think that the general audience and fellow Hip Hop peers don't care if the music is overtly Christian in content as long as the music is good and the rapper has skills?
DC: I think music is music and if its good it doesn’t matter where it came from.
CH: Thanks for the time bro. I'm looking forward to hearing the mixtape!
DC: No doubt, thank you.
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