Reconcile: Showing gangsters how to live like Jesus
Rapzilla recently filmed a mini-documentary in Third Ward, Houston, where hip-hop artist Ronnie "Reconcile" Lillard has heavily invested in a "missional community" with fellow rapper Corey Paul the church Resurrection Houston over the years.
JuiceBanger$ of COBRA to produce complete 'Freshmen 2016' LP
Rapzilla is thrilled to announce that JuiceBanger$, the newest member of COBRA Music Group, will produce each track on our Freshmen 2016 album, a compilation of songs by members of our 2016 Freshman class.
Andy Mineo, Trip Lee & more to appear at Legacy 2016
Many familiar faces — including Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, Thabiti Anyabwile, Jackie Hill Perry, Propaganda and Thi'sl — will minister at the 10th anniversary of Legacy Conference this summer in Chicago.
Christian Hip-Hop Responds to Mainstream Music's New Gospel
A few weeks ago we posted an article that addressed the growing trend of mainstream music’s fixation of doing “gospel music.” This time around, we asked a set of questions to a mixed bag of artists within Christian hip-hop to gauge their thoughts on the topic.
Trillia Newbell is a freelance journalist and writer. She writes on faith and family for The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Desiring God, and serves as the managing editor for Women of God Magazine. Her love and primary role is that of a wife and mother. She lives in Tennessee with her husband Thern and their two children.
Solitaire was crafted to be played alone and writing is often something done in solitude. Those things are great to do alone. But for only a period. Eventually solitaire gets boring and writing for publication is never truly done alone (editors and others contribute). There are few things that are truly completed, sustained, and enjoyed completely alone. This is most definitely true of the Christian life. We might think we can make it on our own without the care of others, but we can’t. We will crumble under the weight and pressures of this world and our own flesh. It’s also not how God intended it to be.
Fresh off confirming his upcoming, highly-anticipated 'Hors D'oeuvres' EP,' pictures have surfaced revealing production of The Ambassador's album art. Philly-based Scouts Honor Media Company has been spotted taking some eye-catching, experimental "drowning" photos for the project.
My favorite teacher ever was my high school chemistry teacher Mr. Cuba. He wasn't a young, hip, cool teacher. In fact it was quite the opposite. Older, slim-ish build, and an uber nerd. Every year on Halloween he wore a full out Star Trek uniform to class. I mean the whole one piece, snug fitting uniform. He wasn't cool to us inner city kids but he was a favorite for many of us. But one thing he NEVER did with us was grade on a curve. If we got all of the questions on the test right, then he never wrote "Excellent!" or "Super Job!!" He would only write "satisfactory." You'd get 100% of the questions correct and he'd only put "satisfactory." Why? Well, his philosophy was "If I spent the last few days teaching it to you, and you got them all correct what's excellent about that? I taught it, now you know it so show it. That's satisfactory." So because of this he NEVER graded us on a curve. If we all got 100% then cool. If we all got 35% then that's what we earned. The standard is the standard and there's no point in changing it just because we all fell short. Either he needed to teach it better or we needed to pay attention more but either way there were NO curves. (And for the record, this was in an honors type of program).
UPDATE: The Ambassador has confirmed this rumor to be true via social media.
Xist artist and veteran Christian emcee, The Ambassador, is rumored to be releasing new music for his listeners to digest. After his own redemptive story was celebrated in the 2011 project 'Stop the Funeral,' fans have been curious what would come next for one of CHH's most recognizable names.
Brian Dye is the founder and pastor of Legacy Fellowship Church, a multiplying house church movement in the city of Chicago.
I have spent my entire life living in two inner city neighborhoods of Chicago (Humboldt Park and West Garfield Park). It is easy to believe that God has abandoned these two communities due to the poverty, crime, lack of education, absence of fathers and hopelessness.
While many would want to avoid these two communities, I have come to understand God’s sovereignty in determining the boundaries of my dwelling place. God has invited me to be His presence for those seeking Him. God has invited me into His mission for those feeling their way towards Him.
“And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:26-28)
Left-coast veterans Jurny Big and Peace 586, a duo that has both been involved in a variety of projects over the years (Freedom of Soul, LPG, Tunnel Rats) and now have exclusively joined forces for their newest project, The Battery. Their new album 'Two' serves as testament to the bond formed between the two over the past two decades.