Christian hip hop is making a difference for African students in the Congo. January 31st, 2012 Rapzilla released a compilation album with the goal of raising money to benefit Ecole de la Borne, a school in the Congo. The album featured all new, unreleased, and exclusive songs by Lecrae, KJ-52, Beautiful Eulogy, Sho Baraka, Braille, Japhia Life, GRITS, K-Drama, Eshon Burgundy, and many more. The support by the Christian Hip Hop community was stronger than we anticipated being compilation projects usually are less cohesive, aren't generally pushed by the artists on them, and historically have low sales. The project also received great coverage on the secular hip hop media outlets such as AllHipHop.com, HipHopDX.com, DJBooth.net, and others. The project went on to crack the Top 10 Hip Hop/Rap Albums on iTunes, and hit #4 on the Top Gospel Albums on AmazonMP3.
After weeks of time, effort, and debate from the staff at Rapzilla, we bring to you our nominations for who we chose as leading in a specific category as it relates to doing music. The categories for 2012 are: Artist, Album, Free Album, Single, Group/Crew, New Artist, Record Label, Producer, Album Cover, and Music Video.
To qualify to be nominated, the artist must have released an official full length album, or EP available at retail outlets with a release date between December 2011 and November 2012. We will be following up and posting the winners by reader votes as well as Rapzilla's Best of 2012 picks. Voting ends January 20th 2012.
It’s always fun to meet someone who has a similar testimony.
My story in a nutshell is this: I loved all things hip-hop, and I did not love Jesus. God was merciful to me. He made me aware of my sin and my sin’s consequences. And, against that backdrop, it allowed me to see the cross in an entirely different light.
I have some close friends with the same story. As I have traveled to a few conferences and ministry training events, I’ve met people all throughout the U.S. (and Canada) whose stories involve these elements.