A few months back, I read an article on Rapzilla entitled “What Kendrick Lamar Can Teach Christian Hip-Hop”. I have many thoughts about the article and the mindset it represents. I’m thankful for Rapzilla’s willingness to allow me to respond. While I’m sure the author was well-intentioned there were a number of things that troubled me about the article.
Fedel announces the release of his next full-length album, VIP, for May 2013. After releasing his free 'Members Only Mixtape' only a week ago, fans are buzzing about his new music and asking about his next full length album.
R-Swift recently announced that he will be gearing up to release his next project ‘Apply Pressure’ on April 16th, 2013. Last year, in an interview with Rapzilla.com, R-Swift revealed the title of the project. When asked why the title, Swift said “It’s sort of like a double meaning. When you get wounded, they say to heal the wound you apply pressure.
In September we broke the news that one of the most popular artist in Christian Hip-Hop Trip Lee, will be stepping away from music. The report was unexpected and left many surprised. Based on his comments in his mini-documentary ‘The Good Life’ and one of his tweets many came to the conclusion that his departure from the scene would not be temporary. Some couldn't understand how a talented rapper in his prime and on Christian Hip-Hop’s leading record label Reach Records could call it quits. Trip Lee explained in the documentary that stepping away from music would allow him to transition to where God is calling him next. Despite that explanation some were still confused. At the time no confirmation was given on whether he was retiring or if he was going on a hiatus. His comments on stepping away from music in the ‘Good Life’ documentary lead many to believe he was done releasing music for good. After talk of Trip's unexpected announcement on stepping away from music simmered down things got a little more intriguing at the beginning of December.
A rumor broke out throughout the Christian Hip-Hop community that Andy Mineo, Trip Lee and KB might release a group project. The rumor was fueled by an Andy Mineo tweet and a Sketch the Journalist interview that questioned KB on the validity of the rumor. KB said there might be some truth to the prospect of an Andy Mineo, Trip Lee and KB group album. After KB’s response was leaked fans of the artist began to wonder about the status of Trip Lee’s music career. Is he stepping away for good or is it just for a season? Many asked that question because it seemed like the emcee was retiring but now it seems like he is gearing up to be a part of another project. Things were not clear. Trip Lee may just have just clarified a lot with a recent tweet:
As far as music goes, I'd like to remind you that I purposely never used the R word. I'll let you know what the future holds soon – Dec 21st
D-MAUB recently announced that he will be releasing an album entitled ‘The Missing Peace’ in May. The exact release date, track listing and cover will be revealed soon. He is also going on a tour in the summer of 2013 called the Soulmatic concert series to promote the album.