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Let’s “chop it up.” Let’s put a weighty matter on the table and dissect it until we can digest it, digest it until we possess it, and possess it so that we reflect it. Who talks like this; who welcomes this kind of thinking or this kind of activity? Paul said that “the mature do,” they embrace the idea of straining and agonizing to take hold of maturity (Phil 3:15). Welcome to my new syndicated column “The Chop Chop” where we advocate unpacking meatier matters of faith and culture for the benefit of our souls.

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I'm doing my best to seize this moment when I don't have much to do. Well that's not the truth I have plenty to do but I don't feel so overwhelmed that I can't write.

I am hurting for the world. Not some generic "world" that people cant see or touch. But for the world around me. For my family, my community, for nations.

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I was browsing through some blogs and I was reminded of a question that I get from alot of aspiring producers, and that is:

"Tony, how do I get my name out there?"

I do realize that there are producers that look up to me, and I take that with great honor and thanks to God, hoping that I can make the most God glorifying impact on them.  But I would like to answer every producer with a similar question in this one blog.

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The long awaited debut album of Blue Chip and Specialist is in stores now! GroundZero, a compilation of banging tracks behind honest soul piercing lyrics, is a refreshing wake up call to the industry.  Writing from their own life's tragedies and triumphs, GROUNDZero is a bold testament of God's love, forgiveness and redemption.

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Hip-Hop artist, Tha Gim (pronounced the gem) out of Fresno, California, is releasing his latest project, “This Iz My Life” October 28th, 2008.  The project features 15 new tracks including the single, “Freedom Song,” which Tha Gim just completed shooting a video for.  The project also includes several other noteworthy singles like, “Real Love,” “My Method,” and “Make It Happen.”

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Earlier Wednesday, Mr Del's manager, Lawrence Haywood, contacted Memphisrap.com by phone and has confirmed that the Christian hip hop artist has indeed signed a multi-million dollar deal with Universal Distribution.

As reported Tuesday on MemphisRap.com, the former Three 6 Mafia member and Grammy nominee, Mr Del, inked a distri
bution deal with the company Universal Distribution which according to Haywood, the deal was closed mid July in link with Universal's "christian link" which is not necessarily a new Christian rap division of the company but it's a working link with Christian rap artists such as beginning now with Mr Del. Whether or not this will lead to more signings of Christian rap acts, only time can tell.

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On September 16th 30th (NEW DATE), the rap group Grits will be releasing their eighth full-length studio album titled Reiterate.  This upcoming album marks the beginning of a new era for the best-selling crew.  Teron “Bonafide” Carter and Stacy “Coffee” Jones have been recording for the last decade with boutique independent label Gotee Records, but now the emcees are stepping out in faith and launching Revolution Art, an indie label of their own that, they hope, will make more than just hits.  With this album they have created their boldest representation of their craft to date adding new synth and electronic sounds to their rap style.

 

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Eric Cross will be dropping "The Signature" next year in 2009.  "The Signature is defined as "an authentic representation of who I am in Christ" says Eric.  Producers include Tony Stone, Wax Poetic, Jermaine the producer, Iq Da beat genius, Teddy P, Battle Axe and many more.

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S.O.U.L. Magazine Issue 11 and 12 

S.O.U.LMAG just dropped two brand new 84 page issues (#11 and #12). Issue #11 will be dropping in news stands later this month as Christopher "PLAY" Martin is on the cover. This issue also features the lower case MC shai linne and his new project "The Atonement" along with Canton Jones and Ohmega Watts among several others. But, it's not only about music as there are articles on ministry, resources, defending the faith, a new fashion section, and even an urban look on politics.

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After seven years in the music ministry with great success, Grammy Nominee, Mr. Del, announces the multi-million dollar deal he has inked with Universal Distribution. Formerly a member of the Oscar winning, platinum selling secular rap group Three-Six-Mafia, Mr. Del CEO/recording artist of Holy South Records as well as a recording artist for EMI, has begun a new and innovative conference called, “The Rapture: Holy Hip-Hop Conference.”

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October 31st is the official release date for Pro’s "Blackout" album.” Black Out is the first original solo LP from C.L.E’s Christian Hip Hop/Real Hop artist Pro.  After a huge response from mixtapes and cameos the time has finally arrived for Pro to compete in the mainstream arena.

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Hip-hop music has been blamed by the government and media as being a key factor for influencing violent youth culture in the UK. Christian rap artists are giving the genre of music a whole new influence.

Rap, garage and grime music are constantly accused of being a major factor in gun and knife crime on our UK streets - because of some of the lyrics and images that glamorise guns, gangs and a get rich quick lifestyle.

However, urban Christian hip-hop/grime music that contains messages of hope, faith and the philosophy of turning the other cheek is emerging on a big scale as being an effective tool used to engage with young people, and be part of the solution to the escalating violence in our inner cities.

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After taking a few weeks off for weddings, honeymoons, and missions trips, theBREAX are back on the grind with the release of their new EPK and a California tour with Braille...

The New EPK (Electronic Press Kit) can be viewed on youtube, myspace, google video, and sonicbids.

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Othello at the Warped Tour, Photo by Philip Rood
 

Rapzilla was at the Vans Warped Tour in Minnesota yesterday. Where we meet and talked with Othello of Lightheaded, who's on the entire tour this year. Othello is blessed and being a blessing on this tour. We had a quick interview with him which you can soon find exclusively on Rapzilla.

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Soul Deep Ministries is excited to announce the release of Rawsrvnt’s latest studio album Breathe, available August 19th, 2008.  In celebration of the release of the video and the success of the song, we have put together a 15-song album packed with exclusive fan favorite remixes, instrumentals, and acapella’s from Rawsrvnt’s worship album In Rare Form. 
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