This summer, the 116 Clique (Lecrae, Trip Lee, Sho Baraka, and Tedashii) is traveling from city to city, not just to put on a concert, but to call believers to live UNASHAMED of the GOSPEL! Are you ready to live that way? Or will you allow the world to keep you from being souled out for Christ?

Check out the official tour dates!

We were there at The Peanut Butter & Jelly Party 2008 in Nashville TN during the GMA week. Watch this great video recap. Shout out to Syntax records doing big things!


Flame is doing a music video for the single "Joyful Noise" featuring Lecrae. The video is being directed by Tripp Crosby, who also did the music videos for "Jesus Muzik" by Lecrae and "Who Am I?" by Da' T.R.U.T.H.

Photo by: Tony Harrison

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Holy Hip-Hop – it is not just for the deeply religious and positive thinking. Today, rappers from the mainstream are moving away from the secular and reconnecting with a Christian faith that was once just a hush-hush topic in Hip-Hop circles. With a Rap community that is filled with misogyny, drug and alcohol abuse, and endless violence, Hip-Hop's need for a balance has turned many listeners and artists back to their faith in order to reconcile a society's turmoil.

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We had a talk with Reach Records & 116 Clique artist, Tedashii and Lecrae, in Nashville during the GMA week 2008. Tedashii will drop his second album entitled "Identity Crisis" on July 30th 2008! "The heart behind it is to say, let me capitalize on the message behind Kingdom People" says Tedashii.

Click here to watch the video interview with Tedashii talking about his upcoming album, and with Lecrae talking about his upcoming album "Rebel" which drops on September 30th.


Are the Good News Bad Boys back at it again?

Could be. 3 days ago, Nuwine/Wine-O and Lil Raskull/Ras were interviewed on Houston's Praise 92.1 FM's "Street Gospel" show with DJ Wiz and Crazy C/DJ Revelation.

During the hour-long show, Ras and Wine reminisced about their early days of ministry and discussed the impact of Pimp C's words on Nuwine's desire to return to evangelism.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Here are some new videos of Trip Lee's upcoming album 20/20. More will come soon.




Televised live on the Gospel Music Channel and held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, the 39th Annual GMA Dove Awards show featured some impressive numbers: a different artist bestowed with a Dove Award in every major category, statuettes awarded to more than 35 different artists and a dozen performances including more than 30 artists.

Hip Hop Category Winners:

ImageRAP/HIP HOP RECORDED SONG (song; album; artist; writer; label)
“Name Droppin’”
Bone-Appetit Servin’ Up Tha Hits; T-Bone; Rene F. Sotomayor, Teak Underdue, Dee Underdue; Flicker Records

Image RAP/HIP-HOP ALBUM (album; artist; producer; label)
Group 1 Crew
Group 1 Crew; Christopher Stevens, Andy Anderson; Fervent Records


Flame calls himself an urban missionary, and he said communicating with the kids he wants to reach means speaking in a cultural language they understand.

"This is perfect because the power of hip-hop music is tremendous, not only here, but all over the world."

More than anything, Flame said he wants to make the Christian message relevant to young people growing up in an urban setting.

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It's GMA Week in Nashville, we were down there for the weekend but had to come back early. Just wanted to let all of you know that we are back with a few video interviews with Braille, Lecrae, Tedashii, Willie Will, and Bobby Bishop. Expect to see the interviews up on the website and podcast soon. Sunday night, we were at the Syntax Records showcase "Peanut Butter & Jam Party, Hip Hop on the Rooftop," which was a success and can't wait for next year's event! Special thanks and shout out to the entire Syntax Records family (Tim, Steve, Brandon, Kaboose, Promote, Shane, RedCloud, and Episode) who made it possible for us to be in Nashville!


Click here to watch the e-card and listen to the samples of Trip Lee's upcoming album 20/20 releasing May 20th.

Vision has many dynamics. Vision gives us the capability to see objects. It can help guide a lost man down unfamiliar surroundings. It can even turn a blank canvas into a masterpiece. The Scriptures communicate that 'Without vision, people perish'. Any sensible human can comprehend how vision is important. As inhabitants of earth how do we envision life? As people, we are all responsible to see life through the proper perspective. But first we must see our Creator for who He is.
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 Staring at the cocaine in his hand while his mother prayed over him was a defining moment in Quincy Jones' life. Only a few days earlier, the 21-year-old was confronted with his need for a savior and put his faith in Jesus Christ. Now, he faced a dilemma: Sell the last bit of his cocaine in order to pay his bills or flush it down the toilet and trust God to provide.

After her prayer, his mother said, "Quincy, you need to throw that away for all that the Lord has done for you and how He has protected you." In that decisive moment, he surrendered everything to God, turning completely from his former life of dealing and using drugs. A friend began to disciple him and helped him get involved in ministering to young people in the Washington, D.C., area.
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Ambassador @ Flavor Fest 2007

As teaching pastor of Epiphany Fellowship Church in inner-city Philadelphia, William "Duce" Branch also is a Christian rap artist. The group he co-founded, The Cross Movement, has received two Grammy nominations.

Today's teaching pastor, however, was yesterday's street kid. Having spent most of his teen years away from God, Branch abandoned the evils of Hip-hop culture but not the call to evangelize it.

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According to "The Charleston Gazette" KJ-52 has sold more than half a million copies of his last album "The Yearbook."

ImageThis is a mistake, "The Yearbook" has only sold according to the last soundscan report almost 50,000 copies. KJ-52 has surely sold over half a million records  during his carreer. Who ever wrote the article at the Gazette should check their facts before promoting an upcoming KJ-52 show wrong.

Half a million for one album, I don't believe that has ever been reached for a Christian Hip Hop album. If you count Toby Mac as "Hip Hop" then yes it has been reached, but that day has not yet come... 

Photo by Brian Fitzgerald

The new chip that will let an iPod store 500,000 songs!

Mobile phones, iPods and other consumer devices may soon be able to hold a hundred times more information than they do at present thanks to a breakthrough in storage technology.

Scientists at IBM say they have developed a new type of digital storage which would enable a device such as an MP3 player to store about half a million songs - or 3,500 films - and cost far less to produce.

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Lecrae is asking for prayer because he's working on a new album! "Pray that it would TRULY be used to deeply impact lives for the cause of Christ" says Lecrae. The album is now officially titled "REBEL". Lecrae wants "people to see that term though biblical lenses. Turning our back on Postmodernity, secular humanism, sinful elements of popular culture, and sexual perversity. Now pray that again!"

The album will release September 30 2008. 


Rob Hodge has officially launched a new genre of music in the industry called "LIFE MUSIC."

Life music is a branch that stems from the roots of gospel music.The artist that’s involved in Life Music are born again believers in the same vein as christian or gospel music. Some of the art forms in the Life Music genre are Hip Hop, R&B and Rock. Life Music is a platform for artist to spread life and speak on issues concerning life....such as "Relationships, The Struggle, Politics, Humanity, Famine, Crime, Drugs etc." It will be an empowering movement for years to come. This is the branch of music Rob Hodge is launching his new career under.

We should start our own genre of music called "Zilla", Hardcore Raps for Jesus. LOL, who wants to record a track?

 Breaking News: Syntax Records just confirmed Braille for the Denver and San Francisco Paid Dues festival!

June, 14 2008 at Berkeley Community Theatre // PAID DUES FESTIVAL  // San Francisco, California
June, 13 2008 at Fillmore Auditorium // PAID DUES FESTIVAL // Denver, Colorado

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On April 4th and 5th on Chicago's South Side, Viktory, accompanied by Joel Kapity of Dreams on Screen Productions began a 2 day, 30+ hour video shoot for the new single entitled "On Fire", from the new album Son of the King, to be released mid-year. Viktory is working on a new album which you can expect to release this year (TBD).
Joel and crew have already begun editing the footage. In the meantime, here are live photo's from the shoot:


There's a movie in the making about the story of Nicky Cruz, called "Run Baby Run."

Based on a true story, Run Baby Run, is legendary throughout the world for its compelling and honest message of life on the streets. It’s a story of survival, fear and the matchless power of love.

In 1938, Nicky Cruz was born in the countryside of Puerto Rico. Brought up in a spiritual nightmare of witchcraft and brutality, he screamed out his aggression all the way to the streets of New York City. Now in 1958, a time when teens dance the jitterbug, and the city swells with clashing cultures, Nicky stands alone in this concrete jungle. Seduced by the power of gangs, he joins for his own protection and a sense of identity. Nicky quickly becomes the most vicious and feared gang warlord of them all. But just as he reaches the height of his fame, his personal battles bring him to his knees.

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Tammy Taylor said some of the most popular Christian ringtones are songs by rap artists. Taylor is with, a site that offers religious ringtones.

Some of the more popular artists include Cross Movement, Flame and Da'T.R.U.T.H., Taylor said.

"As people are finding out about the site, we've noticed the main sellers are Christian rap and rock artists, praise and worship music and your hymns," she said.

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JAHAZIEL IS one of Britain’s most in-demand gospel rappers. He talks about his debut album Ready To Live, and working with young people.

Soul Stirrings (SS): How does it feel to be described as one of Britain's most popular gospel rappers?

Jahaziel (J): It feels good to be appreciated for what you do. I guess being one of the most popular gospel artists is just testimony to the years of hard work I’ve put in.

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"Two Bradford Churches are working together to launch a new kind of church service in town. Grace Lutheran and Open Arms Community Churches are teaming up to start "The Remix" on Thursday nights at the Grace Lutheran Community Life Center.

"Hip Hop is at this point, a large part of our culture. There are a lot of people in our community who live the hip hop culture, and the church is not connecting with them," says Josh Hatcher, Outreach Coordinator at Open Arms. "

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Phanatik will shoot a new Music Video for his song "Sho’Em Off".

On Phanatik's myspace blog he's asking people to come dressed, this info may give you an idea of the music video.
Peep the contrast - God’s Glory vs earthly fashion...which one are you showing off more??? If you’re local ( philly jersey ny de ) and can make it the scene being shot is a fashion show. Come dressed to impress in your cultural best. We need extras for the crowd and a few extras ( who stand from the crowd) will be chosen for the run way! Also, if you make Christ-centered fashion get at me. This might be a chance to co-labor and Show’Em Off. - Written by Phanatik

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April 1st, Reach Records had a funny April Fools joke about a new addition to their roster: Verb:31. Check it out below.

Reach Records is pleased to announce the latest addition to the roster, VERB:31 to the 116 clique family! These young ladies are NOT ASHAMED of their faith and Reach is amped about supporting them in their ministry!
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