When we think of missions or missionaries, we most likely will think of going outside the country or people that go outside the country to do missions. There maybe a small amount of people that thinks of the existing mission field at their jobs, schools, the Starbucks, carwash or right out side of their front door. For that very reason X Hustler Music LLC, founder Travis Thisl Tyler has teamed up this summer with K-Drama, Json, Pro and Dj Morph to bring you, The Urban Missionary Tour.
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Bryan Braille Winchester has been in the hip hop game for a long time now and he is now taking yet another step in hip hop. Talking Textures is the name of his new label. His previous label Hip Hop Is Music where albums 'Extra Credit' by Theory Hazit, 'Spring of the Songbird' by Sivion of DeepSpace5 and more were released, is being shut down in place of Talking Textures. Braille released an update earlier this month about the label, saying that it contains two principles: letting the music speak for itself and letting God speak for himself.
Braille went on to talk about some of the releases that will be come out under the new label. The first being Othello and DJ Vajra with the album 'Required Taste' which is slated to release in June, and is meant to have that summer feel to it. The surprise to the update is where Braille tells the viewer that Sharlok (Sareem) Poems of L.A Symphony and DJ Dust of DeepSpace5 are finally releasing their record 'Dirty Words' on the new label. This was big news solely because the two released songs about 2 years ago and an album was always rumored to come out, however the group was just having trouble finding a label.
This year is going to be a year to pay attention to Talking Textures. Go pick up your copy (on 4/27/10) of Brailles 'Weapon Aid,' the first album to be released on the label (in conjunction with Syntax Records) and stay tuned to Rapzilla for more news on Talking Textures.
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It was a bright and sunny April day on the West Side of Chicago. The streets were filled with scattered groups of people talking shop and car rims. Children chasing each other through oncoming traffic, all while dope boys pushed product to strung out customers. Just another day in the hood. The weather was unbelievably nice yet there was a sort of thickness in the air... tension. The type of tension that comes from being in K-Town, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago.
At ESPN we use the term "Instant Classic" to define games that provide timeless, extraordinary, edge-of-your-seat entertainment. It's no stretch to use that phrase to describe Japhia Life's new album, 'Nazareth.'
Toe 2 Toe Records, an urban gospel label, will be partnering with the Tate Music Group (TMG) to promote and distribute ASON’s next album 'Two 4 ONE,' a duo project with singer Christy LOVE, due Fall 2010.
After seeing brief Billboard success with 'Turn My Life Up' in 2008 (debuting at #43, and then dropping off the 2nd week), Sho Baraka and Reach Records have shown growth in sales and staying power.
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I Am Records recording artist, K-Praize at the young age of fourteen is taking the nation by storm with his debut release, 'Kingdom Certified Reinforced.'
K-Praize born, Kevieion Johnson was very aware at a young age that hip hop music was going to be a major part of his calling in life to be an influence in the sphere of those around him. At age five he appeared in Avon catalog ads and towards the end of that year was when he discovered the talents that God had given him in hip hop and dance. The years that followed were accompanied by performing in front of thousands of fans doing shows with hip hop artists like Lecrae, Tedashii, John Cook, Cam, Dillon Chase, and many more.
The new album, Kingdom Certified Reinforced is a mixture of styles ranging from current hip hop beats, dance tracks, classic hip hop sounds, ballads, to club bangers. The message that K-Praize wants to get across is to declare to the youth that its time to take a stand for Christ and proclaim that We the hip hop hope the future generation all across the globe! His lyrics deal with such subjects as spiritual warfare, testifying about Gods goodness, calling the listener to action to go and get people saved, and even encouraging listeners to praise God in every situation no matter their circumstances. The project is also full of some amazing collaborations with artists like Cam, D-M.A.U.B., Humble Tip, C-Micah, K-Drama, Fedel, and more. Kingdom Certified Reinforced has amazing dance tracks like, Tyler Perry and Make It Quake, a song teaching us to remember to always, Count Your Blessings, as well as the uplifting heartfelt songs like I Do It For You and Love Letter. K-Praize is a true role model for this generations youth delivering a kingdom minded message that is inspirational the world-over; regardless of age.
K-Praize first music video, I Do It For You featuring Cam is currently in rotation on several television outlets throughout the country including Gospel Music Channel. He is currently working on the new music video for Tyler Perry which should be out to television networks soon.
Trip Lee released this statement on the upcoming album:
The response to 20/20 was more than I could have asked for. I heard so many stories about how God used the album in the lives of the listeners. The stories range from people just being helped through rough days, to people trusting Christ for the very first time. That blows me away! I want to thank everyone for all the support. But, it's time for a new chapter and a brand new album.
As one of the premiere music outlets in Christian music, we get tons of emails, and now Tweets, Facebook comments, Facebook messages, Facebook IM's, instant messages, text messages, phone calls, etc., from artists that are ignorant to the industry standards, relationship building, and professionalism. Everyone is ignorant at some point and everyone will be ignorant to many things until they die. However, when it comes to being ignorant to music industry standards in this day and age, there is no excuse. Christian hip hop, of almost any genre that I have had experience in, are the worst at submitting news and press releases. So here is a quick example to help you model your professional press release after. This will greatly increase your chances of getting published on websites.
First I want to thank everyone for your understanding, mercy and grace while my family and I worked on rebuilding our marriage and reconciliation. From the very beginning, I have wanted to communicate with you. However following the advice of the church leadership, and others to whom I entrusted my restoration, I remained silent.
Back in late April 2009, the Lord exposed me and consequently delivered me from being entangled in a season of willful disobedience, deception and darkness. I was involved in a non-sexual but very inappropriate relationship with a woman other than my wife, thereby betraying my Lord, my wife, family, Epiphany Fellowship (the church I love and was instrumental in founding) my co-laborers and ministry supporters like you.
Syntax Records' staff (L to R: Steve Trudeau, Jeremiah Bonds, Tim Trudeau, Shane Newville, Chad Horton, Brandon Musser, and Donnell Johnson) are pictured and interviewed in the April issue of one of the top MMA magazines, Fight Magazine with Urijah Faber on the cover.
On Apr. 20, 2010, La Familia Muzik invades Earths planetary airwaves with their new two-disc effort, Greetings Earthlings, a compilation album featuring the entire La Familia Muzik 2010 roster. Introducing new artists Adam Gilley and G-86 alongside La Familia Muzik mainstays Foolish, Ryan Horton, and SYD, Greetings Earthlings relaunches the indie label into 2010 and beyond. Following four successful full-length album releases since the labels inception in Jan. 2006, La Familia Muzik pushes the envelope, not only in their creativity and innovation, but in their passion to see people impacted by the message of their music. Greetings Earthlings, undoubtedly the labels strongest release to date, sets the tone for La Familia Muziks future projects while at the same time giving listeners a solid introduction to the independent labels expanding roster.
You heard it here first. Japhia Life is officially releasing his new album 'Nazareth' on Tuesday April 6th, 2010. The album will be available on Christian hip hop stores on April 6th, and then in late April the album will be available on iTunes, Amazon, etc.
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San Diego's, Ruslan (of theBREAX) releases "Nothing In Particular" music video and announces upcoming EP.
After releasing the Gallery Drive album & mixtape, Ruslan is keeping the momentum going by releasing his first music video Nothing in Particular and solo EP, 'Right Out Loud, the Prequel.'
Nothing in Particular is produced by DJ Rek, and directed by Sam Wells.
'Right Out Loud, the Prequel' consists of 7 new songs and will be released April 20th, 2010 through Eye Am Productions. The EP features collaborations with Braille, Blame One, Nova, Beleaf of theBREAX, Regg Henny, & Deacon Blair with productions from Exile, DJ Rek, Fabe, DJ Pound, Sound Collage Musik & more.