In light of Independence Day, the one true celebration of American ingenuity, innovation, and supremacy, HipHopDX.com decided to compose a list filled with those three things, but within a more specific niche: Hip-Hop. Nothing speaks more to ingenuity and innovation quite like starting an independent record label from scratch, with your own money, sweat, tears, and even a little hope. Add a comment
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Katy Perry’s defense attorneys can blame some Flame fans for the lawsuit against their client.

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Flame, along with Lecrae and Da’ T.R.U.T.H., are suing Perry for infringing the copyright of their song “Joyful Noise” on her song “Dark Horse.” The suit also claims that their track has been “irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in ‘Dark Horse’.”

Making Flame aware of this tarnishing were his fans. Driving from a concert, Flame’s DJ, Cho’zyn Boy, noticed an “influx" of tweets to Flame and Lecrae asking them about the new Katy Perry song. Flame doesn’t listen to Katy Perry, so he had no idea why his opinion of her music mattered. Add a comment
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UPDATE: Rapzilla reached out to FLAME and Katy Perry but both declined to comment.
UPDATE 2: Check out FLAME's DJ response with song comparison here.

This morning STLtoday.com reported, Christian hip-hop musicians from St. Louis and elsewhere sued pop singer Katy Perry, Capitol Records and others in federal court here Tuesday, claiming that Perry’s song “Dark Horse” ripped off their 2008 song. The suit says that Perry and her co-writers infringed the copyright of the Christian song “Joyful Noise” and have exploited and profited from its use. Add a comment
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Phanatik, a Christian Hip Hop pioneer and founding member of the two time Grammy nominated group The Cross Movement, is scheduled to release his 4th solo project entitled, The Art of Battle Rap: Puns and Punchlines, Vol. 1 on July 8th.

“I remember a time when Christian Rap had that same feel. Each song was like watching a title bout where God’s glory was on the line and each listener was forced to deal with his/her own ethical opposition to God’s universal claims”, said Phanatik. Add a comment
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Swoope has recently shot a music video from his upcoming album 'Sinema' in Philadelphia, the title of the song has yet to be revealed. The video will feature fellow WLAK and Collision Records artist Christon Gray, who earlier this year released his 2nd studio solo album, School of Roses. Add a comment
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SPZRKT, a member of the STRT TRBL crew, has just announced via Instagram the title and date of release for a new single. SPZRKT, who has collaborated with the likes of Tedashii, Social Club, Thisl and more, is set to drop his new single entitled "Share the World" on July 8th. Add a comment
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Professional sports are known for their intensity. Whether its running up and down a basketball court for hours at a time or being pummeled into the ground by a lineman who might be twice your size, being a professional athlete is intense.

Hip Hop might be comparable in intensity. Pressure comes with the job. Pressure to release your new project on time, pressure to align your art with the labels vision, pressure to make sure that your music impacts each listener in a unique way. Add a comment
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Philadelphia rapper Believin Stephen known for his in-depth lyricism and heartfelt material is set to release his new full-length album Battling Unbelief on July 15 on his independent label Gametime Recordings. The highly anticipated project will be his second full-length album, and fifth overall release. The first single “Don’t Be Afraid” (Battling Fear) has received an overwhelming response and has listeners excited for the album. The album features guest artist appearances from his brother Timothy Brindle, Bumps INF, Selah the Corner, Datin, Jeremiah Bligen, ThaKidd Jopp, and many more. DJ Average Joe is repsonisble for all the scratches on the album. Production credits include Grammy award winner Big Juice, Theory Hazit, Eshon Burgundy, Copywrite, Tony Stone, Average Joe and many others. Add a comment
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Beginning July 1, Jehovah Jireh Production artist Dae-Lee will release one free song each Tuesday for the next five weeks. Following the decision to push back the release of his debut commercial album, REFLECT, to this fall, Dae-Lee is excited to give supporters something fresh to add to their summer playlist. Add a comment
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God Over Money artist, Bizzle, will release his upcoming album entitled 'Well Wishes' on July 22 2014. 100% of the profits from 'Well Wishes' sales will go towards building water wells in Mozambique Africa. 'Well Wishes' album will also feature collaborations from some of Christian Hip Hop's finest (TBA).

Stay tuned on Rapzilla for the release of the first single entitled "Do This" featuring Social Club and GS! The album will be available in stores, on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital outlets. Add a comment



R&B soul singer Mali Music released his sophomore album "Mali Is" on Tuesday to a rousing response by his faithful fans. The project performed well, peaking at #1 on the iTunes and Amazon R&B charts. It also placed #7 on the iTunes overall albums and #5 on overall on Amazon. Add a comment
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Following a successful run with Still Trill Christians, which includes national media features, 106 & Park appearance and commendations from President Barack Obama, Still Trill Christians very own JT is releasing his very own debut solo album entitled 'Moment of Silence', set to release July 8th. Check out the tracklisting and credits below. Add a comment
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