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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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