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Frontlynaz Game OverThe nominations for the 24th Annual Stellar Awards were announced today from a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year
Da' T.R.U.T.H; Open Book; Cross Movement Records
FLAME; Our World Redeemed; Cross Movement Records
Frontlynaz; Game Over; Frontlynaz, Inc.
Sho Baraka; Turn My Life Up; Reach Records
Trip Lee; 20/20; Reach Records

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shai linne 

shai linne, known as “the lowercase emcee”, has created quite a buzz in the hip-hop world through extensive touring, solid releases, guest appearances and a steady buzz over the internet. Featured on albums such as Ambassador’s The Thesis, Flame’s Rewind and Our World Redeemed, Trip Lee’s 20/20 and Reach Records 13 Letters Compilation, shai has become known for creating a style of music known as Lyrical Theology. Lyrical Theology is simply taking theological concepts and teachings and putting them in rhyme form. shai is also known in his church as serving on the worship team, as an elder and one that regularly teaches from the pulpit on Sunday morning.

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Jahaziel won the MOBO Award for Best Gospel Act in London Wednesday night.

Celebrity Songwriters Carrie and David Grant presented the Holy Hip Hop recording artist with MOBO award at the star-studded ceremony. Also nominated for the award were Ekklesia, Tye Tribbett and Kirk Franklin. Add a comment
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"Take The City", is the long awaited sophomore album from Messenja. The album is set to release with Canton Jones new record label "Cajo Records" on January 27 2009. Messenja, songwriter and producer, brings a message of hope, motivation and inspiration to God’s people through Hip Hop. Add a comment
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Since debuting on Sept. 30, the album from Reach Records' recording artist Lecrae, maintains the No. 1 position on Billboard's Top Gospel Album chart for the second week. Making history as the first Christian Rap album to sit in the top position, "Rebel" has ended the 18-week run of Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty," placing it in the No. 2 position while Voices' "The Ultimate Gospel Collection," CeCe Winans' "Thy Kingdom Come," and Shekinah Glory's "Jesus" complete the Top 5 positions, respectively. Add a comment
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After touring the world and blowing up stages with and without their L.A. Symphony crew, founding members, CookBook and UNO Mas are back with their latest musical escapade entitled "The Overflow"; a 14 song downloadable album full of tight flows, bangin' beats, and memorable guest appearances! The L.A. duo is set to release their latest work as a free downloadable file on October 14th. That's right F-R-E-E! It's available via their myspace page: www.myspace.com/cookanduno Add a comment
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In keeping with their boutique approach to finding and nurturing musical talent, Gotee Records has signed a deal with Flynn Adam (of L.A. Symphony), with his first two singles “Such a Time” and “Just Don’t Get It” , as well as a music video for “Such a Time” being given the finishing touches for a Fall 2008 release via iTunes. Add a comment
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Fedel is back with I LIVE, the follow up to his critically acclaimed, Mixtape of the Year nominated Growing Pains. The renowned Tulsa emcee previously heard on Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets V3, DJ D-Lite Heatwave series, and Dre Murray’s “Manumit” album, presents his debut album to be released on 11/18/08. Add a comment
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*This is a big deal.* Its the first time the major labels and retailers have unanimously embraced a new physical format in over 25 years. These cards play in 70 million phones in the US and a billion devices worldwide. Imagine if there were that many CD players in 1982.

The press release:The world’s four largest music companies and SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a leading seller of MP3 players and flash memory cards in the United States, today unveiled the full list of artists joining the inaugural slotMusic line-up. Starting this week, music fans can purchase slotMusic cards—microSD™ cards with pre-loaded, high quality, DRM-free MP3 music—featuring new release albums from artists like Coldplay, Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Rihanna and Robin Thicke and catalog titles from Elvis, Abba and more. Add a comment
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Lecrae, Zilla (Philip Rood), Tedashii at the GMA Week '08


21 years ago, Philip Rood, Rapzilla's founder and owner was born in Tulsa Oklahoma. It's his birthday!
Leave a comment with a birthday blessing and thank you note. Phil created a birthday wishlist on Amazon, feel free to give him a gift as a thank you for everything he has done for Christian Hip Hop and with Rapzilla.
My Amazon.com Wish List
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The highly anticipated album from Lecrae is now the No. 1 Gospel album in the country according to Billboard's Top Gospel charts thus replacing Marvin Sapp's certified Gold "Thirst" album. The Reach Records recording artist and Dove Award Nominee released his junior album, "Rebel," on Sept 30 and immediately appeared on iTunes's Top Rap/Hip Hop Album chart in the No. 3 position just below T.I.'s "Paper Trail." "Rebel" also claimed CMTA's No. 1 position on the Top Hip Hop/R&B Album chart as well as the No. 2 position on Billboard's Top Christian & Gospel Album chart. Add a comment
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Urban D @ THHHAA 2007 804

Urban D. and Spec recently went to Nigeria to speak at a Purpose Driven Conference.  It was an incredible opportunity as they taught several workshops to a group of Nigerian pastors that gathered in the capitol city of Abuja for the conference.  The host church also put on a concert at a secular theater which was filled to capacity with over 800 people.  Urban D. headlined the night with a full set backed up by Spec.  He also got to give a ministry spill that impacted many. There will be a full video shown at this year's Fla.vor Fest - but in the meantime check out this highlight video showing scenes from the tour.

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UK hip-hop quintet GreenJade has stepped down from this year’s MOBOs Award after being nominated in the Best Gospel category. The London-based group wrote a letter to MOBOs officials  to be removed from the nomination’s list. The group  said its request has now been granted by officials.

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Christian rapper Lecrae debuts Rebel on Billboard's "Top Rap Albums Chart" at No. 8. His third album, Rebel, shelved off 9,800 discs in its opening week! This doesn't count digital downloads, which for the first week was No. 4 on the Hip Hop/Rap Album Chart of iTunes.

Our advice to Reach Records is to send out a press release to all media outles (Christian and Secular) and be sure they all have a copy of Rebel for review, get all the coverage, even negative, doesn't matter. Because this album is making an impact and if it doesn't go out to the press it can miss great opportunities. Imagine someone who lost his faith, then reads his daily secular hip hop news, sees an article about Rebel maybe negatif because it's Christian, but then gives the album a listen and then recommits his life to the Lord. That's what I'm talking about! Add a comment
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