Our friend, legendary Christian Hip-Hop DJ and producer Nelson Chu a.k.a DJ Official has gone home to be with the Lord. Official had a rare form of cancer and underwent a lung transplant surgery that was unsuccessful. He was a crucial part of The Cross Movement, 116 Movement, and mentored and advised many artists and even the staff here at Rapzilla.
Thi'sl: Why people still think Christianity is the white man's religion
Thi'sl's first book Against All Odds was published earlier this year, and he revealed in an interview with Rapzilla at Legacy Conference 2016 that he's planning on writing another one titled "Reimagining the Christ".
Kareem Manuel: How the Gospel produces social justice, combats systemic racism
Atlanta-based hip-hop artist Kareem Manuel has been outspoken about social injustice in his music for years.
At Legacy Conference 2016, Rapzilla interviewed him about this burden.
Exclusive Free Album: Ricky Rock - Rock Bottom
A Rapzilla.com free exclusive, St. Louis-based artist Ricky Rock, who Thi'sl featured on his album 'Against All Odds', releases his debut project, Rock Bottom.
"This project is about the events over the past three years that caused me to hit rock bottom, including losing my grandma, two aunts, friends and mom," Ricky Rock said. "I struggled with alcohol and drugs trying to cope."
On top of that, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-old Americans! Despite all these eye opening statistics not too many rappers choose to talk about this topic. That is why Believin Stephen teamed up with Japhia Life and Leah Smith to bring awareness to this sensitive issue on his single called "Suicide". In this video directed by Insight, Stephen sympathizes with those who wrestle with feeling worthless and suicidal. He vividly paints the picture of his own experience with suicidal thoughts and how God rescued him out of depression. Japhia Life passionately delivers his regret of seeing one of his best friends take his own life. Leah Smith's graceful voice adds a heart --touching hook. Stephen is known for conveying his emotions on his songs but this is the most personal and touching song he has ever released. The song is on his upcoming album "The Suffering Servant" which released on December 14, 2010.
Purchase 'The Suffering Servant' which contains "Suicide" on iTunes or AmazonMP3
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Chad Horton has co-owned and operated Rapzilla.com with Philip Rood since 2010, bringing with him a decade of music business experience. Horton is also the Director of Marketing for Syntax Creative, the largest independent digital distributor of Christian & Gospel music, among other genres. Originally from Northern California, Horton rooted himself in San Diego with his wife of nine years, as well as two beautiful daughters.