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The Plug Session at Elevation Conference Proved the Future of Christian Rap is Quality

This year the Elevation Conference in Boston, MA came back after a two-year absence, and it did not disappoint. In fact, it was better than possibly ever!

But rather than recap the amazing concerts, panels, and fellowship – I want to focus on the young and up-and-coming artists who submitted to the Plug Session.

Similar to what Rapzilla does with Critique Fridays on Instagram with OnBeatMusic, artists submitted their music to be critiqued live in front of their peers and by a panel of music industry professionals.

The Plug had some important people watching and the prizes for winning were amazing.

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Whenever you hold one of these panels, there are always a few artists that frankly, just aren’t very good, or completely out of their league. Here’s the craziest part, of the 30-plus artists that submitted, maybe the “worst” submission was average. Everyone really brought their best stuff, and that was encouraging. It also allowed the judges to provide honest feedback without having to give some extremely tough love.

This isn’t new to Elevation Conference. In 2019, there was a similar event. The panelists were Chad Horton (Rapzilla), Emcee Nice (Artist & Record Exec), Spechouse (artist & producer), and host DJ Mykael V (artist & DJ). They all said the same thing, there were no bad artists.

This time around I got to play host with BYOD member Matt St. Fleur. It was a great time, and as someone whose job it is to write about and post new artists, it was eye-opening.

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I could honestly say I had heard of maybe two or three of the artists there, and yet everyone soon was on my radar.

Here was the info about the Plug:

Friday 2pm – The Plug Live A&R Session sponsored by RMG / RMG Amplify

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Hosted by Matt St. Fleur and Justin Sarachik

Panelists: Erinn Knight (BYOD), Dre Hunter (A&R Reach Records), Patrick Bradley (Hulvey & Montell Fish manager), and Doc Watson (RMG Co-Owner)

Play your music for industry professionals for live feedback from experts. Best song gets a career-changing prize package and one song will win a distribution deal from RMG Amplify on the spot.

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The above prize package is nuts and the talent was so good, that Doc Watson gave away two RMG Amplify deals.

The overall Grand Prize winner that got everything was GIO. The artist that won an additional deal with RMG Amplify was Martin Toe.

The key to this story is, Christian Rap is in good hands. There is an abundance of quality artists who love the Lord and make great music. It’s not always easy to find these artists which is why (any artist who is reading this), make sure you submit to media, playlists, panels, etc. You are one step away from getting your music heard by larger audiences or people who can help along your journey.

Here is a list of everyone who submitted:

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For good music, great content, and even better people, keep up to date with https://www.elevationboston.com/, we hope to see you there next year!







Justin Sarachik

Written by Justin Sarachik

Justin is the Editor-in-Chief of Rapzilla.com. He has been a journalist for over a decade and has written or edited for Relevant, Christian Post, BREATHEcast, CCM, Broken Records Magazine, & more. He also likes to work with indie artists to develop their brands & marketing strategies. Catch him interviewing artists on Survival of the Artist Podcast.

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