Christian Rap/Hip Hop

St. Louis Christian Rapper Offers Young Adults a Platform to be Heard

Thi’sl Partners with Local and National Media to Host Community Open Forum St. Louis, MO—August 14, 2014—This Friday, August 15 at 7 p.m. the only forum held in St. Louis to give youth and young adults an opportunity to speak out about the Michael Brown case takes place at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church (5515 Dr Martin Luther King Dr, St Louis, MO 63112). “So many people are mocking protestors and young people who’ve reached their boiling point without seeking understanding. This is a chance for them to candidly and peacefully speak their mind,” Thi’sl said. St. Louis GRAMMY Award-winner, ...

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Mr. Del & Rod G. Newman – Geeks & Gangstas

Mr. Del & Rod G. Newman Geeks & Gangstas Holy South/Geek World Entertainment/DMG (released April 1, 2014) By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Although Mr. Del’s Hope Dealer just hit the streets, not long ago the Grammy and Dove-nominated Christian rapper from Memphis joined forces with Rod G. Newman of Birmingham, Alabama, to create Geeks & Gangstas.  The album, available at online music stores but also via free download from Noisetrade (tips welcome), plays the two artists’ styles off one another.  Newman is a bowtie-wearing self-described “Jesus Geek” and Del is the gruff-voiced, street-savvy former gangsta rapper.  Despite ...

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Christon Gray – School of Roses

Christon Gray School of Roses Collision Records (release date: March 25, 2014) www.collision-records.com By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog Christon Gray’s School of Roses may be the most unusual, and the most cerebral, inspirational project you have ever heard. It’s less gospel in its typical structure and more a personal testimony, an album of high hip hop drama clearly designed to be listened to start to finish, rather than as interchangeable singles or selections. The music and lyrics are moody and introspective. An aura of deep regret and an unending desire for redemption permeates every note. The struggle ...

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Q & A with Lecrae

Christian hip hop artist Lecrae Moore of Houston, Texas is one of the first – if not THE first – Christian rap artists to reach the number one position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart with two consecutive projects. TBGB had a chance to catch up with Lecrae last week. We talked about his influences, his latest releases, and whether Christian rap and hip hop is making inroads in churches. TBGB: How did you get started in Christian rap? L: I got started when I was volunteering at a juvenile detention center and doing music for them on a regular ...

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CD Single: “Can’t Break Us” – DJ Morph feat. Frontlynaz

Can’t Break Us” DJ Morph feat. Frontlynaz From the CD International Adullam House 2008 More Holy Hip Hop from Frontlynaz, but this time, they assist the Chicago-born and now South Florida native DJ Morph with his single, “Can’t Break Us” from Morph’s fifth CD, International. “Can’t Break Us” is HHH versus the record labels and the music industry for all but ignoring the style despite its popularity, the artists’ professionalism and the dues they’ve paid, as well as its Christian-centered message. On the other hand, being ignored might not be so bad. “I don’t care if the labels won’t sign ...

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Frontlynaz – Game Over (Frontlynaz, Inc. 2008)

Frontlynaz Game Over Frontlynaz, Inc. 2008 www.frontlynaz.com Say what you will about Holy Hip Hop, but the Stellar-nominated HHH group Frontlynaz spits rhymes and drops beats with the power and urgency of a brakeless freight train. Their Game Over grabbed my attention and held it with clenched fists from beginning to end. Captivating and compelling, Frontlynaz has a lot to say about today’s state of affairs and how grace can transform a person from spiraling downward to an upwardly mobile (i.e., positive, not materialistic) life that means something and is, in itself, transformative. Just as importantly, the album dresses the ...

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