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One of my favorite MC’s Muze One has released a new EP. My neck is hurting listening to it (that could because I have an over-sized head) from the persistent bobbing. If you don’t know who he is, he is one-half of the duo Redeemed Thought the other half being Stephen the Levite of Lampmode Records.

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Dope beats, dope lyrics, short album! If I could give it 6 stars I would but since the parameters are 0-5. I will give him 5! My favorite track being “These Words” (the track gives me chill over serious wordplay). I know Jesus will be my portion in heaven (just as He is in on earth though I will enjoy Him without the hindrance of sin), but I pray that Holy Hip Hop is there also!

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Reach Records has released 3 songs for preview from Lecrae’s upcoming album “Rebel”. The tracks are:

1. Don’t Waste Your Life ft. Cam, Dwayne Tryumf
2. Live Free ft. Sho Baraka, Jai
3. Got Paper
Listen here purchase here
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Deuce AKA The Ambassador AKA a living Hip Hop legend for those of us in the “hip hop generation” (LOL) will be releasing his final project. Mr. Branch is also an assistant pastor of Epiphany Fellowship an Urban Church in the Philly. The Ambassador is also a member of the all time great Cross Movement who paved the way for “sound, releveant biblically faithful” Christian Hip Hop (yes there are gapping differences folks). Anway you can listen to the tracks here.  The release date is 9/23 and you can get a little more information about the album here.

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Reach Records announced today two pre-orders:

Here are links to the two pre-order options:
Please Check out www.reachrecords.com
Here is a short thesis on the album:
Join Lecrae in redefining “Rebel”. When you hear the word, what do you think of? Jesus was a Rebel in his day. He lived for something other than the pursuits of the popular culture of the day. He stood against traditions that pointed away from true worship, and instead presented an authentic picture of living for God.
Are you a Rebel?

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Okay I have had this album for a long time and wanted to give  a quick but needed review. Flame is probably my favorite Holy Hip Hop guy. His lack of fear of using deep theological truths, while simultaneously speaking the language of the culture most influenced by Hip Hop has been amazing. I have actually met a couple of people who were so influenced by the music especially “Give us the Truth” and “Real One” that they left their churches and the very destructive and heretical “Word of Faith Churches” that our destroying the gospel in our communities (Dollar, Bynum, Bryant, Price and other very lost man).

With that said here is a quick review of the Album. I will start with my favorite song. “I Been Redeeme”. The track is pulsating, head banging, and the lyrics well… Trip and Flame together over the midwest 808 is no brainer. Flame says “From the Abrahamic Covenant back to Noah’s Flood, back to Genesis 1 back before the World was, even before the serpent was even lurking in Eden’s grass, before Adam ate in eterity past” Say what!!!! He is speaking of God electing us before the foundation of the world but the world play is ridiculous. So this is maybe my favorite song.

Next up is “Power in His name” it is one a very Christ exalting, worship song beautiful hook and lyrics, “Pluck us out His Hand” and “Joyful Noise” are tied for third for me. Lecrae says “Yo boy’s been a Christian quite a few years, victory in faith but I failed in my fears, I heard a lot of words that have tickled many ears, that why I praise God for the word that we adhear”. Flame verse is just as fire but don’t have the time and don’t want to misquote the lyrics.

The rest of the album is very good. The album features Shai Linne, Future, Izrael, and others. The album is so Christ Centered I don’t know where to begin. I put this album up against any and I do mean any, secular hip hop album and any Gospel worship album (for those who think Christian Hip Hop is an Oxymoron). Bring your best hymns out and lie them beside this album and I will bet apart from the 808 and keyboard, and baggy jeans, this album and some of the songs could be consider great hymns for years to come.

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Please check this out. It is Sho Baraka’s “Higher Love” video off of his debut album “Turn My Life Up” You can puchase the album at www.reachrecords.com or Itunes

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Json has released a long awaited sophomore album called “Life on Life”. Json is a native of St. Louis and if you own or have heard the 13Letters Album, Sho Baraka’s “Turn My Life Up” Reach Records first compilation “116 Clique” or any of Flames Albums (he murders Lets Go) then you would have heard the Midwesterner bring Christ Exalting lyrics over banging beats.

This album doesn’t disappoint as a follow up to The Seasoning his debut album. As a matter of fact if you have heard The Seasoning and enjoyed it you will absolutely love this album. As Rapzilla says “it is light years beyond the first project”.  Lecrae brings the noise on “Who He Is”. If you have heard the “Our World Redeemed”album and enjoyed “Its all gon” then you will love “Move out”. “Listening Choice features Tedashii and the track for Tedashii is like pitching a softball to Barry Bonds in a little league park! What it Do features Trip and a newcomer (at least to me) named Titus and all three of them tears the track up. My Heart is a mellow track fitted for Common Sense (or now Common) bunch of instruments, very fresh summer/springish beat. Fight is the headbanger track featuring one of the most underrated Christian Artist This’l and a young brother name Mike Real who released an album late last year.

All in all a really good album. I was surprised by the production on this album, Json was already a beast lyrically but the first album was under-produced while this album is very creative and lyrically you get the Midwest Christ centered lyrics. You can buy the album at

http://www.json116.com/home.html

www.3hmp3.com (MP3)

 

Cop the album you will not be disappointed.

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Desring God has recently interviewed Trip Lee on their Desiring God Blog. The article can be found here. Check out this excerpt:

 

Reach Records creates music that is relevant to the culture and is packed full of biblical truth. This platform has proven to be an incredible tool, both to introduce people to Jesus Christ, as well as help others go deeper in their faith. Through our music, we have the opportunity to reach a culture that otherwise would have no interest in what we have to say.

As a result of the music, it became apparent that many in this culture lacked solid biblical tools and resources to disciple them in the Christian life. Therefore, we created ReachLife ministries, a non-profit organization which produces Christ-centered tools and resources for urban churches and ministries to provide what music is not designed to do, disciple.

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