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Rooftops by K-Drama is the second single featured on the soundtrack of the soon-to-be-released movie, ‘Shooting Doves’.

Releasing in July 2022, ‘Shooting Doves’ has already received critical acclaim including “Best Screenplay” by the New York Movie Awards.

Rooftops echoes the heart of the film.

Charging listeners to be active in racial reconciliation, not merely passively hoping that this movement will just fall in place. An original motion picture, ‘Shooting Doves’ is a music drama penned with the hope of encouraging honest and raw conversations regarding race, racial divisions, and stereotypes – especially within the evangelical church. ‘Shooting Doves’ is a Craig Brown film. It was written by Brown and Andrea Summer. The film stars James Troup, Joseph Moreland, and Tom O’Brien, among others.

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DJ Kideazy took an unconventional approach to his newest releases.

While the double album became popular in the mid to late 90s, not many artists have attempted to release two separate albums at the same time.

This is what Kideazy has done with Crying Heart and The Golden Era: Elijah Marc.

One album is full of rapping and the other is full of old-school singing.

Crying Heart

Crying Heart is the fourth album from the Detroit-based artist.

DJ Kideazy produced 16 of the 19 tracks on the album himself. Pouring his soul into its creation, Crying Heart is Kideazy’s most personal project. The multi-talented artist showcases his versatility as he raps with a ton of different tones, cadences, styles, and deliveries. There is a cohesive flow that makes for a well-put-together album.

Sharing his life’s testimony, Kideazy talks about being a kid growing up half in the church and half in the streets. He demonstrates that God can change you if you’re willing to surrender and give Him your all.

“I came from the hood of Detroit doing things that could have easily got me either killed or locked up,” explained Kideazy. “But God shined His light on me even when I didn’t know it. I wanted to help someone else that may be going through something I went through, or anyone struggling with fear to just give God their all. I wanted them to hear my stories and testimony so it could let them know that it doesn’t matter what you’ve done. God is still there. He will always be there. You gotta take that step and surrender to Him.”

Stand-out tracks include “Treat Me Right”, “Stay Holy”, “Half & Half (ft. Ray Knowledge)”, and “Stood Tall (ft. Lance Hitch & Andre David)”.

The album is full of features as is usual for DJ Kideazy. His projects often have a compilation-type feel to them. Included on the album are artists Chris Elijah, Illuminate, Marqus Anthony, DreBeeze Da Godson, Plain James, Desciple, Unkle Gmo, Elohin, Choirboy Bell, Miraql3, and more.

Crying Heart is an emotional journey full of vibes, bangers, love, artful imagery, cutting flows, and wavy melodies that are all influenced by the Holy Spirit. The next single from the album is “Treat Me Right”.

The Golden Era: Introducing Elijah Marc

The Golden Era: Introducing Elijah Marc is a groovy, old-school, funky pop album.

Introducing DJ Kideazy’s alter ego, Elijah Marc, the sound praises God like it’s the 70s and 80s. It is meant to get people dancing and moving, all while giving Jesus the glory. It’s easy to hear the passion as Elijah Marc expresses from the depths of his spirit the way he feels about God.

“This album was the little kid in me that always wanted to make a signing album when I was growing up,” shared DJ Kideazy. “The difference now is that I’m able to give God the glory because He changed my life and saved me. It means even more to me. These memories, [of] singing when I was younger, remind me of some of the best feelings of my life. Before I was DJ Kideazy, the Gospel rapper, I was just a little kid singing named Elijah Marc Blaylock. That’s how I came up with the name The Golden Era: Introducing Elijah Marc.”

“I Couldn’t Believe It” and “I Will” are two standout tracks that are sure to get plenty of spins.

“Let’s Dance (Wedding Reception Song)” will have the whole party two-stepping and “Funk (Instrumental)” is a classic groove! DJ Kideazy has created a terrific summer album. So get outside, have some fun, and praise God!

The next single from the album is “I Will (ft. Goodson)”.

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2022 has been building up to this exact moment for Ohio emcee iNTELLECT.

Last year the Christian rap artist released his concept album ‘Ephesians’ which was created to support a sermon series at his local church. While it was well-received in the broader hip-hop space, the project was still created with others in mind. Since the beginning of this calendar year, iNTELLECT has traveled a more personal road.

With his new album Living Weapons, June 17th, he realizes something that he has thought about for a long time:

Living Weapons is a project, as an artist, that I’ve always wanted to do,” explained iNTELLECT. “It’s a boom bap experience that invokes nostalgia, but also comes with a sound and message that are relevant to this generation.”

The album takes traditional boom-bap and blends it seamlessly into today’s sound.

Project production includes Newselph (“New Kung Fu”), F-Plus (“Honor the Teacher”, “Prison Break”, “Manifest Remix”), and Brokenfinga (“I Got Somethin’”, “The Intersection Remix”, “It Ain’t Over Remix”). iNTELLECT continues to show why he is seen as one of Christian Rap’s most consistent lyricists today. Not only does he spit hard-hitting bars, but he features an amazing lineup of independent faith-based artists as well. Features include Mitch Darrell, TC, Procyse, coreywordsmith, Minister Squad, D. R33D, DJ Navin Johnson.

Living Weapons releases across digital music platforms on June 17, 2022. It includes the acclaimed singles “I Got Somethin’” and “Manifest (Remix)”.

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Album Details

Title: Living Weapons

Artist: iNTELLECT

Release Date: June 17, 2022

Production: Newselph, F-Plus, Brokenfinga

Engineering: iNTELLECT

Features: Mitch Darrell, TC, Procyse, coreywordsmith, Minister Squad, D. R33D, DJ Navin Johnson

For BRM, it has been a rough couple of years.

The leader of Rapture Ready North always tries to put up a front that everything is good. But he is not.

All of the dying, political arguments, school shootings, family health, and his own anxiety have taken a toll. Including weird chest pains from time to time. It has been a lot for everyone and BRM is no different. On Got A Secret, he is here to go and tell! When these trials happen, isolating oneself is not a good option. Now is the time to share with everyone that he is not okay. For the video, that message is delivered from a padded room.

The long-awaited album from 5x GMA Dove Award-nominated Christian Hip Hop artist Steven Malcolm is here.

Tree is the third studio album from the CHH sensation.

Malcolm’s landmark album features international stars Snoop Dogg and Shaggy. Adding additional oomph are Malcolm’s CHH homies Derek Minor, KB, Ty Brasel, Canon, and Social Club Misfits.

“This being my third studio album, [I] focused on the growth and fruit that came from a foundation rooted in truth,” says Malcolm. “I stood firm throughout my life and now I’m seeing the fruit of my labor. LEGACY! The gift that continues to bear fruit. Thank you and many blessings to my fans worldwide.”

Tree‘s release arrives a week after premiering smash single.

Included on the album is the hit “Summertime” which features hip hop legend Snoop Dogg and Malcolm’s IVAV labelmate Jay-Way. The visual for the record premiered with Vibe Magazine. Grammy Award-winner Shaggy is also featured on “Fuego (Remix)” which has racked up over 6 million combined streams.

Tree is an eclectic depiction of Malcolm’s past, present, and future.

Each song digs deep into the peaks and valleys that shaped the rapper we currently know. Since releasing his self-titled major-label debut in 2017, Malcolm continues to captivate listeners with spellbinding anthems that celebrate his love for Jesus and the unifying force of hip-hop. The genre-blending rhymer demonstrates his enthusiasm to share his messages with a broad audience.’

Malcolm continues to blur boundaries with Tree.

The album includes star-studded production by Sango, BoogzDaBeast, FNZ, and Social House. It illuminates Malcolm’s growing artistry; his spiritual depth; and his versatility as a hip-hop artist.

Tree arrives via 4 Against 5, Curb | Word Entertainment’s hip-hop imprint. Both of Malcolm’s previous releases cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard Christian charts, receiving multiple award nominations. Due to this past success, Tree is one of 2022’s most highly anticipated CHH releases. Malcolm is even the cover artist on Spotify’s “The Flow” playlist.

Tree is available now across all streaming platforms!

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London’s Feed’Em is set to release his third studio project later this year. 

‘Gospel of Grime, The Mixtape’ includes the new single Hats & Hoods.

“Hats & Hoods at the altar/ gun fingers in the air – Come as you are like you just don’t care/ my God will meet you there”

A Congolese-born grime emcee, Feed’Em has made a name for himself in the UK hip-hop scene.

His previous release, “Murder the Flesh, Pt. 3“, was met with critical acclaim. The record featured Zelijah Tishbite and Tneek. Following that success is his latest record Hats & Hoods. For those familiar with Grime culture, the term “no hats, no hoods” is one that you most likely have come across. It is viewed as a prejudiced term used to deny certain groups of people access to some venues.

On the record, Feed’Em draws parallels between the Grime culture and Chruch culture.

People can have a stereotypical view of those that wear hats and hoods. The way an individual looks can be perceived as “less mature” or even frowned upon. We must remember that we are told to “come as you are”. Exploring this concept further, Hats & Hoods presents an altar call that welcomes all and is less focused on church clothes.

Produced by Chakee T, the song is laced with clever wordplay, grimmy and drilly flows, and thought-provoking lyricism. The visual was filmed and edited by Junior Alawa.

Check out the video below. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Steven Malcolm unleashed the Summertime music video featuring Snoop Dogg and Jay-Way.

The visual premiered through Vibe Magazine and is the latest from Malcolm’s upcoming album.

It is the newest star-studded collaboration for Malcolm who has previously worked with Shaggy, KB, Social Club Misfits, R3hab, and more. Summertime, featuring Snoop Dogg and Jay-Way, is available now across all DSPs. The record boasts rhymes tighter than Chuck Taylor’s shoelaces. Malcolm refines his flow to compliment the elegance of Snoop’s laid-back style and Jay-Way’s smooth vocals.

“With this record, I wanted to bring an endless tune that will give people that summertime feeling over and over,” says Malcolm.

Malcolm’s IVAV label mate Jay-Way and Snoop effortlessly add their suave swagger to enhance the sweetly harmonious bop.

The record is co-produced by Mikey and Scootie of Social House (Ariana Grande, MGK).

Legendary music and entertainment magazine, Vibe, premiered the music video, stating:

Summertime has the makings of a bonafide anthem for the warmer months of the year and is a continuation of Malcolm’s evolution as a lyricist and songwriter.”

It is not the first foray into Christian music for Snoop Dogg.

The hip hop icon declares “Summertime is back,” in his opening verse. Snoop is a self-professed “born-again Christian” who released his first gospel album in 2018 (Bible of Love). The album peaked at number one on the US Gospel Albums chart for seven weeks. That same year, Steven Malcolm found his own success on the gospel chart with “Not To Us/Good Love”. The record was a radio hit that doubled as the first release from Malcolm’s sophomore album, ‘The Second City’.

This is a party that everyone is invited to. 

Summertime was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday Christian playlist and Apple Christian’s Best New Songs chart. Watch below as rap royalty rides off into the sunset with two rising stars in an IVAV meets Death Row trifecta.

Tree due out Friday, June 3

After a temporary delay, Steven Malcolm’s third studio project is set to drop next week. 

On the upcoming album, all 16-tracks explore Malcolm’s spiritual depth and his versatility as a hip-hop artist. The project includes the international smash “Fuego (R3hab Remix)“. Featuring dancehall icon Shaggy, the record has over 6 million combined streams. The Dove Award-nominated anthem “Glory On Me“, featuring Childish Major and Tylor Hill, is also on the album.

Tree is an eclectic depiction of Malcolm’s past, present, and future. It mixes the spirituality of Sunday morning with the energy of Saturday night.

Tracklist

  1. Heavenly Father [The Fisk Jubilee Singers]
  2. All I Know
  3. Summertime [Snoop Dogg, Jay-Way]
  4. On Point [KB]
  5. Believe In Me
  6. Demons [Plan G, Jude Barclay]
  7. Rooftop Freestyle [Derek Minor]
  8. Red Light Green Light [Ty Brasel, Jay-Way]
  9. Accelerate [Canon]
  10. Ain’t Playin [Social Club Misfits]
  11. Lately
  12. Great [Waldo]
  13. Respect
  14. Jah Ah De King
  15. Glory On Me [Childish Major, Taylor Hill]
  16. Fuego (R3hab Remix) [Shaggy]

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The 2022 Kingdom Choice Awards, the official Christian Hip Hop (CHH)/Urban Gospel awards show, is going big!

This year the show comes to Broadway.

For more than 10 years the KCA’s have embodied the authenticity of the CHH culture. The show has highlighted both hip hop legends and pioneers. It also embraces the artists that represent the genre’s future. In 2022 things are no different. Well, maybe there’s one exception. The music will be shining in the brightest lights around! The KCA’s are moving to the heart of entertainment when the curtain rises on October 1, 2022, at the Peter Norton Symphony Space.

The highlight of the evening will be the award for KCA Honorary Recipient 2022.

This Year’s Recipient

This award goes to an individual who has had a great impact on the CHH/Urban Gospel genre throughout an extended career. This year’s nominee is none other than The Ambassador. Founding member of the legendary group The Cross Movement.

Amba, as he is affectionately known, stands as an example of how hip hop can be properly submitted to God while avoiding the typical corruptions commonly associated with it.

About The Ambassador

The Ambassador is a native of New York and came of age during hip hop’s maturation.

Amba followed both the positive and negative leads of the genre’s heroes. Until the Lord began to shape him into the man He would use to inspire countless people for the Kingdom. His groundbreaking solo debut, ‘Christology: In Laymen’s Terms’, delivered intense scripturally rooted lyrics set in poetic, dynamic flow. The Ambassador has released a string of critically acclaimed albums, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Cross Movement, including the Grammy and Stellar nominated ‘HIStory: Our Place In His Story’. 

Now, as Amba prepares to release a new project, it is an honor for the KCA’s to recognize him and his incredible achievements as 2022’s Honorary Recipient. 

Support the KCA’s

The Kingdom Choice Awards would love your support as the team felt led to head to upper Broadway and the prestigious Peter Norton’s Symphony Space.

Marcus Hall, Kingdom Time Enterprises CEO, stated, “This move is a leap of faith, but I’m confident that if we get the support we need it will be successful. I’d rather try and fail than fail to try. From day one, the KCA was a faith move. For over a decade, God has always showed himself to be faithful.”

You can find more information about the 2022 Kingdom Choice Awards, including event details and sponsoring opportunities, at kingdomtimemedia.com.

man-i-fest [verb]: display or show (a quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance; demonstrate.

Ohio emcee iNTELLECT is never one to hide the motivation that drives his creativity.

In the world of Christian rap, where motives are questioned on a daily basis, transparency is key. It is not enough to claim what you’re about, you have to be willing to demonstrate that you live out the new life found in Christ.

iNTELLECT, and fellow artist Minister Squad, released the original version of “Manifest” in 2021. Today, the overhauled Manifest Remix hits digital streaming platforms with a re-imagined sonic backdrop that highlights the elite lyricism on display from its predecessor.  

“I wanted to give the song a different vibe,” explained iNTELLECT. “The remix definitely takes the song to the next level.”

Featuring a beautiful blend of boom-bap and carefully selected sampling, the remix holds the essence of the original record while infusing it with new energy.

New life, new sight, work in progress/ What God manifests is what the world detests…those lines are the foundation of the song,” shares iNTELLECT. “It starts with the work that God is doing in us and that work becomes obvious to others as we live the way God intended us to live.”

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Record Details

Title: Manifest Remix

Artist: iNTELLECT

Release Date: May 20, 2022

Feature: Minister Squad

Production: F-Plus

Engineering: iNTELLECT

The hip-hop world has been waiting for Kendrick Lamar to release his new album which dropped on Friday.

Not surprisingly, many within Christian hip-hop felt the same.

However, while many in and around CHH have looked for connections between K-Dot and Christianity for some time (after all, this is what we do right?), there was a warning shared with the culture. Much like Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, many CHH advocates hope for a superstar artist to undeniably proclaim Christ and deliver a whole new legitimacy for the subgenre.

Could Kendrick Lamar do just that with Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers?

Temper your expectations says Sean David Grant.

Trackstarz is without a doubt one of the top-tier platforms that cover the world of CHH.

With their weekly live show covering a unique blend of Christian culture and mainstream content, Trackstarz delivers commentary on many of the day’s buzz-worthy topics. Their show on Saturday, May 14, 2022, was no different. After all, when an artist on the level of Lamar releases a project, everyone is talking.

CEO Sean David Grant had plenty to say (see clip below) about why Christians should be cautious when listening to the album. Maybe the better way to describe it would be a masterclass on why it’s okay to not get sucked in by the mainstream.

“This whole album is inspired by Eckhart Tolle. I’m going to spend my whole time talking about this man so that you can understand what Kendrick was talking about on his album.” – Sean David Grant

Eckhart Tolle is a German-born spiritual teacher and self-help author of “The Power of Now” and “A New Earth”. Tolle received acclaimed recognition after Oprah Winfrey recommended his first book, boosting it to best-seller status in 2000. Tolle is found throughout Mr. Morale. Lamar not only says Tolle’s name several times on the album but Tolle’s voice is featured on the album as well.

Tolle uses Christian terms to share a message that goes completely against the faith.

This is what inspired Kendrick Lamar to begin writing after more than 1000 days of not doing so. Unfortunately, it is inspiration wrapped up in confusion. The big warning is that listeners, especially those already in the Christian culture, cannot allow themselves to be confused in turn. K-Dot is known for being a “positive” rapper. Positivity does not equal truth. At the end of the day, truth is only found in Jesus Christ.

Grant warns in the video, that whether it is a Christian artist or not, you have to be aware of what is motivating the lyrics. We have to be careful allowing beliefs into our hearts that are not of God.

“To me, this puts the Christian hip-hop desire for Kendrick to be a Christian to bed.” – Sean David Grant

CHH Responds

The potential fallout from this Trackstarz discussion could have been all over the place.

Honestly, I expected there to be plenty of wailing and gnashing of teeth!

Let’s take a look at what individuals had to say:

Culture Villains artist Kham made some notable observations in his Twitter thread.

“This is how easy and seamless the enemy can creep perversion in.”

“I could feel the power of the music my 1st listen but I knew the source of power wasn’t Jesus.”

How does this impact the culture?

My personal hope is that Grant’s words cause us to pause before responding.

Sure, K-Dot is a great rapper. Grant admits as much. But in today’s culture, we have to be going beyond that. There is simply too much at stake.

If you enjoyed the album, that’s fine. That is not the real issue here. We have to check our approach and ensure that confusion does not have the opportunity to sneak into our beliefs. Because believe me, it will if it can.

How do you view the album and the statement made by Sean David Grant? Do you feel he is off-base with his assessment or is he spot on? How should the culture respond to mainstream art? Do you feel that Kendrick Lamar is potentially confusing listeners? 

Hit the comments and weigh in now!