Jesus Raps

It seems that Reverend Run isn’t the only one trying to take hip-hop to church. [1] Last week, Newsday published a cover feature claiming a gospel rap movement is gaining steam all across the country.

Come to find out there is a whole other world in hip-hop, a world that rejects “secular hip-hop” in favor of music that “spreads the word.”

This world is made up of rappers (also known as “Holy Ghost soldiers”), with names like Da T.R.U.T.H. and The Preachaholicz. It has numerous websites. It holds HipHopE Masses and other church services from New York to Tampa.

It produces Sermon Jams (chopped up sermons mixed with hip-hop instrumentals) and publishes Hip-Hop prayer books. It has radio shows and pop culture columnists. It even has its own concert tours and award shows and record labels. Kurtis Blow is involved, and Play from Kid ‘n Play and Mr. Del from Three 6 Mafia.

This world refers to itself as the Holy Hip-Hop movement. Artists feel that they have been called by God to spread his message in the streets through rap.

The movement has its detractors, most famously Reverend G. Craige Lewis of Ex Ministries, who believes that hip-hop culture is inherently demonic. The art form, he argues on his website, is impossible to reconcile with Christian faith.

Despite such criticism, evangelical rap has legions of staunch believers. Rapper Phanatik, for instance, defends Holy Hip-Hop against the Ex Ministries, with a spoken word/pseudo-battle rap at Christ-in-a-hiphopper.com called “Hills Worth Fighting For.” The track contains references to the scripture as well as hip-hop history, and happens to be the tamest diss record I have ever heard.

As fascinating as this whole sphere is, I have to wonder if it as prevalent as the media is making it out to be.

I know that gospel music is a huge industry in the States (close to one billion dollars in sales in 2005, an 80% increase since 1995). But how much of that is gospel rap?

Is Christian rap actually a cultural force to be reckoned with?

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[1] I refuse to talk about Pastor/Murda Ma$e here. I refuse.

  • The ON1E

    you suck at writing blogs

  • http://xxlmag.com exo

    By, Zeus! These primitive-minded Xtians have been trying to push a Xtian hip-hop agenda since the Crusades. Too bad for them that, with the exception Knowledge MC (whose “Book of Knowledge” is straight holy water), their rappers suck and their god doesn’t exist.

    P.S. – Release the Clipse!

    • X Prodigal

      sometimes we are the primitive ones!

      I know these comments were written way back but still feel i have something to add:
      when hip hop started out, it was thought of as something that would fade out cause it was not a true art form. ‘They’ were mistaken cause part of Hip Hop culture is its music which is still the youngest genre of music (as far as i know…)
      but look at how powerful it has become in less than half a century.

      kind of reminds me of the time some ‘primitive’ peeps (as we call em now) locked a person up for expressing his opinion about the world being round! they laugh at his ‘primitive-mindset’ ‘ignorance’. they thought they knew it all. at that time, they were right and galileo was wrong. but now we know better, it was just a matter of time.

      my point it we cannot diss something we do not understand. Hip Hop is a form expression for everybody… even the multitude of wack MCs who go platinum! we don’t knock them for expressing their immature view of the world, which seems to only consist of violence, sex, drugs and materialism.

      is that what we want to reduce hip hop music to? or are we going to let this form of expression grow, meaning more views being expressed, even if you agree with it or not? who determins who is allowed in Hip Hop… if there is such a person i think they need to re-examin who they lettin in cause there is too much crap out there that should not be… and that’s if there is an exclusice guest list.
      but if there is not: whack or tight, black white arabic… rich poor… anybody should have the right to express… even Christians!

      we always want peeps to keep it real, yet when those who do don’t have a popular view of the world we tell them otherwise! i think that is being primitive for real.

      blacks were not allowed to vote or own land until some took the stand and were labled ‘primitive.’

      someone wanted to make a flying machine but they didn’t understand how his primitive mind didn’t see humans were not meant to fly… if he listened, there would be no planes!

      often cats are dissed for believing things they can’t see…
      yet we use electricy, work with sound, magnetic fields, oxygen, energy, infered and ultra violet light… even radio waves to watch TV or listen to the radio. but all these have evidence of their existance, though we can’t see em… what about God? well maybe we are just not tuned or plugged in!

      DO YOU KNOW EVERYTHING?…
      DO YOU KNOW HALF OF EVERY THING?
      maybe God is in the part you don’t know

      how would you describe radio waves to a person who never saw a radio… you would have to show them a radio and tell em how it works… but you can’t show em if they not going to look and listen… and then they turn and call you ‘primitive’!?

      sometimes we are the primitive ones!

      the resistance Holy Hip Hop is being met with, from even christians… tells me it is a force we might not want to mess with. even if most of their MCs are not tight, they have an agenda of promoting someone higher than themselves, unlike lost of other rappers. just a fact!

      Skills?
      maybe it is a case of the rich not knowing what to do with cash and waste it, while those who do not have would make better use… could we say that about skills to?

      history repeats cause we not learning! this is what we not learning “we do not now everything!” and when you diss someone or thing while it is still fresh and young… “time will tell” again… and again and again…
      cause we fail to move from primitive mindsets of forgetting there is so much we do not know that other’s might!

      • minus the cynic

        u are right x prodigal r u a christian rapper urself that is a brilliant explanation and defence of christian hip hop couldnt of put it better myself

        • x prodigal

          minus the cynic…
          i thought no one was going to read that… thanks brother. (if i assume wrong that you are a guy forgive me!)
          yeah i am a christian rapper. don’t do it for a living but i rap. check this link and holla back!
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVtZDmYbYZ0

          peace and God bless

  • Mikey Ess AKA SukedowN

    Yeah, the whole God isn’t real thing really hurts their cause.

    Maybe they should soldier their time towards the “War on X-Mas”. I heard their are drafting.

  • Mikey Ess AKA SukedowN

    * they

  • Provokate

    By the way EXO, Jesus(or “artist rendition of”) was ridin with Clipse in the hood on the cover of “Lord Willin’”.

    Believe it or not ……spirituality(or lack of)is not a marketing gimmick…..unfortunately a great deal of “Xtian” music is run by the same “uber-marketing genius c.e.o.’s” that plague the mainstream.

    Quit mistaking the work of men for that of divinity. And believe it or not Tara did the thing a good writer should do……made her audience aware of a subject and did it without bias…….you sound like you have some kind of agenda on degrading Christian people for some reason………Peace……be with you…

    oh, by the way BOOGIEMONSTAS were pretty dope

    “Anotha Primitave Minded Christian”

  • http://www.thursdayplantation.blogspot.com lar

    if they somehow link up w/ the ICP/Tech N9NE faction, we’re all doomed

  • P-Matik

    That type of Xtian “hip-hop” is wack. Killah Priest is way better, at least he drops knowledge and doesn’t say “thank you Jesus” for 16 straight bars.

  • Meka Soul

    >Is Christian rap actually a cultural force to be reckoned with?>

    um…. no.

  • CAMRUNFRMRUCKER

    THANKYOU FOR FINALLY RECOGNSIZING CHRISTIAN HIP HOP…ITS GROWING AND UNSTOPPABLE.

    CHECK OUT….
    DA T.R.U.T.H
    CROSS MOVEMENT
    GRITS
    L.A. SYMPHONY
    MARS ILL
    FLAME
    AMBASSADA

    http://www.crossmovementrecords.com/

  • CAMRUNFRMRUCKER
  • CAMRUNFRMRUCKER

    MY BAD THAT’S..”THE AMBASSADOR,” NOT FORGETTING KJ-52(THAT DUDE WHO WROTE TWO SONGS ADDRESSED EMINEM)

    HOLY HIP HOP!!!! THEY SPEAK WAY MORE SUBSTANCE THAN MOST SECULAR RAPPERS

  • IT IS I

    I agree with P-Matik, Killah Priest is the truth. Just listen to Heavy Mental.

  • http://www.myspace.com/specialopsbez B-EZ

    LOL at this blog.

  • Sarutama

    How can you possibly take a movement seriously when one of their biggest propronents is Play?

    If you can’t even get Kid, you know you’re in trouble.

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    yo Preachaholickz? excuse me but what the fuck kind of nonsense is that?

    “We get crunk off the scripcha”

    • minusthecynic

      its a metaphor for talking about scripture gettin u hype same as if u get crunk off ciara

  • Mychele’ Robles

    Christian Rap is definitely a force to be reckoned with. These brothers are real MEN of GOD and are not ashamed of spreading what they believe in. I wanna see from those previous post whose willing to go against the norm to REP for Jesus. I don’t see u doin it, i bet u “call urself a christian too” on Sundays.

  • DJ Lucky Luke

    Man, I’m a put to this to rest. I dare ANY Christian rapper to step up and battle me lyric for lyric. I’m a cut you Jesus niggaz down wit the quickness. You’z gonna die, best get ya heart right!

    • minusthecynic

      yo lucky luke our battle not against blood and flesh im too blessed to be stressed with that battlin mess but ill pray god blesses u no doubt about it it dont bother me none if my skills u can outwit i wear the armor of god yeah thats my outfit im on twitter so u could call me a twit if u like but i still gonna spit gospel raps cuz i love jesus and grits talkin bout the rappers cuz i dont know what the food is jesus can lift ur spirit up no matter what ur mood is yeah u know we all betrayed jesus like brutus gonna expose the truth for yall like a nudist the rap game is like our minds before christ polluted come on lucky luke hit me up with some new ish

    • ant

      DJ Lucky Luke:

      with all do respect:

      if you were to battle a rapper who is a christian. who would be the Judges? People who are bias to your type of rap or an equal audience? What is considered cutting down? If you were2win, what would that prove? really? ok, you might be well educated with lyrics, but where is the substance? Understand this, they are rappers who are Christians but are still human like you and me, so beating them in a battle says what?

      when we close our eyes and listen, its too emcee’s flowing… my point exactly. So you sound like it is a prideful thing for you, but I would hope you would look at the picture1st, always no matter what you do, you should check out your motives, because if your motives aint right, then the outcome is usally bias…. (Self-motivated)

  • livinlegend85

    this bitch need to stop making stupid blogs…who hired dis bitch? and all deze fuckin losers talkin bout killah priest and shit..FUCK ALL DEM

  • Meka Soul

    >How can you possibly take a movement seriously when one of their biggest propronents is Play?

    If you can’t even get Kid, you know you’re in trouble.>

    that’s actually the 1st post that’s made me laugh out loud.

    >Man, I’m a put to this to rest. I dare ANY Christian rapper to step up and battle me lyric for lyric. I’m a cut you Jesus niggaz down wit the quickness. You’z gonna die, best get ya heart right!>

    next… although it’d be kinda funny to see a no-talent regular “rapper” go up against a no-talent christian “rapper.”

    personally, i’d choose the guy whose hypeman is god[dess] any day of the week.

    this blog was just too off to begin with.

  • Meka Soul

    >I don’t see u doin it, i bet u “call urself a christian too” on Sundays.>

    i don’t go to church [anymore], because i don’t believe in going to a place where the one who’s “preaching the good word” is stunting like your typical “rapper,” while its patrons can barely hold things together.

  • CAMRUNFRMRUCKER

    ^^^^
    GOOD LUCK FINDING A PERFECT CHURCH…GIMME A BREAK!

    • minusthecynic

      camrun theres no perfect church but there is a perfect God and he loves u so much that he sent his son to a cross to die for u

  • Meka Soul

    ^^^

    aspiring beef-starter #2.

  • http://xxlmag.com exo

    “By the way EXO, Jesus (or “artist rendition of”) was ridin with Clipse in the hood on the cover of “Lord Willin’”.”

    Yes. And this makes him real.

  • dj madwax

    wow – incredible anti-God, anti-Christian responses here.

    is it that you people are that ignorant or do you really hate the message of peace and love that is Christianity?

    I give all kudos to people trying to spread the message to hip hop youth – I’d rather have kids be enlightened and inspired that listen to gutter lyrics about bitches, hoes and slanging crack and then getting shot at 17 for trying to be “real”

    I feel sorry for you fuckers.

  • thoreauly77

    it will never be a force to be reckoned with. people are finally beginning to realize exactly what christianity is: superstition. i think we would all love to believe in the jesus is magic mythos, but it’s time to start being realistic and stop relying on fantasy.

  • dj madwax

    its okay homie, Jesus still loves you, even if I dont

  • CAMRUNFRMRUCKER

    thoreauly77 Says:

    June 30th, 2006 at 1:26 pm
    it will never be a force to be reckoned with. people are finally beginning to realize exactly what christianity is: superstition. i think we would all love to believe in the jesus is magic mythos, but it’s time to start being realistic and stop relying on fantasy.
    ^^^^
    OH, AND BIG BANGING FROM NOTHING IS NOT FANTASY? GOOD ONE

  • mod

    “OH, AND BIG BANGING FROM NOTHING IS NOT FANTASY? GOOD ONE”
    lmao ethered.

  • mod

    Also, I didn’t see KRS-ONE mentioned in there. I haven’t heard any of these Christian cats, probably due to the fact that when you make specifically religiou s music it doesn’t always vibe right, but omitting KRS-ONE, especially when he’s been spreading the Christian word all around, is an injustice to hip-hop and to Christian rap in particular.

    • minusthecynic

      krs one isnt actually a christian bro he believes in numerology i got his album get right but it had swearing on it as far as his rap skills goes he is definitely up there with the best

  • CAMRUNFRMRUCKER

    ^^^
    AND MAKING SPECIFICALLY VIOLENT MUSIC VIBES RIGHT?

  • bby v’s wifey xox

    bein daughter of a priest etc etc, i shudnt say dis
    but most christian hip hop iv heard is crap
    apart from the obvious- mary mary, dmx, jesus walks, KRS-one etc

    • minusthecynic

      hey baby vs wifey mary mary is christian they are awesome i think they are sisters
      dmx isnt christian he is a wolf in sheeps clothing he swears and prays on his albums thats a contradiction
      if u like dmx check out petidee hes got a hard flow and hes christian
      or if u like female rappers check out
      tragedy shes hard to find but shes linked to christian female rappers dot com

  • Blaq Thought

    Is Jesus the original THUG?

    Think about it.

    He died on a cross for his people.
    (took one for the team)

    Forget a bandana – he wore a crown of thorns.
    (Santana bandana that!)

    The Romans stabbed him an put vingar in his wounds but he didn’t scream for them to stop.
    (That’s gangsta!)

    Came back from the dead to do more prolific work than Pac.
    (Machavellis

    • minusthecynic

      blaq thought i love ur jesus tupac analogy are u a christian rapper do u wanna collaborate if u got any rap tapes please send them to 201 high road burpengary qld australia 4505 i wanna get a crew together so if u are a christian rapper or u know any christian rappers who dont have a rap group yet let me know please also let me know if u know any good christian rappers to send their albums my way and i will give them to radio stations over here cuz we need christian rap on aussie radio desperately they be sleepin on the heat u dig :)

  • Blaq Thought

    By the way, check out my blog @ http://www.mdhater.blogspot.com

  • http://beerandrap.com SergDun

    christian rap is a shitty joke for people who still believe in santa claus

  • http://www.myspace.com/oldhead OLDHEAD

    Thanks, There is a movement that is taking palce in All over the word with Christiann Rap.Our time is now. GOD BLESS

    http://www.myspace.com/oldhead

  • http://www.myspace.com/christlikeent Doc Watson

    Check out some of the newer artist not heard of..the christian rap underground on this myspace page..

    God is real!

  • http://www.djirockjesus.com DJ I ROCK JESUS

    First Of All I Would Like To Thank XXL Magazine For The Article If You Want To Hear Some Hottt Christian Hip Hop Go To My Web Site
    http://www.djirockjesus.com And Click On Music And Play The Show You Want
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  • ERX

    It still amazes me when I hear about people simply blowing of belief in God as superstitious. Science is only just beginning to understand how implausible the idea of evolution is since the discovery of DNA and understanding that matter can’t create information. Check out http://www.answersingenesis.org look at articles on is there really a God before you make any more comments. Anybody out there supporting Jesus deserves respect Da T.R.U.T.H. is one of em. Christian rappers, chatter and grimmers rep ya endz bludz

  • TC

    There is a lot of unbelief on here, but it’s a good thing! If people didn’t have theie own doubts about the existance of Christ, then they wouldn’t feel the need to read the article, or better still, feel the need to defend their ignorant position of Jesus rap and Jesus Himself not being real. If you don’t think Jesus is relevant, then move on. Jesus is the Son of God. If you can’t see that here on earth, you’ll see the alternative later on…and you’ll be sorry for it. I’ll take my lumps here for saying it, but Christian Hiphop is on the rise and it WILL be a force to be reckoned with. If you think it’s wack, then you’re not even looking. You’re taking someone else’s word for it and not even listening yourself. I guess that glorifying money, loose women, excessive profanity, drinking, drugs, and drive-bys is the way to go. I think not.

  • http://www.thascript.com blinh

    I used to be like all y’all haters…I used to laugh and make fun of these cats until ‘I got the point’. After that I realized what junk I’d been listening to and how I needed a change…I sort help everywhere but none was found and I couldn’t relate with any other form or music until God showed me HHH…we clicked, I loved it for it’s positive messages, and vibes…though there are wack emcees amongst us, so are there wack emcees in secular hiphop too…stop hating and realize the TRUTH.

  • http://www.jirehmobile.com Curtis

    Christian Rap/Holy Hip-Hop is not a force to be reckoned with… It has a force to be reckoned with. For too long our youth and the streets have been told what is hype what is next trend, largely due to commercialization which often looses the message somewhere inside the profit. In these last days God(that force)is doing a new thing that will take the focus off of Bling, Trap hoes & the ability to rhyme every four letter word in 16 bars. The focus will now be that now is the time to get to know Jesus for yourself, and you can still be cool while doing it. If you want to represent for JC now is your chance.
    Jireh Fashions

    • minus the cynic

      amen brother are u a christian rapper or a clothing company

  • http://www.myspace.com/mtmentertainment ChicaGOrilla

    If you follow the trend of what is considered Gospel Rap or Holy Hip Hop (I just consider it hip hop. I mean you never heard Brand Nubian say their music was 5% Hip Hop or Islamic Hip Hop did you?)you will see that there is an upward trend for hip hop with an inspirational message. PAJAM (N Sync, Kelly Price, KiKi Sheard) just signed iROCC, Canton Jones is a much sought after artist (check his tour dates) and Mr Del (formerly of Three Six Mafia) has been making noise in these streets. Shei Atkins out of Houston is co-signed by Madd Hatta (host of the number one morning show in Houston) and has collaborated with Paul Wall and Chamillionaire, then you got Da Truth. Kirk Franklin is giving this dude the keys to the industry and he is destroying everything in sight! Don’t hate the playa change the game! It’s coming!

  • DL Brown

    Christhian Rap is takin over, I know a brother who will eat any secular rapper and he doesnt even curses just edify you with God. dont belive me he is on yahoo 36o FaithWalker EnterPraisement and My space
    http://www.eastendrecords.net click on gospel division
    You aint gotta bow 5% and repents but YOU WILL BOW HALLELUJAH

  • art

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  • http://www.kjpr.com Kia Jones-Glenn

    This is great. You have the Jesus lovers and Jesus haters. I am Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s publicist and for anyone that thinks Holy Hip Hop is whack, that shows your ignorance about rap music.

    The purpose of rap is to express your views–it’s about representing whatever you believe in.

    No matter what the subject matter is in hip hop songs, there are always going to be talented and whack MCs. I don’t see those who dissed Christian MC’s admit there are whack mainstream MC’s. Therefore…

    You don’t have a problem with rappers who talk about Jesus, you have a personal problem with Jesus. Some “human” repped Jesus in a bad light to you and now you want to diss Him for it.

    Most of us Christians were NOT always down with Jesus. I was offended by so many whack Christians and I thought Christianity was for suckas until I was 28. I have now found that ALL people have issues and they offend others on a daily basis. I don’t get Jesus confused with them. My concern is that some of us on this blog are not going to make it in the end.

    For example: today is Friday. 20 people could tell me they THINK or BELIEVE today is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday, but the fact remains that today is Friday. If I told you that you would lose your arm—with no anethesia—if you did not believe today is Friday, would you still say that today is not Friday? All of a sudden you would get off your soapbox because the pain of losing a limb is serious.

    The problem is that stating your opinions is not a “painful” experience because there are no immediate consequences.

    One day, there will be an end to all of this. Those who reject Jesus will not live forever; they will burn in hell. Each time they dissed Jesus will be flashed before their eyes and they will be reminded that they were given a chance just like those who are reading my comments.

    In the end, if I was wrong about Jesus, then we just die and it’s over. But if I WAS right and Jesus IS real, then what happens to you?

    I honestly respect your opinions and I applaud you for speaking your mind; however, today is Friday and NOT Tuesday, regardless of your personal opinions–like the ones posted about Jesus not being real. And one day, Jesus will come back for those who believe in him and that is not my opinion. It is fact based on evidence you choose to ignore from scholars—some not even Christians. Google “Tacitus” or “Pliny the Younger” and see for yourself.

    There will only be ONE ending in life’s story. Everyone on Earth that has ever lived cannot choose their own ending, just like tomorrow will be Saturday no matter what day we want it to be based on our feelings and opinions.

    I hope you are OK betting your life on your personal opinion because we can’t ALL be right.

    Don’t put your faith in any man–they will dissapoint you every time. Jesus will never do that to you and he shouldn’t take the blame for someone else’s whack actions. Don’t lose out on living for eternity based on what some “human” did to you here on Earth. Even the girl (in this blog) whose father is a pastor.

    I dare you to ask him to “show you” he’s real. He will do it in his own way, and you will receognize it when it happens. If Jesus is not real, then you have lost nothing. If he is real, then the pain of death and eternal separation from Jesus will be far worse than any physical or psychological injury you have ever experienced in your lifetime.

    “God is dead” – Nietzsche.

    “Nietzsche is dead” – God.

    • minus the cynic

      tru kia thats funny how god had the last laugh with nietzsche
      and god is definitely more well known than nietzsche his words have been translated in more languages than any other author in history regardless of how many copies the bible sells no doubt more people have free copies than paid for ones but thats what its about not making money its all about spreading the word for free what u are doing is good repping for christ on xxl u are dope with ur analogies da truth is the man i hope he comes down under to drop some rhymes for us check out rapture ruckus hes a christian rapper from nz its tru there is heaps of evidence outside the bible that the bible is true and that jesus really existed word up for spittin the truth more props to u soldier for jesus :)

  • Much Is Given

    It’s sad that a lot of you are knocking what you have not attempted to listen too. I must agree with the person that says Christian rappers are spitting much more substance that the average rapper that is out their today. Some Hip Hop songs are destructive mentally and physically. And as far as Killah Priest how can I take anyone seriously with a name like that…and I’ve heard killah priest and he contradicts himself quite a lot.

    I’m really disappointed with the turn that hip hop has taken…all the songs are redundant. Ice, Money, Cars and Women basically self-glorification, and most of that stuff in the video is rented…Down to the women that exploit themselves…whatever happened to songs like Self-Destruction…C’mon lets pull up our socks…and do something about this for future generations..

    God does exist!!! Stop denying it…I support you Kia Jones…

  • YANCEY

    After reading most of the comments I have come to realize that people do not understand what Gospel Rap is all about. Gospel Rap is about spreading Christ pure and simple. It is not about battle rap or saying what type of cars and bling we have but it is about saying how Christ can impact your life in a positive way. But after reading some of the comments not only are there are those that are anti-gospel rap but from the looks of it they are also anti-Christ. I just pray that you who do not understand who Christ is that you come into the full kowledge of who he really is. Stop looking at the so called “hypocrites” in the church and start listening to who Christ is. Remember you don’t go to church for other people. You go to learn the Word of God and to worship him in Spirit and in Truth.

  • Waziri

    Christian Hiphop may not be grossing the millions that secular hiphop does but lives are being changed by it,believe it.Hate all you want but Christian Hiphop is here to stay.Peace.

  • Tommy Jones

    What up Fam? (Everybody on this blog is fam to me) I’ve read all of your comments and you are all have a right to say what you feel. I support Holy Hip Hop, I’ve met Play and I know Da’Truth and a whole lot of artist you’ve probably never heard of all I would like to say is give these cats a chance. I’ll make it easy for you e-mail me tell me what style of hip hop or who your favorite artist is and I’ll send you some holy hip hop fire for free. My name is Tommy Jones and my email address is jjones1905@aol.com. I got nothin’ but love for you cats even if we don’t see eye to eye. Peace and God Bless.

  • shalom7…

    “God is dead” – Nietzsche.

    “Nietzsche is dead” – God.

    LOL!!!!!!!!

    God is real. Recognize it now, or recognize it later……..

    u dont wanna wait til later…..

    one

    S7

  • Christina Sykes

    The Holy-Hip Hop movement is a movement that will be criticize because a lot of people will not understand the movement. It is more than just a nice beat and 16 bars with a chorus; but it is a new way in which God is using to reach the unbelievers from various background and life struggles. It is alright if believers sing the Good News but once a beat is put to it and the Good News becomes a rap then it is demonic…. God is the same yesterday, today and forever more. So if Jesus is apart of God and Jesus is the Word of God then the methods in which it is presented is still God..

    The poets in the movement are lifting up a standard that will cause one to turn away from their wicked ways and trust God. Instead of belittling females and telling males the only way they can get respect is if one has this or if one went through that; these poets remind us that the race is not given to the swift nor the strong but to those who endure forever.

    I come not to criticize the ones that say their is no God, but I say try the God that believers say is better then silver or gold and anything this world could ever give you; he will never leave you nor forsake you; he is that friend that sticks closer then a brother.

    I came across this Holy- Hip Hop movement one day watching TBN. Da Truth was on there. I have never heard of this young man before in my life; but once I saw him I knew if something different about him. This young brother is very educated and is has substances in his lyrics . If you just listen to the word of this young brother’s songs you will not only be feed by the word of God but you will want to go out and make a difference just like him and others are doing. Dare to be difference is a motto that believers most live by; believers are changed to be in the likeness of Christ; this world is not our home so It is not the job of the believers to be accepted by this world but to prepare others for their reign with Christ…..

    Tradition is something that is killing the world in and out side of the body of Christ. How can we expect God to do something new using old methods. God will not but new wine in old wine skin. This movement will bring souls that many have given up on to Christ.

    If the world is criticizing this movement… Then the world better get ready because a greater movement of God is still to come!!!

  • http://myspace.com/wyldbill WyldBill

    You can burn in hell if you want to but I ride for my Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ!!!! Don’t because when you take the Lord for granted you lose everyday but if you get with Christ you,win, you lose but you have an belief that can move mountains!!!!

    God Bless Ya!!!!

  • Grady Dodson

    I think that music fits everyone. Music is so powerful and it can impact our feelings and emotions. I think that what we are seeing in the Christian Rappers is people as induviduals expressing themselves and what they believe through the a expression or methond called rap. These Christian Rappers are bring the same if not more energy and passion to the table than secular rappers. The beatrs are banging with lyrics that speak to the edification of Christ, which is called the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ.

    Christian rap is here to say. Watch out, Christians are taking the air ways by storm. Look out for the wave of Christian music and styles to come out.

  • http://www.soundclick.com/essential1 Essential (female spittin 4 christ)

    Yalll, better be careful how yall put yall mouths to the people of God. In the bible it clearly states that two children were pickin on Elijah, the man of God, and a bear came from the bushes and devoured them both. Anyway, this rap scene to can only seem to write about cars, rims, jewelry, girls, and drugs, and yall say Christian hip hop is wack. I can battle one of yall on hear and still beat yall just by talking about my God. Once yall get an experience with Jesus He wil transform you. Check out my website and tell me i cant flow. Listen to tha boy Da’ T.R.U.T.H that dude tha gospel Jay-Z. For a culture that cant find nothing to talk about but the above named stuff, yall in a bad state cuz yall dont seem to find that retarded.

  • jonathan

    “SEEK HIM NOW AND YOU CAN KNOW HIM AS SAVIOR, SEEK HIM LATER YOU’LL KNOW HIM AS JUDGE!” the simple truth spoken in a rap by Christian hip hop artist Flame on his most recent release “Rewind”, song titled “We preach Christ.” Know and understand that everything that has been spoken on this comments column has everyone’s opinion about what “people” think about Christ and the music that Christian hip hop artists have been releasing….well, God’s word says in Romans 3 verse 4 it says, God forbid yea, let God be true, but every man a liar, as it is written, that thoumightist be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art jugded.

  • Evangelist Gerald A. Woods

    What the problem here is the devil knows that Gospel Rapp is a force and A eye and ear opener for the Lord. So he is out to combat it at all cost. God has blessed The Holy hip hop Culture. It is bringing enlightment to a dead society and it is awakening the people out of the trance the eney has on there minds. Trust me God knows what he doing. People of God Pray for the Holy Hip Hop culture. Bind the eneemy and command radio stations to slot time for our people. The time is now God wants to do something and we need to pray.

  • http://www.GodBreathedClothing.com Choir Boy

    Yo remember when people use to sleep on Secular Hip Hop?…just a thought.

    http://www.GodBreathedClothing.com

    http://www.GodBreathedClothing.co.nr

  • http://myspace.com/markauthor mark arthur

    i used to intern at def jam under kevin liles and i left that secullar industry because of my christian convictions, the power of god, once experienced is evident and powerful in one’s life and now i rock 4 him.

  • chris tejada

    yo christain hip hop is to become a movement thats going to take the world by the strom cause thats the way gods wants it cause the bible say that at the end times he is going out to pour out his spirit so if you like it or not god is going to do whatever he wants to do cause this is his world you get on the bus or dont but god is not going to change for nobody

  • http://www.save-yaentertainment.com DJ Conviction

    I want to give a Praise Shout to Tara the editor. You were operating under divine order to publish this article. Because of your obedience, you blessing is on the way.
    To the world wide web, Holy Hip Hop is on the rise. I personally doubt that it will take over the Rap Industry but it is only one instrument that God is using to get the message of Jesus Christ out. The Bible says that EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tougue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. It is just a matter of time. That includes all of the people who spoke against Jesus and Holy Hip Hop. There is some projects that I purchase that miss the mark with production and delivery, but there are so many projects out there that the production, content, and delivery is official. I copped a project from a dude named Tripp Lee out of Dallas and it is as official as anything out of the ATL. There is just as much variety of Holy Hip Hop as there is secular rap. Wanna talk more, hit me up at myspace.com/djconviction

  • http://www.myspace.com/deesyple2 DeeSyple

    It amazes me to see so many people puttin down Christian artists. When secular artists get awards and thank God in their speeches its okay, but when a true christian represents Christ to the fullest all we catch is hate.
    To DJ Lucky Luke I know more than one christian artist that would battle you lyric for lyric as you put it, and straight up beat you know curses, no gimmicks, no drugs, or violence. You wanna battle bring something orginal to the table not that commercialized mess the media calls hip-hop.
    Christian hip-hop is on the rise and I’m doin my best to help it along with a lot of other people. Most of ya’ll puttin it down have no clue what it really is.
    So don’t put something down when you don’t even know what it’s about.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lisaart Lisa

    YES and check out track 2 so it will be establish
    http://www.myspace.com/lifeguardsaves

  • JR DOT

    seriously..why do they still let u write blogs????

  • flyymami

    first off you are who you are… you can’t fault ppl for trying to spread the word… it’s what they believe, personally i think that if ppl would stop tryna front like something they aren’t then the world would be filled with a lot more honest and easy to trust ppl… ppl these days are always tryna fit in… stop it! either they like you or they don’t you can’t change that so face the facts!… i love all types of music. i listen for the beat as well as the words.. positive words are what more ppl should be spreading… point blank, be real…

  • flyymami

    oh yea you have to check out my man knine! and k-drama and ziglag ( some of my favorites.)

  • http://www.xxlmag.com L.A.’s Finest

    I wish I would have read this article earlier, but I guess I missed it. Anyway, Jesus is the only God, so don’t waste your time anywhere else. Just ask him to show you, and then start looking out because your answer is coming, garunteed!!!!!

  • http://www.jesusandjigga.com AntiOrdinary

    What is the deal with this website… does anyone know? http://www.jesusandjigga.com ?

  • David

    I normally don’t go to this site but a link on Jesus sent me here. Its sad that this is how low this generation has gone in its anti-Christ view. I use to be a stoner turned coke head turned fien, until I went to a christian rehab. I repented of/turned from my sins and called on Jesus Christ. He poured out His Spirit so heavily upon me I couldn’t stand and a wieght fell from my sholders. He filled me wit joy an I pray and seriously get more high than I ever did on drugs which says alot. Jesus will do the same fo you! I get drunk on da holy ghost everyday fo real. My heart is heavy fo all of you cause I use to listen to dis rap but know bump trip lee, lacrae, tadashee, ambasador, and cross movement. You can think what you like. But i pray an listen to dis christian rap and feel the spirit of The Living God fall from my head to my toe. I intercede that one day all of you will call on Jesus who is callin out to you. Hopefully I’ll run into you on da street as I’m spreadin da gospel of Jesus Christ. God was wrapped in human flesh, beaten, spit upon, crucified and resurrected; so you and him could have a day to day relationship. This is The Truth!!! If you have any questions ask me bout how to get set free at http://www.die4christdaily@yahoo.com

  • mark-1

    i think christain rap is great!!!
    i wish da world wasn’t so ignorant!!
    well… maybe christain rap can enlighten those who r in the dark… think about it!

  • EFlint

    Being real about the whole thing, some Gospel Rap is wack. But that trend is changing. I ran across a cat named Knine on MySpace that’s on some real thangs with a REAL flow and delivery. There are some other ones out there on the rise. Just because I’m a Christian don’t mean I’m going to make execptions for weak music (Gospel Rap or not). All I can say is time will be the judge. Some of yall haters gon be out there like Jim Jones trying to find a flaw in Jigga’s tenure at Def Jam. (YOU gon look like fools!)

  • angel

    If God ain’t real put His Word to the test. Gospel rap shouldn’t be bout who’s hypest or none a dat. (no steppin up to the mic necessary meka) It’s about glorifyin God through Jesus and the talents you’ve been given. Jus cuz you dont like a certain type of rapper dont mean it was for you, but if God really put it on their heart to make the music it was for somebody. For anybody who thinks christians are fake Jesus came to fogive us because we aint no good and never will be. So dont trip on people who sin and are saved cause you aint perfect neither. The best part is that the One who made everything we see will always love us because of His Son, and we need to do it to yall. (do good to those who use you) PEACE GOD BLESS

  • acluv23

    Im ust be honest..there have been alot of wackness in gospel rap but thats ok some cats just needed preperation..but now i think the right people are in play but there are alot more of us juz waiting to take flight…We do not get enough promotions to be able to compete with the secular artist. and trust we got some annoited catz that will make your spirit identify with the testimony of Christ!Jesus is real…

  • GODS WARRIOR

    GOSPEL HIP HOP IS RISING AND FOR THOSE OPPOSED AGAINST IT, U ARE NO BETTA THEN THE PEOPLE WHO TRIED TO KEEP HIP HOP FROM RISING!
    IF U BELIEVE HE ISNT REAL THATS ON U, BUT DONT HOLD ANYBODY ELSE BACK THAT WANTS TO GO FORWARD!!!
    AND THATS THE TRUTH, STUDY IT!!!!!!!

  • http://myspace.com/priestog Da future

    XTAIN RAP IS DOING A GOOD JOB CLEANING THE NEGATIVE IMAGE ATTACHED TO RAP MUSIC, ABOVE ALL CHANGING PEOPLES LIVES FOR GOOD.BELIVE IT OR NOT.
    I ONLY WISH THAT THE MEDIA WOULD ACCECPT AND PROMOTE IT.

  • Reppin Christ On Da Frontlines

    I’m lovin some of the comments up here recognzing Jesus as King of ALL KINGS ya heard me. plus, anybody who says that christian rap can’t match or beat secular rap has been under a rock or has never heard music by:
    THE PHANATIK (of cross movement)
    DA TRUTH (CM)
    LECRAE & 116 CLIQUE
    AMBASSADOR (BETTER THAN WEEZY OR WHOEVER ELSE)
    THE CROSS MOVEMENT
    TRIP LEE
    Ya betta ask somebody! I used to be one of those folks who was so concerned with secular rap, like Young Joc, Jigga, Jeezy and The Game, but I’m tellin you Christian rap is the way to go. Just go pick up a copy of The Ambassador’s “Christology 101: In Laymen’s Terms.” or 116 Clique’s Compilation Album. And keep in mind, they were rappers even before they got saved so they didn’t just decide they were gonna try to rap. People who say that every bar they rap is “Jesus loves me” is mistaken. These dudes spit better than most secular rappers, use metaphors and have top notch beats. People who reject them aren’t rejecting the raps or the beats, but the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that’s a terrible mistake 2 make ya dig.
    “But today, Hip-Hop’s got new affinities
    Money, power, and sex, and a lot of new trinities
    Church or the club? They’ll chose club life quickly
    Look, you can find them in the club like 50
    As for USHERS I’ve seen theirs
    He dances without a shirt
    and the guy screams, “Yeah”
    Plus they get to see a Lil Jon
    It’s LUDACRIS if you think you’re gonna see them read a little John
    Peep God’s people- called out of evil We do more than hang
    under a steeple Meet the lethal adversary call it the flesh
    A new status but a body with old habits- all of it meshed
    All with no rest we fight Can’t just do what we
    please We’re like kids and sin’s like the new
    Chuck E. Cheese So, we strive to give him all not just 10 %
    Cause we’re called to live life different not
    influenced Instead we influence things Been convinced
    sin ruins things No longer them sensual beings So
    it’s gonna be tight And it’s on every night
    But if loving sin is wrong, we wanna be right So each
    morning we fight and tell the body relax Don’t feed
    the flesh and you watch how the body reacts We’ve
    gotta read Acts cause it’s an all out war Kind of
    thing that you’ve got to be called out for
    ^ that’s just a lil sample of what ambassador be spittin check up on these dudes

  • ^^^

    I forgot to mention FLAME, This’l, Sho & R-Swift they’re good 2

  • Tellitlikeitiz

    anyone dissin gospel rap needs 2 go pick up a copy of TRIP LEE-IF THEY ONLY KNEW. You’re gonna swallow your words.

  • JesusMusikLova

    Christian rap songs that are better than the junk you hear on the radio all the time:
    1-Lecrae & Trip Lee “Jesus Musik”
    2-Lecrae “Aliens”
    3-Trip Lee “Who U Rollin Wit”
    4-Ambassador- Any song he’s ever done
    5-Anything by Lecrae, Trip Lee, and anyone signed to or affiliated with Cross Movement Records

    do ya research before you diss somethin you’ve never heard

  • http://myspace.com/imontomstop8 Cristina Hernandez

    I was saved at a The Remnant (Zion CHurch, Largo MD’s teen group) spring retreat on Friday. To those who hate Christian Hip Hop, and have beef with Jesus… all I can do is pray that you’ll see the light, and find that God can satisfy your every want, need, and desire a millionfold. He’s perfect, He’s everywhere, He’s love, He’s you, He’s me… so why not give him, and his music a chance? Why is it so easy to throw on some 36 or some Rich Boy or Ludacris or 50, music that degrades women and glorifies the fast life, yet it’s so difficult to grasp the concept that music that’s not about money cars girls could actually be tight… with a real message?
    All I can do is pray…

  • http://mikespot.net Lil Mike

    ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS WHEN I STOPPED LISTENING TO SECULAR RAP AND STARTED LISTENING TO CHRISTIAN RAP (TRIP LEE, LECRAE, 116 CLIQUE, FLAME) IT CHANGED MY LIFE. IT TRULY BROUGHT ME CLOSER TO CHRIST. SO IF YOU THINK CHRISTIAN RAP IS “STUPID” OR “DUMB” OR WHATEVER IT BROUGHT THIS SOUL CLOSER TO JESUS CHRIST. AND IF CHRISTIAN RAP IS BRINGING PEOPLE CLOSER TO CHRIST THEN THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH IT. JUST CUZ THESE DUDES ARENT SINGING COUNTRY OR ROCK MUSIC DONT MAKE IT “FROM THE DEVIL” OR WHATEVER. I HOPE GOD CAN CHANGE YA HEARTS AND TAKE AWAY SOME STEREOTYPES

  • http://mikespot.net Lil Mike

    reppin christ on da front lines:

    GREAT VERSE!!!!!!!!

  • KB

    whats up people. If you don’t like holy hip hop then you havent heard the real deal. There are artists out thewre that sound just like vertualy every secular artist out there only they actualy have something to say. Something to bring to the table worth sayin anyway.

    I got 28′s on my ride and i ain’t afriad to die. Got 2 ho’s by my side and my coke will make you glide. come on now anyone can rap about bullspit like that. You aint talkin bout nothin.

    These cats are actually talkin the truth about what really matters. YOUR SOULS. Theres only 2 roads wich one r u on. Heaven or hell which way r u goin.

    Now I know all that ice on your neck must be nice.
    And i’m sure that you had to pay a pretty big price.
    But my whole body blings with the glory of the light of Christ.
    And he’s the one who payed the price with his life. -KB

    Im workin on my own CD as we speak. Some underground stuff but anyway. God is real and if you cant feel you’ll be the one that has to deal with the concequences.

    If you wanna chat hit me up at K_B_7_7_7@yahoo.com

    Keep fighting the fight and one day you to will hear thoughs wonderfull words from the master “well done my good and faithfull servant”

    LATER
    KB

  • http://www.3hmp3.com Mike

    i was very suprise when they had Christian Hip-Hop on the XXL Mag because i would never picture Christian Hip-hop like this, but thanks to da Lord Jesus Christ that this music has being bestow in many different ways to reach da secular world to grasp their souls into the gospel of Jesus Christ. i have to be honest wit u, christian hip-hop is better than secular hip-hop because ther music is mindless and boring because they keeping ryhming the same rituals every time they ryhme like chicks, whips, money, and drugs and i feel that most rappers is not presenting the truth as Christian rapper because secular rapper always lie throughout the music. Without christian hip-hop, this youth world would see christianity as a boring and worthless life. oh yeah, have a good site to give to present http://www.3hmp3.com, i hope you like this.

  • Mike

    i was very astonish when Christian hip-hop had an article on da XXL mag because i would never thought dat Holy hip-hop would reach da secular world through da Gospel of Jesus Christ. i have to be honest wit u, secular rap can be mindless and boring through certain ways because these rappers are saying the same thing like chicks, whips, money, and cars. i really feel that it doesn’t make u happy and satify by applying to whut these rappers are saying, so i think dat they are lying. Christian hip-hop is better than Secular hip-hop because they present u da truth by being saved through the wages of sin. i have to say dat without christian hip-hop, this world would be futile and chistianity would be worthless and boring to be a part of. oh yeah, have some websites to present u wit http://www.3hmp3.com and http://www.theambassdoronline.com, i hope you like it.

  • Z!GGY

    Yea pplz.. like it or not…one day all men will die.. and what you do in this life will determine the outcome of all..! This is the verdict… will you let God show you His love through His Son or will you reject it… its either left or right. Will you continue to live, say, and think any type of way? Or will accept that a God as a man came 2000 years ago to die for the sins of mankind. We ALL are a hot mess and God loved us so much that He sent His Son as a sacrifice for our mess! But you must choose for yourself.. who will you serve?…. God or the world? Just know that God will always be ready to accept you as a child of His kingdom. Turn from your ways and let the Love of Jesus Christ save you from your sin…YOUR rebellion against the Almighty One. Peace…and love yall! GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH!

  • dekota johnson

    to tell the truth…i couldnt even get half way through these comments becasue it jus makes me sick. i am a christian and i feel so sorry for u cats that think u no it all. U DONT! i be prayin for ya’ll that hate on christ and christian hip hop. i love yall and wanna let u know, jesus loves u even more. im not trying to put any1 on blast, jus need to sayin if u dont believe, u should think again. and personally, i think christian rap and hip hop is way dopper than secular rap. the beats are way hotter and it glorifies god. hit up dasouth.com and reachrecords.com.
    peace out yall. prayin 4ya

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  • Na

    Try not curs GOD Bless you all. Jesus name amen.