Tuesday, April 17, 2007

New Christian Hip-Hop Gems

Peace and blessings,

Below are a couple of recent gems to check out. The first is the music video "Who Am I?" by DA Truth featuring Tye Tribbett. The song emphasizes the importance of having all aspects of one's identity grounded in Christ, so that the legacy one leaves behind is one of inspiration and not denigration. It raises the ever-important question that personally I know I need to reflect on more often: "What type of person am I, and how do I want to be remembered?"

The next video is a promo for the group "Everyday Process." Some brothers put me on to them while I was in Chicago last week, and they are continuing to grow on my. They have that grimy, Philly/New York flow, which is right up my alley. The group's name represents the struggles and experiences that we as Christians go through everyday in our walk with God.

Any thoughts? Weigh in and speekonit...


Shanessence said...

Thanks for exposing us, Thoughtz. I really like the group name, Everyday Process, and Da Truth's "Who am I? is a nice, fun song that packs a hard punch lyrically. There. I spoke on it. LOL...

Anonymous said...

2 Krayze is a young teenager who is studious and exceedingly polite. He is an excellent student and was advanced from third to fifth grade in prep-school. 2 Krayze has an (A+) average in AP Geometry and AP Chemistry both are ‘advanced college- prep’ classes. 2 Krayze’s ambition is to obtain a degree in both Law and Business. He volunteers and does community services for schools, churches, parks, homeless shelters and disadvantaged kids. 2 Krayze is a poet, actor, musician, producer, prolific writer, dancer and an outstanding basketball and baseball player. 2 Krayze is a student of music and for years has written his own lyrics; creates/mixes his own beats, choreographs his performances and works with real “Old-School Musicians”.

2 Krayze’s parents bought him an acoustic guitar when he was 2. At 5, he got his first professional set of drums. 2 Krayze has been in and out of studios his whole life, and when he was old enough to write, he started penning his own songs. Now, 2 Krayze has his own private “state of the art” recording studio with massive speakers, keyboards and computer screens.

2 Krayze says, "I want to be a mega entertainer, actor, attorney and businessman. I am a leader and I set high standards because I am proud to be a positive ‘Role-Model’. I just think an education and a degree should be a major priority for the youth. I see myself as a ‘Superstar’ and I intend to be The Next Big Thing!” 2 Krayze’s musical idols are James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince, Morris Day, The Gap Band, Marvin Gaye, Run DMC and the Rolling Stones. 2 Krayze’s role-model is Will "Fresh Prince" Smith, the wildly successful bubble-gum rapper, businessman and actor.

“I just love performing," says2 Krayze, who typically wears a suit, hat and sequined gloves onstage. “When I'm onstage, I'm focused and thinking about how I'm going to get the crowd yelling and screaming. I pray for God to bless my performance and for the show to be a success. I never get nervous because it is not pressure, its fun. I'm trying to appeal to everyone, not necessarily just the youth. I hope to have an impact on kids, to encourage them to go to school and college. I also want to reach the adult audience. I'm talking about people ages 1 to 100."
2 Krayze is an artist with positive messages and an up-and-coming actor. He is a mesmerizing entertainer with an electrifying high-energy style performance, complete with a mixture of rhythmic beats, street-dancing and smooth choreography. 2 Krayze writes lyrics about having fun and how kids should “Stay in School” and abstain from sex, drugs and alcohol. 2 Krayze cleverly communicates these messages with pulsating hip-hop musical tracks. Some of his songs are about integrity, respecting yourself and others and loving your mother and father. His CD includes Adult Contemporary (AC) artists such as Michael Cooper from Confunction and some members from the Gap Band.

2 Krayze has started an innovative and affirmative movement with his “Old-School Savvy” and “Modern-Day-Pop-Appeal” resulting in a musical and lyrical phenomenon that gives him a unique “Niche” in the entertainment industry. 2 Krayze is pioneering the direction in hip-hop to show the World that education fused with superior music, positive role-models and innovative artistic expression is the ‘Cool’ way to be ‘Hip’ and “Stay in School” .

2 Krayze was a national and local representative for the NBA’s “Reading to Achieve” program. He performs and speaks at events for the Kings and the WNBA Monarchs. He has been on the news, KTLA Kid’s Day, interviewed by KCRA TV, The Sacramento Bee and several magazines. 2 Krayze is a featured artist on Radio Disney’s “Incubator Program”. Everyone is saying, “2 Krayze, ‘The Chocolate Thunder’ and ‘The Fresh Prince of Newcastle’ is going to be a Superstar”.

2 Krayze is starting a national 2007 “Stay in School” Tour targeting schools throughout the United States. 2 Krayze’s vision for the “Stay in School” movement is fusing education with popular music. 2 Krayze is utilizing his academic, musical and creative acumen to focus on innovative concepts of reaching the youth. EDUCATION… is the Power & MUSIC... is the Universal Language!

The song “Stay in School” addresses the educational devastation and high school dropout epidemic in America. 2 Krayze is spearheading the “Stay in School” movement to emphasize the importance of education and going to college. 2 Krayze is advocating social change and believes the media, radio and record companies should provide positive choices in programming that reflect the whole population, especially the youth.

Many boys aspire to be successful, but 2 Krayze has a few advantages. He has friends in high places, including Joe Maloof, owner, of the Sacramento Kings and Palms Casino/Hotel and G. William Hunter,
Executive Director, of the NBA’s Player’s Association. His parents are music industry veterans. His mom, Renee G., is a former Warner Brothers and CBS Records executive and his dad, George, guided, tutored and managed clients such as Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds, Bobby Brown, Loose Ends, L.A. Reid, Charlie Wilson, The Gap Band, and others.

NBA Sacramento Kings owner, Joe Maloof, is one of 2 Krayze biggest fans. "2 Krayze
is going to be big. I just know it! Everyone who sees him loves him” says Joe Maloof. Mr. Maloof personally arranged for 2 Krayze to perform at the Arco Arena during half- time for several NBA games and playoffs.

Mr. Joe Maloof and Mr. G. William Hunter, Executive Director of the NBA Players’ Association asked
2 Krayze to participate in various artistic events associated with the NBA All-Star game. "This is just a great opportunity for 2 Krayze to demonstrate his talents and to rap his way to Law School. 2 Krayze
is mannerly and polite. He is multi-talented, and his message is wholesome and refreshing. Maybe people are ready for that. Today, the NBA - Tomorrow, the World.” says Mr. G. William Hunter.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters invited 2 Krayze to the CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION’S 33rdand 36thAnnual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.
2 Krayze was a featured guest and sat on the panel of the “Young, Gifted & Black Forum” with Reverend Jesse Jackson. 2 Krayze also performed and spoke to the audience about the importance of education and the impact of hip-hop on the youth. Congresswoman Waters is a big fan and admires him for the lyrical content of his songs, his phenomenal music and affirmative messages to the youth.

Reverend Jesse Jackson became an instant fan of 2 Krayze’s after meeting him and observing his performance at the “Young, Gifted & Black Forum”. Reverend Jackson endorses and is a major supporter of 2 Krayze and thinks he is incredibly talented and a positive role-model for the youth.

2 Krayze performed at the “House of Blues” with Bobby Brown. 2 Krayze was “Special Guest” with Charlie & Ronnie Wilson of the Gap Band on several concert dates. 2 Krayze was the featured artist on the “Stay in School All Star Tour” with Lil Romeo.

2 Krayze performed at the NBA All Star Weekend at the following activities:
• NBA Reading Rally
 ‘Club NBA’ at All Star Jam Session
 NBA Center Court - Special Concert: 2 Krayze , Jon B, Amerie & Ruben Studdard

2 Krayze co- produced his just completed self-entitled album. His self-written lyrics and his music deliver positive messages to our youth about:
 Staying in School
 Graduating from College
 Abstaining from Sex
 Saying “No” to Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco
 Respecting Yourself and Others
 Honoring your Mother and Father