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I’m going to be 100 percent real with you. This album is not for every Christian. This is next level Hip Hop that will challenge your mind. It’s like reading a book. If you like swagged out trap music you will be disappointed. I’m just being honest. Talented 10th is Sho Baraka’s first full album since he left Reach Records and became an independent artist and I really feel it’s his best work yet!

 

Let me give you some background. The phrase "talented tenth" was first used in 1896 by Nort

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The tracks on this album were originally produced by a guy named Alex Goose for Jay-Z's the Blueprint 3. Unfortunately, none of the tracks made the cut on that album, so Alex Goose released it all for free. When five of the members of Deepspace5 saw this, they quickly created a free mixtape using the tracks.
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The Ambassador CD
This, the third segment flowing from the camp, is titled Christology - In Laymen’s Terms, and serves as the solo debut from Cross Movement member, the Ambassador(aka William Branch). 

The first track (let’s call it an ‘introlude’) sums up the overriding theme of the project, as the Ambassador declares in prayer, “I deliberately focus on your Person, and the work of your Son, Jesus Christ.” He elaborates in a subsequent interlude, “We focus in on Christ, the Person, the work, the pre-existence

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...to be widely known is to be widely misunderstood, and that's part of it...

Press into discomfort
From the album's title track, Mineo recites the line "Comfort is a thing that'll make a King fall" and expounds on it by saying: "I think being uncomfortable is a thing nobody really enjoys. Everybody kind of uses that phrase 'I just want to live a comfortable life', but the times when we're uncomfortable are the times when we're being challenged to grow, change and to evolve as people." M

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A lot of music dropped in 2019. Unfortunately sometimes dope albums fly under the radar. Thi'sl dropped a nice little heat rock, but unfortunately it came out on the same day that somebody named Kanye dropped A very anticipated Album, Jesus is King.

Two of my favorite artist decided to click up and drop one of the best hip hop albums of 2019, and what I feel is the most slept on album of the year. If you are a hip hop head, trust me, one listen and you will be hooked.

Stream The Album Here!

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...to be widely known is to be widely misunderstood, and that's part of it...

Press into discomfort
From the album's title track, Mineo recites the line "Comfort is a thing that'll make a King fall" and expounds on it by saying: "I think being uncomfortable is a thing nobody really enjoys. Everybody kind of uses that phrase 'I just want to live a comfortable life', but the times when we're uncomfortable are the times when we're being challenged to grow, change and to evolve as people." Mineo

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Tracklisting:

  1. Overexposed ft. Sean C. Johnson
  2. All Around The World ft. Tragic Hero
  3. Wake Up Music ft. Swoope
  4. I-285 (Interlude)
  5. Money ft. Reconcile
  6. City Of Nightmares II ft. Ada-L
  7. I-610 (Interlude)
  8. Decatur Street Blues ft. Corey Paul
  9. Forever
  10. Takin’ Time ft. Young Noah

The first track on the album, “Overexposed” (feat. Sean C. Johnson) starts with two masked men jumping a man at his house.  Alex Faith starts with a really cool verse that is highly focused on the vocals with a bit of bass and

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Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, DJ Maj (aka Mike Allen) has acquired a knack for "spicing" things 
Full Plates - Mix Tape 002 CDIn 1992, Maj’s love for music lead him to relocate to Nashville, Tennesse where he composed his self-released mixtape, Sabbatical Transit. As with DJ Maj's first national release on Gotee Records(Wax Museum, see review), his bistro artistically describes the skill of blending a recipe of individual tracks together by ad-libbing cuts, other sound effects, and beats to formulate a seamless, p

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Some of you might not know this but there was Christian Hip Hop long before Lecrae and Reach Records! Study your history and learn about the Tunnel Rats. In fact, the Tunnel Rat crew were already OG’s when I got into them around 2001. That’s when Josh (Of Sphereofhiphop.com) was running Uprok Records. I don’t want to get off the subject but that was a good time for Christian Hip Hop. Uprok was sort of like the “Humble Beast” of the time. Pretty much every project they dropped was a must have

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The hip hop of today is multi-faceted, with many different artists and a variety of styles.

CDMars Ill is a group that captures hip hop in its purest form: honest lyrics, dope beats with guitar, horn and eerie samples together with two turntables. 

Dust provides the beats and Manchild, the lyrics, as they explain what they are about on the horn-filled, “Breathe Slow”. That definition is “Aristotle mixed with Krush Groove”.

The always entertaining and zany Pigeon John guests on “Plains and T

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Propaganda & Odd Thomas 'Art Ambidextrous'

'Art Ambidextrous' is not for the faint of heart. This album dives in, rushing pass the surface immediately heading towards the deep things of faith and life. Propaganda is a mindless rap listener worst fear. He is an artist who makes music that pulls you in with style and then force feeds you substance. I hope you bring hungry stomachs for songs like "Inheritance." This is a song that paints an amazingly detailed portrait of a heart broken fathe

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It’s not too often I find myself wanting to grab a cup of coffee, fit on my best pair of over-the-ear headphones, and begin meditating on a hip-hop album. Beautiful Eulogy—hailing from Portland, Oregon—is back with their third studio album titled Worthy, and the excellence and originality of their art is once again deserving of a close listen.

The hip-hop climate is faddish, and I’ve had trouble sitting with albums past their release weekends. I’ve had about a

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Hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana, DJ Maj (aka Mike Allen) has acquired a knack for "spicing" things 
Full Plates - Mix Tape 002 CDIn 1992, Maj’s love for music lead him to relocate to Nashville, Tennesse where he composed his self-released mix tape, Sabbatical Transit. As with DJ Maj's first national release on Gotee Records(Wax Museum, see review), his bistro artistically describes the skill of blending a recipe of individual tracks together by ad libbing cuts, other sound effects and beats to formulate a seamless, p

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Some of you might not know this but there was Christian Hip Hop long before Lecrae and Reach Records! Study your history and learn about the Tunnel Rats. In fact, the Tunnel Rat crew were already OG’s when I got into them around 2001. That’s when Josh (Of Sphereofhiphop.com) was running Uprok Records. I don’t want to get off the subject but that was a good time for Christian Hip Hop. Uprok was sort of like the “Humble Beast” of the time. Pretty much every project they dropped was a must-have

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I didn't hear about  Taelor  Gray until 2015. That's when he dropped The Mocker and the Monarch independently. I loved everything he's put out since then. I never understood why he wasn't blowing up like some of the other rappers in Christian hip hop. Well, it's 2020 and it's time to stop sleeping! Pastor  Gray clicked up with Swoope (There It Is)  and they crafted a masterwork. ok I might be exaggerating a little. But this album is defiantly fire. The eight-song project has features only fro
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enockcd.jpg?width=260Enock delivers an impressive solo debut that is chock full of his usual flow, some dance tracks, rugged hip hop beats, and songs of honesty and restoration.

It all gets started with the banging “Liberation”. Stikk, who handles most of the production on the album, lays down a dope, but simple beat, which allows Enock to express his new liberation in Christ.

Issues of sexual addiction are tackled on “Truth Be Told”, a song that explains Enock’s struggles and the fact that everyone has somethi

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Reach Records and the 116 Clique always seem to be putting in work. They’ve put out a handful of solo releases and two versions of their 116 Clique Compilation album within the past year. Now the crew is back at it again with a new 116 Clique album, this time bringing in their 1-1-Six family from all across the United States. The purpose this time around is to give the listener an overview of the writings of the Apostle Paul that are found in the Bible with an album appropriately titled 13 Lett

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Is The Narrative socially conscience or Christian? Is it a protest against racism or a celebration of black culture? Is it a sermon or a confession? Or Maybe it is both?

The Narrative is Sho Baraka’s long awaited follow up to the groundbreaking “Talented Tenth” (2013) album which was a turning point for him as an artist and a milestone for fans of hip hop that explore spiritual and social themes. The unique artistic direction that inspired The Talented Tenth contributed to his decision to de
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