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Why I Do Mixtapes & Back 2 Business Album
Sunday, 03 July 2016 19:02
Written by DjIRockJesus
Instead of carrying a “heart full of sores from the past,” Tony Ri’chard created a musical confessional that is capable of helping individuals through their withdrawals. Withdrawals are not just associated with addiction; a withdrawal is that “voice” that keeps calling through the door that was opened at some point in one’s life to detour them from their current path.
After the passing of his mom, Ri’chard gained a new withdrawal and decided not to play it safe. Being an independent artist, he decided to become more transparent with his second body of work.
Setting aside the usual cookie cutter image and sound, Ri’chard decided to produce what he considers a mixtape outside of the pack — giving blunt, heartfelt and truthful music to help people on the path to encounter Christ. He took to the studio with lyrics and production that not only can one vibe to, but can be recited daily to gain wisdom from.
With his innovative mind and nice-guy approach, DJ Sam Smite is not your average deejay artist. He is an Inspirational DJ and scratch producer from the United States, known for his diverse faith-based selections, live mash-ups, and scratching mix style. In his early deejay career, he used to compete in the legendary and most prestigious DJ battle in the world called the DMC. Sam Smite is a one-time regional DMC champion, and the first United States DMC finalist from Alabama. Sam Smite has shared publications and stages with the best and greatest deejays in the world, but his humble demeanor is what makes him a constant student of the art of DJing.
Because Sam Smite is one of the most recognized and sought after Inspirational deejays in the country, this Borderless DJ has shared his God-given talent both nationally and internationally. Unafraid to wear his faith on his sleeve, DJ Sam Smite is passionate about making the connection between the creative and the world of faith. His experience for knowing how to read a crowd is one of the many virtues that make Sam Smite a trustworthy deejay.
His latest compilation series "Sam Smite Selections" are not to be missed. These mixes are centered on the heart and soul of uplifting and inspirational music. Look for him under #TheInspirationalDJ
Corbin Reynolds is a 15 year old rapper and producer. It all started back about 2 years ago, when my brother bought logic, and I decided I was going to teach myself how to make beats. So with the help of YouTube, I slowly but surely began to learn and develop by trial and error.
After a while, I started rapping… I entered into various competitions and did really well, 1st at districts, and third at nationals…it was natural for me, because I would Wright poetry when I was little…I continued to develope my lyricism. Wrote produced and released my first ep/project "Now or Never" by myself.
A few months later I decided I wanted to put together a full album. I worked by myself for 3 months to create a tone, sound, and style that I can call my own, and stand by.
Eshon Burgundy : Less Jesus is not the key to winning hip hop’s respect
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 21:09
Written by DjIRockJesus
Eshon Burgundy believes he sees a trend: Christians making music with fewer faith-related lyrics in order to be more relevant in hip hop.
Relevance in broader hip-hop culture is good. Less obvious art is okay.
However, Eshon told Rapzilla in an interview before the release of his new project, The Passover, that the idea that fewer faith-related lyrics are necessary for relevance in hip hop is “ignorance.”
“I don’t think that was ever a mandate from hip-hop culture, ‘That in order for us to accept you, you have to drop whatever themes you’re running with,’” Eshon said. “I think that’s something Christian artists have put on themselves.”
Eshon speaks from experience.
In 2007, he was featured on The Return of the Magnificent, a compilation album by DJ Jazzy Jeff, who with Will Smith had formed the two-time Grammy Award-winning duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. The Return of the Magnificent also featured one of the most influential emcees ever in Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul member Posdnuos, Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man and long-time Kanye West co-writer Rhymefest.
Eshon shared a platform with hip hop’s revered again in 2012 when the Snowgoons, a celebrated underground German production team, featured him on its double-disk LP Snowgoons Dynasty. Alongside Eshon’s song “Prayn in the Rain” were appearances by Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah, Slaughterhouse member Joell Ortiz, Wu-Tang affiliate Killah Priest and D12 member Bizarre.
These are just two examples of numerous cosigns http://eshonburgundy.com/the-rapper/ that Eshon’s music has earned from hip-hop influencers. And Eshon’s music is overtly Christian.
“I just feel a responsibility to give away what’s been given to me and what’s actually saved my life — the responsibility that I have to tell people about Christ and to share the word of God,” Eshon said. “One of the things that I hate most about regular hip hop is, a lot of songs, they talk about pain, they talk about hardships … but they never have an answer at the end of the record. There’s never hope. It’s just, ‘This is how it is.’ I think as believers, we have an opportunity to give an answer, to give a reason, to give hope … so how could I not?”
To Eshon, the key to winning hip hop’s respect is not to make art that is less overtly Christian, but rather to simply make good art.
“You have to know the ins and outs of being an emcee,” he said. “You have to know about wordplay. You have to know about double entendres. Your skill and your ability has to be on-par with your message.”
And part of making good art, he said, involves being authentic to its culture.
Eshon is so hip hop that, mid-interview, he went off on a disappointed tangent about how lyricism isn’t as valued in the culture as it once was.
“I listen to how people talk about my lyrics, and I really don’t get it,” he laughed. “I don’t understand how you got 16-year-olds, 17-year-olds who hear an Eshon Burgundy-song and they say, ‘Ah man, this is … this is too much.’ They can’t rock with it. They feel like it’s too heavy, it’s too thought-provoking. They want something simpler. … When I was around 12-13, I’m listening to Illmatic. I’m listening to Reasonable Doubt and a host of other heavy lyricists, so now … it’s just crazy how it’s not as embraced now by the masses. …
“I know I kinda got off your question.”
An emcee since age eight, rapping was how the South Philadelphia native spent most of his teenage days. And his experiences rapping explicitly Christian since around 2000 are why The Passover is explicit.
“As a teenager,” Eshon said, “I would spend hours upon hours in downtown Philly with artists like a group called The Lost Children of Babylon, a guy named Stephen Williams who’s a famous skateboarder now. We had a guy named Chief Kamachi, another dope hip-hop artist from Philly who toured the world, a guy named Last Emperor — just a ton of hip-hop artists who came out of Philly. I would be out with these guys almost every day rapping, and I was a Christian at the time, and I would include my beliefs in my music and I never got outcasted for that. …
“Never being judged by the world, I never had that apprehension about myself. I had opened up for a number of artists. I got accolades from Method Man, Redman, Raekwon, Black Eyed Peas. I rapped for all these people. They always just showed me nothing but mad love, and they never said, ‘Yeah, but you talk about Jesus.’”