RedCloud Sparks More Controversy

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Okey, so I was hoping that an interview with RedCloud would have happened by now to add to this post, but it hasn’t, and I think that this is an important thing to talk about with you guys. So here it:

In case you dont know, the emcee known as RedCloud has been one of the big movers in the Holy Hip-Hop scene for the better part of the 2000s. He was Syntax Records most popular artist (and also its oldest if I understand correctly), and was a very talented artist who was very open with his faith. Close to a year ago, RedCloud was dropped from his long time label home for “persistant substance abuse”. We later discovered that RedCloud smoked pot pretty regularly, and after many attempts to come an understanding, Syntax decided to stop promoting him through their ministry based label.

For the most part, RedCloud has been pretty silent in all of this until about a week ago when he posted a song blasting the Christian Hip-Hop scene with the song “Evandalism”.

Our friends at DaSouth.com wrote an article based on the song, and a lively discussion ensued. While I usually dont like to send you else where for your music needs, I think you should read the reactions to the song. Tre9 (the owner/operator of Dasouth.com) has promised a interview with RedCloud very soon, so I will keep you updated on that:

Read discussion on RedCloud’s new track, “Evandalism”

Free Album Download:Freddie Bruno-Bruce Lee Mixtape

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Alright, so even if you dont like Hip-Hop, or DJ mixtapes, or just this type of music in general, you have to admit that this is pretty cool. Freddie Bruno is one of the components of the Hip-Hop collective known as Deepspace5. They have been around forever, and along with Bruno, the group consists of such heavy hitters as Playdough, Mars Ill, and Listener. The Bruce Lee Mixtape is Freddie Bruno taking old, B fighting movies, sampling dialogue and even some of the music, and then creating some heavy hitting Hip-Hop beats around them. The whole mixtape has a Afro Samurai fell to it, and the songs are strong enough to stand on their own even if lyrics don’t play a part.

So here is what you do with this. Next time you have party, make sure that The Bruce Lee Mixtape makes its way into the music mix around the midway point. Not only will the beats breather new life into your little party, but everyone will think you are so quirky because of all the old movie clips. There, Freddie Bruno and I just saved your lame party….

For fans of: MF Doom, DJ Shadow, Deepspace5, RedCloud

Download The Bruce Lee Mixtape by Freddie Bruno

Free Album Download:Knine-Robots Have Feelings Too

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After a almost two year hiatus, hip-hop artist Knine has returned with his most playful but genuine work yet.  Boasting over 20 tracks full of originals, outtakes, and and re-imagined lyrics over some familiar beats, Knine gives us more than a typical “mixtape”, he gives us an honest look into the world of a believer reacting to the world around him.

Seriously, this is an impressive effort by a name I have never heard before now.  I think what will catch you the most is Knine‘s lyrical style. It is intensly honest, but at the same time so much fun.  I could keep talking, but instead I will let John Wofford, from PatrolMag.com (a extremely critical and most times cynical website created from ex CCM followers) sing its praises.

COMPARISONS TO Kanye West aside, there’s flair here. More than one listen is usually a good thing, unless it’s a train wreck, and then I revisit for laughs. But forget the title, forget the artwork, forget the intro that borrows from Ghost in the Machine—this guy’s on to something. He’s a socially conscious product of the system, a sardonic lyricist with a little boy’s playfulness, and a marked improvement over stereotypically bad “redeemed rap.” And his sense of humor is just twisted enough to make a stoner laugh while he makes mama proud………
Knine shows a great deal of promise. I haven’t listened to another Christian rap album that didn’t leave residual traces of regret or embarrassment. Ultimately, what’s unoriginal comes off as fun, what’s bold is still fairly accessible, and Knine’s story of conversion after a series of crimes and a drug problem is told with both humor and brash courage.

For Fans Of: Kanye West, Del The Funky Homosapien, RedCloud

The link below will take you a Megaupload.com page. Ignore the ads in the center of the page, type in the CAPTCHA code (4 characters total), click on the giant DOWNLOAD FILE button, then click on REGULAR DOWNLOAD, save the .ZIP FILE to your computer, EXTRACT ALL FILES, then enjoy your new music!

Download Knine-Robots Have Feelings Too

Christian Music News For July 14th 2009

Below is the artwork and tracklisting for Needtobreathe‘s upcoming CD The Outsiders:
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1. Garden
2. Girl Named Tennessee
3. Hurricane
4. Lay ‘Em Down
5. Let Us Love
6. Prisoner
7. Something Beautiful
8. Stones
9. The Outsiders
10. These Hard Times
11. Through Smoke
12. Valley Of Tomorrow
13. What You’ve Done To Me
14. Won’t Turn Back

Kutless now has a new video for their song “To Know That You’re Alive”, watch it below:

So Phil, the vocalist for the sadly now defunct youth crew/hardcore band The Red Baron has revived his hip-hop project called Wonder?. Check out Wonder?’s music on his Myspace.

A new song from the album Beggars, Thrice‘s upcoming release, will be featured in the latest song pack for theGuitar Hero video game. I wish I played video games…

An interview with Andrew Schwab of Project 86 made its way onto Indie Vision Music this week. Read Project 86 interview.

Hip-hop newcomer Explicit has a new video for his song “Jesus Rocks”. He is representing Christ…and Texas, so watch the video:

Our boy (morse) has finally broken his silence with a little update. Basically, he is really busy. Read (morse) update.

According to a letter issued by hip-hop label Syntax Records (Braille, Kaboose, ect.), hip-hop artist RedCloud has been suspended by the label for “substance abuse”. Read the full statement concerning RedCloud.

Recording news:

  • As I Lay Dying will be taking the next few months off from touring to begin work on their next album. Finally…
  • According to news reports/twitter posts, Eisley is well into recording their third full length. Expect an early 2010 late 2009 release date.
  • BEC Recordings hip-hop artist Manafest is apparently working on two new albums, a straight hip-hop CD and a more rock inspired one. They will both most likely see a 2010 release date.
  • Relient K are eyeing a Oct. 6th release date for their new CD, entitled Forget And Not Slow Down.
  • Solid State Records metal band The Famine are tracking new material as we speak, stay tuned for more.

Follow Along As We Twitter Through SXSW

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Look to the left.  Look to the right. You will now be able to experience the South by Southwest Interactive and Music Conferences (SXSW) through One21music.  We will keep you up to date through blogs, articles, interviews, pictures and videos.  Now, you can come here to check out what we are doing at the conference and music festival or you can subscribe to our Twitter accounts.

There will be a lot going on during the SXSW Interactive festival and we will share some of the insighst into how new media is impacting our lives.  But the real buzz will start on Wednesday when the SXSW music festival starts.  More than 1,800 bands will play over four days within 5 square miles.  My ears are ringing already.

At One21music we cover the full spectrum of Christian music, including the vibrant Underground Christian music scene.  We will be focusing on 20 Christian music artists performing at SXSW, including Anathallo, Redcloud, Brooke Waggoner and Wovenhand.

This weekend we will post a short video giving you some insights into Austin and SXSW.

Come join us, experience SXSW and Austin.

Christian Artists To Know: RedCloud

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Genre: Hip-Hop
Sub-genres: West Coast, Underground Hip-Hop, Freestyle
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Label: Syntax Records
Myspace: www.myspace.com/redcloud
Christian label: Yes
Category: The Message whats this?

No one can say that they have a niche’ like LA resident , RedCloud. He is part Mexican, part Native American, grew up on the hard streets of LA, and now he spends a lot of time on reservations all over the US. He is an undoubtedly talented emcee, having released four albums in the last eight years, along with being featured on countless others and also holding a few awards for his freestyling abilities.  His music is a mixture of unbridled truth, slapstick comedy, and head spinning word smyths. He holds a black belt in Chinese Kempo. Oh yeah, did I mention he is an ex-gang member who is totally in love with the Lord?

It can truly be said that RedCloud is in a realm all to himself. Since 2001, he has been fascinating audiences with his strange brand of gospel gangsta rap. Taking elements from the diverse world around him, RedCloud has been unapologetic about the type of music he creates or his faith since day one. His lyrics are intricate, weaving words together like a fine tapestry. His voice bobbles in and out of the beat as his major lyrical point never loses focus, and hits you straight in the face every time. Armed with his long time buddy DJ Wise, RedCloud has created a library of intense and diverse tracks that continue to impress new fans every time.

Even in the world of Christian hip-hop, RedCloud is very unique. While the majority of his songs deal with issues of the heart and faith, there are an equal amount of tracks that deal with other aspects of his life; such as his martial arts background, and his love for a hot sauce named Tapatio.  There are many times in his music where you are not sure if you should be listening closely or laughing.  Some of his other songs on the other hand are deeply intense, dealing with issues like the passing of his father to heroin, his salvation from the gang life he had known since a young boy, or the prejudices that come with his blended ethnicity.

Whatever the subject matter, RedCloud delivers with intense precision and skill. Often times he gets compared to Eminem for his vocal delivery, but Slim will never be able to touch this LA local on core subject matter and delivery.

For most people that have been listening to RedCloud from the beginning, they would say that the title track from RedCloud‘s independent CD Is This Thing On? was a highlight.  This comedic ode to being an underground Christian emcee has a little country twist to it that made it a standout track on the CD. Pay special attention to the second verse where RedCloud outlines what he would do to the devil if he ever met him face to face.

Of course we had to post the video of his collaboration with long time friend Pigeon John about their mutual affection for the hot sauce Tapatio.

Man I love me some RedCloud. This dude is one of a kind, a great guy for God and a killer emcee.  When I am writing these Artists You Should Know posts, I try not to just write a history lesson, but if you get a chance go find this guy’s testimony.  It is a true story of God taking the worst of the worst and doing some amazing stuff.  These posts that we do are our effort to express to you the diverse body of talented and unique artists that make up the Christian music landscape.  RedCloud is one of those artists; truly original, and truly sold out for God.

You can find Redcloud’s music digitally on RedCloud

You can also get his CDs on Amazon: Is This Thing On?(2001), Traveling Circus(2003), Hawthorne’s Most Wanted(2007)