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Christian Rapper Shot Multiple Times During Robbery

Thi’sl,in recovery in hospital bed, photo by Jasen Hunt

Christian rapper and community activist Travis Tremayne Tyler, also known as, Thi’sl, was the victim of a robbery Monday, Sept 24th that ultimately involved him getting shot multiple times, according to Olivia McClinton, Director of Client Relations of Full Ride Music Group. 41 year old Tyler had to undergo major surgery on his legs, one of which was shattered and now has to be held together with a steel rod.

McClinton quoted the Doctor saying that had the bullet went one inch closer to one of the main arteries in his legs Tyler might not have lived. Thi’sl is currently in recovery after his surgeries. His latest social media posts were about events he was involved in near his hometown, where he also mentors and works as an activist.

Tyler’s last 3 facebook posts at http://www.facebook.com/thisl
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Once the new broke out, an outpouring of support flooded Tyler’s “Thi’sl” facebook and twitter accounts, with the hashtag #Pray4Thisl. “Our brother may be shattered but he is not broken,” stated McClinton on the GoFundMe account page Thisl’s Journey To Recovery. Thi’sl has grown to be one of the most influential and respected person in the music industry and his community.

Thi’sl at Kingdom Bound, Darien Lake, NY in 2013, pictured with DJ ChozynBoy (left) and Shawn Patrick Greene, aka, FUDGE (right)

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Thi’sl is the founder and CEO of Full Ride Music Group, LLC. his latest project released on August 11, 2017, is Levitate.  Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, the ex-gang member, turned music minister new resides in St. Louis, MO, grew up facing the crushing issues of poverty, fatherlessness, gang violence, and drugs, among other challenges. His recent autobiography, Against All Odds, expresses how his circumstances didn’t defeat him and gives thanks to God’s saving grace.

Music is just one facet Tyler is engaged in. He also is a philanthropist and addresses the current events and human rights issues, like the Sandy Hook shooting, the Ferguson riots, and the Micheal Brown incident,  on several media outlets.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, January 30, 2013, Thi’sl argued that gun control is not the solution to our violence problem, and argues that stricter gun laws won’t stop criminals from getting guns. His interview was a response to the growing debate after the tragic events of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Conn.

This’l was again interviewed by the Christian Broadcasting Network,  September 8, 2014, after the riots in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown by a Police Officer on August 9, 2014. “I never saw nothing like that before in my life.” He continues by saying he believes in “peaceful protesting” but does not support looting and rioting as a means of justice, but he understands why the city erupted in anger. “It was a situation that was bound to happen.”

Michael Brown’s dead body remains in the street Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, after the unarmed 18-year-old was shot by a police officer after what local authorities say was a physical confrontation. Photo: Twitter

In the Christian Post, August 12, 2014, Tyler stated “You’re dealing with a group of people that aren’t afraid of anything because the environment we grew up in, guns are not abnormal.” To support his efforts to create a peaceful solution, Tyler hosted a town meeting to stir up a dialog with his community about the issues.

SUPPORT MR TYLER

Ironically, Tyler has been a victim of a robbery, and was attacked by a gun. Olivia McClinton is asking for your help for his financial needs for medical expenses and personal bills. Although Tyler has health insurance, it will not cover all the treatment he has had, nor will it pay for the rehabilitation he will need to learn to walk again. One of the issues Thi’sl faces is what comes after stabilization – he will need prolonged and expensive rehabilitation after his immediate injuries are dealt with.

To support Tyler, McClinton set up a GoFundMe account to raise the money to offset the cost. She comments on the page “it seems…hospitals today are less and less willing to cover out of their own funds, and no law requires that they do so, as far as I am aware.” She concludes with a optimism in the provision, “In all things, we have the reassurance that God is faithful.”

Donations are also being collected via Thi’sl’s CashApp: $FRMG.

“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Genesis 50:20

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Jahaziel renounced Christianity, called out @Jahazielmusic @Lavoisier_GTHU @TheGodhopMC

“COME GET THIS WORK!!!”

UK Rapper Jahaziel renounced Christianity recently and released a track called “Amen Ra” and was immediately given a response by New York Rapper Lavoisier and Buffalo rapper Zaydok on their periscope broadcasts.

Jahaziel Drops Verse Dissing Christianity, Lavoi$ier Invites Him To Debate [read the article on “GrowTheHeckUp.com“]

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Buffalo Rapper Zaydok responded on his periscope broadcasts with a call to debate the controversial theories of religion.

“@Jahazielmusic You are always welcome in the Dojo.”

Zaydok the God Hop MC is a member of the music group REBEL AGAINST THE WORLD [download FREE mixtape]

Website NewH2O reported on Jahaziel’s response to these recent replies. [read the article here]

Statement made by Jahaziel on his facebook page, Dec  22, 2015:

I need not explain myself to anyone but I feel the need to make a quick statement. A short while ago I turned away from 20 years as a professing Christian. I had a good job with a church organization, a house provided by the church, a large social circle of likeminded people, a career in gospel music, a worldwide fan base, a respected reputation & status within Christian and non Christian circles… Etc
Having left Christianity I may have lost many/all of these things, but what I have is worth more than all of them combined. I have my integrity. When I first joined Christianity I was told ‘you must believe this book is God’s infallible word’… Before I’d even read the book!! How can one decide for themselves whether a book is accurate and true BEFORE they have even read & investigated the book thoroughly?! Anyway… Contrary to many opinions I have met some great people in church and learned some great principles from Christianity/the bible. These principles however are not exclusive to any religion. I have experienced christianity in literally 100’s of contexts so my perspective on Christianity is quite an informed one. I have met many sincere Christians, both church goers and church leaders, and although I have not seen every one of the 40,000 Christian denominations currently in existence I think I have seen enough to personally make a general conclusion regarding Christianity in the broadest sense. Now after 20 years of being vocal about the positives of Christian faith I would like to take some time to be equally vocal about the negatives I have found. i.e Christianity and its controlling dictatorship, its historic blood trail, its plagiarized bible stories characters and concepts, the many human errors of the bible and its contradictions, the brutal nature of its God, it’s involvement in the slave trade, the crusades, the inquisition, the witch hunts, it’s second class view of women, it’s masculinization of God, it’s emasculation of men, its financial corruption… You get the drift. So YES I will go on, and I will not be silent as some have asked – my integrity will not allow me to be so passive against mass corruption. In all love. J

Christian Rapper Under Fire For Dodging Question

Some fans for Christian Hip Hop music are feeling “Uncomfortable” after a recent live performance of a favorite Christian rapper.  Reach Records Artist Andy Mineo, formerly known as C-Lite, is being scrutinized by some for his “softball” response to the question of what 116 means on his ball cap. The response was simply “It’s my team” as it was aired live on Fox 5 in New York City, Wednesday October 28, 2015.

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[watch the full performance here: http://www.fox5ny.com/good-day/40167080-story]

Some Christian Hip Hop fans have since critisized Andy’s lack of boldly proclaiming a Gospel message that reflects his “1-1-Six” headgear during the performance on Fox 5, New York. One group, called BSAC radio show [short for Basically Sound Artist Coalition] had gone as far as to make a mock video on their YouTube channel to show how some may feel about the situation.

It seems that the major discussion on social media is the contradicting response to what “1-1-Six” means, a reference to Romans 1:16, which is the motto of the Reach Records label, to be “Unashamed” of the Gospel. Many are watching Andy and his label mates, such as founder Lecrae, and others such as Tedashii and KB, searching for a bold Gospel message in their music, interviews, and performances, yet some Christian fans are feeling that the 116 Clique is not living up to their “Unashamed” ideals.

Andy, originally from Syracuse, NY, now living in Washington Heights, has a long history of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, long before joining the Reach Records team. In the late 2000s, Andy worked under Nicky Cruz’s super group called TRUCE, a ministry team in New York City’s streets. He was also a part of the “God Belongs In My City” movement, of which a single and video was made, along with Christian Rock group, Doubledge. The song ‘In My City’ became an anthem for many Christians world-wide.

Unconfortable

Andy, recently listed as one of the “Top 20 Christian Rappers of All-Time” is on the road touring in support of his latest album, ‘Uncomfortable.’

Watch the streaming visual for Andy Mineo’s latest track “Know That’s Right” off of his highly anticipated second studio album, “Uncomfortable.”

Purchase Uncomfortable today:

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/uncomfortable
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Google Play: http://mineo.cta.gs/00v

Tell us what you think using #UNCOMFORTABLE

Documentary: Jesus Luvs Ravers #EDM @Jesusluvsravers @TiffanyFlock @GoshenSai

This powerful story displays the heart of God for the rave community. Goshen Sai and his wife Tiffany share how God called them to bring heaven to the rave scene. Goshen is doing his part bringing the rave experience at the Atlanta Dream Center to encounter God in a club setting using Christian EDM with praise and worship music set to rhythmic dance beats and sounds. Check out the Trailer and 30-minute Documentary on how Goshen and Tiffany’s lives were changed to give God all the Glory.

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eXecutive Decision

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7 Years and Counting!

It was 7 years ago in 2008 when several Christian deejays and radio announcers decided to support one-another in servicing music to the lesser known outlets for Christian Hip Hop. Ray GP, who produces the Donnie McClurkin Show in San Diego, CA, saw the need to support the Christian Hip Hop scene by making sure each deejay was up to date with the latest hits. With the help of Shawn Greene [FUDGE], William Newbill [DJ WILL], and Lawrence Stroman [DJ LACE], deejays from around the world were gathered together under one group to build friendships, discuss music and break records. This group not only had experienced deejays and Radio Announcers, it had promoters, graphic designers, program directors, music directors, and label reps.

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A lot has been accomplished since the first email sent by Ray GP. Soon after the list got to big, FUDGE, started a yahoo group called Christian Rhythmic to help manage the information better. Later FUDGE started the first deejay conference call with J Blaze, DJ Pdogg, DJ Sean Blu, and Man-At-Arms, aka, Benny Calloway. DJ Will from Jacksonville started calling everyone to be on the next call to get some conversations started. In the beginning, the focus on the group was very loose, as the very first conference calls were more about how dissatisfied everyone was with how the Christian and Gospel markets treat DJs. Most wanted to know why servicing to non-commercial radio, such as internet radio or mixshows, was a problem. Record pools were the only source for the common man, but some DJs had good working relationships with labels and artists.

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Eventually the complaints slowed down and the group began to get organized. In the summer of 2008, the group of over 30 DJs agreed to the naming of the fellowship “The One Accord DJ Alliance” or OADA for short. DJ Will, DJ Lace, and later Brother Edwin and DJ Eternal, took the lead on getting artists and DJs on the calls. FUDGE administrated the database, social media, merchandise, and websites. Jodie Walton, aka, JBeatz, created the classic OADA logo with the red turntable.

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As a couple months went on, the 200 plus DJs in the network were given their opportunities to prove they had power to influence the outcome of the music scene as music began servicing OADA with music from Richie Righteous, Flame, and Lecrae, just to name a few. All had different levels of success, in part because of a broader reach to the general public, with each DJ, Announcer, etc, receiving the latest music simultaneously, creating a bigger impact. Some may disagree, but it is possible, because the DJs got together and promoted Lecrae’s REBEL album all at once, OADA contributed to his success.

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A year into our network of DJs working together to increase productivity, our first ever Christian DJ Conference was hosted in Queens, NY, in Sep 2009, with the help of DJ Lace and Dr D of Higher Ground Record Pool. The conference brought together every DJ possible from every market to promote the Gospel through the new Urban music coming from Christian artists. From that conference the tag line “We Are The Industry” was adapted as our motto, indicating our potential influence in the music industry as a whole. OADA has used other tag lines used since, like, “We Don’t Play Music, We Break Music”  and “Respect The Power of The DJ”. Two more conferences in Chicago, IL in the summers of 2013 and 2014, with the themes #ShineOnDJ and #TheBridge set the pace for all in attendance. And because of social media, our network has gone global in over 13 countries in The Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe with over 1500 Christian/Gospel DJs.

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Seven years, and we have just scratched the surface as to what OADA will become. Tragedy came a few times as one of our key brothers DJ Lace died suddenly, in April 2011 and brought many things to a standstill. A year later another of our brothers DJ Primo committed suicide. These events shook the Christian DJ network and brought many to think more seriously of what they are doing with their gifts and talents. Many deejays had overcome some very difficult times of their lives because of our network. Some have experience divorce, death of a loved one, or even sickness within themselves. Nevertheless, OADA has been a “home-base” for many Christian deejays to go to when needed. Just like DJ Wade-O says, “It’s More Than Music, It’s Ministry”.