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Backstage Pass: Positive Hip Hop / Rap / R&B | Artist Interviews | Authentic Behind the Scenes Look
38 minutes | Dec 19, 2013
Backstage Pass – Meek The Servant!
Welcome to Backstage Pass! Real Artists. Real Hip Hop. This is the show where we go behind the scenes with real hip hop artists and real hip hop. Every Thursday, we've got a brand new show of Backstage Pass! And today... We've got MEEK THE SERVANT on the hot seat! This week, we're going behind the scenes with Meek The Servant. We'll be talking to him about his music, his life, and why he does what he does! All About Meek The Servant As a young man growing up in the north side of Dallas in the early 90's, it is not rare to be intensely influenced by the hip hop culture. Sedrick Thomas better known as Meek is by far the popular term a product of his environment, as he stated " I remember at four years old waking up from surgery reciting Ll Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out, on the contrary although I was inspired by hip hop at the age of four My close relatives would always tell me I would be a minister one day, so I would go around mimicking preachers radically in a joking manner. Unknowingly that one day that prophecy would come to past, Surely for Meek it would latter down the line, but just as any other great man of God who had to experience some of life's toughest hardships, as well as realize that a part from Christ and his kingdom life is meaningless. No surprise that linked to his deep passion for hip hop the street life seemed to go hand & hand. "I listened to cats like UGK, Z-Ro BIG Moe, Big Chief & felt as if I was no different from them, so if they smoked weed and rapped I did the same, if they sipped prescription cough syrup like the latest trend I did so as well. Meek goes on to say it was just a way of life to him, as for his older brother nicknamed by the hood "RO", he was the neighbor dope boy a full time dope dealer, whatever u needed he had it or could get it. "He was in to trapping I was in to rapping getting high & making money". While still in high school Meek started hanging around his big brother looking up to him as a role model figure, he watched him sale crack and cook it all day, until one day he sought the power and respect that his brother received and wanted the exact same thing, he hustled for a little while but it didn't work, God had other plans for him, "I just realized it wasn't for me I'm a rapper that likes to sip syrup and smoke dope trapping ain't my thang". However the streets still had a hold on him, he begun to steel and hit licks to take care of his daughter and buy more drugs until one day he was arrested.
60 minutes | Nov 7, 2013
Backstage Pass – GS!
Welcome to Backstage Pass! Real Artists. Real Hip Hop. This is the show where we go behind the scenes with real hip hop artists and real hip hop. Every Thursday, we've got a brand new show of Backstage Pass! And today... We've got GS on the hot seat! This week, we're going behind the scenes with GS. We'll be talking to him about his music, his life, and why he does what he does! All About GS Born in 5th Ward Houston Texas, GS (which is an acronym for GodSon) was exposed to many things including poverty as a kid. Coming from a dysfunctional home where his dad abused his mother, he developed a toughness about himself that would pattern his teenage years. Moving from hood to hood, it seemed as if he could never get away from a lifestyle he never wanted to have. GS mother was an Evangelist but also a single mother of 5 which made it hard to provide financially, so he took things into his own hands. Knowing who God was since birth, GS overlooked the mercy and grace that Christ had given and began to entertain the street life. Also finding rap, it fueled his want for money and fame. But GS didn’t know that God would later on use what the enemy meant for bad, for HIS glory. After numerous jail visits and beating a case that would have given him prison time, GS finally stepped away from the streets. The more he performed at clubs, the more he began to realize that he was different. In 2010, GS life began to change. In 3 months, his life fell apart. He lost his family, his job, his home and even the will to want to live. One morning as GS was taking his last breath, he called out to God and he had a personal experience with Him. January 2011 GS gave his life to Christ and haven’t looked back since. Many trials and prayers later, GS has his own label “I’m Doin’ Jesus” and a ministry that reaches over 6,000 people daily in 18 countries (for now). Having experienced personally what secular rappers brag about, GS provides a more in depth look into the REAL reality through his music. Not only being Christ driven but also Christ led, GS has seen many lives changed through the ministry God has given him. Never wanting to be considered a “rapper”, GS reminds people that it’s more than that when he stated, “I don’t rap, I tell the truth, it just happens to rhyme”. Understanding that man doesn’t live forever but God’s word does, GS is honored to have been hand picked to represent Christ in this season. There is ONLY ONE WAY to get to the
59 minutes | Jul 11, 2013
Backstage Pass – Yaves on the hot seat!
Welcome to Backstage Pass! Real Artists. Real Hip Hop. This is the show where we go behind the scenes with real hip hop artists and real hip hop. Every Thursday, we've got a brand new show of Backstage Pass! And today... We've got Yaves on the hot seat! This week, we're going behind the scenes with Yaves. We'll be talking to him about his music, his life, and why he does what he does! The Story of Yaves He has shared platforms with former President Bill Clinton, worked alongside Jamie Fox to aid hurricane Katrina victims, performed at the Nickelodeon complex in Los Angeles, CA, reached audiences all over the world with his music, Dr. Cornel West called him a “concentrated genius”, but his mother still calls him Yaves. A native of Columbus, OH; Yaves Ellis has been using the gift of music to educate and entertain audiences all over the country for the past 15 years. His most recent release earned him a spot on iTunes Top 50 Hip Hop/Rap charts within 24 hours of the debut. Yaves is also the youngest person to ever hold the title of Public Affairs Director in the Radio One conglomerate, which owns over 70 radio stations across the country. A graduate from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, Yaves runs one of the most successful Indie entertainment labels, Sling Shot Media Group LLC, and is currently working on his Masters in Theology. His most recent accomplishment includes being added to Power 107.5FM as the host of the new show Any Given Sunday. With commentary and analysis on issues related to politics, race, socio-economics, and popular culture the show has a diverse format that reaches a wide audience. Favor Over Fury Documentary First and foremost - Yaves has a DOCUMENTARY out discussing the process of creating his new album, Favor Over Fury, and what he had to go through to finish the album. This documentary has an encouraging and essential look at what God did through this process. Check out the Documentary here: favoroverfury.com The Music of Yaves Yaves has been doing music for almost 13 years. He's releases 221 songs and is anticipating the release of Favor Over Fury on Tuesday, July 16th! He'll be talking about his journey with music and the upcoming album. We feature 4 of his songs off of Favor Over Fury and talk about the meanings behind each of the songs! Get in touch with Yaves Connect with YAVES below! PLEASE support his ministry and music. Feel free to connect with him on Facebook and Twitter!
62 minutes | Jun 13, 2013
Backstage Pass – Mr. Del on the hot seat!
Welcome to Backstage Pass! Real Artists. Real Hip Hop. This is the show where we go behind the scenes with real hip hop artists and real hip hop. Every Thursday, we've got a brand new show of Backstage Pass! And today... We've got Mr. Del on the hot seat! This week, we're going behind the scenes with Mr. Del. We'll be talking to him about his music, his life, and why he does what he does! Mr. Del's Story Rapper/songwriter/producer Mr. Del is changing the face of contemporary music. His nontraditional approach to Gospel fills the need for a real hip hop artist who is bold enough to proclaim the pure, uncut, unadulterated word of God. God's anointed hip hop Apostle, Mr. Del is committed to sharing the Gospel in a way unfamiliar to most secular and non-secular audiences with the intention of taking his message to the streets. Formerly a member of the Oscar-winning platinum-selling rap group Three 6 Mafia, Mr. Del rededicated his life to Christ in 2000, changing his message to promote righteousness rather than sin. In 2005, Mr. Del fulfilled his dream of being on a major label. He inked a deal with EMI Gospel and released The Future that August. He was nominated for a GRAMMY® the same year in the "Best Rock Gospel Album" category for his fiery feature "Shake 'Em Off" from Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets, Vol. I. Prior to being signed by EMI Gospel, he had released six albums on his independent label Holy South. His lyrical style has been featured on records with legendary hip hop a rtist Cheryl “Salt” James of Salt-N-Pepa, Fabo of D4L, world renowned jazz artist Kirk Whalum, Lisa McClendon, Out of Eden, Debra Killings and labelmate Canton Jones. He has also opened for Kirk Franklin, Tonex and a host of other Gospel greats. Mr. Del’s experience as president and CEO of Holy South helped to secure a distribution deal with Universal Music Group for a company he founded, DMG (Dedicated Music Group). He went on to release the album Thrilla, and in 2009 received his first Dove Award nomination for Best Rap Album of the Year. In the s ame year, Mr. Del signed Mali Music and released his album The Second Coming, for which he received a nomination for Urban Recorded Song of the Year. Mr. Del is excited to be releasing new artists on DMG, including D-Maub and Holy South. Mr. Del’s true mission is to impact the world greater than Hip Hop music could ever impact it. Mr. Del can also be found each Sunday and Tuesday serving as the pastor
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