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Chud’e and the Christian rap phenomenon

Christian rap has become an increasingly powerful force, with its albums reaching the top of the Billboard charts and more and more mainstream hip-hop stars embracing it. One of the most talked-about Christian rappers of the modern age is Chud’e. Born in Brooklyn and based in New Jersey Heights, Chud’e released his debut album Chilltown in December 2019. The well-received record included singles such as the title track and Day and Night. It has now been streamed over half a million times and been given exposure by a range of well-known publications and websites.

A fusion of genres

The music of Chud’e blends genres including gospel, pop and R&B. It comes just a few years after the rapper first discovered Christian hip-hop following a period living in Nigeria, the country his parents are from. Chud’e was estranged from his father for several years after he walked out when he ten, leaving him with no positive male role model at home. He also lost contact with his half-brother and several friends, causing him to engage in negative behaviour. He also failed sixth grade. The time spent in Nigeria was seen as a huge turning point for Chud’e, who met up with his father again whilst he was in the country. His father – once a minor criminal – was now working as a pastor, and Chud’e started a new relationship with Jesus, gaining a richer understanding of his culture and heritage at the same time.

A blossoming relationship with God

Chilltown explores the rapper’s relationship with God over several seasons of his life and takes its name from the area he grew up in. The single Day and Night talks about how he trusts Jesus to guide him through the “obstacles, difficulties and doubts” of life. Although some Christians disapprove of rap, Christian hip-hop has actually been around for almost as long as the main genre itself and has even delivered #1 Billboard Hot 100 albums. Chud’e has discussed the initial disapproval towards the launch of his rap career in his lyrics.

New music on the way

Chud’e has recently been working with a series of independent artists, with new music expected shortly. Publications and websites that have supported Chud’e include Christian music magazine CCM, chhtsnetwork and CHH Source. He has been interviewed by Cross Rhythm Radio and been featured on CHH’s YouTube Channel.

A “booming voice”

The artist hopes that Christians and non-believers will find his music appealing and will use it to find “hope through chaos”. Noted for his “clever punchlines” and “booming voice”, he wishes to “point people to Christ” via his music and lyrics. A major aim is to ensure even non-believers can find at least one track that speaks to them directly.

Swift progression

Major influences on Chud’e include leading Christian rappers Bizzle and Lecrae, who went to #1 on the mainstream album charts with his 2014 offering Anomaly. Chud’e began working on his own material not long after he first heard Christian rap, and it wasn’t long before he started to win support from a surprising source – UK-based internet radio network xRhythms. He is no stranger to collaborations, having worked with Melanie Williams, Echo Guzman and Anodyne Virtue on Chilltown.

Support and inspiration

As Chud’e is not a full-time musician as yet, he also spends time working as a Youth Development Specialist in New York. One of his biggest aims is to help and inspire young people facing similar challenges to those he overcame in his teenage years whilst being the positive role model he never had. The rapper expects to be “pointed in the right direction” by the Lord, and hopes to support and inspire others whether as a musician or in a different capacity. It seems Chud’e has a bright future ahead of him in and out of music.

More about Christian rap

It’s said that the first-ever full-length Christian rap album was released by Stephen Wiley back in 1985. Other terms for the genre include ‘holy hip-hop’. Leading figures from the Christian rap world include Shai Linne, Soup the Chemist, Trip Lee, Hollyn and Flame. Even in the commercial rap arena, it’s not uncommon for hip-hop icons to talk about their faith in their lyrics. Kanye West reached the Christian rap charts for the first time with his Jesus Is King project, following it up just months later with the Jesus Is Born from his gospel group the Sunday Service Choir. Over in the UK, there have been several successful attempts to blend grime beats with Christian rap. Christian rap also has its own awards ceremonies, and these include the Stellar Awards and GMA Dove Awards.

How to find out more about Chud’e

Chud’e’s work can be streamed on platforms such as Spotify, YouTube and Soundcloud, and he has social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram.

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Time Bulletin Miami Model Ana Nello Finally Pursues Her Passion with Music

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Time Bulletin Miami Model Ana Nello Finally Pursues Her Passion with Music

The end of 2020 was a time for a new beginning for model and influencer Ana Nello. She has been a successful model for years but has recently transitioned her focus to the music industry. A couple of months ago, the new musician debuted her first three releases, begging her journey for a passion she always had secretly had.

Growing up in Miami, Florida, Ana Nello would always sing everywhere she went. She would also often use music as a coping mechanism anytime she was going through hardship. Once Ana could make a stable income as a model in 2020, she then decided it was time to focus on what she’s always been meant to do.

Now managed by the renowned Dillon Shamoun, the two together have taken the Miami music scene by storm. Even though most of the clubs are closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, Ana Nello still has found a way to market herself via the internet. Her first release, “Basement,” went viral on Tik Tok and was promoted just as heavily on Instagram.

Music industry stardom is just around the corner for the Miami native, but she will need to stay consistent to achieve this. About her future releases, she said, “I have big plans for 2021. I’m going to be releasing one song each month for the rest of the year”. If Ana Nello is able to stick to this schedule, she will soon be playing at every major festival come summertime.

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Stream Ana Nello’s music on Spotify here.

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Snoop Dogg Contest

Win a Snoop Dogg Rap Feature 

Snoop Dogg is always looking for innovative ways to expand his brand and now, He’s come up with a contest encouraging aspiring lyricists to step up to the mic.

Dubbed The Snoop Song Contest, the unique competition asks applicants to submit their music to an all-star panel of judges in an effort to win a feature from the inimitable D-O-Double-G.Created by Snoop,multi-platinum producers Anno Domini and Legion Gabe,the contest will run from (Wednesday) November 12 until February 2021.

Once submitted, the tracks will be judged by an expert panel, including Kurupt of Tha Dogg Pound, Mistah F.A.B., KXNG Crooked, Ras Kass, Planet Asia, Wu-Tang Clan’s Killah Priest, “Smart Rapper” artist coach Rob Level and Snoop-affiliated A&R Rep Matthew “M-Eighty” Markoff.

Start racking up points and prizes for the giveaway by checking your email, sharing your link, and taking other actions.

Share your link to every rapper and singer you know.

Get creative and blast  your link out to Facebook groups, discords, etc. to increase your chance of winning

Download some viral images you can post to encourage people to give you more points.

Copy your share link and paste it in your social media bios.

if you refer the winner, you win too!

Don’t cheat… we’ll know and we will disqualify you from the contest. Only refer other actual rappers and singers.

Snoop Giveaway is open only to those who sign up at the online giveaway page.

By participating, you agree to be fully unconditionally bound by the Giveaway Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements set forth herein.

By entering you agree to release and hold harmless the Company and its subsidiaries from any liability from entrant’s participation in the Giveaway.

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Look !!   I’m 100% all in to Snoop, If you’re an independent artist and or Singer and you’re looking for that once in a life time opportunity.? This is it.

NO Scams, NO Tricks, This is 100% the real deal. Man ,I got all kinds of HOT Beats in my Pack. As a matter of fact at the end of the video and you can click the link to sign up , You’ll also hear one of the “Beats” and you can hear my submission. So,click the link at the bottom of the video. Easy as A B C 1 2 3. It’s as simple as that.

If you’re serious about your carrier, This is your opportunity to put you in connection with the right people. “Legion Beats” speaks for themselves.

I am SHO : Over and Out…Peace

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6 Preoperational Strategies for a New Independent Musician

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6 Preoperational Strategies for a New Independent Musician

Releasing and creating a song is not as challenging as establishing a fan base is. Therefore, you must not wait until your release day to promote your song. The best and most effective marketing tactic is to keep the audience in curiosity. Tell them that something exciting is coming to entertain them, and to entice them make sure you are introducing the short video clips every other day. If you are new indie artist in the industry, then going with a single is the safest bet, it helps in generating the interest of your audience, and you gradually build your fan base as well.

Some artists get lucky on their first go, their first released single gets considerable attention, and they generate extensive revenue as well only by their social media presence. However, sharing your music on your social media accounts and the sound cloud is not enough; you need to go out of your way to create a massive audience for your music. Once the song is in the market,  it can change the own world. There is a possibility of both, to wow the public by your music or to get ignored by the world. The key is to give your 100% and then wait for the audience reaction. Particularly in the case of independent artists, they have to put themselves out and prove the world about their worth. There is no denying to the fact that you have to work your finger to the bone for indie music promotion.

Nevertheless, if you are still clueless about what to do; first I would request you to relax your nerves and keep reading this article as here we will prepare you for the release of your first song.

1.Develop a Marketing Plan

Every business organization primarily creates a marketing plan, and then they act on it. Your music is your business if you are planning to make money out of it and why should you not, it’s better to earn from your skill then just let it rest in the corner. Nevertheless, it’s the first step of your promotional campaign, make sure you prepare the plan three months prior to the release date. Remember, you need to create curiosity in the audience and keep them hooked on to your social media profiles.

Divide your plan into multiple stages and layout different promotional plans for each step. Having a schedule makes everything comparatively easier, so plan out everything on a planner and follow it religiously. Think of all the ways to create a hype of your music, maybe do a podcast of your music journey or start a YouTube channel. There are many ways to do that; you only need to explore your options.

2.Create a story and narrate it

Your rock-solid pre-release campaign must include a backstory; there is always an inspiration and story behind each song. Even if you have randomly came up with your song, it’s better to create one story. While you are piquing your audience’s curiosity, its time you share the bits and piece of your story with them. Trust me; your audience will be eagerly waiting for the release date. Mainly, if the story is relatable to them, then your job here is done. Music promotions can seem pushy but narrating your story is more personal and engaging. The audience loves it when the artists connect with them on a personal level. 

3.Get yourself registered

The very first step of your musical career should be getting yourself registered. Try obtaining all the necessary licenses to safeguard your music work and get paid when others use your music in their movies and TV shows. Get your songs registered to the US copyright office, sound exchange and performing rights organization. It protects your intellectual property, and in case somebody tries to copy it, you have all the legal rights to sue them. Further, you can also monitor your progress if your song is registered with Nielsen BDS.

4.Update your bio and media gears

One of the most important steps of the preparation of the unsigned artist’s debut song is to keep their social media profiles and press gears updated. Your bio must be updated with your fresh song’s information and keep your gallery up to the mark too. Along with that, make sure your press kit is not outdated as the best way to release the song out in the world is through the press. Particularly, if you are looking for some paid gigs, then it is best to develop a close and cordial relationship with the media. 

5.Make connections

One of the many ways to excel in the music industry is to make relevant and famous connections. Be sure, the time you are investing in someone today can give you fruitful results tomorrow. Making strong connections and building your social circle does not only help in the music career, but it helps in all the other professions as well. So while you are in the music launch party, why not make acquaintances that can sponsor your next music video maybe?

6.Do not look for the short cuts

Short cuts may get you where you want to be, but this success will be short-lived. Take the longer and ethical route to reach your destination, grabbing other’s opportunity will get you fame only, but your conscience will never let you enjoy it. When artists get to their goal slowly and steadily, they value their position; therefore, they work harder to maintain it. It’s pretty early for you to get schooled about it, but it’s an important aspect that you must never forget no matter how successful and famous you get.

Conclusion

Moving up the success ladder is not easy regardless of your profession. Today social media has made it more accessible for the newcomers; however, the competition out there is pretty tough. One has to be dyed in the wool to their cause to reach to the top, as low willed candidates often lose the race.

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