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J. Monty

Inspirational rapper J. Monty is a lyrical powerhouse, delivering messages of hope, faith and positivity. Signed to Essential Sound, a faith-based division of Sony Music Entertainment, the Atlanta-based artist is praised for his ability to merge traditional themes in religion with his lyrical prowess and familiar sounds commonly found in today’s rap music. “I think when a…

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The rap game can be violent for some aspiring artists who must deal with the reality of street life and business life. There are many behind-the-scenes tales of bad music deals that can turn violent, as can be seen on the hit TV show “Empire.” But when aspiring rapper Ryan Anthony Salandy, 22, was arrested…

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From the pinnacle of mainstream music, working with artists like Aaliyah and Arrested Development, to an altar, Shonlock has painted the world a richer shade of love with his gift of music and faith. After receiving an inspiring call from fellow Grammy-nominated revolutionaries GRITS, Shonlock’s career flourished and also led to an entirely new perspective on…

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Andy Mineo is a rhyme animal. The Syracuse-born, NYC-based emcee is a natural lyricist, and it’s evident on Never Land, his latest project. Chatting it up at Alex Steakhouse in Washington Heights, Mineo was candid and open about his faith, his music and the stigma associated with Christian emcees. And the rapper explains why the EP has been his most fully realized work to date.

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