Mason Betha, pastor and founder of El Elyon International Church and Mason Betha Ministries, does not want to discuss church relations when he is promoting his hip-hop music.
Betha, known in the hip-hop world as Ma$e, has raised some eyebrows in and out of the Christian community after he decided to return to mainstream rapping. After recently appearing to enjoy the BET Award festivities, he was questioned by 92Q Jams DJ Konan about whether his church was upset with his upcoming rap career.
While promoting his new song "Nothing" and upcoming album Now We Even, Betha refused to talk about church business and chastised DJ Konan for bringing the subject up. more >>
These two boys and their father sing a beautiful cover of "House of Gold" that will give you the chills. They call themselves "The Vessels," and this performance is a perfect example of why that name fits them perfectly.
Lee Sturgeon and his two boys have a gift from God and they are using it to glorify Him. An a cappella performance that is worth listening to over and over again!more >>
Ja Rule, rapper and I'm in Love With a Church Girl star, shares in a recent radio interview how his early experiences as a Jehovah's Witness left him disenchanted with religion, why he and his wife decided to get saved at Hillsong NYC church, and why he finds Pastor Mason "Ma$e" Betha's explicit rap lyrics "very confusing."
Ja Rule, born Jeffrey Atkins, appeared on the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" on Thursday to promote his new memoir, Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man, a new MTV reality show with his family, and other projects. The bulk of the interview, however, centered around religion.
Ja Rule, who previously shared being raised as a Jehovah's Witness, revealed that what turned him off from the religion was how his family members shunned his mother once she was disfellowshipped from the faith community. more >>
NEW YORK — Christian hip-hop has made some notable inroads in the last few years, especially in the mainstream market. Popular rapper Lecrae has won Grammy, Stellar, and Dove awards, and he, along with other Christian artists, appear regularly on networks like BET and MTV. Does this mean the movement that emerged in the early '80s as Gospel rap has finally arrived?
The question might be especially relevant after it was reported that recording artists Flame, Lecrae, and others filed a lawsuit against pop singer Katy Perry and Capitol Records for allegedly stealing and "irreparably tarnishing" a 2008 song of theirs titled "Joyful Noise." The rappers claim Perry's "Dark Horse" single released in 2013, infringes on the copyright of their "Christian gospel song," and therefore are demanding an "injunction, damages and the defendants' profits gained from the unauthorized use of "Joyful Noise.'"
Lecrae is arguably the most popular Christian rapper in recent years who has managed to garner cross-over appeal among a mainstream audience. He and his Reach Records label have been credited with opening the doors and providing exposure and a platform for many other artists in the Christian music industry. Andy Mineo, a New York City rapper who is also on Reach Records, has been following in Lecrae's footsteps, with outlets like BET and MTV making much of his latest album and EP releases, Heroes for Sale and Never Land, respectively. more >>
Christian hip hop artists from St. Louis, Missouri, have filed a federal lawsuit against pop artist Katy Perry, arguing her song "Dark Horse" is a copyright infringement of their 2008 gospel song "Joyful Noise."
The Christian group filing the lawsuit includes Marcus Gray, who goes by the stage name "Flame," and his producers Chike Ojukwu, Lecrae Moore and Emanuel Lambert. The plaintiffs argue that Katy Perry, along with Capitol Records, rapper Juicy J, and the producers and songwriters behind the 2013 pop hit are guilty of copyright infringement.
Along with profiting off of the original song, the lawsuit accuses Perry and her production team of changing the reputation of the gospel song. "Dark Horse's" lyrics have been criticized by some as referencing dark magic. more >>
It was supposed to be a tribute to singer Lionel Richie at the BET Awards show on Sunday but by the time renowned gospel singer Yolanda Adams was done belting out the 1980s Commodores hit "Jesus Is Love," many who watched the performance which drew a standing ovation, felt like they were brought to church.
"My GOD @Yolandalive just brought the Holy Ghost to the @BET Awards! #JESUS #BETawards2014," tweeted Grammy-nominated recording artist James Fortune.
"#BETAwards tribute to Lionel Ritchie just went next level. Yolanda Adams had church!" tweeted managing editor of The Grio, Joy-Ann Reid. more >>