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Releases:[Message Magazine, Tha] [Exodus : A Journey from Death 2 Life] [MicRippaz : The Holy Hip Hop Magazine] [U-Zone Magazine : No Fashion, No Religion, All Spirit, All Urban Gospel] [Elementz of Life] [S.O.U.Lmag = Crossover = Flavor Fest] [Feed : Beats, Rhymes & Light] [Rap & Roer] [Heaven's Hip-Hop : The Magazine Of True Hip-Hop Music] [In His Hands : On the Underground Christian Hip-Hop Tip!] [23:4 : Official Magazine of the Christian Revolution] [Bassic Instinct : The First and Only Gospel Hip-Hop Magazine]
Info:This section highlights the magazines or journals that are or have been published regarding holy hip hop or the urban lifestyle from a christian perspective.

Importance
The initiative of the first magazines in the 1990s are of importance, because it filled a void for the christian hip hop fans and it finally gave full exposure regarding their favourite musical style hip hop, before the christian hip hop internetsites and it's forums would start and take over that function.

Bassic Instinct
The magazine "Bassic Instinct" is probably the first christian hip hop magazine in the United States published by Sprout, Inc. The editor-in-chief and publisher was M.J. Sprout Jr. also known as "The J-Man". Their 3rd issue was released in 1993.

23:4
The publication "23:4 : Official Magazine of the Christian Revolution" is published by Noah Tutak in 1993. As he explains the idea about the magazine, he says: "To publicize the emerging scene of young alternative christianity." As his favourite musical style is hip hop, initially a lot of attention was paid to this form of music, but the magazine expanded quickly to cover punk, hardcore, dance, etc.

Heaven's Hip Hop
One of the first christian hip hop magazine to be published "Heaven's Hip Hop" released by Knolly Williams' Grapetree Records in 1994.

Rap & Roer
In The Netherlands "Rap & Roer" is released by Eye Deeh (Rik Zutphen) in 1996. The magazine was released in black and white. Contributions were made by Eye Deeh and the readers of the magazine, who send in articles. The initiative is of importance, because it gave a voice to the fans, before the internet and it's forums would start and take over that function.

Feed
A new magazine entitled "Feed" was released by Sherice and Nathan Sudds from Canada in 2001 and lasted until issue 10, 2005. The magazine was printed on high quality glossy paper.

Fla.vor Fest
The first annual publication by Flavor Alliance entitled "Flavor Fest" is published during their conference Fla.vor Fest in November 2002. After merging the two publications "Flavor Fest" and "Crossover" into one magazine the name changed into S.O.U.Lmag in 2006.

Elementz of Life
The magazine is first released in May 2004, as "4the Streets". The magazine is more directed towards the spiritual life of the reader, who is part of the urban culture, than publishing articles about music and artist interviews.

U-Zone
Putting the urban lifestyle back on the map is the U-Zone Magazine by the Urban Gospel Alliance, first published in 2005. The magazine has a broad scope on music, so besides hip hop, they are interested in musical styles, like urban contemporary, jazz and reggae.

MicRippaz
MicRippaz is published since 2006. Just as Flavor Fest the magazine is available at major gospel industry events and conferences as well as selected christian music stores.

Exodus
A quarterly published christian lifestyle magazine tailored to the urban youth. The magazine is founded in June 2007 by Joel Maldonado, and Rochelle Moyd and is launched in October 2007.

Distribution
The majority of the magazines are only nationally distributed and not available abroad. Exceptions however were the publications Feed and Heaven's Hip-Hop.
Some publications are only available as specials at conferences or selected (online) stores, like Flavor fest, U-Zone and MicRippaz.

Frequency
The frequency of the publications is usually about one or two issues per year.

Release:Message Magazine, Tha
Message Magazine, Tha
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Released:2008
Info:Tha Message Magazine is published by a christian Texas publishing company called 3 Nails publishing. The first issue of Tha Message Magazine came out in October 2008.

Mission
Seeking to transform lost souls by connecting them to faith based hip hop music, and breaking down barriers and stereotypes by uniting all people thru God's love and grace.

Frequency
The Magazine is quarterly for now, with about 62 to 90 pages.

Contents
The content of Tha message consist of:
- Features: Articles on artist, music and events
- Graffiti, art work
- News
- Q and A.
- Events

Website
The URL of the website is:
- thamessagemag.com
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Release:Exodus : A Journey from Death 2 Life
Exodus : A Journey from Death 2 Life
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Released:2007
Info:Exodus Magazine is an urban christian magazine designed for youth/young adults, ages 15-25.
Exodus Magazine was founded in June 2007 by Joel Maldonado, and Rochelle Moyd. The magazine is launched in October 2007. After April 25th, 2008 the magazine is published in a digital format only.

Frequency
The magazine is published 4 times a year (January, April, July, October).

Subscriptions
For more information visit: Exodusmag.com

Contents
The magazine includes:
- Da Message: Topics that will give biblical principles on how to grow as Christians.
- Da Movement: Focuses on youth groups, or youth geared organizations that are doing something to help build their community, or change the lives of other youth.
- Story-2-Tell: This will share testimony about how Jesus manifested his glory in someone’s life and brought them out of a difficult situation and gave them victory.
- Young & Successful: A spotlight on young entrepreneurs.
- Shout!: This section will give the youth an opportunity to express themselves through poetry, spoken word, or art.
- On the Grind: A focuse on up & coming gospel artists on the grind to make it in the industry.
- Hot or Not: Four gospel artists on review, who have albums, scheduled for release or recently released. The albums will be reviewed and rated by a panel of youth.
- Fashion & Faith: This section will emphasize fashion through different styles and give tips on how to glorify God through your clothing.

Mission
Our mission is to bring the gospel to the streets, and in return bring the streets to the gospel. We want to meet the youth/young adults where they are, uproot them and lead them on a journey from death to life. Our ultimate goal is to help raise successful, spiritually mature youth by encouraging them to meditate on things that are positive, uplifting, and respectful, as well as, entertaining.

Name
The word Exodus is defined as a journey of a large group to escape out of a hostile environment. The book of Exodus narrates the journey of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt into the promise land. Just as God called Moses, we believe He called us to lead the youth/young adults of this world, “the Chosen Generation” out of spiritual death and into the promise land, which is life and that more abundantly.

Photo: First issue October 2007.
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Release:MicRippaz : The Holy Hip Hop Magazine
MicRippaz : The Holy Hip Hop Magazine
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Released:2006
Info:MicRippaz from San Jose, California is a quality publication printed on high gloss text paper. The magazine is founded by LaShawn Batiste also known as Lil La La on September 14th, 2003.

Frequency
The magazine is published bi-monthly, since 2006.

Site
Contact details can can be found on: Micrippaz.com

Subtitle
The subtitle originally was "Bringing Holy Hip Hop To The Streets", issue 1, 2006. Since issue 2 (June 2006) it is "The Holy Hip Hop Magazine".

Contents
The magazine includes:
- The News: Recent news throughout the Urban Music Industry
- MR Spot: Profiles a new artists to keep your eye on.
- The Biz Industry related Q & A with major industry players.
- Ladies Corner: Articles focused towards women.
- Radio Bomb List: Top 10 lists from various regions
- Reviews: Real reviews of the latest music and videos.

Events
MicRippaz is available at major gospel industry events and conferences as well as select locations of christian music stores.

Photo: Cover of MicRippaz, issue 1, [2006].
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Release:U-Zone Magazine : No Fashion, No Religion, All Spirit, All Urban Gospel
U-Zone Magazine : No Fashion, No Religion, All Spirit, All Urban Gospel
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Released:2005
Info:U-Zone Magazine published by the Urban Gospel Alliance from Oakland, California is an urban gospel trade publication targeting gospel radio, media, promoters, artists, label executives, ministry heads and all urban individuals with an interest in urban gospel music styles and comedy.

Frequency
Iissue number 1 is published in June of 2005. The magazine is released quarterly. The issue numbers continue through the volumes per year.

Site
No international subscriptions are possible. But U-Zone can be obtained in stores or (US only) subscribe at: Uzonemagazine.com.

Subtitle
The magazine's subtitle was first, "The Voice of the Urban Gospel Alliance", but changed with issue nr. 5, March 2006 in "No Fashion, No Religion, All Spirit, All Urban Gospel".

Goal
The magazines goal is to bring awareness of the
growing landscape of Urban Gospel Music to the general music industry population and an expanding urban audience of music lovers hungry for new styles of music to fit their spiritual beliefs.
U-Zone believes in promoting urban gospel music styles including urban contemporary, hip hop, jazz, reggae, and comedy.

Contents
The magazine U-Zone contains the following:
- In The News: provides the latest industry news.
- Radar: features the hottest independent artists to hit the music scene.
- The Biz: contains informative tidbits from industry movers and shakers to help propel the music careers of new and veteran artists.
- Radio Reports: radio top 10 lists for the quarter from various regions across the U.S.
- Reviews: candid reviews of the latest projects to hit the streets.
- Features: Articles on artists, events and music.
- Insight: Exposing various topics within the industry.
- Special Events: provides event details of various
industry events.

Specials
U-Zone is often the official magazine for these events, like the Holy Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta (January 11-13, 2007) and Fla.vor Fest (November 2-4, 2006) .

Photo: Cover of U-Zone, issue 8 (January, February, March 2007)
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Release:Elementz of Life
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Released:2004
Info:The magazine from New York is released for the first time in May 2004, as "4the Streets" magazine, which was renamed Elementz of Life in February 2006, with issue 2. Elementz of Life is a reach out program of the American Bible Society.

Mission
The Mission of Elementz of Life is to present the gospel in relevant and engaging formats to unchurched youth and young adults affected by contemporary urban culture, and to provide the church and parachurch groups with faith-based programs and scripture resources.

Contents
The publication is a positive, faith-based street-level magazine that seeks to meet the spiritual needs of our youth by providing empowering information; filled with hope and ways to address life issues. Through the power of poetry, stories, interviews, and art, they find a way to help prevent others from going through their same struggles.

Site
The magazine can be obtained at: Elementzoflife.com.

Guides
Reading guides to use the magazine in the class or in groups can be found at the site as wel.

Issues
Volume #1 was released in May 2004.
Volume #2 was released in February 2006.
Volume #3 was released in October 2006.

Photo: Cover of Elementz of Life, Volume #3.
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Release:S.O.U.Lmag = Crossover = Flavor Fest
S.O.U.Lmag =  Crossover = Flavor Fest
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Released:2002
Recordlabel:Fla.vor Alliance
Info:Fla.vor Alliance released their first holy hip hop magazine in 2002. This publication would be called "Fla.vor Fest" magazine in the Fall and "Crossover" magazine when released in the Spring. The magazine "Flavor Fest" is released during the annual Flavor Alliance conference "Flavor Fest" in Tampa, Florida.

First issues
The first issue published of "Fla.vor Fest" is during the Fla.vor Fest conference in November 2002 with Corey Red and Precise on the cover.
The first "Crossover" magazine was published in the Spring of 2003 with Fla.vor Alliance on the cover.

Names
In 2006 the two magazines "Flavor Fest", and "Crossover : Our Sole Purpose, Is To Give Your Soul Purpose" were combined into one brand "S.O.U.Lmag : Speaking On Urban Life" to expand both titles beyond just the Fest and Crossover - although it still focuses on both activities.

Frequency
In 2006 only one issue was published of "S.O.U.Lmag" as it was a double cover and 100 pages thick. But in 2007 a Spring and Fall issue is released.

Site
To buy back issues go to: Thesoulmag.com

Contents
The magazine contains interviews and lifestyle articles.

Photo: Cover of Flavor Fest, issue 3, 2004.
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Release:Feed : Beats, Rhymes & Light
Feed : Beats, Rhymes & Light
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Released:2001
Info:The magazine is published by Sherice and Nathan Sudds from Kingsville, Canada in 2001 and lasted 10 issues until 2005. The magazine was printed on high quality glossy paper.

Contents
Feed contained news, interviews, music reviews and special columns concerning lifestyle issues.

Site
Although the magazine does not exist anymore back issues can still be bought at the site: Feedstop.com.

ISSN
The ISSN is 1710-1085.

Photo: Feed cover of last issue 2005, nr. 10.
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Release:Rap & Roer
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Released:1996
Info:The Dutch magazine is released by Rik Zutphen (Eye Deeh) in Gouda, The Netherlands from 1996-2000. The first issue was number 1, February/March 1996. The last issue number 16/17, 2000.

Contents
The black and white magazine contained an editorial, news, music-, concert reviews, graffiti, plus special columns, articles made by the readers.

Archive
The first and last issue is publised online at:
http://busyr.com/pixarchive/Magazines/RapEnRoer/Issue-16_17/

Photo: Cover of Rap & Roer last and first issue 16/17 from 2000.
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Release:Heaven's Hip-Hop : The Magazine Of True Hip-Hop Music
Heaven's Hip-Hop : The Magazine Of True Hip-Hop Music
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Released:1994
Recordlabel:Grapetree Records
Info:The magazine is published by Graptree Records: Knolly Williams and Josie Williams in Texas, United States from 1994-2002. The publication years are still to be verified.

Frequency
It was first bi-monthly released and later monthly (1995). The first issue was published in January 1994.

Mission
Heaven's Hip-Hop is a bi-monthly Gospel rap music magazine of Grapetree Records, dedicated to uplifting the name of Jesus Christ. We believe and teach the plain truth found in God's word (The Holy Bible), and are not affiliated with any denomination or other organization. Our goal is to edify the believer, and to reach those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Friend. We are committed to helping God's servants as they preach the Good News through song. It is our fervent prayer that God will continue using these artists, as they continue edifying the body, and winning souls for the Kingdom.

Contents
The magazine did not only feature Grapetree artists, but also other artists. It contained an editorial, news, interviews, music reviews and special columns.

Distribution
Distribution was dealt by Diamante Music Group.

Photo: Heaven's Hip-Hop, Issue 9 (July 1995)
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Release:In His Hands : On the Underground Christian Hip-Hop Tip!
In His Hands : On the Underground Christian Hip-Hop Tip!
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Released:1993
Info:The Newspaper/Magazine "In His Hands : On the Underground Christian Hip-Hop Tip!" (IHH) was published by First Light Productions, Inc., in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The founder and editor was Sharon Thomas also known as Sharon T. The magazine is likely to have published it's first issue in 1993.

Contents
The black and white newspaper featured interviews, music reviews and news.

Contributors were:
- Marie Grant
- Raptipster
- Tha G-Rap Junky
- DS
- Cajun

Photo: In His Hands, issue 17 (volume 3) 1996
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Release:23:4 : Official Magazine of the Christian Revolution
23:4 : Official Magazine of the Christian Revolution
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Released:1993
Info:The magazine is published by Noah Tutak of 23:4 Productions. The first issue was published in 1993, which was initially a run of 1.000 free black and white magazines. The last issue came out in 1995. By that time the magazine was a full color glossy nationally distributed magazine.

Name
The name is derived from the scripture: Psalms 23:4 - Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Idea
The idea behind the magazine was to publicize about the emerging scene of young alternative christianity.

Mission
The mission was described as: "To provide a forum of communication for the diverse and dynamic population of christian youth; to strengthen christian brothers and sisters through wisdom and encouragement; to outreach to the world by spreading the true message of Christ; all for the purpose of strengthening the Kingdom of God.

Frequency
The magazine was a monthly publication.

Contents
23:4 contained an editorial, news, interviews, music reviews and special columns.
As Noah Tutak explains further regarding the music: "Really anything out of the christian mainstream that the youth was listening to - primarily hip hop, especially at first, but the magazine expanded quickly to cover punk, hardcore, dance, etc."

Hip Hop
Hip hop was the primary genre the magazine covered. As the publiher states: "Primarily because 1 it was my favorite and 2 it was the most underserved at the time."

Contributors were:
- Jeffrey Daniels: editor
- Mel Booker: articles
- Christopher Dart: articles
- Wayne Harper: articles
- Mark Mingin: articles
- Calix Lewis Reneau: articles
- Michael T.: articles
- Randall L. Rike: photos
- Larry Bolen: photos
- Eberardo Sanchez: art
- Raul Landaverde: art
- Wayne Harper: advertising
- Michael T.: marketing

Photo: Cover of 23:4 issue 4 (April 1994). The first coloured issue.
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Release:Bassic Instinct : The First and Only Gospel Hip-Hop Magazine
Bassic Instinct : The First and Only Gospel Hip-Hop Magazine
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Released:1992
Info:The magazine is published by Sprout, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan. The editor-in-chief and publisher was M.J. Sprout Jr. also known as "The J-Man". The magazine released the first 2 issues in 1992. In issue 3, 1993 the publisher M.J. Sprout Jr. gives a reason for the long wait of a new publication due to his fight against cancer. There seem to be only 3 issues published.

Contents
The black and white magazine Bassic Instinct featured interviews, music reviews and news.

Contributors were:
- Jamie Lee Rake
- John
- Mark Reiser
- Brother faith
- Walt Requejo

Lay out assistance by Chris Dean.
Graffitti art by Drew "Starving Artist" Clemens.

Contact
Please contact us, if you know more regarding this journal and the people behind it.

Photo: Bassic Instinct, issue 3 (1993)
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