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|Info:||Raptillion, born Russell Hickman of Georgetown, Delaware,
has been ministering the gospel since 1991. |
Raptillion faced a lot of adversity growing up in a home
were praise was uncommon and negativity was the norm. His
accomplishments went unrecognized but his failures were
illuminated. Due to the lack of parental support, his
education suffered greatly and he remained in special
education classes throughout his school years. Not feeling
accepted by his peers because of his educational inability,
led him to deal with his anger through fighting and
He was raised in a home with an alcoholic father and a
mother that was a compulsive gambler. He was constantly
subjected to a home that was infested with rodents and lack
of basic necessities. There were many instances that the
home went without electricity and heat. The family was very
reliant on their local Social Service Office to help provide
food, Medicad, and emergency money to help ends meet.
Bouncer & Son
Raptillion's contribution to the family was more like a
bouncer than a son. He assisted his mother in her gambling
fits by eliminating the looser by throwing them out of the
house. This helped foster his attitude of violence and
having fear of nothing. He was not only subjected to neglect
and violence in his own home but experienced it constantly
when he was with other family members and friends.
He witnessed a family member brutally kill another family
member. He also was present when a friend of the family
attempted to murder another acquaintance of the family. Like
most children in his time, Raptillion was also subjected to
mental and sexual abuse by a family member when he was
younger. Being influenced by all of the negativity, he was
not able to develop a high self esteem which helped
contribute to more unhealthy behaviors.
He became associated with the fast money game and began to
sell drugs and smoke marijuana. He spent many nights
standing in the cold and rain to distribute and make the
money he felt he needed or desired to have. He believed that
this new lifestyle would afford him the opportunity to have
the things that he did not have when he was a kid.
Although he could have been arrested many times, he did not
feel threatened by the law or anyone else that went against
his lifestyle. It wasn't until his girlfriend, who did not
support his habits, encouraged him to change and challenged
him with the words that he never forgot, "You can do
better," she told him that he had to make a decision to
change or should was going to end the relationship with him.
It was at that moment that he made a decision to alter his
life and start over.
In 1991 he made the greatest decision of his life by giving
his heart to the Lord. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and
personal Savior and decided from that moment he would give
back what he has taken from so many people in his past.
It wasn't until he was in his teenage years that he began to
attend church regularly with his Uncle Ike and Aunt Lil, who
he looked up to as his positive role models. Raptillion
says, "they encouraged me to establish a relationship with
the Lord and expressed the importance of reading my bible
Raptillion gave his life to the Lord in 1991 and vowed never
to return back to his sinful ways of drug dealing and being
addicted to marijuna. In 1998, he was signed to his first
record label, MOMRI Records of Beltsville, Delaware where he
released his first album entitled, "To God Be the Glory"
with the group Eternal Crew that he founded. The song, "
Still Going Strong," won most requested song on Altared
Lives Holy Hip Hop & Urban Gospel Radio.
From there he got connected with FISNO Records and had
several of his songs featured on the compilation "Holy
Warz." "Soulsides," a song featured on the Holy Warz
compilation, was catagorized as the most downloaded song for
the state of Delaware.
In 2005, he was officially signed to FISNO Records and
featured on the second compilation, "Destination Heaven."
Raptillion's song, "You're The Reason" hit the #1 spot on
the Spiritual charts on Audiostreet Radio as well as his
collaboration song featuring a West coast rapper, Loc Saint,
entitled "1 Way 2 Heaven" which placed #2 on the Christian
rap charts. Phazon Music Group recognized Raptillion as
artist of the month for January 2006.
He has lead hundreds of souls to Christ at his concerts and
street ministry events. He has shared the stage with
Margaret Becker, Kelli Risen, Dana Key, and Levi Grovey.
Raptillion was the opening act for national recording
artists DOC (Disciples of Christ). He also was the opening
act for Dennis The Christian Rapper and also performed
several concerts with him.
Raptillion's music ministry has led him to prisons,
Christian Coffee Houses, street ministries, and youth
conferences. In 1993, Raptillion competed in the Sails Wind
Park's talent competition winning 1st place in Christian Rap
as the best rap artist.
Raptillion released his first solo album entitled, "Ghetto
Therapy" in January 2007.
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|Info:||The album is released in January 2007.|
2. Sunshine & rain - featuring Lady
3. More of You
4. Ghetto life
5. What is this?
6. Da interview (skit)
7. Ghetto therapy
8. 1 way 2 heaven - featuring Loc Saint
9. Ghetto religion
10. Lost hurtin ones - featuring Promise2U & Lady
11. Throw Backx
12. Shout outs (skit)
13. Raise the fallin'
14. You're the reason (feat. Katrina Jones)
15. Death of my ministry
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