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Ziklag Boyz

Country:United States
Releases:[Deythoughtwewuzplayin' : The EP] [Raw & Uncut : Volume 2] [The Demo]
Info:The Ziklag Boyz consisted of three members: Tico Hudson (also known as Khul Rhema) from Albany, Georgia, Brian Nichols (also known as King E) of Atlanta, Georgia, and Matthew Folson (also known as T.A.O.) from Jacksonville, Florida.
The crew united in 2001 to form Dem Ziklag Boyz and disbanded in 2005.

Homeless
The start of this Holy Hip Hop trio began with the Word of the Lord. In 1996, Rhema (founding member of the group and graduate of Fort Valley State), found himself homeless on the streets of California, selling drugs and disappointed by a broken dream of becoming an urban music producer. Nevertheless, his hope was restored when his uncle told him about the yoke-destroying power of God.

Kingdom
Hudson then submitted his life to Jesus and heard the clear, audible voice of God say, "Through you, multitudes will be ushered into the Kingdom." A few days later, he heard the voice of God again say, "This is what I want you to do," as he listened to Holy Hip Hop music for the first time. He persisted to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ and pursue his calling. In the midst of his Christian growth, the Lord repeatedly showed him a vision of three men standing unharmed in a fiery furnace with a fourth man who was undoubtedly Jesus. However, these three men were not Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego of the Bible story found in Daniel 3. They were the three men who now form Ziklag.

King E.
Four years later, Rhema met King E. In that year, 2000, King rededicated his life to Jesus. Although he was saved at the age of five, he did not develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He appeared to be headed for success as a graduate of Albany State University and secular rap artist who promoted positive living.

Blessings
However, he realized that his life was meaningless without Christ as he heard a message by Dr. Creflo A. Dollar, Jr., Senior Pastor of World Changers Church International entitled, " The Blessing of the Lord Makes One Rich, And He Adds No Sorrow With It." From this moment forward, he decided to live for Christ and change his lyrics so that others would know the message of salvation.

T.A.O.
The third member to join Ziklag in 2001 is T.A.O. An acronym for Tenacious, Anointed and Optimistic. He also had a dream of becoming a secular rap artist, but in his pursuit he embraced a lifestyle of gang violence, hardcore drugs and alcohol. His vision was blurred by these addictions and desires of life.

Jail
He was so heavily involved in selling drugs that he was arrested and spent six months in jail. While in jail, TAO decided to live a legitmate lifestyle. After his release, he worked, tried several relationships and eventually traveled the country as a secular rap artist. Yet, this too failed and he lost his will to live. Deep inside his heart he knew that God could fix his situation. So he attended WCCI and gave his life to Jesus Christ. Since then,

Ziklag Member
TAO has taken a moral stand against the very things that brought his life to turmoil. In addition, he is now happily married to Monique Folson, whom he also met at WCCI. TAO became the final member of the group, which was originally called MoDan Conquerors.

Demo
In the same year, the group recorded their first demo entitled, "the Demo, " which included the acclaimed Money Comin'. It reached the ears of Dr. Dollar who approached them and said, "God told me to call you Ziklag . . . the place where David recovered all." They entered into an agreement with Dr. Dollar for the single and music video, Money Comin'. As a result, nearly 5,000 copies were sold in the first six weeks.

Album
Ziklag's first album, Raw and Uncut, Volume 2, was released June 27, 2003 independently. In 2004 Ziklag was released on the soundtrack of the Home Video Movie entitled Higher Ground.

Disbandment
The crew disbanded due to difficulties with sin as Tico Hudson states in the Ziklag's press release of June 2005:

I am Tico Hudson, aka Khul (pronounced cool) Rhema, the founder and visionary behind the Ziklag Boyz. I want to first of all apologize personally to all of you, as I feel that I have let you down in that I fell to sin. I feel that I am primarily responsible for the disbanding of Ziklag because I believe that as the man that God charged with carrying the vision out, that nothing could have hindered or destroyed the group unless I allowed it to happen. With my sins, I opened the door to the enemy and gave him enough room to come in and steal what has been a blessing and encouragement to many of you. This fact grieves my heart to the core. I pray that none of you, especially the kids and teens, will take this bad example of Christianity and allow it to deter you from being the person in Christ that God has created for you to be. With that, I want to encourage you all to remember that it's not about us anyway. [...]

Compilation
Their last track "Let It Go" as a crew can be found on Best of the Submissions : volume 2 from 2005.

Source press release: neworldmusic.net/Press/

Release:Deythoughtwewuzplayin' : The EP
Deythoughtwewuzplayin' : The EP
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2004
Info:1. Pep Rally
2. Deythoughtwewuzplayin'
3. It's Your Birthday
4. New Wine
5. Money Comin'
6. Mr. Big Stuff
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Release:Raw & Uncut : Volume 2
Raw & Uncut : Volume 2
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Released:2003
Info:1 Ziklag Boys
2 Raw And Uncut
3 No Weapon
4 Souljah
5 Think About You
6 Last Night
7 New Money
8 Free Yo Mind
9 Ziklag Boyz
10 L.O.V.E.
11 Da Kingdom
12 Money Comin' Remix
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Release:The Demo
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Released:2001
Recordlabel:Indie (Independant Release)
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