Each expert submitted who he thought were the 20 most talented rappers. Based on how many nominations rappers received and where they were ranked, the final Top 20 list was formed. The panelists disagreed more than they agreed, as 63 different rappers received nominations.
"Hip-hop is an expression of what is dearest to you," says Christian rapper KB. "It's coming from who I love. And who I love is Jesus."
The religious artist's passion was rewarded earlier this month when his most recent EP, "100," became a minor crossover success -- in part because of a special promotion that involved free devotions for fans through the YouVersion Bible app. 100 went on to hit No. 1 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart, No. 4 on Rap Albums and No. 22 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 14,000 the first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Original Article: MTV
Hip-hop newcomer talks to MTV News about wanting to 'see if something cooks up' with the Yeezus MC.
By Rob Markman (@RobMarkman)
Andy Mineo knows exactly who he is. As an MC, the Syracuse, New York, native is as skilled as any of today's crop of rap newcomers — and he proved it in December on the "RapFix Live" all-cypher show, where he rhymed alongside 360, Bizzy Crook and Emilio Rojas.
There is a difference between Mineo and most of his rap contemporaries, though; if you listen closely, his bars are inspired chiefly by his Christian faith. Ask his fans, and you'll find that's all a part of his appeal.
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