Gospel Gangstaz

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Gospel Gangstaz
Origin South Central, Los Angeles
Genres Hip hop, Christian hip hop
Years active 1994—present
Website www.gospelgangstaz.net
Members Mr. Solo
Chillie' Baby
Past members DJ Dove
Tik Tokk

Gospel Gangstaz is a Greater Los Angeles Area-based West Coast Christian hip hop group. The group has featured members formerly affiliated with the Crips and Bloods gangs, Mr. Solo, Chilly Baby, DJ Dove and Tik Tokk.

Biography[edit]

The group is known for their unique combination of musical talent and Christian lifestyle, as evidenced in their songs. The group's founder, Mr. Solo became a Christian after he almost died in a gang-related shooting. In an interview Mr. Solo said of the Gospel Gangstaz:

In 1994, the group released their debut album, Gang Affiliated. In winter of 1996, the group's follow up, Do or Die was released. But their third album I Can See Clearly Now released in 1999 was their debut CD on B-Rite, a major label. The album received a Grammy nomination in the Best Rock Gospel Album category.[2] Other releases from the group include All Mixed UP 2000, The Exodus 2002, The Flood 2006 and Street Disciples 2011.

Street Disciples is a video documentary and soundtrack.

In July 2006, ex-member Tik Tokk was arrested on murder charges.[3]

The Gospel Gangstaz have long been known for their ministry focused toward spreading the love of Christ to young men and women with violent pasts or drug problems. When asked about the announcement that Tik Tokk, a former member of the Gospel Gangstaz, had been arrested on July 6 for his alleged involvement in a Bibb County, GA shooting, Chille' Baby said, "It was a major, major shock."

"Professionally, Mr. Solo and Chille' Baby have not been associated with Tik Tokk since 2003. They gave him their blessing when he asked to leave the group over a year and a half ago. They have not recorded with him since then and Tik Tokk has not performed with the group for years. Mr. Solo explained that when he and Tik Tokk first met, he felt he was drawn to minister to Tik Tokk much in the same way that he wanted to minister to others with troubled and violent pasts. When asked about the future of the Gangstaz, Mr. Solo said, 'We are moving on with our ministry with the vision God has given us. Even though Tik Tokk parted from the Gospel Gangstaz, our heart still goes out to him, as well as the families of the victims.'"[citation needed]

The Gospel Gangstaz have teamed up with some of the biggest names in Gospel music including Kirk Franklin A-1 Swift CMC's and Mary Mary.[citation needed]

The Gospel Gangstaz also started and collaborated with a group called CMC's.

Fashion[edit]

The Gospel Gangstaz teamed up with Only Won to form the Camp 8 clothing line. 2011 launches the first of the clothing line with the Camp 8 Sneakahz. They will be using Faces Behind the Labels to manufacture the shoes.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Compilation[edit]

The Gospel Gangstaz are featured in a song called "Testify" on the Luvv 2 Dance compilation album by Much Luvv Records.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography. christianmusic. Accessed December 18, 2007.
  2. ^ "NBC4 "Grammy Nominees - Gospel"". Nbc4.com. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  3. ^ "Tic Tock formerly of Gospel Gangstaz locked up". Rapzilla. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Much Luvv Records". Syntax Creative. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 

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