Hostyle Gospel

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Hostyle Gospel
Hostyle Gospel and Mc Jin.JPG
King Soloman (left), MC Jin, Proverb and Big Job (right) at the Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference 2014
Background information
Also known asHostile Gospel, HG, Elite M.O.C.
OriginChampaign, Illinois, United States
GenresChristian hip hop, hardcore hip hop, crunk
Years active2003 (2003)–present
LabelsHostyle Gospel Ministries
Associated actsBobby Jones (singer), Lamorax, Gemstones, Jarrett Johnson, Fred Lynch, P.I.D., John Givez
MembersKing Solomon[1] Proverb
Big Job
Hdavid Garcia

Hostyle Gospel is an American Christian hip hop group from Champaign, Illinois. Its members include Demetrius Morton (King Soloman), Raynard Glass (Proverb), and Fontaine Pizza (Big Job).[2][3][4][5] Hostyle Gospel is best known for their aggressive Christian rap style. The group is also known for creating their own sound called Christian battle music, which also can be referred to as Christian war music or The Hostyle Gospel sound.[1][6]


Hostyle Gospel was formed in 2003 from a central Illinois group known as Elite M.O.C.[6][7] It originally only had two members: Raynard Glass and Demetrius Morton. However, Fontaine Pizza joined the band in 2005. It also has several other members who work on music production, graphic design, and website management.[2][8][9]

In 2013, Hostyle Gospel got together with the Champaign School of Music and hosted the Family Rock Jam Session for the Community of Champaign/Urbana. The event was the first Christian hip hop performance for an educational program in a Champaign community.[4] After the success of the Family Rock Jam Session, the group made their on-air and debut radio broadcast on 97.9 Jamz WJWZ with their single Break.[10] Later that year, Hostyle Gospel's album Desperation was featured in the gospel magazine Gospel Synergy in a list of new artists and new music to watch out for.[11] On October 11, Hostyle Gospel performed with Christian rappers KB (rapper), Da' T.R.U.T.H., MC Jin at Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference 2014 in Tampa, Florida.[12] To date, Hostyle Gospel has released three studio albums, four mixtapes and has worked with many of the top names in the Christian industry.[6] The group is also being guided and mentored by Christian rap legend Fred Lynch from the Christian hip hop group P.I.D.[1] On April 19, 2016 Hostyle Gospel teamed up with Christian Rapper John Givez and released a single titled Skittles & Iced Tea that talked about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. The song addressed the importance of Freedom, Liberty, Justice and human rights for Americans.[13] The group also teamed up with hip hop artist Gemstones and released a single entitled "Clap" which debuted on June 8, 2016.[14]


In 2013, the group's album Desperation received a review of 3/5 from gospel music historian, Bob Marovitch, of the Journal of Gospel Music. Marovitch described the group as "a no-nonsense battle axe who loves the world and its people enough to help them mightily".[15] On October 23, 2014, Brain Magazine (fr) released an article praising the group for being one of the benchmarks for how true Christian rappers should record music and conduct themselves in the music industry.[16] In 2014 at the Flavor Fest 2014 Conference, Hostyle Gospel was interviewed live on the #1 syndicated Christian hip hop radio show, Jam The Hype with Chris Chicago. Their single Break was debuted and the group also talked about their future plans and projects.[17][18] In 2015 their Desperation album brought the group international success. Cross Rhythms picked Hostyle Gospel's "Praise", "Turn It Up" and "Rock" to be featured on 101.8FM Cross Rhythms City Radio station in the UK.[1]


  • Proverb - vocalist [19][20]
  • King Soloman - vocalist
  • Big Job - vocalist
  • Teckniek - Back Up Rapper
  • Hdavid Garcia - Drummer
  • Kamikaze - Dancer
  • King Son - Main Producer


Studio albums[edit]




Title Year Role Network
Bobby Jones Gospel 2015 themselves The Impact Network[26]


  1. ^ a b c d Cummings, Tony. "Hostyle Gospel: The Illinois militants called to be servants not hip-hop stars". Cross Rhythms. Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Hostyle Gospel; Music, Videos, Songs, News, Photos, and Lyrics". MTV. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Hostyle Gospel Biography". The Biography. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Hip-hop gospel group visits for Family Rock Jam show". The News-Gazette. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Hostyle Gospel Artist Profile". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Hostyle Gospel (The Best Kept Secret)". Louder Than The Music. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  7. ^ Cummings, Tony. "Hostyle Gospel - Desperation". Crossrhythms. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Prayer Changes Things" (PDF). Rebirth Magazine: 24. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Hostyle Gospel - Immortal Combat". Christian Sonic. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  10. ^ "24 November 2013". 97.9 Jamz WJWZ. The Genesiz Lounge Radio Show. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  11. ^ Williams, Keith. "GSM November2013". Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  12. ^ Horton, Chad. "Flavor Fest 2014". Rapzilla. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Hostyle Gospel, John Givez Team Up for "Skittles & Iced Tea" Single". urban christian news. Retrieved 20 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Audio Hostyle Gospel". Gospel Centric. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Hostyle Gospel Desperation". Journal of Gospel Music. Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Preach The" Christian Rapper'?". Brain Magazine. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Jam The Hype Live With Chris Chicago - Flavor Fest 2014 Edition". Jam The Hype. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  18. ^ "On The Air". Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  19. ^ Nikkel, : Mary. "Hostyle Gospel: Aggressively Advancing Hope". Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  20. ^ a b Moss, Iain. "20 Questions With Hostyle Gospel". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  21. ^ a b c "Hostyle Gospel - Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  22. ^ "Hostyle Gospel - Let Me At Em". Cross Rhythms. Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  23. ^ "Immortal Combat". Jesus Freak Hideout. John DiBiase. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  24. ^ Christian, Neil. "Hostyle Gospel". Holy Culture. Holy Culture. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  25. ^ Honeyman, Lins. "Hostyle Gospel - Hostyle Takeover". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  26. ^ "Hostyle Gospel - Bobby Jones". Youtube. Retrieved 5 June 2015.

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