Imagine a rap artist who in his music balances comedy, weightiness & relevance in order to impact crowds with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Meet the artist, K-Drama, a 27-year-old writer & producer who acts out the King on beats, encouraging people to evaluate their selves & make change as necessary. His gift has made room for him in the Christian Rap genre as he has produced for great artist such as Lecrae, Flame & Tedashii & has featured vocally on songs with Sho Baraka, R-Swift & over 100 other artists across the world. K-Drama has also partnered with Christian MMA clothing line, Jesus Didn’t Tap, crafting 2 theme songs for the brand.
Born A. Regis Jones in Cincinnati, OH, he had a difficult childhood. In 7 years, he attended 5 different schools. Regis oftentimes felt neglected, so he lived for attention & affirmation. At Sunday service, he quoted Bible verses in hopes to impress members while at school he did the total opposite to impress his peers. Regis lived a double life.
It wasn’t until his friend, Marquez Patterson died at the age of 13 of a heart failure that Regis had a rude awakening. He realized that life is short and no man knows when he’ll die. Hence, Regis became a born again Christian at Marquez’s funeral without an altar call. Through God, Regis sought out the purpose of his life.
Without intentionally looking, Regis discovered part of his purpose through another Christian rapper performing at an out of town youth retreat. Though Regis never rapped prior to salvation, Regis was encouraged by the Holy Spirit to pursue rap ministry as a means to evangelize to sinners & encourage Christians in their walk. As Regis was penning songs, his Pastor, Ronny Lott, took note of his interest & invited Regis to perform in his 1st concert alongside Grapetree Records act, Preachas In Tha Hood.
After a successful performance, Regis (now known as K-Drama) began ministering in outreaches, prisons, schools, churches, festivals & anywhere he had an opportunity to perform. Over time, he made 3 albums before signing his 1st recording contract with Holy Hip Hop Music/EMI Gospel. This spring boarded his career, opening many opportunities for him to spread the love of Jesus Christ through his music across the United States.
His 5th album, BoomBaptism, garnered his most popular song to date, “Air Jordan” which was a phenomenon in the Christian Rap genre. This song was remixed over 70 times including “Kobe Bryant On Em’” by Sho Baraka which ended up being included on Sho’s latest album & featured K-Drama on the 3rd verse.
Now signed, with premier record label, Cross Movement Records, K-Drama’s platform has been graciously extended, charging Christians to workout spiritually through his debut CMR release We Fit: The Workout Plan. Provident-Integrity/Sony Music distributes this album.
K-Drama is a proud husband & father of 3 children. Him & his wife are active in their home church, desiring growth in themselves, their church body & the inner city surrounding them. Because of the generous support around the world, K-Drama is able to pursue music full time. K-Drama is honored to be able to do all that he does. By trusting in the Lord, God has directed K-Drama’s path.
k-Drama-Performer, songwriter, producer
August 6th, 2010-We Fit: The Workout Plan (Cross Movement Records/Sony Music/Provident
December 9th, 2008-BoomBaptism: k-Drama's 5th studio album.
September 27th, 2008-Produced "Got Paper" on Lecrae's chart topping album "Rebel"
March 4th, 2008-Produced "Hold On" & "It's All Gon Pass" on Flame's Senior album "Our World Redeemed."
Sept. 12th, 2006- "Behind the Glory" 1st nationally released LP from k-Drama. Distributed by EMI Gospel/Holy Hip Hop Music.
August 1st, 2006-Beatmart Volume 3: Best of the Submissions. Mixed by DJ Morphiziz. Distributed by Sony BMG. (Guest appearance on "What it Look Like")
May 19th, 2006-R-Swift, "Revolutionary Theme Musik" distributed by Lampmode Music. Production and Guest appearance on "You Can Get It" feat. Ruddy, This'l, & R-Swift.
October 25th, 2005-Holy Hip Hop Volume 3: Taking the Gospel to the Streets (my song, "Valley View Avenue" is featured on this compilation)
TBA-Cas Metah - "The Guest Room" (guest appearance on "OH10" produced by Theory Hazit & "Golden Eye" feat. Motion Plus. Produced by Todd Bangz) www.scribblingidiots.com
TBA-Rhymes Elect - "Irregular Remedy" (guest appearance on, "Banner") www.rhymeselect.com
TBA-Phits, "Devil's Whispers" (Guest Appearance on, "Take my Death") www.soundclick.com/phits
April 5th, 2005-Mike Shelton, "Strictly Street" (Guest appearance and production credits on, "Did He Say That???") www.mikeshelton.com
March 29th, 2005-Sean Slaughter, "Die Another Day" (Guest appearance on, "Stadium Lights" feat. Sean Slaughter, Shabach, & Picasso) http://www.slaughtermusic.com
March 29th, 2005-Mr. D-Note, "Hybernation" (guest appearance and production credits on, "City of Mine") http://www.rttglobal.com/index.htm
March 22nd, 2005-Bobby Bishop, "Government Name" (Production credits for "For The Crowd" Digitally edited by Todd Collins) http://www.beatmart.com http://www.bobbybishop.com
March 18th, 2005-Rob Hodge, "A New Day in Hip Hop" (Guest Appearance and Production credits on "The Storm") www.myspace.com/robhodge
February 18th, 2005-Lazarus, "The Laz Block" (guest appearance on "Where's the Fruit?" with Lazarus & Eckspress) www.ficmusic.com
February 2005-Various Artist, "The Message Pt 2: More than a radio show mix LP" (Guest appearance on "Love U Remix" feat. Lesun & Bracey. Guest Appearance and Production credits on, "We Thorough" feat. J-Reign. Guest Appearance on "The Message"
January 18th, 2005- k-Drama, "14 2 Life: iLLustrations of Self" (Latest Solo Album. Album feat. manCHILD of Mars iLL, Theory Hazit, Wonder Brown, mTribs, Jay Tha Kid, Bracey, Kurrect, & Charde Campbell)
January 11th, 2005-B.I.G. S.T.E.V.E., "Christ Affiliated." (Production credits for various songs)
December 2004-Holy Culture Radio's, "Soul Bombin volume 1" (Guest Appearance on "1 Life 2 Live")
2004-Lil La La, "Bringin da Pain" (Guest appearance on, "Passion of Christ")
2004-Various Artist, "Lost Souls Movie Soundtrack" (Exclusive song, "Dat Devil")
2004-Serious Series Volume 2
*Feat. on, "Intro" "Crazy Praise" "I'm Focused" (solo joint) & "k-Drama interview"
-Produced, "Intro" "Bobby Bishop Exclusive" "Dre Murray & Cedenough, "Show Must Go On" "Gyfted-I was Suppose to" "Rob Hodge, Mo Man, Dre Murray-Puzzle Pieces" "27 Exclusive" Damon Lamar "Ain't As Easy As it Looks"
2004-GSP, "Dreamin" (Guest appearance on, "12 Disciples")
*Feat. with PCP on, "My Block" & "Break Dem Off"
-Produced, "None Like Us" "My Block" "Tear it Down" "Haters in my Town" "To The Pot" "Bumpin Yo Gums pt 2" & "Testimony" http://www.soundclick.com/bands/7/mistagetitcrunk.htm
2004-Serious Series Volume 1
2004-Various Artist, "DJ Hazit volume 2: 40 leagues under the sckreets" (Guest appearance freestyle)
Phits, "The Phitstape" (production credits on various songs) www.soundclick.com/phits
2004-K.L.A.K., "Life, Death, Love" (Guest Appearance and production credits on, "Learn from the
4/5 Star Review "We Fit: The Workout Plan" by Dasouth.com
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We Fit: The Workout Plan is the sixth full length album from Regis Jones, who is better known as K- ...We Fit: The Workout Plan is the sixth full length album from Regis Jones, who is better known as K- Drama. A longtime independent artist who has his ministry firmly founded on being a man of actions that match God's words, K-Drama has released this latest LP on Cross Movement Records. We’ll take a long listen to this release from K-Drama with Gatorade and study tools side by side.
We Fit: The Workout Plan is the sixth full length album from Regis Jones, who is better known as K- Drama. A longtime independent artist who has his ministry firmly founded on being a man of actions that match God's words, K-Drama has released this latest LP on Cross Movement Records. We’ll take a long listen to this release from K-Drama with Gatorade and study tools side by side.
1. Bodybuilders: Using 1 Corinthians 11:1 as the foundational scripture for the concept, K-Drama takes a moment to address the press before he introduces the project’s mission. If this were a workout DVD (ahem) this track is not too mellow, not too up-tempo…the perfect warm up song.
2. Holistic*: from what I’ve read this song will be the first video released off of this album, definitely a good choice. Discussing the beauty of being made whole in Christ while seeking fulfillment only in He who truly fills us, the message is airtight here. The beat is definitely on point and would pace a full body exercise session like aerobics.
3. Get Your Weight Up*: this is vintage K-Drama right here, both rhyme and beat- wise. This could be played in weight rooms all across the world, especially after a good study of Proverbs 12:1 or Hebrews 12:11. I know I probably could get at least 185 pounds up in the air while listening to this total package type of track. I like the subtle sounds layered in, from the guitars to the flutes under the Platinum Tips- styled keys and drum programming.
4. Slim Down: “Small’s the new big homie, you aint get the memo?” I think most will, especially after really hearing what K is saying here. Some people hit the weights hard to gain a bunch of muscle mass (knowledge puffs up), when the fact of the matter is that the lean muscle (that wisdom is) can be lighter and more efficient.
5. Gotta Run: the beat fits the concept, title, and content of this track perfectly. K- Drama continues to show his growth from the aspect of breath control, cadence, and writing early on in this album. Another meaty song, this with Hebrews 12:1 in mind, that goes well with some sports earphones, Nike Max 90’s, and Gatorade to get a mile or two in.
6. You Doing Too Much feat. Yung Hayte*: every time I see Yung Hayte’s name in the credits, I expect some hilarity to ensue. Although not an all out ‘lol’ Hayte definitely adds to the overall song. K-Drama speaks on the overexertion that some people suffer from, attempting to show off and embellish to gain clout. One thing I felt
7. Sweat It Out: this is a pretty cool song, another aerobic- tempo offering that focuses on Philippians 2:12. The track knocks with a touch of a Megaman (somebody out there knows what I’m talking about) sound and is a nice middle track.
8. This Waste: basically “Sweat It Out” part two, this track speaks on some things we as Christians need to continuously eliminate from our lives. King Drama aka Mr. Act Out For The King, talks through the difficulties that deal with sin’s constant presence even in spite of our being chained to righteousness. Sound-wise, this track reminds me of Lecrae’s “Live Free”, yet not as sonically arresting.
9. Spot Me feat. Bracey*: after a quick break, K-Drama returns to the weight room with his longtime co-laborer, the underrated artist known as Bracey. Speaking on the key component of Christ- centered brotherhood, other than accountability, both men discuss keeping each other encouraged in the midst of a walk that is more than difficult alone. Definitely a standout track on the album from the subject to the music.
10. Don’t Look Down On Me feat. Pastor AD3 & Sean Slaughter*: this is arguably the best track on this song overall from a beat and content standpoint. My only gripe with this song is that though AD3 is listed as a feature, I could barely hear him. I’ll chalk it up to a mixing mistake but that affects the potential of this cut severely. Sean Slaughter adds his 16 bars to the mix, helping create a song to strap on gloves and do some speedbag work to.
11. DIE-IT feat. Humble Tip*: another strong K-Drama trademark sound that has grown to a new level over the years. Featuring the always game-faced Humble Tip, the subject of watching the ear and eye gates is tackled. If only these two cats would come up with a dance from it, one can only imagine the creativity that would result considering what the S.P.F. dance came out to be.
12. Hope They Ain’t Lying feat. Isaiah Freeman IV: as the song started I wondered exactly how it fit with the theme of the album. As soon the first verse came to a close and the second began, I was clear on where K was going with it. Basically, leaning on the discernment that the Holy Spirit provides, the discussion revolves around those who preach/ teach falsity (2 Peter 2) to appease the itchy eared. The track for this song is average and is carried by the content.
13. More Than I Can Bear feat. Charde Jones: this is one of those tracks that sounds good but doesn’t necessarily standout. The verses are focused around 1 Cor. 10:13, exhorting believers to continue to endure in all trials (exercises) and know the Lord sustains us. Charde, K’s wife, handles the hook well and leaves us wondering when her album will come out (ahem).
14. The Power Team feat. D-MAUB, Atia Evans, Deacon DAS, Soulja K, & Lesun: another good song that actually steps slightly away from the flow of the album. The track is nice and simple enough to allow for each artist to spit in a way that spotlighted their skill, not too different from how the actual Power Team is with their demonstrations.
15. Bar feat. Willie Will: cumulatively, these two artists have released more albums than some artists have sold of their latest album. Willie Will and K-Drama handle business on this song even though the track itself is nothing special. They challenge rappers to put more into their rhymes, asking to add more weight to the bar as it’s raised.
16. Win Or Lose: I like this song but I can’t help but feel like this is the best song off of 14 2 Life rather than a good one on We Fit. Not meaning this as a diss, I just know that K is past this part of the artistic curve. Still a good song that gives newer K-Drama fans a listen to his past meat and potatoes flow.
17. Stronger On My Knees feat. CMO: K-Drama speaks to a good point at the beginning of the track, one that is easy to miss if not listened to closely. This track features the DMV- bred CMO to add a soulful dimension to this hybrid dance track. The music itself is good but falls off a little as the hook begins. As is the case with the latter part of this album, K continues with the exhorting mindset.
18. ABnormal feat. Nue Breed, JMartyr, C. Micah, Adalid, & Eric Cross*: a nice outro cypha, in true CMR form, featuring a host of up and comers. I personally like the Transformer- esque hook on top of a top notch track. K- Drama starts things off with a double time flow, Nue Breed will catch ears with his delivery, JMartyr goes in with his 16, C. Micah does his usual with the southern drawl, Adalid handles business, and Eric Cross sews it all up nicely. Although a “fit” ending, it didn’t bring the flow of the album to a clean close in my opinion.
Overall, the feeling I believe Mr. King Drama wants taken from this album is one of motivation and exhortation, for believers both new and seasoned. If I had to sum the title up in a single statement, it would be along these lines: “We Fit in the Body because we follow The Workout Plan (The Word)”. A coherently themed album like this should remind us as believers that the fear and trembling we go through may feel like a solo proposition, but we still fit in a larger plan that is being carried through to perfection. As should be demanded with every artist, K’s growth is exceedingly evident from his debut (Threat To Society) to the fan favorite 14 2 Life, on down to arguably his best album to date, BoomBaptism, and this new record. With a varied array of production to highlight the versatility of his flow, only some mixing hiccups and content overlap/ repitition hold the project back some. Another in the line of quality projects in 2010, K-Drama put together a noteworthy, 4 star, made-for-DVD album that will get a lot of spins in fitness centers, hermeneutics sessions, home gyms, and bible studies worldwide.
K-Drama's "We Fit" Debuts #1 on Various Charts
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August 14th, 2010 K-Drama's We Fit: The Workout Plan Debuts at: #1 on SoundScan Christian Hi...August 14th, 2010
K-Drama's We Fit: The Workout Plan Debuts at:
#1 on SoundScan Christian Hip-Hop/R&B Chart
#1 on Amazon MP3 Christian Rap Chart
#1 on Amazon MP3 Christian Contemporary Chart
#2 on Amazon MP3 Christian/Gospel Chart
#6 on iTunes Christian/Gospel Chart
#13 on Billboard Gospel Chart
Cross Movement Records Signs Midwest Artist K-Drama
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Set to release new album We Fit: The Workout Plan on 8/10/10 (Philadelphia) June 28, 2010 - Cro...Set to release new album We Fit: The Workout Plan on 8/10/10
(Philadelphia) June 28, 2010 - Cross Movement Records (CMR) announces the upcoming release from newly signed, emerging hip-hop artist K-Drama. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, the refreshingly imaginative lyricist has been unceasingly grinding for the last decade on the underground circuits, making a name in the Christian hip-hop community not only as an artist, but also as a premiere producer and a relentlessly hard worker. With a reputation of delivering crunk, anthem-type music that motivates listeners to do right, K-Drama is set to only reach higher heights with his new home at CMR. K-Drama and Cross Movement Records share the same sharply-honed desire to edify Christians worldwide, and their pairing promises to increase their focused strengths exponentially.
At the early age of 14, K-Drama felt the charge to evangelize through hip-hop. He hit the streets, rapping wherever he could; from festivals and outreaches, to church services and juvenile detention centers. With a unique delivery of music and words, along with his humor and personable character, K-Drama caught the attention of people from many backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures. His talent and zeal for God enabled him to travel the country, capturing audiences with crowd favorites like the sarcastic, yet truthful, "Did He Say That", the crowd energizing, "Let Freedom Bang", and his most popular song to date, "Air Jordan", which has electrified his genre, garnering untold amount of remixes and impacting the world of music.
"To partner with Cross Movement Records is such an honor. My prayer is that our tactics of evangelism and training will heavily impact our culture, reflecting His glory through our everyday living", says Regis "K-Drama" Jones.
CMR label President John Wells commented on the new relationship, "I feel that the Lord has incredibly blessed CMR by allowing us to co-labor with K-Drama. After spending most of 2009 sharing with each other about our origins, present mission and future prayers, I am overwhelmed with the passion, commitment and humility that resides in K-Drama."
With the forthcoming release, We Fit: The Workout Plan, slated to hit shelves August 10, 2010, K-Drama is ready to impact an even larger audience with his music ministry.
The 18-track concept album, featuring an eclectic blend of deep 808 kicks and soulful synths, nestled with gospel-centered lyrics, delves into the analogy of physical fitness in order to emphasize the necessity of exercising unto godliness, inspired from 1 Timothy 4:7-8. "Slim Down" is an upbeat track sure to get crowds hype, encouraging people to go against the grain of the culture by slimming down, recognizing that in God's eyes, many times less is greater. "Spot Me" is a mid-tempo, soulful song featuring live instrumentation that illustrates the vital roles of accountability and fellowship in the workout plan of believers. K-Drama brings his signature sound on "ABnormal", a high energy, crunk cypher, celebrating the sanctifying work of Jesus in the lives of those on a gospel workout plan, which will certainly look abnormal to the world that is watching.
John Wells adds, "As far as K-Drama's new album, We Fit: The Workout Plan, I don't think I have ever heard an album that, from beginning to end, carried a practical theme that brought home spiritual applications so well. If you understand the value of holistic (Physical and Spiritual) training, then this album will be on repeat in your player for a long time."
We Fit: The Workout Plan will be available on Cross Movement Records and distributed by Provident-Integrity Distribution in the CBA market and by Sony Music in the general market. K-Drama is currently gearing up for Summer 2010 The Urban Missionary Tour alongside 116 Clique members Thi'sl and J'Son, as well as Pro, preparing to inspire audiences abroad.
We Fit: The Workout Plan is comprised of the following 18 tracks:
Get Your Weight Up
You Doing Too Much (feat. Yung Hayte)
Sweat It Out
Spot Me (feat. Matthew Bracey)
Don't Look Down On Me (feat. Pastor AD3 & Sean Slaughter)
DIE-IT (feat. Humble Tip)
Hope They Ain't Lying (feat. Isaiah Freeman IV)
More Than I Can Bear (feat. Charde Jones)
The Power Team (feat. D-MAUB, Atia Evans, Deacon Das, Soulja K & Lesun)
Bar (feat. Willie Will)
Win or Lose
Stronger On My Knees (feat. CMO)
ABnormal (feat. Nue Breed, JMartyr, C-Micah, Adalid & Eric Cross)
To find out more about K-Drama, visit www.k-dramamusic.com or www.crossmovementrecords.com.
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k-Drama "CeaseFire Cincinnati" EP releases May 1st, 2007
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March 28, 2007 Media Contacts: Regis Jones Phone: (513)602-1564 E-mail: email@example.com k-...March 28, 2007
Media Contacts: Regis Jones
k-Drama "CeaseFire Cincinnati EP" releases May 1st, 2007
Since his first national release, "Behind the Glory," 22 year old national recording artist k-Drama has been in the lab working hard on a series of music projects aimed at stretching his fan base, expanding his sound, and most of all, expressing his devotion to God and his hometown, Cincinnati. The first of many projects to see the light of day in 2007 is the CeaseFire Cincinnati EP.
The CeaseFire Cincinnati EP is a four song project geared towards positively influencing a city suffering from a gun violence epidemic. k-Drama hopes that this project influences a culture inherently told they are of little to no worth to consider their true purpose in life, and effectively end the behavior that is destroying so much. Each song approaches gun violence and the prevention of it from a grassroots perspective, giving everyone who listens insight into what they can do to help.
Produced by Platinum Tips, this project is scheduled for release by CeaseFire Cincinnati on May 1st, 2007. The EP will sell for $7, and all proceeds collected from sale of the CeaseFire Cincinnati EP will go directly to support the public education efforts of CeaseFire Cincinnati.
CeaseFire Cincinnati is a comprehensive campaign to stop shootings and homicides in its targeted neighborhoods. CeaseFire is a strategic, multi-pronged effort that relies on five core components: Outreach and intervention to high-risk youth and families; collaboration between and criminal justice agencies and personnel; community mobilization to respond to shootings within 72 hours of an incident; public education to change attitudes and behaviors about gun violence; and faith-based leadership to engage the faith community as a moral voice to challenge the norms about tolerance of gun violence in Avondale.
For more information about CeaseFire Cincinnati or to book k-Drama, please refer to the media contact at the top of this page. Also, songs from the CeaseFire Cincinnati EP can be heard at www.myspace.com/kdramaofceasefirecincinnati.
4/5 Star Review for "Behind the Glory" by Sketch the Journalist
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A lot of artists will promote their albums by telling journalists, radio deejays, TV audiences, and ...A lot of artists will promote their albums by telling journalists, radio deejays, TV audiences, and anyone with an ear that it’s really “my story.” They’ll claim their club jams, commercial joints, and girlie tracks will give you a glimpse of a day in their life.
Most of the time it’s a lie – something to make the rapper feel better about his product and something to hopefully hook you for a sale. Good thing k-Drama’s Behind the Glory is different.
Listening to this album, you honestly feel like you’ve had the opportunity to get to know Regis, the man “behind the music.” (Okay, so the title is a little clichéd’ and clumsy, but it can be overlooked.)
By spinning this disc a few times, I know how dude deals with the daily frustrations of gridlock and busted rides (“Traffic Jam”), securing his first apartment (“Movin’ On”), getting his first major record deal after years of grinding independently (“Honored”), being looked upon as a “rap star” (“Just a Man”) and a variety of other personal moments.
What’s a bit surprising is what k-Drama didn’t do. He didn’t include a gang of guest artists (Canton Jones provides a soulful hook to “Honored” and mc Till shares another track.) He also didn’t do most of the production. Instead of Platinum Tips (his alter ego) behind the boards, it’s Todd Collins, Theory Hazit, Redd Lettaz, and ubiquitous heat maker Tony Stone.
The sound is not quite dirty, not quite mid-west, not quite underground, and not quite commercial. It’s a unique cohesive blend of all of the above but doesn’t come off hodgepodge.
For those of us who know how much hustle this kid has (and who in the gospel rap community hasn’t heard of k-Drama?) this is a cool moment. Our little boy is “all grown up,” and we can enjoy and rejoice in the stories that compose Behind the Glory.
Suggested Listening: Da Truth, Mark J, Mr. Del
Key Tracks: “Honored,” “Wheew!” “Teeter Totter”
Review Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewer: Sketch the Journalist
Dust Your Shoulder Off
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http://www.citybeat.com/current/music2.shtml Never mind that he's smiling while gray clouds pass ...http://www.citybeat.com/current/music2.shtml
Never mind that he's smiling while gray clouds pass overhead. The first thing that strikes from K-Drama's Web site is a vicious beat that detracts attention from those clouds over Cincinnati's skyline. In it, jittery synths wiggle around him shouting "Whew!" like he scoped a hot chick, crashed a new whip or hit the Lotto. But when he says, "One thing I'm aware of/In Christ Jesus, I'm taken care of/I don't worry 'bout a thang," it becomes evident that the song isn't talking about girls, cars or money.
The 22-year-old EMI Gospel recording artist is part of a movement called Holy Hip Hop, whose roots began in 1985 with Stephen Wiley's tape, Bible Break. Leaving a heavier impact was rapper D-Boy, who was murdered in Texas in 1991 for allegedly converting gang members into followers of Christ, as he inspired a flock of Christian rappers to continue spreading the faith. Artists with names like Gospel Gangstaz didn't make old folks at church say "Amen," but a younger generation felt them. And their messages came from a style they already understood.
By the late 1990s, Holy Hip Hop manifested when young people decided the church's message was dying for a rebirth. Chants like "Glory, glory!" stood in for "Baby, baby!" and themes of everlasting salvation replaced references to the fast life. The catch-all was that it was done over bass-enriched tracks stylistically similar to those on Master P's No Limit Records.
Increasingly, after the Civil Rights Movement, which sparked from black churches, elders often ignored changes in the way youth communicated, and with many young adults straying from their congregations, the mission of Holy Hip Hop was to win them back by translating the message of Christ into language they recognized. Graffiti artists tag walls with messages of faith, but with permission, and some rappers twirl T-shirts, buck and stomp and get the crowd jumpy. Because of this, skeptics see it as an abominable likeness of secular Rap lifestyle.
"There's a guy named G. Craige Lewis who's against the Holy Hip Hop movement," K-Drama says. "He feels there's nothing wrong with Christian Rap but that Hip Hop is evil. He believes it's like a religion or a cult."
According to Elder Lewis' Web site, Exministries.com, he says, "There can be no Holy Hip Hoppers or no Christian Hip Hop because the culture cannot lend itself to the direction of the Holy Spirit," compares KRS-One and Afrika Bambaataa to cult leaders who teach people to worship themselves as gods. K-Drama basically disagrees, but is sensitive to why there's dissension.
"The churches are just now getting hip," he explains. "They thought Rap was of the devil because of what they heard in the media. The streets wasn't feelin' us because we was too church. But then the church wasn't feelin' us because we was too street. A lot of people quit. I was like, 'I'm gon' stick with this 'cause God didn't just give me this talent to do nothin' with it.' "
Before he became a rapper, Regis Jones attended Sunday services as time-passers. He heard the sermons that preached getting saved, but, as a kid on the verge of being kicked out of Walnut Hills High School, girls were in his immediate reach. He could try salvation later.
Laughing, he says, "I always said I'd do it when I get settled down, when I get 40 or 45."
But his first adult assessment came at 14 while attending a funeral. Heart failure ended the life of his 13-year-old friend, and as Regis viewed the body, he questioned; "If I were to die tomorrow, where would I spend eternity?"
"That question really hit home," says K-Drama. "I was like, 'You know what, God? I surrender my life to you. I'm no longer gonna run away from the call that you have on my life.' "
Before he would rap his testimony, he was tested. Zealous in spirit, he thought he could minister, misinterpreting Scriptures to his friends with the intent of spreading the Gospel. His mom encouraged him to develop a relationship with God instead of vainly spouting Scriptures. His dad, a former drug addict, battled with crack and the family frequently had to find new places to live.
"I always feared not being accepted, so I would do things for attention, and this is why I got kicked out of Walnut Hills," he says.
Along with his mother, personal mentors from his church and fellow Christian rapper Lazarus helped K-Drama shake his fear of being unaccepted.
"I used to say, 'nigga' in my songs. I guess trying to win these streets. Lazarus was like, 'That's what's gon' win the streets?' I realized in my walk that Hip Hop, the one thing the whole culture thrives on is truth. If I just be real, they'll be more open to hearing me."
EMI Gospel noticed K-Drama touring the country at festivals and distributing his CDs on Gospel Web sites, signing him last August, a day before his birthday.
Last week, he turned 22 but was more excited that his new CD, Behind the Glory shipped the next day. The radio/club-friendly set (due in stores this Tuesday) features production from Dove Award-winning producer Todd Collins and captures the buoyancy of third generation Hip Hop without straying from its message: live for God, not the world.
"We can still have hot beats," K-Drama says. "We can still have confidence in ourselves and rap for God."
k-Drama Secures Distribution Deal
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Holy Hip Hop Music enters into Strategic Alliance - To Distribute Minister...FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Holy Hip Hop Music enters into Strategic Alliance - To Distribute Minister of the Gospel: k-Drama- Worldwide Via EMI Gospel
January 11, 2006. Atlanta. Atlanta-based Holy Hip Hop Music announced today that it has entered into a multi-year Strategic Alliance to exclusively distribute, as a part of its Agreement with EMI Gospel, Renowned Minister Cincinnati-based: K-Drama.
k-Drama, well-known and respected Hip Hop Missionary with 7 years of dedication to advancing the Gospel, has worked steadily to build fan-bases stretching from coast-to-coast as well as putting in the time necessary to solidify key media relationships (radio, tv, interrnet, print) for the global advancement of their music ministry.
k-Drama will serve to expand established exclusive distribution and marketing partnerships currently in place, as well as provide a platform for continued innovation and growth, as music continues to serve the evolving musical tastes of the dynamic and growing 14-40 consumer demographic.
EMI Gospel and Holy Hip Hop Music are honored to be in partnership with k-Drama in the advancement of Street Ministry Evangelism, and are look forward to his respective October 2006 CD Releases to be distributed worldwide by EMI Gospel, ” said Panchetta Harris, General Manager-Holy Hip Hop Music.
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EMI Gospel, a division of EMI CMG, is a global leader in the production, marketing and distribution of the best in Gospel music (including but not limited to: Kierra 'Kiki' Sheard, Smokie Norful, Bishop Eddie Long, Myron Butler and more). For more information, log on to: EMIGospel.com.
About EMI CMG: Billboard Magazine's annual Top Christian Music Distributor since 1995, EMI CMG Distribution was founded in 1994 to serve as the main distribution outlet for EMI CMG's owned and distributed labels to the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Awards given to EMI CMG Distribution include CBA Supplier of the Year 1998, 1999 & 2002, CBA Customer Service & Distribution Award 1998-2002 and CBA Impact Award 1998 & 1999. EMI CMG Distribution is a division of EMI CMG, which is a unit of EMI Music. EMI Music is the third largest recorded music company in the world operating directly in 50 countries. EMI Music represents more than 1,000 artists spanning all musical tastes and genres.
Holy Hip Hop Music, distributed world-wide by EMI Gospel, committed to consistently adhere to the following three (3) principles: (1) Provide Affordable Music; (2) Provide Music of Sound Production Quality; and (3) Provide Music that is Inspiring and Enlightening to the Heart, grounded in Christian Ministry First, and devoid of obscenities and innuendo harmful to children, youth, adults, the community and interests of mass media, in general. Holy Hip Hop Music, in strategic alliance with EMI Gospel, serves as the exclusive distribution partner for Arrow Records Recording Artist: Canton Jones, Holy South Recording Artist: Mr. Del; SGR Music Recording Artist: Tragegy; Crossover Community Church Recording Artist: Urban D; Carriers of the Cross Ministries Recording Artists: Carriers Of The Cross and This Click Records' Recording Artist: K-Drama.
4/5 star review of "Black Guy Meets White Man" album review @ sphereofhiphop.com
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Tuesday, 16 May 2006 k-Drama & MC Till - Black Guy Meets White Man (Indie) What do you get wh...Tuesday, 16 May 2006
k-Drama & MC Till - Black Guy Meets White Man
What do you get when a black guy & a white man meet up? No, you don’t get Phonetic Composition; you get k-Drama & MC Till, two very dope up & coming emcees. These two emcees have joined up to give us a memorable project in Black Guy Meets White Man.
To say the least, this is a very upbeat & jazzy album that was made for people who love feel good music. That’s exactly what this album is: feel good music. The album quickly jumps off with the track “Oduyoye” featuring K’s girlfriend Charde Campbell. After asking Regis what this track meant & telling me that it meant nothing, I immediately got the impression that they were simply trying to have fun with this project, which is more than evident in this track. Another track that proves that this is all about fun is the aptly titled song “Feel Good Music.” It’s on this song that MC Till has a stuttering problem, and the music on the song is so good that it temporarily cures his stuttering problem for as long as the music is playing. What I love about the hook is that MC Till basically runs down a list of all the places where he’s rocked a show.
As you journey through this album, you find that it’s really about taking it to the good old days of hip-hop. One song that embodies this is the track “Back to the MC,” where the two reference many of the old school emcees, but then go on to say that Jesus Christ is the best emcee. This one has a very old school feel to it, and MC Till did a good job with the production on this track. Along the same lines is the track “Get High Music.” It’s on this song that the black guy & white man determine to move the crowd with their music as an alternative to getting high with drugs. Then they just give love to hip-hop with “Hip-Hop,” expressing how they came to put the music & genre into perspective after coming to Christ.
The two emcees also get serious on this album. The first song is “To Be or Not To Be” featuring fellow T.H.I.S. Click Records member Bracey. Here, MC Till & k-Drama talk about the loves in their lives and express the sincerity of their love. But one of the songs that speaks so much truth is the song “I Wanna Spend the Night.” This is a song by MC Till where he tells the story from his college days; he was in the dorm alone with a girl one evening & she wanted to sleep with him. The song goes on to give the details of how he escaped from that heated situation.
Overall, I really love the vibe of this project. MC Till & k-Drama did a great job bringing together their talents and producing a quality project. I admire the two for taking it back to the days of feel good music and just having fun on the mic, as that is the one thing that shines through above anything else. Their lyricism was crisp and the production was top notch. If you love feel good music, then this is the album for you. After my first listen, I was hooked!
4/5 star review of 14 2 Life album review @ sphereofhiphop.com
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K-Drama - 14 2 Life: Illustrations of Self
It was about this time last year that I was sitting here doing this same thing, writing a review for a K-Drama album. In 2004, I was writing a review for his album Non-Fiction, but this time around I'm reviewing his third solo release titled 14 2 Life: Illustrations of Self. The one thing that I'll say about this album is that K-Drama has grown all around, including musically as well as spiritually.
Since reviewing K-Drama's Non-Fiction album, I've been listening closely to everything he's put out on his label so that I could see how he's grown. With Certified Streetbangers he stepped up his production, as well as his flow; he then did the same thing with Serious Series Vol 1 & 2, he simply got better. With that being said, I was excited to get my hands on this album because I knew that K-Drama was going to bring it. After my first listen, he brought it, and more!
The first thing that you notice when listening to this album is that Regis Jones has matured considerably since his previous solo release. Non-Fiction was a solid album content wise; but with 14 2 Life, he takes his subject matter to another level. You can clearly see his maturity in tracks like "14 2 Life" and "Valley View Avenue" (two of my favorite tracks). In "14 2 Life," K-Drama eloquently elaborates on his life as he leads up to when he was at the age of 14 and gave his life to the Lord. I don't even know how to explain "Valley View Avenue," but it's simply amazing the way he speaks on how he can't look behind at his past (shadows), but needs to focus on God.
The second thing that you notice when listening to 14 2 Life is the expanded flow and lyricism that K-Drama presents. K-Drama describes himself as a dirty south rapper from the midwest, but he doesn't stay in that box with this project. On this project, he presents many different sides of himself. On tracks like "School of Thought" featuring manCHILD of Mars ILL, K-Drama brings a rugged underground flow; whereas, on tracks like "underRATED" he brings a very upbeat rhyme pattern whose intent is purely for fun. K-Drama's rhyming on this album is unlimited as he presents something new on almost every track, which keeps the album fresh as you move from the middle towards the end.
The next thing you notice with K-Drama is his willingness to take a stand for his faith and what he believes in. Regis definitely has a heart for the youth and he's tired of all the contradictions within Christianity and he isn't afraid to speak out on them. "Did He Say That?" is one of those tracks that he uses to speak out on all the contradictions. One of the lines from that track reads as follows, "That girl looks good as hell// Since when did hell start looking so attractive?" With lines like that, you can clearly see what Drama is talking about. "Throw the Chairs in the Church" is another track that speaks out on fake Christians & rappers who say that "Jesus is my homeboy." Just like Jesus, Regis has set out to turn the tables on those who are using God's house for unholy purposes. I totally respect K-Drama for taking this stance because there are very few artists out there who are willing to say things like this and challenge their surrounding environment.
The final thing that you'll notice is that K-Drama's counterpart Platinum Tips totally stepped it up with the production. All of these beats can make your neck snap. This time around the beats are more solid, and the mastering and mixing for this project are a lot stronger than any other TCR release. Big ups to sirROC over at Syntax Records who mastered this joint to perfection. And I can't forget others like Theory Hazit and Tony Stone who dropped hot tracks on this project; they truly complete this musical effort.
In conclusion, K-Drama has stepped up to the plate and hit a homerun with his album 14 2 Life: Illustrations of Self. There isn't a single bad thing that I can say about this album. Ever since I got this disk, I haven't been able to turn off my MP3 player. I'll put on one of my best albums (i.e. Mars ILL or Cross Movement) and I end up turning it off so that I can play this album. Even though it's the beginning of the year, I'll go ahead and say that this is one of those CDs that you must have for 2005 because this is just the beginning from T.H.I.S. Click Records
4/5 Star review by Holy Culture Radio
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East Coast? Check. Down South? Check. Mid West? Check. Underground? Check. K-Drama might have to rol...East Coast? Check. Down South? Check. Mid West? Check. Underground? Check. K-Drama might have to roll with ADF cause "14 2 Life: Illustrations of Self "has all different flavors. The Cincinnati dweller, K-Drama, displays his versatility as he spits over all different types of beats on "Illustrations of Self". He got the underground vibe feel on "I May Not Feel the Same" and "School of Thought" as Kurrect and manChild both rip the mic respectively. Meanwhile, "Throw the Chairs in the Church" and "I'm Tired" got a krunk type feel. Other songs have more mellowed out vibe. Platinum Tips produced the majority of "Illustrations of Self" and Drama also got some help from Theory Hazit, Tony Stone, Lesun, and Jay the Kid.
From the jump, K-Drama lets the listener know what the album is going to be all about as he shares this is " my testimony, my story, my tribulations." The Intro then transitions into the jam, "Why I Spit" as Drama lets us know through the catchy hook, "I spit bars for God against all odds; that's my reason ." On a later track he makes his purpose clear: "I scream for Yahweh, and hopes for inspiration to purify a nation"
Initially I thought this might be another Christian hip-hop album that has testimonial lyrics on every track, but I was wrong. K-Drama does a superb job of intertwining his testimony with other conceptual songs. "Unforgiven" and "It Starts With Me" are two of the best conceptual songs on the album. Theory Hazit lays a mellow beat on "Unforgiven" as K-Drama shares how it is difficult to be a leader without support from others; and he lets it be known how those in the limelight need to be forgiven. Cats gotta stop holding grudges! "It Starts With Me" is another jam produced by Theory Hazit about how Christians need to change our act first, before we can expect the world to change their act. I love Drama's line, "We want the world to change, the White House the ghettos/They have no example, we need to examine our own soul" I think all hip-hop evangelists should play close attention to the lyrics on this song. "Get Away", "I'm Tired" and "Throw the Chairs in the Church" are three songs that demonstrate Drama is fed up with the carnality of the world. (Hint: Check for Wonder Brown's ill alliteration on "Throw the Chairs in the Church as he spells out the word P.R.E.A.C.H.E.R.) The Cincinnati MC says it's tough living in this wicked world. "I wanna get away from Sodom and Gomorrah/ Be like Steven King haters and get away from the horror ".
For the most part I like the concepts K-Drama conveys on the album, but there are a few that I'm not feeling. #8 "Don't Waste My Time" contains an annoying chant of "I'm Busy"; a song telling others to stop bothering him and mTribs because they don't have enough time for the caller. Although I admire K-Drama calling out hypocrisy on the controversial, "Did He Say That", I don't agree with his approach of telling rappers from Eminem to Lil' Jon to slap themselves. I just don't see that as being an effective way of reaching those cats. I also disagree with him saying " What is the Lord's will?, it is filling/If you knew His will, you wouldn't always have to say Lord willing." Although, I understand it's annoying to have people abuse the phrase, "Lord willing" James commands us to use it in James 4:15:
'Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that."' I also don't see the need for the song, "underRated". It may even be a true statement that he is under-rated but by letting it be known that you are under-rated means your are looking for attention so that you will NOT be underrated anymore.
Please don't get me wrong though. Although I am critical of a few songs and lines on the album I think Drama does a good job of pointing people to Christ and I like the way he openly shares his emotions on the album. " Valley View Avenue" and "Urgency" are touching songs of K-Drama's past life of being neglected, then looking for purpose in girls and popularity; then finding meaning in Jesus. Platinum Tips drops a reflective gem with a nice sample on "Urgency" which will reach out to lots of kids. People who think they can put Christ off until they are done "having fun" will be touched by "2getha Again" as Drama shares how he wanted to wait to get serious with God; but only Christ gave him true fulfillment. Not only does K-Drama share how Christ is the only one that satisfies him, he offers up some dope songs of thanksgiving on "Love Life" and "Life is So Beautiful". These are my two favorite jams on the album and will make you reflect on your past and make you thankful for your loved ones.
Overall, "14 2 Life: Illustrations of Self" is a high-quality project. No matter what your musical style is I think you will find it on this album somewhere. The production is outstanding, the lyrics are witty and inspiring, and the message conveyed is emotional and powerful. Drama has lyrical skills and one of his best features is his ability to enunciate his words clearly and use his inflections at opportune times. I look forward to seeing this young emcee continue to mature and develop as an artist. I know this review is mad overdue, but if you haven't copped the album yet put this one on your Christmas list.
-- Believin Stephen
Welcome to Cin-City(2004 gospelflava.com)
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Hip hop artist Sean Slaughter writes regularly-appearing column for Gospelflava.com on the wide-rang...Hip hop artist Sean Slaughter writes regularly-appearing column for Gospelflava.com on the wide-ranging topic of Gospel hip hop.
Welcome to Cin-City
June 24, 2004
Welcome to Hip-Hop as I see it.
This month, I holla'd at K-Drama, the fire spittin' MC from the group out of Cincinnati call T.H.I.S CLICK. They've just released there new album entitled Certified Street Bangers...Underground of Underground (see album review)
Sean Slaughter: Where you from homey?
K-Drama: Cin-City, Ohio —also known as Cincinnati!
Sean Slaughter: What's the name of your click and what does that stand for?
K-Drama: T.H.I.S. Click Records. The acronym stands for, "This Holy Inspirational Society." We believe in this rap game by being holy, we will Inspire a Society to be in 1 Click (The body of Christ). Of course every Christian cannot be on T.H.I.S. Click Records. It's impossible. Despite that, only five people (one new addition to our label being announced soon) are on the label, we promote that if you are in the body of Christ, you are a part of T.H.I.S. Click.
Sean Slaughter: What are the age ranges of the group?
K-Drama: 14-19 years of age.
Sean Slaughter: How did T.H.I.S CLICK form?
K-Drama:After I got saved, on November 22nd, 1998, I told God that I didn't just want to be a bump on a log. That's what the average Christian seems to be once they are redeemed. However, I did not want to sit on the sidelines when I could be in the game. Pastor Lott of Victory Outreach Church took me and a few other teens to a youth retreat in Pennsylvania. One night, one of the pastors preaching invited the Holy Ghost in the house and we could feel the power of God. As he was leading us in worship, the pastor told us to ask God not to send us to our cities the same way we left. As I cried out to God, I received the Holy Spirit. I felt a change in my life and course of life. I wanted to become a huge basketball star, but God had changed my plans.
My associate Brandon asked me to write a rap to a song that he was going to sing in the talent show that would be held at the retreat. I agreed and also had in mind to buy Snoop Dogg's, "Woof," instrumental from Wal-Mart and write a song to it (despite that, I've never rapped in my life except once in Health class!) However, both plans fell.
Well, Friday night, one of the guys in the talent show was a Christian rapper. In fact, he used the "Woof" instrumental to accompany his rhymes. It was so shocking to me and I thought his song was so tight. It was called, "Let's Ride." After I heard that song, I had an idea when I go home to see what kind of song I would have written to that same beat. I got home and started writing. I took some favorite verses from old secular songs I use to give rotation and wrote Christian versions of them. Then I recorded it on my Aunt Dianne's Magnavox boom box and with another boom box playing the instrumental while I sat in the middle.
Then I took that song, and 16 other songs from various artists from Grapetree Records like Prime Minister, Nuwine, DCP, LG Wise, Antonious and more, and made evangelistic tapes to pass out to kids on the street in my neighborhood. When I got feedback from the tapes, they said that they liked the tape I gave them. When I asked them what song was their favorite, they would always say, "Track 3." Well, track 3 was my song. I started a basketball team in a Spring league and pulled kids off the street so that they can do something positive for a change. I would give the tapes to the kids on the team. During the midst of that episode in my life, I had a school assignment in my 8th grade English class to study my career. Well, after I got saved, my career in basketball went out the door (because that wasn't His plan for my life). The Holy Spirit led me to study on a career of business because you can apply any gift or talent to business. While doing this project, I would submit my demo to Grapetree Records, Eternal Funk Records, and other labels and would get no feedback. Although I wasn't ready to get signed to a label, nobody gave me feedback. After doing that assignment, it made me realize that I can start my own independent label. Positive feedback and encouragement from my peers and God's implantation of purpose in my life lead me to start T.H.I.S. Click Records in August of 99.
Sean Slaughter: Your new album is called Certified Street Bangers...Underground of Underground. Is this your 1st Official release?]
K-Drama:No. This is our 6th release. We have released K-Drama, Threat 2 Society, B.I.G. S.T.E.V.E., Soulchasin, T.H.I.S. Click Records compilation, Next N' Line (which featured Life Row Boys and Street Sweepers), K-Drama with Non-Fiction B.I.G. S.T.E.V.E. with Bout My Ministry and the newest release, Certified Streetbangers: Underground of Underground.
Sean Slaughter: Your album has a midwest and slightly East coast feel to it. How would you describe the T.H.I.S CLICK sound?
K-Drama:Hmmmmm. The T.H.I.S. Click sound is a combination of Midwest, East coast, & Dirty South along with it's sub genres in each sub-genre. Dirty South rap is subgenre of hip-hop. However, Outkast and Lil Jon have 2 totally different sounds (and their both claiming ATL). I like all genres of music. So I bring all those influences into one pot and that's our recipe to our TCR sound.
Sean Slaughter: Did you record in a home studio or pro studio? K-Drama:We use to record in a professional studio until we discovered a home studio that brought a better sound than the so called, "professionals." It doesn't matter how expensive your rent is and the equipment resting in it. But what really matters is the engineer and how well is his ear as well as how acquainted with his equipment he is.
Sean Slaughter: What kind of equipment did you use?
K-Drama:For beats, me and Jay Tha Kid use a MPC 2000, Korg Triton, Fruity Loops, various computer programs that we can't reveal to the public (ha ha), a Mackie Mixer, Kenwood Turntable, and our brain which is influenced by 1 Corinthians 12.
Sean Slaughter: Who will benefit from your music more, churched kids or street kids?
K-Drama:Both, because we subliminally hit both worlds at the same time. I have a passion for newborns because a lot of people get saved and then wonder, "what's next?" I want to help people see what's next by showing them my life on audio. Street kids love our music because we bring the truth of Christ as well as let our flaws be known. Too many Christians are perfect and superheros in their lives, when we all are born in sin and nobody is perfect. The streets just want the truth. They want you to be real.
Sean Slaughter: Name 2 secular musical influences and 2 Christian musical influences?
K-Drama:My 2 secular influences are No Limit Records (The old no limit records, not the corny New No Limit) and Bone Thugz N Harmony. Bone had great music and P was just hard with it back in the day. He also had tremendous business skills. Just because somebody is secular doesn't make him or her whack because God doesn't dish out whack gifts. However, they are using their gift and talent for the wrong purpose and that's what makes their music whack. I give honor when honor is due. My 2 Christian influences are Mr. Real and Mars ILL.
Sean Slaughter: How can Christian hip-hop artist make more of an impact with their music?
K-Drama:Making better quality music by learning more about mixing, sampling, and just having an ear for good music. Their are a lot of whack emcees out right now in the Christian industry just like theirs double the amount in the secular industry. But I seem to hear the garbage more than the diamonds. Understanding the audience that we preach to will help us evangelist precisely. Quit competing against each other. We are 1 unit, 1 click, 1 body. I don't want to be the best. I just want to be in the top 10 :).
Sean Slaughter: Where do you and T.H.I.S CLICK see itself in 5 years?
K-Drama:T.H.I.S. Click envisions prosperity in our ministry and label. Everybody closer to one another and even closer to God. I'll be married in the 5th year. Trust me on that. Our music will be available nationwide on CD (no blue or black on the back). We see ourselves more evolved, but never conforming to the ways of this world. Jesus for eternity.
K-Drama is a Young Soldier(2003)
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Most people don’t really understand how much of a blessing it is to be young until they get older. ...Most people don’t really understand how much of a blessing it is to
be young until they get older. In reality, you can't truly appreciate
particular things in life until they are gone. Being young and full of energy
is one of them. K-Drama is only a teenager. Yet, he is experienced and
wise enough to know God wants to use his life to touch the lives of this
generation. Who better to reach young people than someone who is
young themselves? You are never to young for God to use you. This
particular young man has already dropped an album, developed his own
record label and traveled all around the country ministering the Gospel.
Find out more about this young soldier from Ohio.
1. For those who are not familiar with you or your ministry, please
talk about who you are. What are some of things people don't
really know about you that they may or may not find interesting?
K-Drama is only a teenager. Yet, he
is experienced and wise enough to
know God wants to use his life to
touch the lives of this generation.
Well, my name is Regis Jones. I am 18 years old and I am the CEO/President of T.H.I.S. (This Holy
Inspirational Society) Click Records based in Cincinnati, Ohio. People don't know that Regis Jones,
K-Drama, and Platinum Tips are the same person. I just use different names that represent different
titles (I ain't crazy!!). Regis is the business man, K-Drama spits the bars, & Platinum Tips laces the tracks.
2. Where did you get the name K-Drama and what does it represent?
My name originally started as Drama. But when the Atlanta based rapper, Drama, came on the scene
with his one hit, "Left, Right, Left," then I was forced to change my name. But what God was showing me
was that my rap name wasn't complete in the 1st place. My mother, despite the fact that she wasn't saved
(she is now, thank God), prophesized to me since birth and gave me the name Regis. Regis means, "King"
In Biblical times, when a parent named his/her child, that was the child's identity. Their names had
significance and so does mine. So the K stands for King. I am a king in God's royal priesthood.
I am a king, but Christ is the King of kings. Drama represents Matthew 5:16. I believe that my life is
like a play or "dramatization." As people view my life through rhymes or in person, the light that I emit
causes them to be inspired to live for the One who truly lives in me.
3. As you have started ministering at a young age, what advice would you offer to some of your
peers as a Christian emcee that may help them get started in the industry?
Don't expect to be on top of the game soon as you record your first demo. It's takes hard work &
persistence to make it to each level. Your gonna make mistakes, but make sure you evaluate and see
how you can learn from the mistakes that you've endeavored. Each level has different obstacles (which
usually are more severe or difficult). But God never puts on you more than you can bear. Watch who you
call your friends. Don't procrastinate to be the light in the dark. For your friends may not be saved, but
you may be the only Christ they see. You may be their ticket to salvation.
4. Talk about your new project that just dropped. What is the concept behind the album and what
are some of things you went through to finally be able to produce a CD?
The new project is called, "Non-Fiction, Beneath the Surface."
Non-Fiction means, "factual," or "truth." The word of God which talks
about our redeemer is non-fiction. What hurts me is the lack of topic
diversity found in a lot of Christian rap CD's. I'm not knocking other
artists because they provide people like me quality music, but after
I got saved I asked the question, "what's next?". A lot of babes in
Christ ask that question.
A lot of Christian rappers in HHH make songs to get you saved. However,
the majority of my songs inform you of how to walk the walk after you have
told Christ that you will walk with him. A lot of people don't know how to
pray, resist temptation or who they should hang with. I go beneath the
surface of these issues and more. A lot of people just cover the
logistics, but I go beyond the basics to help everyone, whether
they've been saved for 3 months or 25 years.
K-Drama just dropped an album entitled "Non-Fiction, Beneath the Surface".
If Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, then why don't I hear too many songs about life and how we
can make it in this world. A lot of folks believe that you have to say Jesus Christ 100 times in 48 bars for it to
be considered a "Christian rap" song. But everyone who cries Lord, Lord won't make it into heaven. You can't
make it in this life by just knowing the name. You need to know why the name is so sovereign and significant.
I've been through a lot recording this album. I lost my grandfather before I started this project. He was a great
mentor in my life. I've have been lied to, stabbed in the back, and attacked mentally throughout this whole
project. Lack of sufficient funds was trying to discouraged me, but I walk by faith, and not by sight.
5. In your quiet time before God, what are some things you have been mediating on?
I have been reading 1 Samuel lately. I'm on Chapter 30 now. It's a great book. Saul tried to kill David over
40 times, but when David had the chance to kill him. He put it the situation in Christ hands. The battle is not
yours. So I just want Christ to use me as a vessel. I'm putting everything in God's hands.
6. Why you decide to hook up with dasouth.com? What are some of the advantages have you seen
in uniting with their organization?
D@ South has a great ministry going on. They hit me up when they 1st started D@South. I told them that
one day I would join the camp. It's a great structure and an example of how Christian artist can network to
build up the body of Christ as well as help their ministries. Promotion is the biggest advantage to me.
7. As you look at the rest of the year, what are some of the things you have planned for your
In the summer, we plan on doing a "Hood 2 Hood," tour. We are going to take our concerts to the pavement.
Every hood, every ghetto, every slum, every block will hear the Word of God. We are going to go to the worst
areas of every hood, set up the 15's, and throw concerts. We are hoping to bring salvation to the unsaved,
encouragement to the saved, and glory to God.<
I spit what's real, but... I spit beneath the surface(2002)
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Impressed by the online response of K-Drama, a new cat from the Buckeye state, we had to seek this r...Impressed by the online response of K-Drama, a new cat from the Buckeye state, we had to seek this rapper out and discover who he is and what the Lord is doing in his life. After a review of his cd and numerous phone calls we finally hooked up.
JB: As always, I'm big on name meanings; so what's yours?
K-Drama: My first name, "Regis" means king in Latin and Drama represents Matthew 5:16. I let my life become viewable like a dramatization so that people may see my example and follow Jesus.
JB: [When I often tried by reach you by phone, your moms would tell me that you were still at school.] So, how did you begin rapping and how do your boys at schools deal with it?
KD: Unfortunately, I didn't even know that God had blessed me with the gift and talent of rap. All I knew was that I could write well in elementary school and my teachers acknowledged it in my work. I also had a universal taste for music, but I never put the two together. After I got saved, my Pastor had gave me D.C.P.'s "The Last Saint," & Prime Minister's, "Prime Time." Those albums really encouraged me and helped me to not listen to secular music.
Later, I went on a youth retreat in Pennsylvania, my Pastor was telling me while we were on the road that there was going to be a talent show. I wanted to be a part of it and my friend had asked if I wanted to write a rap. I couldn't rap, but I said it couldn’t hurt me. We stopped at Wal-Mart, I was going to buy the Snoop Dogg single, "Woof," so I could write a song off of the instrumental (I was a hard-core No Limit Records fan and I loved the beats from Beats by the Pound). However, I forgot to buy it. So, the night of the talent show, this guy got on the mic and ripped a song to the same Snoop Dogg beat. It was so live! That encouraged me to see what I could come up with to the same beat.
The first song I wrote was, "Don't Pass This By," which was featured on my debut album, "Threat 2 Society." I recorded my rough version of "Don't Pass This By" on my stereo equipped with an internal mic and used another stereo to play the beat. I made mixed tapes which had my favorite Christian rap songs and included my song, "Don't Pass This By." I used these tapes as evangelistic tools to witness to my friends that were still in the world.
The feedback that I received from my song was phenomenal. My Pastor brought in Preachas N' Tha Hood to throw a concert in one of our most poverty stricken slums and asked me to open for them. I went jackin' for beats and I put together a 25 minute opening show. They loved it. The thugs loved it. The saints cheered me on. People's response encouraged me to get in the studio.
As a result of getting kicked out of my old school in the 7th grade and readmitted in the 9th grade, students took me being a Christian just as a phase. Me being a rapper was a joke. However, I had something to prove. I would take my stereo to school everyday and let people hear me. They were like, "Naw, that ain't you." But once they were convinced that it was me, they accepted me. Through mix tapes and rapping in our black history month assembly captured the attention of the whole school and I was the talk of the school.
I soon dropped my first maxi single and sold 100 copies in two days. People were buying their first (and probably only) Christian rap CD. Through my hustle of letting people hear my music, this has brought me where I'm. With man, nothing is possible, but with God, all things are possible.
JB: How do you describe the style of your music?
KD: People noted me as a "Dirty South," rapper, but I don't see it that way. I'm a combination of all coasts to make my own style. I have lyrical content as a east coast rapper. My beats are a combination of east, west, midwest, and dirty south. My preference, a mid-west style of wordplay, and the thoroughness of one from the west. I put all of those components together to attract the minds of all people from all coasts. I don't like when people call me a "Dirty South," rapper (despite that the dirty south style is my favorite style) because I'm not from the south. I was born, raised, and reside in Cin-City. People have this stereotype that dirty south rappers aren't lyrical and I say that is certainly untrue. My album can justify that statement.
JB: What is unique about your upcoming CD, “Non-Fiction”?
KD: I rap about what some Christian rappers are scared to rap about. It's far different than your average album because it's not average. You won't hear 18 tracks with the same style. I preach to the pews and to the block, with rhymes that'll wake you up like gunshots. One song may be crunk, but the next song may be a "conscious type" composition. A lot of rappers just rap about the surface of Christianity. I spit what's real but at the same time, I get beneath the surface. A lot of newborns ask the question, "What's next." A lot of rappers just talk about the same thing. I relate Jesus to our everyday lives because Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. I have songs on my album ranging from asking for forgiveness so that we can forgive ourselves and others to how sacred virginity is.
JB: It seems so often that I get an email or some advertisement about K-Drama. Your first CD was a compulation of various artists. What surprised me is the mixture of talent style within. I asked myself and now you; how have you made so many connections in the rap industry with other rappers?
KD: I'm not egotistical, but I make myself available to anyone who wants to converse with me. I don't go around like, "I'm a superstar, I'm too busy." I'm a very busy person, but I'm never too busy. If we are too busy, then what are we too busy with? I e-mail so many artists, call the numbers on the back of j-cards, do whatever I have to do to get in contact with people in whom I would like to collaborate with, seek help from, or whatever. Promotion is a big key. After people see some type of promotion from T.H.I.S. Click Records, then they'll contact me somehow as well.
JB: I’ve heard a number of reports about your concerts in OH, tell how do you get so much response from your community? I believe your methods may help someone else.
KD: Once again, promotion. Because nobody knew us at T.H.I.S. Click Records we started out with 8 x 11 flyers with info concerning our events. We promoted the week of the concert and that's it. Results. 20 people showed up (half were artists). We learned that time is a big key to having a successful concert. We threw a free concert with free food available after the concert, and pulled 200 people in. Soon we were throwing a concert monthly and we would get a range of 100-200 people, but it was never the same group of people. In the summer of 2002, we stepped it up a notch and started making double-sided color card flyers to pass out. We would pass out 10,000 flyers for a concert and had 1 month to promote the show. Results. Capacity crowd of 265.
Later, we threw another concert on January 25th, 2003 and got 400 people to come. Some people come beecause they know me. I rap at least twice a week, so when people see my flyers they say, "Oh, he rapped at my church last week. He's good, I'm gonna go." Some adults bring their kids because it's a positive event in our turmoil city. Others come because we give free food. However, we pull ‘em in is how we pull ‘em; but they all end up the same; either encouraged to strengthen their walk or get saved. Constant professional promotion, with God overseeing our projects is what brought us the success of our huge concerts.
JB: Tell me about your relationship with dasouth.com and how that happened.
KD: Slaya hit me up about 2 years ago. He had signed my guestbook & was telling me about if I ever need a article in his magazine, then he could hook me up. Through e-mail, we have kept contact for the past 2 years. When he started, Dasouth.com, then he informed me about being an artist featured on dasouth.com and I thought that was perfect.
JB: To encourage others rappers and managers, what are two business mistakes you've made that you can share?
KD: I will never get my album mastered, but not mixed (I was ignorant of all prior knowledge). The mixing job is more important than the mastering job. Also, I will never take out a loan to get started again from someone outside my family. It brings emotional and mental stress.
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Songs performed on set (Ranges from 5 minutes-1 hour)
Get Your Weight Up
On the High
Happy Happy, Joy Joy
Man of Steel*
Valley View Avenue*
*Only performed if K-Drama's set is 45 minutes or longer
There are no upcoming dates at this time.