Todd Bangz

Todd Bangz

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Have you ever met a one man band? Todd Bangz does it ALL by the grace of GOD! He Writes, Produce Music, Record Sessions, Mix, does Graphics and more! A one man Label in a Box! Just add FAITH!

Biography

With the same passion that inspired Michael Peace to introduce
Hip-Hop music to Christian audiences nearly two decades ago, Bang
Theory artist Todd "Bangz" Elliott takes the baton and runs with
a burden to reach today's hip-hop community with the Gospel
of Christ Jesus. A modern day Paul with a magnificent obsession
to bring Jesus to the masses, he has preached in prisons and having
known the pain of lack, has endured. Like Paul, he carries the
message of Jesus Christ with courage, passion and conviction.
His lyrics are filled with scripture and principles that are delivered
with clarity and eloquence.

His name is Todd Tremain Elliott, but like Paul and other forefathers
of the faith, he has experienced a name change. One of fifteen
siblings, Todd Bangz - as his friends like to call him - was born in
Syracuse, New York and raised in Rochester. He learned the meaning
of hard work and sacrifice at an early age. Though times were
not always easy for his family, his father kept the family together
while instilling in them a vision for entrepreneurship.

Bangz discovered his love for rap music in high school while
rapping with friends during lunch in the cafeteria. Rapping soon
became an avenue of opportunity as he developed relationships
with some popular rap artists. Hooked and inspired, saved his
money to purchase equipment and began producing his own music.
Even at that early stage of his musical development, Bangz knew
that his talent should be used to glorify God, but the money and fame
associated with secular rap music proved to be a distraction. "I kept
thinking that I would get a secular deal, get rich and then do gospel.
But I kept constantly backsliding, and each time I went back to the
world it seemed as if my sins got worse and I sank a little lower."
During this time, Bangz and his wife, Charlyn began attending a Bethel
Christian fellowship where they received teachings that provided a
foundation to their walk with Christ, while helping him to understand
and discover his true destiny. "I realized that I had to consecrate my
talents to the Lord, or the things that my gifts could bring me would
destroy me." So with over 12 years experience as an emcee, over a
decade of music production under his belt, and a promising career
with a major secular label, Bangz stepped into his God-given destiny:
to be a minstrel of music for the Glory of God!

Believing that rap music is pivotal to reaching the younger
generations, Todd seeks to keep his music fresh and innovative.
"Our youth are listening to rap music, and what they have accessible
to them is stuff that destroys or encourages them to do evil. We need
Christian rap music because young people need something
encouraging them to godliness." Todd Bangz has blessed audiences
at events such as "Miles Ahead Crusade," and
"Kingdom Bound Festival" at Six Flags Darien Lake theme park in
New York. He has also ministered on the Canadian television show
"Element 5," "Cynthia & Friends" and "Lift Every Voice" both on
BET, and two Youth for Christ "Excel" Conferences

Producing all of his own music, Bangz definitely comes with that East
Coast rugged flavor, With a growing track record which includes
anthems like: "Battle Cry" featured on CMN Records "Calling of the
Camps," production work on Cross Movement's release "Human
Emergency" and his upcoming album entitled "Think It's A Game…"
due to release June, 2005. Bangz continues to stay busy in the
Lord's call on his life now and for years to come. Some of his recent
production projects include: "Underground Counsel 1,"
"Limited Edition," Cross Movement's latest release "Holy Culture"
Corey Red & Precise' new album "Resistance Is Futile,"
"Underground Counsel 2," Mark J, and a host of other artists,
as well as a Compilation Mix CD used as a giveaway in place
of gospel tracts released through his Production company
"Bang Theory." Besides putting together EPs and compilation
CDs the course of Bangz' ministry has included ministering in
a variety of settings such as urban and suburban communities,
correctional facilities, schools, churches, festivals, evangelistic
outreaches, music halls, and arenas.

In addition to production, music, and ministry outreach, Bangz is a
dedicated and fully active husband to his wife Charlyn and father
to their two sons Todd Jr. and Tahjmere.

Todd says his message is simple: "You can choose life or you can
choose death. You can be free in Christ. I want people to face the sin
issue and come to a point of decision, and that decision is to serve
Christ! Our ultimate goal is to super-saturate the streets with an
awareness and the love of Jesus the Christ!"

Lyrics

Starz N Stripes (BMI)

Written By: Todd

STARS N STRIPES
Written and Produced By: Todd "BANGZ" Elliott (BMI)
Additional Vocals by : James W. Smith III & Josh'Zan James

Intro:

Vrs. 1
Picture this, a young man about yeah high. Too young to speak his mind
too afraid to die.

So I kept my upper lip stiff, let's get this over with quick. If he hooks off,
I'm hoping he miss.
NOPE!

He caught me real good, one to the jaw. The force of it pushed the back of
my head through the wall.

I don't remember much after the fall. Just waking up wheezing it's hard to
breathe while being kicked down the hall.

All because of something so small, he could've overlooked it but Nah... No
child deserves to be beat until he's raw.

He got creative with it. Fan belts that keep alternators spinning, would be
use to rip the flesh even through my denims.

I patch them up and wear them jeans the next day. Like that's the new
style, classmates be like "Todd you wild".

If they could only feel the sting, see the terror of this dark era. Sworn to
secrecy when teachers ask, I can't tell'em.

I'm too afraid of what's gonna happen to me. If child protectors don't take
me, he gon' rock me to sleep.

And I don't want to see Jake (police) taking my Dad away. Then I'll be the
blame for breaking up my family? (HE BEAT YA'LL TOO)....

Chorus:
My life hasn't been simple. Your experience ain't new. Do you know what
I've been through dealing with these Starz and Stripes? The pain that I
witnessed. Through these eyes it seemed endless. Until God taught me
forgiveness for these Starz and Stripes.

Vrs 2

Its hard to stand when them blows coming I can hear them vision blurry
eating flurries, nose running crimson.

Tide, to get the blood out my shirt. Body sore Charlie horse a splash of
water to regain conscience I'm hurt .

Could this be the day I'm leaving the earth for better for worst whichever
come first I'm not ready

to meet Christ i see a light and I'm top heavy. Feel like I'm on Beat Street
getting rock steady

Step Mom try to intervene a back hand canceled her plans satan tried to
cancel ya mans.

Twist my conscience create in me the same monster, but I rebuke that!
And I refuse to use that

as my excuse to rebel & speak foolish I choose to do it plain & simple like
the 2 step.

The Lord God took my sins & forgive me, so I forgive my dad for every
blow to the kidneys.

Every lash of the belt ever smash from the impact of the size 12 for ever
passionate yell.

Okay… beg scream cry for help he ignored while he was tagging me
I forgive him for not thinking rationally.

For assault & battery choke holds & grabbing me bear hugs till my center
folds like a magazine

God saved him God changed him thank you merciful savior!
God saved me God changed me man you must be crazy to think you can't
be set free....

Chorus:
My life hasn't been simple. Your experience ain't new. Do you know what
I've been through dealing with these Starz and Stripes? The pain that I
witnessed. Through these eyes it seemed endless. Until God taught me
forgiveness for these Starz and Stripes.

Bridge

"Dad I wish I had the chance to just tell you.. Tell you I love you and I miss
you... and you we're dead wrong for the way you abused me." (James)But
I learned not to be bitter and find true forgiveness down in my heart again.
"You introduced me to God and I thank you for that"

Chorus:
My life hasn't been simple. Your experience ain't new. Do you know what
I've been through dealing with these Starz and Stripes? The pain that I
witnessed. Through these eyes it seemed endless. Until God taught me
forgiveness for these Starz and Stripes.

outro

Not 4 Me feat. B-Dill (BMI)

Written By: Todd "Bangz" Elliott

NOT 4 ME
Written and Produced by: Todd Bangz (BMI)
Additional Vocals Performed by: Brian "B-Dill" Dillard

CHORUS
You like to party and move your body.
Ain't no denying you're real sexy?
Want me to join ya, I need to warn ya that type of life ain't 4 me
I dig ya style don't get me wrong
My life has changed. I've been reborn
I'm not the man I used to be. This life is not for me.

VERSE 1
At first sight I had to meet you, calmly extended my hand to greet you.

Your soft outspoken words was lethal shape had me zoning my thought
got to roaming... WHOA!!

Keep it Christ like you know how we do, get up in her cabinet to see what
she knew.

Told her I was Christian she said me too. Then broke down some
scriptures in Greek and Hebrew.

You're still in church? She told me "no"! "They left her broken heart torn
and feeble."

"Spreading lies, now you know that's evil". I apologize for them but it's
not me though.

She said "cool but that's all she wrote, now I like to hit the club and
occasionally smoke.

Why don't you come wit me lets go paint the city like Bonnie and Clyde"
Nah girl I can't ride cuz..

CHORUS
You like to party and move your body.
Ain't no denying you're real sexy?
Want me to join ya, I need to warn ya that type of life ain't 4 me
I dig ya style don't get me wrong
My life has changed. I've been reborn
I'm not the man I used to be. This life is not for me.

VERSE 2
It's not like I don't understand your feelings. But understand my stance
I'm a realist.

Without a doubt ma you're real appealing, but I walk by faith and not by
feelings.

Remind myself to mind myself. Keep them eyes above her shoulders
Before I blind myself.

What you trying to prove, you're a dime already. You don't need them
tight skirts you fine already.

You staying up late nights, eyes all heavy. Nodding of to sleep at my bible
studies.

So I'm a back up till I find you ready,
B'cuz them freaks come out at night... and freaks ain't what I like. You
heard Corey Red's party right? Plus you told me you was Godly right?

What it is? Make the call choose life?
Not at all? Top it off,
We all fall one day right or wrong? C'mon

CHORUS
You like to party and move your body.
Ain't no denying you're real sexy?
Want me to join ya, I need to warn ya that type of life ain't 4 me
I dig ya style don't get me wrong
My life has changed. I've been reborn
I'm not the man I used to be. This life is not for me.

VERSE 3
To me, life more than having fun. Stacking chips and bagging Huns,

spitting game and toting guns, dancing like diddy or sex in the city.

You can be virtuous and still be pretty dance like David without getting naked
its all a trick of satan

I'm trying to have patience, but its wearing thin cuz you wearing skin.

Little to no garments out till 6 in the morning run the streets like a
varmint.

I know, you probably say I'm good for nothing But to them dudes at the
club you just good for rubbing.

Get you twisted enough till you good for thugin . That's they slang
now days for they're sex-capades.

Prolly slip you some ecstasy…
So they can hype you invite you one night you then kite you

CHORUS
You like to party and move your body.
Ain't no denying you're real sexy?
Want me to join ya, I need to warn ya that type of life ain't 4 me
I dig ya style don't get me wrong
My life has changed. I've been reborn
I'm not the man I used to be. This life is not for me.
outro

Discography

ALBUM RELEASED BY TODD BANGZ:
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*Spiritually Minded the EP
*Underground Counsel 1, Limited Edition, & 2
*In The Lab -History of Tre-Z
*Think It's a Game Todd Bangz New double CD

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GUEST APPEARANCES BY TODD BANGZ
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*ARTIST: COREY RED & PRECISE / TODD BANGZ (TRE-Z)
2004 - Album Resistance Iz Futile
SONG: " Q&A"
Label: Life Music LLC.

*ARTIST: IDOL KING / TODD BANGZ
2004 - Album Not By Might
SONG: "Some Do SomeDon't"
Label: Indie

*ARTIST: BIG NATE (SGR) / TODD BANGZ
2004- Album The Verdict
SONG: "The Heist"
Label: Southern Gospeltality Records (SGR)

*ARTIST: CROSS MOVEMENT / TODD BANGZ
2003 -Album Holy Culture -
SONG: "Eternal Cypha"
**Cameo appearnce in the Music Video " When I Flow / Start Somthin"
Label: BEC/ Cross Movement Records

*ARTIST: MARK J / TODD BANGZ
2003 -Album City of Pain -
SONG: "Living Martyrs"
Label: Much Luv Records


*ARTIST: TODD BANGZ (TRE-Z)
2003 -Album Rock Soul -
SONG: "Eternal Gain"
Label: Indie

*ARTIST: SONS OF GOD / TODD BANGZ (TRE-Z)
2002 - The Peacemakers -
SONG: "No Playing Fences"
Label: Indie

*ARTIST: SUPERNATURAL / TODD BANGZ (TRE-Z)
2002 -Supernatural -
SONG: "If Ya down"
Label: Ethnik Records

*ARTIST: FRANKIE CUTLASS & THE GOD SQUAD / (TRE-Z)
1999 -Album Born Again -
SONG: "Can I Preach It?"
SONG: "Time Keep Slippin"
SONG: "Dont Sellout"
Label: Jive/Tommy Boy Gospel


*ARTIST: TODD BANGZ (TRE-Z)
1998 -Calling of the Camps -
SONG: "Battle Cry"
Label: (CMN) Christian Music Network

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PRODUCTION CREDITS:
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*ARTIST: THE AMBASSADOR of CM -Philly PA
2005 -The Thesis
SONG: "Thesis Pieces" ,
SONG: "Wretched Man"

*ARTIST: SHABACH -Brooklyn NY
2005 -Album The Roling Stone 2005
SONG: "Get it Crackin"

*ARTIST: THE CROSS MOVEMENT -Philly PA
2000 -Human Emergency SONG: "Love Life"
2003 -Holy Culture - SONG: "Start Somthin"

*ARTIST: COREY RED & PRECISE -NYC
2004 - Resistance Iz Futile
SONG: "Martyr's Anthem"
SONG: "Q&A"
SONG: "Lyrical Biblical"

*ARTIST: SGR GLADIATORS - BIG NATE - Houston Texas
2004- The Verdict
SONG: "What you in this for?" (Song of the Year 2005 Texas Holy Hip Hop Awards)
SONG: "The Heist"

*ARTIST: MARK J -ATLANTA GA
2003 -City of Pain
SONG: "Living Martyrs"

*ARTIST: Brian "B-Dill" Dillard -Buffalo NY
2003-05 -Album-UGC2/ Plan B
SONG: "Elohim My Lord"
SONG: "No Competition"
SONG: "Streets Don't Luv ya RMix"
SONG: "I Got Saved"
SONG: "Testimony"
SONG: "Remember Me"

*ARTIST: SHEKINAH -Boston Mass.
2004 -UGC2/ Virtuous Sistas
SONG: Ignite the Fire,
SONG: OohWee,
SONG: This 1's for Jesus,
SONG: Dont walk away
SONG: Ready Set Flow

*ARTIST: A.D.F. -Harlem NY
2003 -Album- UGC2
SONG: "ReNewed"
SONG: "AM to the PM"

*ARTIST: SUPERNATURAL -Bahamas
2003 - Super natural
SONG: "If Ya Down"

*ARTIST: CARRIERS -Patterson NJ
2003 -Album- Carriers
SONG: "In 4 Life"

*ARTIST: J-Silas -Philadelphia, PA
2001 -UGC LE
SONG: "Stormz"

*ARTIST: SISTAH DEE -Baltimore MD
2001 -Album- UGC LE
SONG: "So Be It"

Set List

Songs: VARIOUS (topics catering to each situation and venu)

Set time: from 15 min -1 hr.

Speaking in between songs as God leads.