Khul Rhema
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Discography

"Raw and Uncut, Vol. 2" Ziklag Boyz, Independent, 2002;
"Deythoughtwewuzplayin'" Ziklag Boyz, Independent, 2003;
"The Incredible HudRock" Khul Rhema, Independent, 2006

With appearances on the following:

"Godzhouse: The Compilation" CMN Records, 1998;
"Higher Ground: Voices of Contemporary Gospel Music," (soundtrack) NewDay Multimedia, 2004;
"Holy Hip Hop Compilation, Vol. 1: 'Taking the Gospel to the Streets,' HHH, Inc./EMI Gospel 2004;
"The Sequel," Lil I'Rocc, Authority/Whitaker, 2004;
"Best of the Submissions, Vol. 2," Beatmart/Word 2005
"Love Jones," Canton Jones, Arrow/HHH/EMI Gospel 2005;
"Fallen In Love," (maxi-single) Darlene McCoy, Darp/EMI Gospel 2005;

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Bio

"Through you, multitudes will be ushered into the Kingdom." These are the rhema words spoken to Tico, aka Khul Rhema, on a hot August night in southern California back in 1996. 2Pac had just been killed three months before; a moment in time that brought many grievances to a young, inspiring producer who had made his way courageously to 'killa Cali' from his native Georgia home the year before in a longshot quest to be 'discovered.' All within that year, Tico withstood everything from threats and attacks on his life from gang sets (who, for the most part, grew to know and accept him into their fold; Tico, at one point, was a 'trapper' with a Crip set in LA County), to almost signing with a very corrupt record label (ran by a notorious LA gang member and drug kingpin), and even a bout with homelessness, opting to sleep in a Greyhound bus station for a while. Even though Tico was no stranger to life in the streets (he began selling crack at age 15), he managed to finish college with honors and, in essence, this set of circumstances proved to be more than he could bear. It was in the midst of these experiences that Tico had learned from an uncle that God was a "burden-removing, yoke-destroying God." Those words stuck with him, even as he continued on with life in the ghetto streets and eventually led him into the presence of a true and living God, seeking His power to remove burdens and destroy yokes.
"I have many burdens and my whole life feels like a yoke. I don't want to live anymore!" Tico cried to God as he thought about the loaded 9mm pistol he carried in his backpack, "but I heard that You can remove these burdens from my life," he bargained, "and if you do, I will serve you with the rest of my life." With these words came a life-altering experience in the true presence of God unlike anything he'd ever experienced. He became overwhelmed with a Spirit of joy and peace even as he still had nowhere to lay his head, a feeling that he describes as being "un-describable." That same day, Tico accepted a job moving pianos that paid him, on the average, $100 dollars a day in cash, ending his days in the Greyhound station. Look at God!
It was no more than a couple weeks later that Tico received the infilling of the Holy Spirit and began to communicate with God on a personal level that has proven to be a lifeline to him. It was then when God told him that multitudes would be ushered into the Kingdom through him. A week later, he was unctioned by the Spirit to visit a Christian bookstore for the first time in his life. This is where he ran upon a small section of cds entitled "Gospel Rap." Tico describes his first thought and reaction to seeing this section as being one of rage and disgust: "I felt like these guys were obviously playing with God, man. I didn't think that God and rap mixed." After receiving the unction to listen to a couple of the cds (Future Shock, Tunnel Rats, Nuwine, DJ Dove and Gospel Gangstas are among others that really impressed him), it only took a couple of minutes before Tico realized that it was God's will that he get on the mic and use his gift of making music to represent the Kingdom of God. "This is what I want you to do," said the still, yet recognizable voice of God.
Since then, Tico has set out to fulfill this great call of God on his life, winning souls through his music and dynamic performances, for the most part alongside a group that he founded in late 2000 on the campus of World Changers Church International - the legendary 'Ziklag Boys,' who, before their retirement, garnered such honors as a Grammy and Stellar award nomination in 2005, as well as reportedly being the first gospel rap group to gain regular rotation on a secular station. Under Tico's leadership, Ziklag traveled abroad (Virgin Islands, Chicago, Houston, New York, Indianapolis, etc.), receiving love and admiration by believers and non-believers alike (they were courted by the likes of BME, Lil' Jon's independent label and Stankonia - Outkast's now defunct independent) while independently moving over 20,000 units internationally.
After the Ziklag era, Tico has worked diligently at developing his career as a producer, proving to be one of the hottest producers on the rise in 2006. He has gone on to win a Stellar Award in 2006 for his production work on "The Sequel," the LP release by Lil' I Rocc (Authority/Whitaker) which earned two (2) Stellars, one being for 'Best Hip Hop/Rap Album of the Year.' He also has produced work for renowned superstar producer, Dallas Austin, (TLC, Michael Jackson, Outkast, Boys II Men, Mariah Carey, etc.,), contributing to Dallas' first gospel endeavor, Darlene McCoy, remixing the hit single, "Fallen In Love," which originally gained much attention and fanfare on the soundtrack to the blockbuster Tyler Perry big screen debut,
"Diary of a Mad Black Woman." He has also worked with other artists like Ghetto Mafia and EJ the Witchdoctor of the Dungeon Family.

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