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Holy South Records and Holy Hip Hop Music form Strategic Alliance -To Distribute, Minister of the Gospel: Mr. Del, WorldWide Via EMI Gospel


April 4, 2005 -- Atlanta-based Holy Hip Hop Music and Memphis-based Holy South Records announced today that they have entered into a Strategic Alliance. The terms of the Agreement provide generally that: Holy Hip Hop Music will distribute, as a part of its exclusive Agreement with EMI Gospel, Holy South Records Renowned Minister of the Gospel: Mr. Del.

Mr. Del's testimony, street ministry and unyielding commitment to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ worldwide are well-known throughout the Global Holy Hip Hop, Secular Rap and Gospel communities. In addition to being a Pastor of City of Refuge, Mr. Del is on the road ministering live shows on a regular basis throughout the year, and Mr. Del is always in the streets doing the leg-work necessary to stay in the minds of the people with grassroots (person-to-person), one-soul-at-a-time street marketing, as done 24/7 by Ministers of the Gospel.

Mr. Del has always proven to be a reliable, trustworthy and loyal partner and friend, sacrificing for the Gospel and always patient in spirit. Holy Hip Hop Music and EMI Gospel are extremely excited about Mr. Del's August 2, 2005 CD Release, particularly when combined with the recent announced partnership with Arrow Records and Minister of the Gospel: Canton Jones, as key platforms to accelerate the proliferation of the Gospel worldwide in 2005 and beyond, said Panchetta Harris, General Manager.

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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 Sheard, Smokie Norful, Bishop Eddie Long, Bishop T.D. Jakes 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, the third largest recorded music company in the world.

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- Holy South WorldWide


August 1, 2005. "Knockin It out the Park! Mr. Del hits a Grand-Slam with his August 2, 2005 debut Album Release titled: The Future. Mr. Del (formerly of Gangsta Rappers Three6Mafia) now a Memphis Preacher Starts off with probably one of the grittiest Christian rap songs ever made-TEMPTATIONZ, where he and his crew illustrate, in ear-poppin and what will probably be seen as somewhat controversial street vernacular, the struggles of dealing with the daily allures and temptations of life (sex, drugs, alcohol, violence) and no stone of temptation is left unturned and then then its quickly time to get mad Crunk on the track-HOLY SOUTH, followed by two sure Chart-Makers CALM DOWN, where Mr. Del and Canton Jones put the smack down on all 'Haters, Pimps, Tricks, Simps and Hustlers' with a catchy message to Relax, Chill and Calm Down. Mr. Del shows his versatility and debut rapper 'S.Dot Fox' raps that "Traditional Church betta wake up and reach the streets" in an eloquent tone that will surely raise even Jay-Z's eyebrow with a catchy cross-over track-SO NECESSARY.

Warning: Mr. Del's: The Future is not for the faint at heart, will probably shake-up the traditionally, close-minded conservative Christian community and surprisingly for a Christian preacher, there are no sugar-coated candy lyrics. Mr. Del simply tells it like it is and there has never been such an in-your-face, straight-talking Gospel CD ever made like this one. Mr. Del amazingly raps in the language of the streets without one curse word and somehow manages to still lay it down hard with piercing lyrics and speaker bustin beats. Mr. Del has turned his life around and is no longer Tearin Da Club up with Three6Mafia, which is why I give his album ****Four Stars out of Five and give it an Amen. Mr. Del and his Holy Ghost army are raising the bar with solid lyrics and flawless production and Hip-Hop headz betta recognize before they are left behind.

By: Terrance Walker, Hip-Hop Music Insider

- Terrance Walker, Hip-Hop Music Insider





For Immediate Release


HOLY HIP HOP APOSTLE MR. DEL PERFORMS AT

MEGAFEST

August 3, 2005
Nashville, Tenn. - Holy hip hop artist Mr. Del is not only releasing his project The Future this week, but also performing three times at MegaFest in Atlanta, Ga.

“I look up to Bishop Jakes,” tells Mr. Del. “He really helped me through some difficult times and was a key player in my finding Christ. It is going to be a wonderful experience to be a part of this event.”

Mr. Del will be performing three times at MegaFest as part of the Mega Youth Experience. “In order to reach the youth, you have to address issues that are relevant to them,” shares this twenty-seven-year-old.
Mr. Del will be on stage at 11:00 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, August 3 and at 7:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, August 4 and Friday, August 5. For more details, such as the locations of Mr. Del’s performances or on MegaFest itself, visit www.mega-fest.com.

Mr. Del’s latest project, The Future, was produced by industry veterans Organized Noize (Outkast, Goodie Mob and TLC) and released Tuesday, August 2 through a joint venture with EMI Gospel. The album features ground-breaking gospel music with beats that bang just as hard as secular hip hop, but instead of spreading messages that glorify sex, drugs and disrespect, they spread the love of Christ and how He has the power to change lives.

Mr. Del is eager to share what The Future holds. The CD is full of positive messages in a form that today’s youth understand. The first single, “Calm Down,” advises a listener to pay haters no mind because God has everything under control. “Love On God Tonight” outlines how young Christian couples should focus their energies and emotions on Christ rather than engaging in premarital sex, while “Necessary” explains that Christ is needed to make it in today’s tumultuous times.

This Gospel Hip Hop Apostle is no stranger to the rap game. Formerly a member of platinum-selling group Three-Six Mafia, Mr. Del rededicated his life to Christ in 2000 and started a revolution of young Christians in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. Known as Holy South, this movement has spread its operations to the Midwest, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Canada, while claiming thousands of lives for Christ along the way. He is also the pastor of City of Refuge Church in Memphis.

Mr. Del has previously released two independent holy hip hop albums on his label, Holy South Records. He was recently nominated for a 2005 Grammy in the “Best Rock Gospel Album” category for his fiery feature, “Shake’em Off” on EMI Gospel’s Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets, Vol. 1.

For more information on Mr. Del, visit www.mrdelisthefuture.com.

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- Carrie Lamb 615-364-5295 FIVESTONESmusic@comcast.net





For Immediate Release


EMI GOSPEL RELEASES
MR. DEL’S LATEST PROJECT,

THE FUTURE

July 22, 2005
Memphis, Tenn. - Holy hip hop artist Mr. Del is releasing his latest project, The Future, on August 2, 2005 through a joint venture with EMI Gospel.

“The Future is a foretelling of the wave of young Christians just like me; Christians that love hip hop music, wear urban clothes and enjoy getting crunk! The big difference is that we get crunk for Christ and our goal is to claim other youth for Him. We are the future,” says Mr. Del.

The Future was produced by industry veterans Organized Noize (Outkast, Goodie Mob and TLC). The album features ground-breaking gospel music with beats that bang just as hard as secular hip hop, but instead of spreading messages that glorify sex, drugs and disrespect, they spread the love of Christ and how He has the power to change lives.

“The guys from Organized Noize are extremely talented and we had incredible chemistry,” shares the 27-year-old artist. “They understand that in order to save the unsaved, you have to address issues that are relevant to them and go where they are. The Future delivers phat beats that have the power to penetrate the soul.”

Mr. Del is eager to share what The Future holds. The CD is full of positive messages in a form that today’s youth understand. The first single, “Calm Down,” advises a listener to pay haters no mind because God has everything under control. “Love On God” outlines how young Christian couples should focus their energies and emotions on Christ rather than engaging in premarital sex, while “So Necessary” explains that Christ is needed to make it in today’s tumultuous times.

This Gospel Hip Hop Apostle is no stranger to the rap game. Formerly a member of platinum-selling group Three-Six Mafia, Mr. Del rededicated his life to Christ in 2000 and started a revolution of young Christians in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. Known as Holy South, this movement has spread its operations to the Midwest, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Canada, while claiming thousands of lives for Christ along the way. He is also the pastor of City of Refuge Church in Memphis.

Mr. Del has previously released two independent holy hip hop albums on his label, Holy South Records. He was recently nominated for a 2005 Grammy in the “Best Rock Gospel Album” category for his fiery feature, “Shake’em Off” on EMI Gospel’s Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets, Vol. 1.

For more information on Mr. Del, visit www.mrdelisthefuture.com.

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- Carrie Lamb 615-364-5295 FIVESTONESmusic@comcast.net


MR. DEL: THE FUTURE /CANTON JONES: LOVE JONES

RANKING #15 and #23 ON BILLBOARD TOP GOSPEL CHART

AUGUST 24, 2005

DISTRIBUTED WORLDWIDE BY EMI GOSPEL

August 24, 2005. Memphis/Atlanta. Mr. Del: The Future, in-stores 8/2/05
(third week), has attained a #15 ranking on BillBoard Magazine's Top Gospel Chart.
Simultaneously, Canton Jones: Love Jones, in-stores 8/16/05 (first week),has attained a #23 ranking on BillBoard Magazine's Top Gospel Chart.

Specials thanks to the entire Global Holy Hip Hop and Gospel community for your support of the August 2, 2005 album release titled: Mr. Del: The Future and the August 16, 2005 album release titled: Canton Jones: Love Jones, as these
milestones for Ministers of the Gospel are not attainable and impossible without each and everyone of you telling your families and friends, playing
tracks, purchasing albums and sharing the good news worldwide within and throughout your respective communities, one-at-a-time. James 5:20.

Global Media Acknowledgments: The Gospel Zone, Gospel Flava, Gospel City,Taba Music Media, IMAGE, Ephraim Productions, Cross Rhythms, Urban Gospel Alliance,
ManHunt, EMI CMG, Christian Examiner, Christianity Today, Nuthin But Gospel,
Altared Lives, CBN, Neworld Music, Hip Hop For The Soul, Da South,
Sonicbids, Cumulus, Cox, ClearChannel, RadioOne, CBS Radio and All Independent Land,
Satellite and Web-based Radio Stations, AM/FM, Program Directors, DJ's and worldwide for your support of Mr. Del: The Future and Canton Jones: Love Jones,
distributed worldwide by EMI Gospel.
- Holy Hip Hop


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MR. DEL, THE FUTURE HITS 3 BILLBOARD CHARTS



IN THE SEPTEMBER 3, 2005 ISSUE


August 26, 2005

NASHVILLE, TENN. - Holy hip hop apostle Mr. Del released The Future to the international retail market on August 2, 2005 and hit three Billboard charts simultaneously for the September 3, 2005 issue.



“The project is speaking for itself,” shares Mr. Del. “God is going to continue to raise the album as we go into the future; He is the leader of this whole project and I give Him the glory for any success.”



The Future first appeared on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart for the August, 20 2005 issue at #50. Since then, for the September 3, 2005 issue, the project rose to #15 on the Top Gospel Albums chart, added at #41 to the Top Christian Albums chart and added at #9 on the New Artists Albums (South Atlantic) chart.



Mr. Del’s latest project, The Future, was produced by industry veterans Organized Noize (Outkast, Goodie Mob and TLC) and released August 2, 2005 through a joint venture with EMI Gospel. The album features ground-breaking gospel music with beats that bang just as hard as secular hip hop, but instead of spreading messages that glorify sex, drugs and disrespect, they spread the love of Christ and how He has the power to change lives.



Mr. Del is eager to share what The Future holds. The CD is full of positive messages in a form that today’s youth understand. The first single, “Calm Down,” advises a listener to pay haters no mind because God has everything under control. “Love On God Tonight” outlines how young Christian couples should focus their energies and emotions on Christ rather than engaging in premarital sex, while “Necessary” explains that Christ is needed to make it in today’s tumultuous times.



This Gospel Hip Hop Apostle is no stranger to the rap game. Formerly a member of platinum-selling group Three-Six Mafia, Mr. Del rededicated his life to Christ in 2000 and started a revolution of young Christians in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. Known as Holy South, this movement has spread its operations to the Midwest, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Canada, while claiming thousands of lives for Christ along the way. He is also the pastor of City of Refuge Church in Memphis.



Mr. Del has previously released two independent holy hip hop albums on his label, Holy South Records. He was recently nominated for a 2005 Grammy in the “Best Rock Gospel Album” category for his fiery feature, “Shake’em Off” on EMI Gospel’s Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets, Vol. 1.



For more information on Mr. Del, visit www.mrdelisthefuture.com.



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- Carrie Lamb


MR. DEL
THE FUTURE

Arguably, the title 'The Hardest Working Man in Hip-Hop' could go to the prolific head of the Holy South Movement, Mr. Del.

The former Three 6 Mafia front man is back with his seventh album in five years. This time, Mr. Del takes us into The Future with a fiery twelve-track project that cements his role as the 'King of Holy Crunk.'

This release marks a major milestone in the artist’s career, as he has partnered with the rising Holy Hip Hop label, and gained distribution through EMI. That means worldwide exposure.

As longtime fans have come to expect, Del doesn’t disappoint. He drops serious heat on this project, and laces every drop of crunk juice with potent lyrics that address real life and give direction for the future.

The leadoff cut "Temptationz" addresses a myriad of enticements that young people encounter and empowers all to resist the attractions and do the Christ thing. You’re guaranteed to overdose on your crunk-filled cappuccino with tracks like "Holy South" and "Calm Down".
The unexpected twist here is Del’s ability to detour from the anticipated Holy South sound and venture into other avenues, which serves to highlight his diversity and lyrical flexibility. Del takes on an East Coast vibe and teams with S. Fox on the funky "So Necessary". The emcee then slows it down a bit on the provocative "Feelin’ You".

Keeping with the love vibe, Del partners with the creative Canton Jones on the hard-hitting "Love On God", which fosters spiritual intimacy with the Father as opposed to natural intimacy in pre-marital conditions.

And when was the last time you heard an emcee go into worship? You get your fill with the tracks "Worship You" and "All About You", which features the multi-talented bassist Debra Killings on vocals. Let it never be said that an emcee can’t worship, for Mr. Del puts it down with the best of them.

Mr. Del enlists the help of several ladies from the Holy South family as W.O.G. spit fire on the slick "Tonite". Add the transparent singles "Fire In My Eyes" and "Lurkin’ In Me" and you have another keeper from the visionary of the Holy South Movement.

It’s clear that The Future is so bright, we all need a funky pair of shades.
- Gerard Bronner


For Immediate Release

EMI GOSPEL RELEASES

MR. DEL’S LATEST PROJECT,

HOPE DEALER
May 3, 2007


Memphis, Tenn. - Holy hip hop artist Mr. Del is releasing his latest project, Hope Dealer, on June 26, 2007 through a joint venture with EMI Gospel.

“Hope Dealer is a foretelling of the wave of young Christians just like me; Christians that love hip hop music wear urban clothes and enjoy getting crunk! The big difference is that we get crunk for Christ and our goal is to claim other youth for Him. We are the future,” says Mr. Del.

Hope Dealer was produced by industry veterans Drumma Boy (Young Jezzy). It also has features from Fabo of D4L (Laffy Taffy), Gangsta Boo formerly of 3 6 Mafia, and Canton Jones The album features ground-breaking gospel music with beats that bang just as hard as secular hip hop. Hope Dealer does just what the name states Deals Hope instead of spreading messages that glorify sex, drugs and disrespect, it spreads the love of Christ and how He has the power to change lives.

“Fabo, Gangsta Boo, and Drumma Boy are extremely talented indivisible,” shares Mr. Del “They understand that in order to save the unsaved, you have to address issues that are relevant to them and go where they are. Hope Dealer delivers just that with its phat beats and lyrical content which will have the power to penetrate the soul.”

This Gospel Hip Hop Apostle is no stranger to the rap game. Formerly a member of platinum-selling group Three-Six Mafia, Mr. Del rededicated his life to Christ in 2000 and started a revolution of young Christians in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. Known as Holy South, this movement has spread its operations to the Midwest, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Canada, while claiming thousands of lives for Christ along the way. He is also the pastor of City of Refuge Church in Memphis.

This is Mr. Del’s follow up album to The Future and has also released three independent holy hip hop albums on his label, Holy South Records. He was nominated for a 2005 Grammy in the “Best Rock Gospel Album” category for his fiery feature, “Shake’em Off” on EMI Gospel’s Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets, Vol. 1.

For more information on Mr. Del, visit www.holysouth.com. or www.myspace.com/hopedealer

### - Holy South


Discography

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Oh My God!

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Mr. Del- The Artist

Rapper/song-writer/producer Mr. Del is changing the face of hip hop, gospel, and more broadly, music as we know it today; as he meet society's need for a REAL hip hop artist BOLD enough to proclaim the pure, uncut, unadulterated gospel in his music. With a purpose of taking his message to the streets,God's anointed Hip Hop Apostle, is committed to sharing the gospel in a way unknown to most secular and non-secular audiences alike. Formerly a member of the platinum selling rap group, Three-Six-Mafia, Mr. Del uses the most powerful art form, music, to promote life rather than death, and has devoted his life to the ministry, and thereby, the ministry of music.

Through Mr. Del's music widely recognized as holy hip hop, with beats that range from southern street to east coast bounce, laced with an undeniable, energetic flow compared to that of the legendary hip hop greats, united with priceless nuggets of old school hip hop and R&B, the gospel is alive and well! Though a veteran to the music game, having begun writing, drumming and spinning when he was a child, Mr. Del is bringing a new edge with an increased musical integrity the industry hasn't seen in ages. He not only royally expresses his talent and passion for God and his people through his music, but uses his lyrics and his life to incite positive change in the lives of countless youth, and adults alike, that are falling into the world's death traps. Mr. Del has begun the Holy South movement, headquartered in Tennessee, with operations in the Midwest, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Canada, which through tours and appearances has been the vehicle for claiming thousands of lives for the Kingdom. He is also Pastor of Memphis' first Hip Hop church, City of Refuge.

Mr. Del has released several albums through the indie label Holy South Records, (of which he is President and CEO), and was nominated for a 2005 Grammy in the Best Rock Gospel Album category for his fiery feature Shake˜em Off on EMI Gospel' Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets, Vol. I. His most recent release, "THE FUTURE" released through EMI Gospel hit 3 Billboard charts and has been his most successful project since leaving the secular world.