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It was an unprecedented moment in gospel music history. In 2012, for the first time, the Stellar Awards featureda Hip Hop-focused performance led by three men: Canton Jones, Da T.R.U.T.H., and Lecrae.

Though the audience went wild and the performance was among the most buzzed about of the year,

apparently, the executives behind the curtain were not impressed. Two years later, details are emerging that

cast a dark shadow over the gospel industry’s attitudes toward Christian rap.

“We don’t want any Hip Hop.”

According to Da T.R.U.T.H., who won the “Best Hip Hop Album” at the 2013 Stellar Awards, this is the response

he received when calling to secure performance slots at the Stellars for some of the artists on his roster.

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