With the success of Atlanta-based emcee Lecrae, is the gospel music industry catching Christian rap fever?
One of gospel’s most respected music labels, Tyscot Records, has officially signed Chicago native T.S.O. to their new Christian Hip-Hop Division, Tyscot LOUD.
Tyscot is home to well-known artists like Deitrick Haddon, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy and Shirley Murdock.
“This is something that Tyscot Records has always wanted to do, and now the timing is right,” Tyscot LOUD Director and A&R, James Logan said.
“Through 18-month contracts, we are able to partner with talent that we believe in, provide artist relations, give them a larger platform, and bring them together to collaborate on a mixtape, hosted by DJ Wade O.”
Born on the south side of Chicago, and raised in East Chicago, IN, T.S.O was heavy into street life and even witnessed his father’s shooting. Shortly after his 18th birthday he learned that he would soon become a father.
At that moment that he realized he had to make a change. Two years later, with the help of his younger brother, T.SO., real name Verdell Gray, enrolled into Indiana University. He meet Derrick Puckett, who lead him to Christ on April 2, 2008.
T.S.O hasn’t looked back since, and CONTINUES to use his gifts to glorify God.
“I’m dealing with about 15 new artists, and T.S.O stands out because he has great work ethic and his character is not flawed,” Logan said. “He’s a genuinely good guy who thinks things through, and plans very well. I’m extremely excited to have him on-board and look forward to our continued relationship.”
T.S.O has shared the stage with artists including Da T.R.U.T.H, Canton Jones, Flame, Thi’sl, D-MAUB, Tye Tribbett, Damita Haddon and more. Listeners can expect a new single from T.S.O’s featuring Canton Jones and Uncle Reece on October 6.
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