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What the science about the name?

Well Caleb RAPTURE RECORDS has two main meanings. Firstly the word RAPTURE means extreme happiness or joy that is one of the objectives of RAPTURE RECORDS, to bring joy to Christian believers and non-believes through our music. Secondly and for us more importantly it represents the occurrence of what is to happen on this earth in the future which is written in 1 corinthians 15:52 of the bible, which talks of the supernatural taking away of us the saint off this planet to meet Jesus before this world is put into what the Bible calls the Tribulation were to put it bluntly "all hell breaks loose on earth as far as evil is concerned!!!"

Who is who in the group?

O.K. well first and foremost it would be doing us an injustice to call RAPTURE RECORDS just a group. Its more of an organisation set up by Christians and run by Christians who seek to spread the word of God as well as truth in general to our lost generation in the form of music. In saying that we are made up of a number of groups and artists. Tracks from our various artists can be found at www.mp3.com/rapturerecords 

What motivated you to get into this industry?

Good question. Well personally growing up as a Christian I loved music, especially rap and R&b and even as a strong Christian I enjoyed what may be called secular rap music. Now back in 89 rap music was "all good" guys just dropping flows to a beat, talking about life and all that with a bit of beef here and there, but in general the rimes were positive, thought provoking and what have you. But as the years progressed the rappers in the game started to go down hill rimes with more beef, raps provoking violence, killing, rappers using sex to sell tracks and I found I was no longer comfortable listening to secular music. This is when the Lord put in my heart to establish a record label with quality artists even better than those rappers in the world to proclaim his son Jesus Christ and also to let Christians understand and know who they really are in Christ. Which is the head and not the tail we as Christians are the real pioneers!

What instruments do you use?

Most of our production is PC based with a keyboard, akai sampler and stuff like that. But believe me, it is not the equipment that you use that makes good music, it is the anointing God has put behind the music that makes it good.

How would you classify your style as well as the other artists on the RAPTURE RECORDS label?

I would say my rap style varies from track to track. I feel the Lord blesses me with a different rap flow for every beat we drop, but my lyrical content is always real in the sense that people can usually relate to it. I also make sure the tracks we drop can hang with and are even better than the guys you hear on MTV. Some of the other artists such as Asah - Sin - Hater and Sarnavai are kind of directed at the hardcore hip hop fans and these rappers I believe will do damage to the enemies camp in the hardcore hip hop scene.

Growing up, who do you think was a few of your biggest musical influences?

Well growing up I think I listened to so many artists that I can't really credit one as my biggest musical influence. But to name a few LL cool J, Treach from Naughty by nature, Dre, Biggie, MC Hammer. Quite a mix!

Where do you see RAPTURE RECORDS in 5 years?

I see RAPTURE RECORDS as the biggest Gospel music label on the Internet. With major downloads and sales of our artist albums world wide.

What do you feel is the toughest part of the music industry?

Getting people and organisations to take you seriously especially when you don't have a ten-page résumé but we just keep dropping the tracks and believe that God will move our mountains!

What would the ultimate reward for you be?

My ultimate reward I this would I think to see RAPTURE RECORDS branch into other areas of ministry, we want to make movies that Christ would wave made to bring hope to people, Joy and peace. Open up Christian business all with a view of ministering to people in need and seeing Souls saved for Jesus.

What message are you trying to get across to fans?

It's simple. . . Jesus is the only way to Salvation! Look to Jesus and see all your dreams and prays answered.

Do your friends and family look at you differently now?

Yeah, there is a great anticipation of people waiting to see RAPTURE RECORDS blow up big time, and we believe it shall come to pass in Gods time.

If someone were to look in your CD player or tape player right now what would be in it?

Hehe he a Sample CD! (so I could sample some sounds for my next track)

Personally what does hiphop mean to you?

A means of expression, and a means of communication to my generation

Who do you feel is your biggest influence and why?

As cheesy as it my sound… Gods Holy spirit, honestly some of the tracks I produce, I just don't know how I do it!!! God holy spirit working through me is my only answer… give God the glory!

How do you feel your music will effect its listeners?

It will inspire them, give them hope in Christ Jesus, make them fight this Christian battle with more vigour, and let them know they can do all things through Christ Jesus

If you could change one thing in world, what would it be?

I would open up peoples eyes to see the awesome gifts God had put in them and encourage them to utilise there gifts for the good of man which I believe is part of Gods plan for each of us but something many have over looked.

What would you like to say to all the new artists in the game?

If its ya calling Stop stalling! Give it all you got - take it as serious as Jesus took having to die on the cross for our sins and remain humble and God will lift you up. God bless you all stay blessed in Jesus name Shalom (Peace) Oh and by the way please check out RAPTURE RECORDS music at www.mp3.com/rapturerecords

 

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